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On the Street in: Denver

DENVER 2016 ~ On a short trip to Denver, Colorado back in April, I took some time to wonder the streets and captured some of the vibrant street art scene there.

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I stayed on E. Colfax near Park Avenue and the first thing I noticed right off-the-bat was the strong sticker game going on there. Being a big sticker fan myself, I got a little obsessed trying to document all the slaps. Every sign, newspaper box, dumpster and drainpipe were plastered with plenty of great sticker work.

Names like MESR, INVIZ, SPB (Silly Pink Bunny / Jeremy Fish), YESM (tribute?), AEKS and HB9, led me from sign to sign.

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INVIZ, FTSK – Label 228

IMOK (If Mother Only Knew) – Jive

SPB (Silly Pink Bunny / Jeremy Fish)

FTSK Label 228 & Hello my name is BERT

Some nice 228 Labels, hand styles and graphics were seen in some out-of-the way places too.

Then I made my way over to the Larimer Street area near 27th St. where there are tons of sanctioned murals but even more unsanctioned stuff. There are two alleyways on either side of Larimer St. that are chock-full of tags, murals, wheatpastes, throwies, and just about anything else you can think of.

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Trashbird, Lomax and??

One of my favorite discoveries there was the “Kwiatkowski Press” prints. A project by Brian Bradley, working under the name Frank Kwiatkowski, he carves his designs on sections of old traffic cones to make the prints. I saw at least five of them up on walls and other surfaces. He has a very unique style that reminds me of the raw and revolutionary work of Emory Douglas in the 1970s.  Kwiatkowski often centers his work around the healthcare industrial complex and his struggles in dealing with diabetes.

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Another wonderful discovery was the work of Koko Bayer (@kokonofilter). The grandchild of groundbreaking Modern Bauhaus Artist Herbert Bayer, Koko’s project “brings his work back to life” by reproducing images and getting them up out in the streets, and adding a contemporary twist here and there. Now a whole new generation can be introduced to his masterworks through this collaboration that defies the bounds of time and mortality.

Koko Bayer also documents the weathering of the pieces over time.

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While walking through one of the alleys I was surprised to see a huge piece by one of my longtime favorite artists: GATS (Graffiti Against the System). @GATSPTV

I first came across the work of GATS while visiting ROME in 2010. The East Bay artist has one of the most recognizable styles on the streets. This double-faced piece behind The Meadowlark Bar music venue was so rad, I did my best to move the dumpsters out of the way to get a full shot, but the left one was full of cooking oil, so it was no-go.

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So I shot this Impossible Project / Polaroid of one face.

There was waaay too much wonderful stuff to mention all of it in this post. So I’ll show a few more here, then you can click the link at the bottom of the page (or here) if you’d like to flip through my Flickr Gallery of 80 photos.

CORPSE ART (@c0rpse___)

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Scot LeFavor WHAM! mural

There’s tons more to see, so click through the gallery below to fully immerse yourself in the Denver street scene.

Check back soon for the next installment of our “On the Street in:” series.  Hint: it’s often preceded by “Moon’s Over…”

Stay Up! ~ Peace.

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ALL TEXT AND PHOTOS BY LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN

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On the street in: Key West

On a recent trip to Key West, Florida, (in November 2015) I documented what I came across during my touristic wanderings. Plenty of stickers and little tags, but not many large pieces or murals. Here’s what I found…

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Here’s a decent sticker bomb site including The London Police, buenowun, INFOE, YU 246, CYNE and more.

CYNE was up absolutely EVERYWHERE in Key West. Here’s just a sample of what I came across by this “SouthernmostWanted” graffiti, paste-up & sticker artist…

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These CYNE wheatpastes are really artful.

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Here’s CYNE with SiD, and UTAH & ETHER – VISAH TATER – SODUH

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Here’s a lovely tag on a utility box. I can’t tell if it’s “Ambrose”, “Aimlose” or what… Anyone know this one?

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I love this WILZA blue skull paste-up. Good Style!

 

Here are two paste-ups with “Relax, Dude” using Batman & James Bond” I saw another Bond one that was even more torn off.

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Here’s a nice little hand-drawn USPS Priority sticker. Anyone know who this is?

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Here’s another really awesome sticker. I can’t decipher it. Any guesses?

 

 

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Icon face with glasses USPS Priority sticker.

