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Friday’s Thought – Urban Wisdom

scary girl graffiti

“Gray hair is God’s graffiti.”

(Bill Cosby)

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My Favorite Things – Graffiti Served Up Brooklyn Style

Living in Manhattan, I see lots of graffiti in the subway stations, on mailboxes and on passing trucks.  However, this graffiti often feels “incidental” – more the outcome of a hurried prank than anything else – and as such, it’s usually not worth more than a passing glance.   Manhattan might be the sexier place to live, but I’ve decided that Brooklyn definitely has a leg up in the graffiti department.

Witness these urban treasures I happened upon recently near the Lorimer St. subway stop:

A memorial for Twitch and JRock.  I don’t know who they were, but I’ll remember this!

Photo of man sitting in front of wall with graffiti in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, taken by Joana Miranda

Matryoshka dolls, Williamsburg style…

Photo of Russian themed "Baboushka" graffiti on wall in Brooklyn, taken by Joana Miranda

Feeling watched?

Photo of graffiti with "eyeballs" seen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; photo by Joana Miranda

A better use for guns in my opinion, too.

Photo of pacifistic graffiti on wall in Brooklyn, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

I don’t know where he’s going, but I feel the heat!

Photo of "infernal" graffiti art in Brooklyn, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

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Friday’s Thought – On Decorum

Photo of girl in hot pink jumper talking on the phone in front of a wall of graffiti in Brooklyn

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”
(Thomas Jefferson)

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Josephine, the Urban Gardener

Whimsical "Josephine, the Urban Gardener" illustration by Joana Miranda

(Print now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)

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My Favorite Things – Whimsical Graffiti in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, for better or for worse, seems to be blessed with a large amount of graffiti artists.  On a recent trip to Dumbo, Brooklyn I saw:

Smiley faces and hearts, grunge-style, of course…

Photo of smiley face and heart graffiti in Dumbo, Brooklyn, taken by Joana Miranda

A bit of cultural graffiti (c’est jolie, n’est pas?)…

Photo of colorful collage of graffiti on brick wall in Brooklyn, taken by Joana Miranda

Tragic graffiti…

Photo of "tragic" graffiti seen on wall in Brooklyn, taken by Joana Miranda

A bit of the creepy-crawly…

Photo of creepy-crawly graffiti in Brooklyn, taken by Joana Miranda

And a forbidding mascot.  Enter here at your peril!

Photo of collage graffiti on door in Brooklyn, taken by Joana Miranda

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My Favorite Things – Artistic Graffiti in New York City

I don’t usually like graffiti when it looks to me like gibberish scrawled across a subway poster, train or the side of a building.  Every once in a while, though, you’ll see a graffiti image that stays with you.  Here are a few of my favorites:

In Chinatown…

Photo of yellow and red graffiti face on wall in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

On a truck just off Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side…

Photo of graffiti face on the back of a truck, taken by Joana Miranda

In Chinatown…

Photo of blue and white graffiti face on wall in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

On an Upper West Side wall…

Photo of rock star graffiti face on wall in NY City, taken by Joana Miranda

In Chinatown…

Photo of blue and red graffiti face on wall in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

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