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A Taste of the 80s

Boat

Early Saturday morning friend of Subway Art Blog, Halopigg, spotted a rare subway car covered in colorful graffiti. Here’s his recount of the experience:

I was coming home from a night out in Manhattan and at around 2am I was standing on the Myrtle Broadway platform waiting for the M Train when this freshly painted train rolled up. I could smell it before I could see it. I immediately grabbed my phone and started to snap a few pictures. I hopped on the train but then realized it was the last stop on the shuttle so I had another minute or two to get out and take a few more pictures. I was super surprised and the people around me either thought I was crazy or I was the person that did it.

Seeing a graffiti covered subway car in person has become rarer than seeing a shooting star through the New York smog. The MTA has a policy to pull cars like this one out of service immediately. This strategy has been so effective in fighting it that most New York-based graffiti writers don’t even bother—it’s usually Europeans and other out-of-towners that come and do their thing for a souvenir photos.

The pieces appear to be the work of LUPY, BOAT,  B36 and others. B36 most likely stands for “Beta 36” a graffiti crew based in Italy. If you have any more info on this crew, please share in the comments!

Special thanks to Halopigg for sharing his awesome photos. Check him out on Instagram.

Lupy

M Shuttle

Boat

Lupy 2

Photo Essay: A City of Children

A City of Children, subway art’s rookie of the year, has only been active a few months. In this short time, he has become one of the most recognizable street artists in New York City. Focusing mainly on the subway, his unconventional tag has gained the attention of many commuters.

I’ve been photographing his work since it started springing up earlier this summer and have put together a collection of his subway work. Check it out below!

PREMER Underground

NOXER DOD on the Subway

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PIXOTE Down Under

Brazilian artist, PIXOTE, recently took his tag underground.

Pixote means “small child” in Portuguese.

The artist is mostly known for his large paint roller pieces on the sides of buildings, like the one above.

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A Rare Glimpse at the Williamsburg Bridge Railway Terminal

There’s been a lot of buzz about the historic Williamsburg Bridge Railway Terminal lately. A group has proposed to turn the disused trolly terminal into an underground park, nicknamed “The LowLine.” The project has been backed by city officials and thousands of Kickstarter users and is well along the path to making the park a reality.

In its current state, the railway terminal is a hub for graffiti, just like the High Line was before its makeover. It is important for the space to be documented as it is now, before it is lost in time. Luckily, photographer Nelson Wan attended a Transit Museum tour of the disused trolley terminal just last week and was gracious enough to share his awesome photos with us. Enjoy!

Introducing: A City of Children

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AVONE at Essex Street