I was walking to South 4 Bar in Brooklyn for a Sob Sisters meeting that Ada Calhoun invited me to this evening when I stumbled upon this lovely street art next to Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry Shop by Tom Bob (@tombobnyc on Instagram).
As if the dogs of NYC weren’t cute enough, now there’s six little pups immortalized in street art outside a cute Williamsburg cafe.
Tom Bob depicts the dogs against a New York City skyline with a red house behind them featuring a yellow bird on top. Very Charlie Brown-esque.
It’s little things like this that make me love stepping outside of Manhattan, even if just for an hour or two.
P.S. I think my favorite is wide-eyed Indigo, who appears to be a tan poodle!
See more of Tom Bob’s work on Instagram.
Happy New Year!
I snapped a pic of this giant eye-shaped subway art at 86th Street on the 4, 5, 6 line last January. The piece is part of Czech-born artist Peter Sis’ Happy City.
From afar, this simply looks like a blue eye, and probably nothing more. However, if you get closer to it, you’ll notice a few intriguing details.
The first fun detail about this eye-shaped art is the fact that it’s outlines with the New York City skyline. In the blue sclera of the eye, there are a bunch of stars shining, which leads me to believe it represents the sky or a reflection of the night sky in a river or something.
Finally, there’s the part surrounding the iris, which features a few animals such as a pig, unicorn, and duck. There’s also a compass in the pupil.
I’m not sure what this all means, but to me it’s a sign to look closely. Things might end up being more than they seem in 2018.
Learn more about Happy City.
Since September, the Garment District in NYC has seen a splash of vibrantly colored animals along Broadway between 36th and 41st Streets.
Created by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi, the installation is called Fancy Animal Carnival. It’s very fitting, especially since these animals, which include pandas, camels, and bulls, are decorated so intricately with carnival-like colors.
My favorite of the installation is this bull with a
septum piercing nose ring. He is definitely rocking that ginormous piece of jewelry!
Learn more about Fancy Animal Carnival here, and go check it out before it ends on April 15!
We had our first official snow day of 2017 this weekend.
On my way to the N train last week, I walked by Chase bank on West 39th between Fashion Ave. and Broadway when I saw this cute winter rabbit on the window.
I just love how innocent and vulnerable he looks! The colors are so winter wonderland-ish, and the muscle texture of the rabbit makes him look super agile.
Did you guys enjoy the snow day? Let me know in the comments!
My parents have just moved out to Long Island, so this weekend when I went to visit them I tagged along for some furniture shopping.
At Bob’s Furniture in Farmingdale, I saw these hilarious celebrity inspired cat paintings on a children’s bed. One cat is Lady Gaga with the blond bow hair, another is Pharrell with the infamous brown hat and I believe the last one on the left is Miley Cyrus. I didn’t want to touch the paintings (since I wasn’t buying them) to see the Miley one better but I’m 99.9% sure it is supposed to be the cat version of her.
I’m actually tempted to get the Lady Gaga one but it doesn’t match my purple and gray room that I’m decorating here.
Fall is literally two days away, so the lovely birds that came to visit NYC for the summer will be headed south soon.
I saw this amazing street art by Denton Burrows on a shipping container near the intersection of Ludow and East Houston Street in the East Village earlier this month. The two birds painted on the container look like the cutest couple snuggling up together on that branch!
I love that these colorful birds are set against the sky blue background, making it feel as if you’re actually staring at two birds sitting high up in a tree. Cue “The K-I-S-S-I-N-G Song.”
Also, is it just me, or does that green leaf in the bottom right corner look like some sort of smiley face leaf emoji?
See art by Denton Burrows at www.dentonburrows.com.
Can you believe I didn’t see this mural as I exited the 181 Street subway station in NYC a few weeks ago? It was impossible to miss on my way back home, though.
Created by WHAC (Washington Heights Arts & Comics), the mural depicts several comic-esque animals in shades of green, pink, and blue against a gray background. There’s also the occasional white and yellow creature.
It’s so hard to pick a favorite animal on this mural, but if I really had to narrow it down, I’d say the rabbit. When I stare at the rabbit for too long I start to wish it would hop out of the photo I took. It would be so fun to play with!
Interestingly, there are a lot of animals in the mural with wings (birds, butterflies, a bat, a unicorn, and a dragon). I can’t seem to figure out if that has some sort of underlying meaning. The only thing I’ve been able to connect it to is the fact the mural is temporary, which is like a bird flying away from its perch and never returning.
Learn more about WHAC at www.whac-nyc.work.
Or is he still going by Snoop Lion?
Regardless, the rapper is the voice of a new nature/wildlife web series called Planet Snoop on Merry Jane.
I wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but I’m being serious. Who in their right mind would cast Snoop Dogg for this kind of voice role?
What is he going to do? Rap a narrative of a cub lion’s birth?! This is madness!
Because of this, I chose a cartoon version of Snoop Dogg I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago for this week’s Fan Art Fridays. The piece is by cartoonist Anthony Geoffroy.
I can’t tell which part of the cartoon is worse: the oversized nose, the exaggerated lips, or the elongated neck!
You can see the original fan art on Pinterest, watch the first episode of Planet Snoop below, and view more of Anthony Geoffroy’s work here.
Looks like these cows definitely want to be royals!
Kansas Farmer Derek Klingenberg, famous for covering pop songs on YouTube, managed to summon an entire herd of cows with his rendition of Lorde’s “Royals.”
The video begins with Klingenberg facing the camera and whispering “shhh” before sitting on a lawn chair to play the popular song on his trombone.
Just before the first chorus, a few black cattle begin to appear across the landscape. And they’re not moving slow either.
Turns out that Lorde vibes really get them cows movin’!
At about three minutes in, the video speeds up and the cows form a tight crowd around the farmer.
It’s simply amazing.
I wonder what other animals would respond this way to Lorde. Sheep? Horses?
Check out Farmer Derek Klingenberg on YouTube, where you’ll find some more of his cool covers, especially this awesome “Blurred Lines” parody, farm animal edition.