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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

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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

Black Book: NOXER x DAM GIRL

I originally met NOXER and DAM GIRL through another member of the NYC graff crew DOD (Department of Defense). The crew’s refined style comes from decades of experience in the game. NOXER alone has been writing graffiti for a total of 23 years. He is probably most well known for his appearance in the bombing documentary, State Your Name.

More DOD after the jump. more »

PAONE at Avenue U

Some graff I caught on the Q line.

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Art Basel Miami 2011 – Cope2′s Rise to the Occasion

NYC graffiti king COPE2 also showed paintings during Art Basel in Miami at his solo show called “Rise to the Occasion.” In many ways his work was similar to UR New York’s—a mix of collage, painting and tagging. COPE also references the subway in his work with subway cars and wet paint signs.

Check out COPE’s site for more!

Miami Art Basel 2011 – Breaking and Entering

Graffiti writers 2ESAE and SKI of UR New York showed new work at their own show called “Breaking and Entering” in Wynwood, Miami this weekend.

In one series that was being displayed, the artists appropriated traffic signs and other city signage as their canvases. One of these works, called “Good Ole Days,” utilized a sign from the M train. Another series in the show was a collection of model vehicles painted by the duo. One of these was a yellow service subway car with old school fill-in bubble letter tags.

The subway seems to be a common topic in the work of many artists showing in Miami. Graffiti writers especially have a connection with the subway because the modern graffiti movement was born on the trains. It’s pretty amazing that the system continues to inspire so much art.

Check out UR New York’s site for more!