Basquiat’s Great Jones Street Loft To Be Immortalized

57 Great Jones Street, New York. Courtesy of Google Maps.

57 Great Jones Street is more than the former home and studio of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).  It represents a mythical era of street art – an infamous downtown cool kids scene most of us never got to experience firsthand.

On July 13, as part of the historic plaque program, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) will unveil a plaque marking the site of Basquiat’s former home and studio – once owned by his friend and mentor, Andy Warhol.

The historic plaque unveiling ceremony (in partnership with Two Boots) aims to “celebrate and explore the invaluable work and local connections of this essential artist,” GVSHP said.  The event will take place on July 13 at 6 pm, attendance is free but reservations are requested.  The presentation will be followed by free pizza courtesy of local restaurant Two Boots.

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Astro Creates Massive Optical Illusion Mural




If your stroll down the street suddenly feels like you’re portaling into another dimension, you may have stumbled into one of Astro’s massive illusions.  Parisian graffiti artist Astro creates optical illusion murals that draw viewers into unreachable realms.  His trademark curves and abstract calligraphy shapes recently turned up on a residential building in Loures, Portugal, just south of Lisbon for the urban art project Loures Art Publica.

Check out the sweet pics below.






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All images via Astro.

Amberella’s Goth Hearts

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Goth Heart by Amberella. Photo - Conrad Benner/Streets Dept

Goth Heart by Amberella. Photo – Conrad Benner/Streets Dept

Amber Lynn (aka Amberella) is a Philadelphia-based mixed media and street artist who sees the world through candy-coated eyes. Most of her work is conceptual and often comments on popular culture, body image, or lady drama.  What we find intriguing is her honest draw on past and present personal life experiences and how she freely she lets it all bleed out into the street.

Her newest series, Goth Hearts is a culmination of feelings pulled from diaries, notes, sketchbooks, scribbles, memories, and every day feels.  It’s raw and vulnerable, seeking to touch on the viewer’s emotions and evoke feeling upon first glance.  Here, there are no candy-colored sappy sentiments packaged and disguised in an array of pretty lies.

“This work speaks to my own experiences and vulnerabilities. I’m revisiting, exploring, and releasing these emotions, whether past or present, back into the universe. The streets serve as a platform to create an unexpected raw reaction for the viewer. The streets are conceptually part of my process and I’m passionate about it enough that I push myself to places that are uncomfortable at times; literally putting my heart into the streets .

Besides the therapeutic nature of the work for myself, I hope that it will trigger emotion in others. In regards to the viewer, that’s all I’m after. The viewers experience is truly dependent on that persons’own thoughts, experience, perception, personality, and a plethora of other factors. I just want to provide a moment in time for people to connect with themselves and their emotions. Feelings, -all types- are so important. It means that you are alive and present.”


Visit Amberella on Instagram and check out her past work on Streets Dept.

Amberella at Front Street Walls. Photo by @ronzanetich

Amberella at Front Street Walls. Photo by @ronzanetich

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Photo: Amber Lynn

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Photo: Amber Lynn

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Photo: Amber Lynn

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Photo: Amber Lynn

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Photo: Amber Lynn

C is for Conor Harrington


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UK based street artist, Conor Harrington envisions the historical with street art styling, producing hypermodern murals that toss you right into the fray. His over-sized dramatic figures, regally attired in tattered historical garb loom over the viewer, poised in the throes of epic fights fought out on the side of buildings and city walls. Each scene drips with a sense of visceral urgency, bringing life to these amazing oil painting mimics.

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Like most recorded history, it’s all mapped out and planned before its written down. Scenes are staged like large-scale compositions and photographed in the studio before they’re executed outside.  Oil paintings from the days of our forefathers never looked like this. But if there was some Colonial Fight Club action taking place, chances are, it went down like this.

Watch it evolve:

Link up: Conor Harrington Website / Instagram @conorsaysboom


Genre: Street Art

B is for Boy Kong

Boy Kong Mural


B is for Boy Kong.  We caught Boy Kong’s work a few years ago during Armory Week, at the Fountain Art Fair and developed an instant connect.  Since then, we’ve been enjoying his stylized show pieces – they are vibrant, collaged images in motion that emote enough energy to taunt a viewer into standing there long enough to catch the moment they break free of the framing.

