During my lunch break sometime last week, I saw this truck in the turning lane on 39th Street and 8th Avenue in Midtown, NYC. I usually hate trying to take photos of things in moving traffic since they almost always come out blurry, but the light for the turning lane was red so I took the chance.
Needless to say I didn’t regret trying.
The graffiti art on the truck was created by NYC artist SINNED. It features a floating guardian squid with what appears to be a spiky helmet.
While looking at more of SINNED’s art on Instagram, I noticed that the squid didn’t always have those menacing black marks above and below his eyes or the little black nostrils. The light green waves in the background weren’t originally there either. SINNED went back and added those elements after he was finished with the piece.
Kinda fun playing spot the difference there, huh? (Did I miss any?)
See more of SINNED’s work on Instagram.
I turned 23 this past weekend, and it truly occurred to me how old I am when I just looked up when the last Garfield movie was released.
More than 10 YEARS AGO.
Anyway, I see this truck by Wane Cod and Lucky Liz every time I run an errand for my boss near 32nd Street and Broadway in Midtown, NYC. On it, Garfield the fat cat looks cool as ever in a pair of dark shades against Cod’s infamous “WANE” stamp.
If this is #25, then I better start hunting for the other 24 trucks!
See more of Wane Cod’s work at www.waneone.com.
Is it still hunting season?
I saw this rather interesting piece of art last month at Last Rites Gallery in Midtown. The piece is part of Kimberly Witham’s On Ripeness and Rot series, which contrasts fresh fruits with dead animal carcasses.
How’s that for morbid?
It’s crazy how she combines the two so gracefully, almost as they appear in nature. Take away the bowl and you have an innocent deer against a white background with berries dangling from a branch above her.
See more of Witham’s work at www.kimberlywitham.com.
I’ve had this pic sitting in my phone for a few month’s now. I felt it was time to unleash the dragon in this graffiti by URBANIMAL.
I saw this piece on a truck on the corner of West 37th and 8th Ave, and I immediately knew it was by URBANIMAL because of the way the eyes on the characters are depicted and the fact that his art is all over trucks in Midtown West. I love the vibrant color.
For some reason, the woman in the piece looks a little bit like Gayle from Bob’s Burgers. Is it just me? Also, is she holding that dragon by pink bejeweled reins?!
See more of URBANIMAL’s work on Instagram.
I was walking by Chashama 266 in Midtown West last month when I saw these really great paintings. I loved the summer vibes I got from them so I snapped a pic from the other side of the glass door.
I really need to make an appointment to see one of Chashama 266’s exhibits at some point!
Anyway, these were part of Marcia Haufrecht’s Shadows & Substance exhibit. It reminded me of all the Q53 bus rides I’m not going to miss this summer because I moved out of Queens. Therefore, I no longer have to board a crowded bus full of beach-goers.
Why does anyone want to go to the beach in this scorching heat anyway? The sand is going to burn you!
Be smart like the two in the painting on the far right and visit a lake instead.
Learn more about Shadows & Substance at www.chashama.org/event/shadows_substance.
Last week, I stumbles upon a field of hands on display at chashama 266 in Midtown.
Called Suggestion Mark, the exhibit is by Jennifer Grimyser. She explores the concept of verbal and non-verbal communication using hands that appear to be making signs similar to those in American Sign Language.
I never learned to sign because I don’t have any deaf friends or family and I’m not deaf myself. I do find it intriguing though, especially since most humans that communicate with words also use their hands to emphasize certain statements.
I wonder if these hands are actually forming a coherent statement…
Learn more about the exhibit here.
A few months ago I spotted this B.K. Express Truck sitting in the parked lane on 8th Avenue in Midtown with URBANIMAL graffiti all over it.
The truck has a Michigan address on it, which is enough to pique my curiosity. The URBANIMAL graffiti was just an added bonus.
The first thing I noticed were the fish and how much the ones along the bottom of the truck look like Frankie and Evelyn from Spongebob. That can’t be a coincidence.
The second thing I noticed was the uncanny amount of eyeballs in the piece as a whole. Wow.
URBANIMAL’s graffiti never ceases to amaze me.
See more of URBANIMAL’s work here.
Back in September 2015, I was walking along 9th Ave in Midtown when I saw this gorgeous goddess outside of Casa di Isacco.
I’d passed by the restaurant a couple of times, but I never realized there was a sculpture sitting in that sidewalk vineyard. The sculpture looks like a depiction of Greek/Roman goddess Hebe/Juventus, but I’m not entirely sure.
Doesn’t this photo make you wish it was still autumn in NYC? Gosh, this snow needs to melt. STAT.
Learn more about the goddess Hebe on Wikipedia.
If you passed by or entered a TD Bank during December 2015, you might have seen these adorable wooden crafted animals sporting the bank’s green accessories.
This little deer was sitting on a ledge at the TD Bank near 9th Ave in Midtown, NYC. He’s got a green striped scarf on with a little TD Bank pin and a snowy pine tree behind him.
The little tiny pieces of wood that were used to make this deer couldn’t have been an easy task to complete. But the finished product is one to gush over.
I just wish they would have kept these little guys around all winter!
Oh, what some of us would do to be submerged in a body of water like this woman right now.
While I was checking out the latest exhibit at Last Rites Gallery called “The Kindly Ones,” I stumbled upon this beautiful painting by Davis Stoupakis.
The painting is called Rise, and the red color he uses for the flowers in the water give the scene a sort of passionate nature. From the woman’s pose to the way her hair blends into the water, this painting is just simply gorgeous.
Check out the painting at Last Rites Gallery in midtown, and see more of Stoupakis’ artwork here.