Weather records show that the first week of January was Baltimore’s coldest start to any year over the past 140+ years. In a word – bbbrrrrrr! Few folks ventured outside. Fortunately, things warmed up enough to entice artists, writers, and this photographer back outdoors.
Fireworks were a-poppin! Legendary writers Siek and Daver started off the New Year with a colorful, character-rich collaboration in West Baltimore.
Thanks to the support of the Sandtown South Neighborhood Alliance, Nether created a striking new mural on the corner of N Carey and Mosher Streets. Nether explained that the mural depicts Miss Sandra, Justine Bonner, and Miss Hannah Trent. Some fifteen years ago, Justine Bonner grew tired of the unsightly trash-filled lot near her home. With the help of neighbors, she began a community garden in this empty lot. Today the garden produces tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, string beans, and black-eyed peas for the neighborhood. Miss Bonner told Nether “the garden is productive; beautifies the neighborhood; and allows the neighborhood to be creative.”
Station North Arts District witnessed quite a bit of artistic activity this month. Baltimore’s renowned writer Adam Stab painted a striking new piece. Local writers Noah (@puppsycho) and After (@one_for_all_after_walls) wisely chose to paint high above the usual fray in Graffiti Alley. Kuzen put in an appearance. Rowl (@early_byrd) did a double take. And, the eminent New York writer Who_Ming created a dope new burner.
Three writers who braved the arctic blast were Rzee (Rezist), Reko, and Stoe. While their burners were hot and set the wall ablaze, frosty snow soon covered the foreground.
Charm City Streets also encountered the dope side-by-side burners Koyn and Stoe created back in the fall.
Along the road south of town, Absurd and Meca formed excellent throws. Note: here the heavy traffic made photography challenging.
South and west of town I came across the tribute wall JahOne, Mawk and Mizta painted in honor of Dabs in 2016.
Upae, Uter, Achue, Heave, Jekl, Jermo, Mizta, and Stamper each took excellent advantage of the nearby wall.
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