Gallery Mondays: URBANIMAL Graffiti on AI Moving Express Truck

I saw another one of URBANIMAL’s creations on a truck near my job one evening a couple of months ago. I love seeing these unexpectedly pop up on trucks in NYC.

This truck happened to be an AI Moving Express truck, and the art on it was both subtle and vibrant at the same time. It features a man in grayscale in a sort of portrait style surrounded by fish on either side of him along with a few UFOs overhead.

Looking at these little fishies in the graffiti reminded me that their waters are going to turn to ice soon, as winter is approaching :/

See more of URBANIMAL’s work over on Instagram.

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Gallery Mondays: Damien Mitchell’s Peregrine Falcon

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Remember that awesome Audubon Mural Project mural I saw a couple of months ago? The “Western Tanager” by Yu-baba? Well I found another one, this time a “Peregrine Falcon” by Australian street artist Damien Mitchell!

This mural can be found on St. Nicholas Ave. between W 147 and W 148 Street near the A, C, B, D station and M3 bus stop. I love how the falcon is depicted in mid-flight. Its eyes are also very captivating.

Watch Damien Mitchell paint the mural in the video below!

Gallery Mondays: We CAN Coexist

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In the final minutes of the Canstruction NYC 2017 exhibit at Brookfield Place, I saw this amazing piece of can art called “We CAN Coexist”. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Created by RAND Engineering & Architecture, the piece symbolizes a rainbow of differences. From the Jewish star, to Yin and Yang and the Cross of Calvary, this rainbow promotes the idea that we can all function together as a society despite the fact that we may come from varying backgrounds. Isn’t it lovely how all these symbols can spell out the word “coexist”?

With all the hate crimes and terror attacks lately, “We CAN Coexist” really made me feel something. I’m used to seeing fun Canstruction pieces, as you saw in my post of the 2014 exhibit a few years back. I’m definitely glad I made time to see the 2017 exhibit, because pieces like this make you take a step back and think about how people are being treated unfairly just for being who they are.

Kudos, RAND Engineering & Architecture!

Learn more about Canstruction.

Gallery Mondays: Freeport Spirits

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I’ve been dabbling in a bit of historical fiction writing over the last couple of months. I recently wrote a short story about pirates, so when I came across this photo in my camera roll I decided it was fitting for this week’s Gallery Mondays.

This seafaring scene was found on the wall outside of Freeport Spirits in Long Island. I see it every Sunday on the way to church, so I recently snapped a photo of it.

One of the three ships in this art piece looks like a pirate ship. I wonder if this scene is based on real events, and if so, did the pirates make it onto land in Freeport?

I wonder which ship is carrying the barrels of wine…

Gallery Mondays: Chelsea Guitars

A couple of weeks ago, I walked past Chelsea Guitars and saw this awesome sculpture of a woman sitting outside the shop with a mini guitar in hand.

It took me a while to realize this woman is Marilyn Monroe. Boy, I’m slow sometimes!

Marilyn Monoe is wearing her infamous white dress from Seven Year Itch, the top of which is covered with one of the Chelsea Guitars Coat of Arms tee shits. So clever.

I’m not a guitar player, but I would have totally went inside if I were. Chelsea Guitars seems like a really cool shop!

Check out Chelsea Guitars online!

Gallery Mondays: “Knickerbocker Ave” by Ryan Peltier

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If NYC had an underground Halloween/macabre dance party, I think it would definitely look like Ryan Peltier’s “Knickerbocker Ave”. Especially if this underground party took place at a Brooklyn subway stop.

“Knickerbocker Ave” is one of those subway art cards I can’t stop staring at. Whenever I look at it, I notice something more and more absurdly funny every time!

The characters in this piece by Peltier are based on friends and neighbors he remembered during his time living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The birds flying above the characters are also based on real subjects (pigeon people) he would see at the Kickerbocker Avenue stop.

Awkwardly contorted dancing aside, what is going on with the snowman-like figure in black? And the woman to his left with her hair covering half of her face? Is that even safe to be dancing so close to the yellow line with only one uncovered eye?!

Important questions!

See more of Peltier’s work here.

And, of course, if you like it so much that you want one for yourself, you can buy “Knickerbocker Ave” here.

Fan Art Fridays: Loonette the Clown

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A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I had one of those “where are they now” moments while discussing one of my favorite 90s children’s television characters, Loonette the Clown, from The Big Comfy Couch.

As anyone does, we did a quick Google search and found that Loonette was played by Alyson Court, who has a son and is now in her 40s. More on where she is now can be found over on MTV.com.

I used spend countless hours as a kid circa 1999 trying to perfect Loonette’s clock rug stretch on my bedroom floor after every episode (which was always a complete fail because I wasn’t that flexible then and I’m still not flexible now).

I woke up this morning remembering all this and decided I should probably make use of it for this week’s Fan Art Fridays. So, here’s some amazing fan art of Loonette and her doll Molly by nellii_bug on Instagram. It was created using ink brush pens, which give the fan art a watercolor feel. I also love the fact that she gave Loonette anime eyes!

BTW, would make a perfect Halloween costume idea for mother and daughter. You can even go as Loonette and take a Molly doll along with you if you can’t find a human to pair up with.

Check out some more of nellii_bug’s art over on Instagram.