Graffiti

The ACER Erasure from the New Museum

Posted March 29, 2022 at 5:02 am

For ACER, it’s erasure. The New Museum woke up last Wednesday morning to some new storefront flare on the Bowery, as first reported here. A roughly twelve-foot tag about five stories up, spelling ACER. It was a major coup for an anonymous, west coast street writer without any social media presence. (We are told the […]

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The Vandal who Tagged the New Museum in a Big Way

Posted March 24, 2022 at 5:00 am

The New Museum yesterday morning woke up to some new exterior decoration. Not a Hell Yes rainbow, rose, or Ghost Ship, but a gigantic tag across its midsection. A west coast-based graffiti writer, ACER, climbed the stacked blocks to paint the black-white-and-red tag six stories above the Bowery.

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Graffiti Writer Duke 9 on Pentagrams, Gentrification and 1980s East Village [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 15, 2022 at 10:48 am

What’s up Boogie Readers! You might recall our deep dive into the squats of yesteryear some time ago. You can catch up here for good measure. When you’re done, Boogie contributor, Freddy Alva, rejoins us to interview Duke 9 about Pentagrams versus Gentrification in 1980’s East Village. (All photos courtesy of DUKE 9 except where […]

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What You Missed at the ‘Uncapped’ SIGNS Group Show [Recap]

Last modified December 9, 2021 at 10:44 am

Have you ever walked by a fallen street sign plowed down by a car or one swapped out with fancier new models and thought, I really like that, and I’m taking it home. Luckily for a group of likedminded people, there is a collection of weathered or shiny, sparkling or grimy, flat surfaces to litter with […]

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Graffiti Sheathed Burger King on Delancey Street Looks Burned Out [Updated]

Last modified September 17, 2021 at 7:41 am

Don’t call it a BK bust just yet. The Burger King on Delancey Street continues its devolution, but we are assured it remains operational. Despite its looks. Enveloped in graffiti and plywood boards for the majority of the pandemic (owing thanks to a car that landed inside the restaurant) the fast food joint had nevertheless […]

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Lower East Sider Spends Birthday Buffing Graffiti from MOSCOT on Orchard Street

Posted March 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

For her birthday, a Lower East Side native only wanted to help MOSCOT restore its image. Its Orchard Street storefront, that is. You’ll recall that the exterior of the cornershop has gradually devolved into a mess of graffiti tags in recent months. Paint on nearly every surface, including the shutters and billboard boxes. There is […]

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MOSCOT Sees its Orchard Street HQ Targeted by Taggers

Posted February 16, 2021 at 5:05 am

This sight isn’t easy on their eyes. MOSCOT, the fifth-generation eyewear company founded on the Lower East Side, has been hidden behind a sheath of graffiti for months. Nearly every available exterior surface of its Orchard Street flagship is adorned in spray-painted tags. Walls, panels, window grates, all of it. 108 Orchard Street is the […]

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Delancey Burger King ‘Assures You We’re Open’

Posted December 16, 2020 at 5:04 am

To look upon the disheveled Burger King on Delancey Street would be an exercise in not judging a book by its cover. Or, in this case, a storefront. The exterior is so enveloped in graffiti and plywood boards, you might think it a war zone. Or that it’s gone forever. Though, not so. Nor is […]

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Uncapped: GREED’s Journey from Graffiti to Holistic Doctor

Posted July 27, 2020 at 5:04 am

Hello, my precious Uncapped fam. Freddy Alva is back with us, offering up an exclusive interview with GREED to celebrate the launch of his new book Heal Profoundly: A Graffiti Thug’s Transformation to Holistic Doctor. You can cop that on Amazon, but for now check out the story behind the autobiography. FREDDY ALVA: Queens writer GREED has undergone a […]

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City Suspends Graffiti Removal Program Amidst Budget Cuts

Posted July 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

The illicit output of taggers and street artists will likely remain uncleansed, as the city suspended its graffiti-removal program. The $3 million Graffiti-Free NYC program, which power washes paint from the streets, had been suspended since March. However, as the de Blasio administration finds ways to bridge a $9 billion budget deficit, it’s now on […]

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