One can relax in Paradise Alley. Here gentle breezes blow across the calm harbor waters. Every sunset is colorful, dramatic, and simply spectacular. At your signal animated bartenders serve refreshing Mai Tais. After a couple of delicious drinks, you will cease to notice the bartender’s ratty appearance as well as the sketchy old alley cat.
Ichabod is the acknowledged maestro of freight car graffiti, and one can see his signature crumble and tumble pieces riding the rails all across the nation. Thus, it was a stand-out thrill for me to catch the legendary Ich in action at Bricks, Brews & Crews … and to add a limited edition piece of his to my personal art collection.
The flurry of incredible artwork in Graffiti Alley continued unabated this month. Ernest Shaw Jr. painted a stunning tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and to John Coltrane, the ever remarkable jazz saxophonist. Megan Lewis created two more beautiful murals in her #blkwomen series next to which Ernest painted a stern-looking portrait of Pablo Picasso. West fashioned a dope 3D face peering out of a corner wall … as well as
July was a hectic month, both personally and art wise. I spent the first couple of weeks visiting family in Seattle and the last week or so getting the house ready to go on the market. Our daughters and grandchildren now live in Seattle, so my wife and I have decided to move to the Emerald City. Despite all the hustle and bustle, I made time to photograph the latest art in Baltimore’s public spaces. Of course, it took me until the end of August before I had time to process the images. Thank you for your patience.
Friends and family visiting from Germany and Seattle plus attendance at the 2018 Bushwick Block Party keep me busy throughout June. I had little time to photograph so unfortunately missed the opportunity to capture all the new art in Baltimore’s public spaces.
Today’s post is the last of three articles illustrating the phenomenal wheatpastes Charm City Streets encountered last week in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here you will find artwork by the well-known artists LittleRicky001, Dirkartnyc, Sara Erenthal, Android_Oi, Hunt Rodriguez, and numerous others.
With her pink round face and signature bob weave, Phoebe provides a treasure trove of amusing thoughts and clever pronouncements on life and love. Look for these and additional dope wheatpastes by @phoebenewyork on your next visit to the Big Apple.
Wheat paste has been used to post notices, advertisements and artwork on walls since ancient Greek and Roman times. Today the term wheatpaste is used to describe a particular form of street art – any illustration, painting, photo, or poster which an artist adheres to a public surface.