On New Year’s Eve the Fridge Gallery in Washington, DC brought its 2018 Street Sticker Expo to a close. Artist iwillnot created this event, and over the past five years the art show has grown in size and popularity. DC Street Sticker Expo 4.0 presented thousands of stickers by hundreds of artists from around the world. The major attractions at the 2018 event were the ginormous 8’ square collage by artist Nick Zimbro (@mr.zimbro) and the life-size skateboarder by Hugh Brisman (@hughbrisman).
Starting the New Year off on the upbeat is the impressive new mural DC artist Jay Coleman (@jayfcoleman) created in Baltimore’s Bromo Arts District. With Eubie Blake on piano and the exuberant young drummer in the foreground, one can feel the rhythm and the percussive beat emanating from this eye-catching artwork.
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.
I have fond memories from my college years of staying in hostels while traveling throughout Germany and Switzerland. They provided a spartan, inexpensive way to see Europe. Inexpensive being the key deciding factor during that time period of my life.
Shortly after Thanksgiving my family gave me an early Christmas present: an all-expenses-paid trip to Brooklyn. Thanks to their generosity I spent 4 days late last week photographing street art in and around Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
Last weekend while touring Brooklyn and Queens, Charm City Streets uncovered an abundance of stencils, stickers, and wheatpastes – some quite recent, a number simply new to CCS, but each one worthy of note.
The weather forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies, so Charm City Streets took off to spend a few days in Brooklyn. Touring the streets of Bushwick and East Williamsburg is always a treat. Colorful murals, fascinating wheatpastes, and kewl graffiti covered many walls.