What I’ve been most excited to blog about from our recent New York trip can be summed up in two words: street art!
I went on my first street art walk in Granada, Spain in 2006, and since then I’ve been hooked. Historically, graffiti may not have originated in the Big Apple, but New York’s urban hip-hop culture in the 70s and 80s definitely helped shape graffiti as we know it. Seeing the city’s street art was a must-do for me; in a way, being in New York felt a lot like being in the birthplace of modern graffiti.
Most of today’s post comes from a New York street art walk I booked with Graff Tours, which I highly recommend if street art is your thing. I also ended up going back to the Lower East Side on a few other days and spotting a few pieces on my own.
My favorite comes first: a piece by Brooklyn-based artist Maya Hayuk (who’s also on Instagram). Symmetry, pattern and jaw-dropping color? Yes please! This is only part of a mural that takes up a huge wall off the Bowery. Different artists are invited to paint on the wall each season, so this might not even be there anymore.
Love those drips and splatters on the gravel, too.
… and the modern mosaics of Space Invader (or is he just Invader now?).
But for every former graffiti punk who’s turned “legit” and achieved global fame, there are thousands more in relative obscurity, telling their stories in spray paint, ink, yarn, paper, paste, stickers, stencils and more. And they’re worth discovering, too.