The Bonnie and Clyde of Subway Graffiti

In August of last year, two of the most notorious subway graffiti artists were arrested as they arrived in the United States after a tagging tour of Europe.  Earlier this month, Danielle “Dani” Bremner was charged in her case for vandalizing subway cars in Manhattan.  She was tried separately and was sentenced to six months in prison for tagging subway cars in Queens.

The trial of her boyfriend, Jim Clay Harper or “Ether” is currently pending.

During their trip the couple is said to have tagged trains and other properties in ten countries in Europe.

According to police, the graffiti damages totaled between $100,000 and $200,000 in New York City alone.

Dani and Ether were among a dying breed of talented artists creating subway car graffiti art similar to that which was commonplace in the 1980s.  While the MTA is cutting back on graffiti removal spending, it may be a while before we see the revival of the subway art movement documented in Martha Cooper’s book.

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dick – Verb (third-person singular simple present dicks, present participle dicking, simple past and past participle dicked)

• To mistreat or take advantage of [somebody]. Dude, don’t let them dick you like that!

• To waste time, to goof off.  Quit dicking around and get to work!

Taken on the Metro North, swiped from my friend’s Facebook.  Thanks Fallon!

Subway Art Gallery Opening

From the merry pranksters that brought you Frozen Grand Central comes the latest transportation themed improv comedy mission.  Fifty “agents” of Improv Everywhere schlepped it down to the blue line’s uptown platform at 23rd Street and set up an intricate subway art gallery.  The agents set up 30 placards next to various objects in the space such as pipes, electrical boxes, signs and advertisements.  They also went as far as to set up a coat check, bar and a cellist.  Click on the link below so you can wish you were there too.

[Subway Art Gallery Opening – Improv Everywhere]

Subway Art Book

And now for my exceedingly long-overdue, yet brief, first post.

In our research to find out if a Subway Art Blog already existed prior to creating our own, we came across the Subway Art book. The book consists of hundreds of images of colorful graffiti on New York subway trains captured by two photographers in the 1980s, accompanied by short back stories. Subway Art provides a glimpse into what is unfortunately a bygone era when the exteriors of so many subway cars became animated canvases.

A very cool virtual experience of the book can be had here.

Creepy Subway Baby

This bug-eyed spawn was spotted on the J train a few months ago by yours truly.  I suppose this is further proof of the only thing I learned in kindergarten—that plastic googly eyes make everything (even Transit Museum ads) more fun!  A few weeks later I saw the same eyes over a different ad (they switched the ad and hadn’t removed the eyes from the plastic cover).  I hope one day we meet again.

Poster Boy Graces the Pages of New York

Poster Boy in New York Magazine

Infamous subway artist Poster Boy is featured in the current issue of New York Magazine.  The article follows the anonymous vandal as he tears down and remixes posters at the 23rd Street C/E station.

The defacing of posters doesn’t sound particularly lofty, but Poster Boy—who, for obvious reasons, wishes to remain anonymous (vandalism is, after all, a crime)—has intentions that are surprisingly high-minded. The die-hard Fight Club fan hopes to start a decentralized art movement, one where anyone can claim to be Poster Boy. “No copyright, no authorship,” he says. “A social thing, as opposed to being an artist making things for bored rich people to hang above their couch.” That such a crusade might encourage vandalism doesn’t bother him. “Where I’m from, if you go by the book, it’s a very slow process to get what you want,” he says.”

¡Viva Poster Boy! In the words of (then Supreme Chancellor) Palpatine, we will be watching his career with great interest. Check out the New York Magazine site for more:

[Poster Boy Turns Subway Ads Into Political Art – New York Magazine]

Call for Submissions

One of the many features we have planned for the Subway Art Blog requires input from YOU.  Yes, I’m looking at (okay, typing to) every single one of you who has a camera phone and rides the subway.  Interesting stuff is happening 24/7 in the underground and it’s up to all of us to capture it and share!  Take this gem to the left for example.  Laura spotted this one on the J train on a Con Edison ad.  I figured this would be timely, as we release this very fruity website.

Please send us your interesting, funny and crazy subway photos for the “Rider Report” feature of the Subway Art Blog.  Be sure to include the train line or stop where it was taken, the day, a short caption and your name/handle if you want credit.  E-mail or photo message your photos to subwayartblog@gmail.com.