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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

6 Comments

  1. Nina says

    The chinatown graffiti reminds me of Kilroy. (As in, Kilroy was here.)

    It’s a beautiful day here, finally. Hope you’re well!

    • Hmmm….Kilroy? Another reference lost on my little pea-brain.

      We’re having a dark and scary storm right now, but the rain is cooling things off at least. I’ve been putting in long hours in the pit for the Royal Danish ballet this week. It will be a 12 service week by the time we’re done…I think I’m going to be needing a massage!

      How are things going in the lovely Twin Cities?
      All best wishes,
      Joana

      • nina says

        My students started practicing as soon as school got out, and I found an Eb clarinet for a price I could almost afford – it was an amazing week!

        Where will you be next year?

  2. Definitely looks like the same artist doing the Chinatown ones. I once saw a super-amusing graffito of a fish in Osaka….I wish I had had a camera handy. You don’t see much graffiti in Japan, or at least you didn’t in 1992! Jean-Michel Basquiat started as a graffiti artist, and so did Keith Haring, I think?

    • Hi Helen,

      I thought the same thing about the Chinatown graffiti. Wonder if that character has significance outside of having a certain look. And, I also wonder how the artist gets up to some of the crazy high places where you see the graffiti!

      I don’t know Jean-Michel Basquiat or Keith Haring’s work…gotta go and look them up online!

      Hope you are doing well:-)
      Joana

  3. There’s a great documentary film about Basquiat that you can get from Netflix…..I think it’s just called Basquiat. I wish I had met him….he died very young. He would have been about 1 or 2 years younger than I, and would have been in New York at about the same time that I used to sometimes be there.

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