Boy Kong jumps around from painting, to illustrating, to muralist, but his gallery pieces are our favorites.  You’re just as likely to see a piece at a show or on the street – a double treat. 

Until then, you can check out his work by following these links:  Instagram: @BOYKONG Facebook: BOY KONG

Genre: Contemporary Art

Kid Hazo Plays Up The Pope Visit with some Pope-tacular Signs


Well, kiddies the Pope is here in Philly, so why wouldn’t Kid Hazo hit up the streets with some Pope-tacular signs.

Our favorite has to be the sign collaboration ‘Prohibited Items’ with Mikey Ilagan (Geekadelphia) and Adam J. Teterus, parodying the crazy list prohibited items Philly dropped at the Pope security checkpoints.

Please can I see a group of people out there breaking the rules doing the ‘Stanky Leg’




‘And Then Art Walked Into The Fray’ or the less dramatic title ‘They Called it Moonshine Kingdom’



“Moonshine Kingdom” on the side of 56 Wyckoff Avenue. Photo by London Kaye

BUSHWICK, NY – Might as well view it now, because it’s gone.  This piece featuring Sam Shakusky from Wes Anderson’s 2012 Moonrise Kingdom holding hands with Delbert Grady’s daughters from The Shining got tangled up in a bigger social conversation – and it ain’t about street art aesthetics.

Yarnbomber, London Kaye (@madebylondon) installed this 15-foot crochet mural on the side of a family’s building adjacent to the Brooklyn Flea in Bushwick.  It was put up without the family’s permission.  In all fairness, Kaye thought she had the owner’s blessing.  Rob Abner, the flea’s founder, gave Kaye permission to erect the crochet piece, Abner did not, however, ask the family if he could decorate the facade of the home.  Rightfully, the family was a bit pissed.  Matters only got worse when their interactions with Abner requesting its removal went poorly (read all about that here, on The Gothamist – where the story was first reported).

Tenant advocate and Bushwick native Will Giron’s aunt owns the property.  In frustration over the artwork being erected without consent, Giron took to Facebook to air his family’s grievances… and that’s all she wrote.  We all know that the internet loves to reblog and comment on issues like this one.

The rage isn’t about the art, the debate is really about gentrification in urban neighbourhoods – it’s not easy to shake.  The lack of permission coupled with the poor communication Giron experienced with Abner just perpetuated the larger problem at hand – a lack of awareness and burgeoning sense of entitlement the residents were feeling from the new communities moving into their neighborhoods.  The beginning of the shift is usually an influx of artists who find the low rents affordable.  They bring a certain flair to the neighborhood which then attracts developers who attract wealthier individuals. While the affect is higher property values, unfortunately, the effect is the displacement of lower-income families and small businesses.

Kaye told The Gothamist

 “The last thing I was thinking about was making somebody upset with my art. The whole thing I wanted to do was make people happy.”

Can’t help but think of the comments I’ve heard in the past questioning the validity of street art’s ability to provoke conversations on social issues…

You really should read the rest of the story at The Gothamist



That headline could be a bit confusing.  Levalet, never stopped pasting up, we just picked up some pretty cool shots of his newer pieces.  This year he had a successful solo show and several commissioned installations.  But nothing beats his public works as he continues to delight passersby’s with his playful pieces.

Flashback to some of his earlier work here.













Artist Sophie Roach with her box at 2nd & South.

HAHA MAG isn’t simply a virtual resource for art, we jump into the ring and spread great art throughout our community. Our side project, HAHA x PARADIGM works with street artists that have an active role in giving back through urban beautification.

This summer with the help of South Street Headhouse District and our amazing roster of artists we were able to turn these bland, filthy electrical boxes along the popular stretch in Philly known as South Street into colorful mini murals.

Following Artists are featured: Sophie RoachSean TalaminiNDAClint Tillman ReidJason Andrew TurnerNate HarrisMiriam Singer, and Sean 9 Lugo.

