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 differnece there, huh? (Did I miss any?)
See more of SINNED’s work on Instagram.
While strolling past a school under construction in East Harlem, I saw this adorbs crochet peace sign made of yarn on the fence.
Even though crochet reminds me so much of winter, this peace sign screams spring with its florals and vibrant colors.
I’m not sure who created it―much less if it was just one person or a combined effort―but I think it’s such a nice touch amidst all the scaffolding, dumpsters and construction tools on the site.
See the floral peace sign for yourself on the corner of Lexington Ave and 104 Street!
Time to talk about making waves.
In conjunction with Project 0, 50 celebrities created ocean-inspired art for the La Mer Wave Walk installation in New York City just in time for World Oceans Day on June 8th. The list of celebrities, also known as “wave makers,” involved with the project includes Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, and Tali Lennox. The majority of the installations are located in Manhattan with a few in Queens and Brooklyn.
After work a few days ago, I took a stroll down to the corner of West 27th and 7th Ave at FIT to see Tali Lennox’s wave, titled “Harmony.”
Lennox’s wave is inspired by a trip she took to upstate New York. She contrasts New York City’s chaos with upstate New York’s natural setting using what appear to be tall, brown fir trees painted on the inside and outside of the wave.
I hope I have some time to check out the rest of these installations before they disappear on June 21st to be auctioned off for charity. They’re such a great visual reminder of how important it is to conserve our natural environment.
Learn more about Wave Walk and see all of the installations on a map over at www.cremedelamer.com/nyc-wave-walk.
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.
I walked passed Shindo USA in the Garment District of NYC today, and I came across this amazing fox by Ribbonesia made out of ribbon.
I can’t imagine how much patience it takes to make something like this, but it’s gorgeous!
I’m not sure if Shindo USA added the green tie to this fox, but it surely is a nice touch.
Ribbonesia is an artist duo that specializes in making cool ribbon art. See more of their work on Instagram!
Last week I went to a fun pop up at The DL called The Majestic where they had dancers in body paint, face painting, and a small art exhibit. Above is one of the pieces I found intriguing.
There’s a lot going on in this work of art by The Art Rising. The centerpiece appears to be a woman wearing red lipstick and a gorgeous gold eye shadow on her lids. She’s peering up at a figure wearing a crazy looking mask that I can’t quite figure out.
Like, what is going on here?!
Anyway, I love the fact that you can stare at this vibrant piece for a while and come up with a million different ideas as to what’s going on in it.
See more of their work here.
A few days ago, I dropped in to see Alix Akele’s artwork currently hanging in the lobby of Kaufman Arcade in the Garment District of NYC.
There’s something very calming about the way these colors are blended across this painting, which is odd because orange is one of those shades that’s known to raise blood pressure. I’ve always believed this concept in color psychology was true, especially when mixed with other vibrant colors like bright pink, as it is here.
This might be the only exception.
Perhaps the small bits of light and smoky dark blue in the middle and towards the bottom that even this out, putting the feel back in tranquil mode.
Whatever it is, this is definitely a sunset I’d chase.
See more of Akele’s work here.