 

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OK face multicolor sticker.

 

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Sorria (or Soffia) sticker. Is this NASCK???

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SICK double priority sticker.

 

Here are two cool skulls with hats. Reminiscent of dia de los muertos.

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Skull with sunglasses & hat (dia de los muertos) and little p-nut.

 

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nice white on black peat (or peal?) sticker. Anyone know this one?

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Very cool little painted wooden wheel screwed onto a telephone pole. 

 

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d1NYC – #duelris – Adventures of Rainbow Bush & cool green stripey spray dude with his tongue out.

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INFOE & SiD w/ Gnarles Jr. (band)

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INFOE & SHOWDRAWN.com

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heres a very cool little tag sticker. Anyone know??

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UTAH ETHER & VISAH TATER with a nifty little GRILL sticker.

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Another one of thole little grill stickers, UTAH ETHER & VISAH TATER

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INFOE stickers.

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This was a very cool little photograph, framed in wood and bolted to a street sign post.

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sticker quote from @byoungz

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CYNE & PawnWorks

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and to finish it off, here’s an unknown “Hello my name is” hand drawn sticker.

This was a quick trip to Key West, my first time there. I put up some of my RayJohnsonFanClub collage work and also a couple of my Picturecrossing Polaroids. I’ll be posting them up here a bit later…

Ciao


On the Street in: BARCELONA

On the Street in: BARCELONA

We had a nice visit to Barcelona, Spain for Christmas break. Our first time there. I spent a lot of time working on my own stuff to post on the streets there which you can see at rayjohnsonfanclub.com . But as always I took some time to capture whatever I came across in my meandering, touristic travels.

First up is a piece I assisted on, by friend Mimi the Clown at Pl. les 3 Xemeneies in the Poble Sec neighborhood along Para-lel.

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Mimi the Clown in Barcelona.

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Mimi the Clown in Barcelona.

While there I came across MOHΔK just starting a large wall piece.

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MOHΔK at work in Barcelona.

Here’s her photo showing how it turned out after 2 days of solid work. Click it for more by her.

This photo © MOHΔK. Click it for more by her.

Also in Pl. les 3 Xemeneies were some more large works. Here’s a nice piece by Marina Capdevila working around an odd hole in the wall.

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Marina Capdevila in Barcelona.

On the same wall is this gripping work by The Dulk & Sebas.

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The Dulk & Sebas in Barcelona.

Not to be outclowned here’s another wall there by BETA1.

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BETA1 in Barcelona.

Moving on to the area around the improvised skatepark in front of MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona).

Here’s the first piece I saw there by the prolific artist C215. Unfortunately scrawled over.  I was hoping to come across more of his work on the street considering he had an exhibition going on at Barcelona’s Montana Paint Shop Gallery through 2/2/2013. (come back soon for my full review of that show with lots of photos.)

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C215 in Barcelona.

Here’s the only other one of his street pieces I saw on this trip, just down the street from the gallery where his show was on over near the Arc de Triomf. (my handmade sticker seen underneath it.)

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C215 & Ray Johnson Fan Club in Barcelona.

Back near the museum we came across some good work while looking for a good spot to eat.

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Fresh Fake by someone from Fatal Fake Club / Crew? FatalFakers

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Spaghetti & Meatballs? by IESK in Barcelona.

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A nice unsigned paste-up of a blue unicorn / horse head or chess piece knight?

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“Color Flies” up since 2010 by Alain81

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Unsigned Black & White on Red stencil of a boy holding a pearl? Up since at least June 2012.

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A couple of strange pieces up directly across from MACBA. Jaws / Shark and some superheroes?

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Happy Face bomb and a beautiful stencil by AliCè: Alice Pasquini.

Unfortunately, the nicest piece I saw in Barcelona was by someone I have not yet been able to identify.  This piece was put up directly across the entrance from MACBA. A large grid with dozens of tiny faces painted on single squares of toilet paper.  On white tape it was titled “Caras de Barcelona” (Faces of Barcelona) And on another strip it is signed with something that looks like “aléj” ??? I couldn’t find any reference to any artist working this way. Help me out if you know who did this unique piece.

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“Caras de Barcelona”

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“Caras de Barcelona”

I photographed these on 26 December, and when I returned 3 days later the pieces of paper had all been burned. This area ia a skatepark so I assume the bored kids decided to take a lighter to each face individually. I doubt the artist did this intentionally.  I actually like the result as an evolution of what happens to art on the streets.

