Art, Influences, My Favorite Things, New York

My Favorite Things – Capturing Soul in Aerosol Art

Today I went to pay homage at Mecca…the graffiti Mecca of New York, that is.   At 5Pointz Aer0sol Art Center, Inc. there’s definitely “soul” in the aerosol.  No where else have I seen such striking, vibrant and compelling graffiti art.  This work isn’t the work of vandals with a can of spray paint, but that of true aerosol artists who hail from across the globe.

If you’re hoping to join these painters making a mark of your own at 5Pointz…

Photo of graffiti depicting two painters, taken at 5Pointz by Joana Miranda

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Photo of "rules" for painting at 5Pointz, taken by Joana Miranda

I took over 150 pictures today at the center – it’s hard to tear yourself away!  The photos in the slideshow below will give you a feeling for the place and its atmosphere.  More detailed shots will follow in a later post.

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Wanna see more?   Check out my friend Tom’s photos here.


  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome. What a shame the building’s coming down. Saw those photos of you on Tom’s blog! BTW, I recently did my first ever craft fair…..a lady I know asked me to do a fair at her church, and she sat with the sutff the whole time! Sold about 12 things, which I guess isn’t bad for the first time.

    • Hi Helen,

      The building is really interesting. I’m not sure if it’s coming down as Tom says…I need to read up on that a bit more.

      By the way, when I did that post, I think the first two pictures might not have displayed correctly. I’ve since fixed the issue, so the post is now viewable as I intended it.

      I also have been meaning to write and tell you that I loved your account of the MSO tour up north! The pumpkin incident was hysterical. Thank God he (whoever it was in the orchestra) didn’t try to roast and feast upon a plastic pumpkin!

      Congrats on the sales at the fair! That is really great! In the very early days of my jewelry making, I took a bunch of beaded necklaces down to Chicago for a fair at my Aunt’s school. I sat there all day and sold 1 necklace. It was very demoralizing, but I lived through the experience and eventually did OK selling my jewelry (thanks, of course, to great customers like you!)

      🙂 Joana

  2. Hi Joana,
    Excellent shots. Thanks for sharing.
    I didn’t know “5ptz”. Thanks for sharing that too.
    Already in my favorites.

    • Muito obrigada, Pedro.

      Were you able to see the first two photos I posted in this post (above the slideshow?) Some people have told me that they couldn’t see those photos, so I’m trying to figure out why the problem is happening.

      Ciao –

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