For more pics and behind the scenes action go to HAHAxPARADIGM.ORG

You can take a tour of this project with awesome crowd pics using the hashtag #hahaxpara on Instagram.

Sean Talamini paints his box on 5th & South

Sean Talamini paints his box on 5th and South

Artist: Sean Talamini

Artist: Sean Talamini

Artist Sophie Roach with her box at 2nd & South.

Artist Sophie Roach with her box at 2nd & South.

Artist: Sophie Roach

Artist: Sophie Roach

Clint Tillman Reid working at 7th and South

Clint Tillman Reid working at 7th and South

Artist: Clint Tillman Reid

Artist: Clint Tillman Reid

Nate Harris working on his 4th and South box.

Nate Harris working on his 4th and South box


Artist: Nate Harris

Sean 9 Lugo getting down on his 7th and South box

Sean9Lugo getting down on his 7th and South box

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Artist: Sean9Lugo

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Artist: Miriam Singer

Jason Andrew Turner at 2nd & South

Jason Andrew Turner at 2nd & South

Artist: Jason Andrew Turner

Artist: Jason Andrew Turner

NDA whipping up some magic at 6th & South

NDA whipping up some magic at 6th & South

Artist: NDA

Artist: NDA

For more pics and behind the scenes action go to HAHAxPARADIGM.ORG

You can take a tour of this project with awesome crowd pics using the hashtag #hahaxpara on Instagram.

Prague Metro Station gets Beautified by Popular Street Artists



Prague’s Public Transport is using art to combat graffiti. It’s a paradox, artists accustomed to breaking into Prague subways stations to paint are now being welcomed in as part of the Prague Public Transport’s new program to defeat unwanted/illegal graffiti.

Popular Prague street artists, Pasta Oner, Jan Kaláb, Michal Škapa aka Tran, and X-Dog were invited to beautify the walls covering the new elevator systems in the busy Andel underground station.  It’s the first legit street art in Prague’s metro system.

Prague Public Transport plans to expand the program to include other metro stations and public spaces overrun by illegal graffiti by the end of the year.






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Kid Hazo’s INSECURITY Takes the Prying Eyes Off You


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Someone’s always watching…or not.

Kid Hazo comes at you with a new install ‘INSECURITY’, mocking the constant need to monitor everything.  So here’s your chance to let it all hang out without unseen peering eyes.  Is that the joke, and someone is watching you while your guard is down?

Nah. If you’re kickin’ it by Frankford Ave, go crazy!

It’s a great ramp up to the ‘INTERSECTIONS’ show at Paradigm Gallery + Studio featuring works from Hazo & Joe Boruchow on Friday, August 28th (5:30 pm – 10 pm).

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Insane Mash up of Street Artists Decorate this Hong Kong Restaurant



Holy visual stimuli.

Bibo, a new gastro restaurant in Hong Kong is offering diners the chance to experience safe street art housed in a fabrication of an abandoned French tram station. The interior of the restaurant is decorated, jam packed, tagged… however, you want to put it, with the work of renowned street artists Banksy, JR, Vhils, Daniel Arsham, Invader, amongst others.

Bibo was born from a collaboration between design agency Substance and a mysterious project coordinator known only as Bibo.

Their tagline ‘offering diners a new way to experience art while giving creatives a chance to showcase their work like never before’, sounds pretty interesting, but the execution looks pretty kitsch to me.

The excitement in witnessing the works of artists like D*Face and Invader is stumbling onto them in the wild, so to speak – not crammed on the wall next to my table or being the backdrop for my waitress as she hauls over overpriced entrees on a tray.

Maxime Dautresme, creative director of Substance, says, “We wanted to connect the decade, street art and gastronomy. Street artists often begin their careers spray-painting trains and trams. They also like to occupy disused heritage buildings and construction sites. They express themselves by layering their art on surfaces with a history.” 

I’m not saying that people won’t enjoy this experience, but I quietly wonder if street art themed restaurants make this form of art seem like a fad. I suppose I’ll let it go unless I hear about a gift shop full of trinkets you wander through on your way out. 

Design: Substance
Photography by Nathaniel McMahon

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