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“Caras de Barcelona” (burned)

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“Caras de Barcelona” (burned)

One day we took a side trip up to Montserrat. A beautiful cathedral at the monastery there. I caught this Bunbuns 2006 sticker by Mattt Baay on a railing on my way out. Up since 2006??? Nice spot!

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Bunbuns 2006 sticker in Monserrat

Now back to the Poble Sec area where we had rented an apartment.

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A Dog with heart by RESKO.

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Another piece I can’t quite make out. Is it “Joa” ? and seems to say “Lugaty x Sins.” – Any info???

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Double shot of Mister Pencil / Monsieur Crayon

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It seems this triptych by Dyox & Jaik Spayk has been up for nearly 3 years at least.

Our last day we headed to Barceloneta beach. Only there for a quick lunch so this funny little cow sticker was the only thing I came across there.

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Cows sticker Barceloneta Beach.

And I’m not sure it’s considered Street Art, but along the beach there’s many people making very elaborate sand castles & sculptures. Most of them have a hat or bucket out to collect money. I wish I’d gotten some better shots of them. Some were quite amazing.

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Sand sculpture Barceloneta Beach.

So that’s about it for this “On the street” segment. I’ll be completing a long post on the C215 exhibition on the next few days. And I’ll be posting more of my own work done while in Barcelona soon as well.
Adios! ~ Lance

frame #10 – Urban deStijl – Barcelona, Spain.  – CAMERA: Olympus XA3 (1985)  – FILM: 35mm Polaroid 200 Def1 (expired 2002) DATE: 12/26/2012

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ON THE STREET IN: Rotterdam

On my second trip to the Dutch city of Rotterdam, I took a few minutes to capture some of the street art I saw along the way. Here’s what I came across on this quick, touristic visit.
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ON THE STREET in: Sticktacular BRUSSELS.

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Melange of stickers in Brussels.

For today’s visit to Brussels I decided to focus on the myriad stickers to be found during my walk around the Central Station, the Royal Palace, & the new Hard Rock Cafe in the Grand Place.  Most people don’t even realize this underground world of stickers exists. After you see this post you’ll never be able to ignore them again. ~ Enjoy…

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Nice Blue face & heart. This was my favorite sticker of the day. (By Narcoze)

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Blue Captain Deux ?

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Another nice custom job. My 2nd favorite of the day. Anyone know who this is by?

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This is quite nice. I don’t know if it’s half-torn or if it was designed like this. Either way it’s intriguing.

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nice work by Sjero.com

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this “CG” is simple yet eye-catching.

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On The Street in: PARIS

Street Art seen on the streets of Paris ~ July 20-22 / 2012

Made a quick visit to Paris last weekend so here’s some of the Street Art I saw while there. Some of it is “artist unknown” or not decipherable anyway. I feel it is important to document what is up out there. This is not a commentary on what’s good or what’s important or who’s “known.” It’s just what I saw in my meanderings. Some of it had already been partially torn down or defaced but I wanted to post it anyway just for documentary purposes. – Please let me know if you have any other information on the works shown or their creators. – Enjoy.

Invader at Librarie du Temple

Invader – Mario

Michael Beerens #05

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a SOBR girl

a SOBR maze

another SOBR girl

SOBR girl and WB

WB in La Marais

Melange 28 – Octave, Sepos, Oré & more…

Fucking Money

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Mosaics in Monmartre

Blé Mosaic in Monmartre

This is Street Art & Free to Love in La Marais

a wormhole into the countryside in La Marais

Kidult sticker in La Marais

Some great abstract faces. These aren’t by Gregory Siff are they?

Some great abstract faces. These aren’t by Gregory Siff are they?

Fred Le Chevalier

Pascal Bruandet (defaced)

The Pope of Fat – Wonder Woman

someone peeking around the corner

Art is a Dirty Job

This begins a series of items that you may or may not consider “ART”

Leaves painted blue in Montparnasse Cemetery

Poem left on Tristan Tzara’s grave in Montparnasse cemetery.

AKZO (is this an ad campaign?)

A 3-legged nightstand left in a phone booth.

Well, that’s it for this trip. Stay tuned to this channel for more “On the Street in:” episodes…

~ all text & photos by Lance Aram Rothstein

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