Rikers Island is a dismal and dangerous place. Spread across 415 acres of repurposed landfill in the the East River between the Bronx and Queens, the island is home to more than 12,000 inmates in 10 separate jail facilities. There were 73 stabbings and slashings committed by inmates in 2013, and the ... More >>
Street artist Ben Eine reveals how his font fixation evolved from his roots as a rebel tagger
UPDATED October 31, 10:30 a.m.: The auction for Banksy's October 29 "Better Out Than In" Nazi installment closes tonight at 8 p.m. The bidding, which opened at $74,000, is up to $310,400. The auction is taking place at the charity website biddingforgood.com and proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn-bas ... More >>
And it's all over, folks. Banksy sends us off with one last tag, a bubble caps collection of balloons somewhere in Queens.
A Wall Street trader has followed through on his promise to give to the Sandy rebuilding effort even if Banksy didn't lend his star power. Nelson Saiers, the hedge fund manager behind HeyBanksy.com, a scheme to get Banksy to bring publicity to ongoing Sandy recovery efforts, has decided to donate hi ... More >>
Good morning. Banksy's still here, and we're pretty sure he thinks you're an asshole. The British scourge struck horrifyingly earlier this morning, while your humble bloggers were still caffeinating and thinking up more unkind jokes about the English. The newest piece is on the back of a truck in ... More >>
In a week full of firsts for Better Out Than In, Banksy announces not the art, but when the formal announcement of today's artwork will take place. There you have it, folks: Banksy opens up a new frontier in meta-announcements.
Looks like the Graffiti Marauder is participating in the holiday spirit. Banksy updated his Instagram at 6 p.m. (at some point during the day he pushed back the time by an hour), showing what seems to be a witch sitting on a Delorean? A frocked goat riding a bumper car? Somewhere in between? Spooooo ... More >>
So this is a first: Banksy announced on his Instagram that there will be no stencil today. In simple black font on a white background, Banksy puts simply: "Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity." Easy there, partner! Runnin' Scared is sure someone will be doing art today besides you ... More >>
You guys! Banksy made a graffiti! This one's made of cinderblocks. The harbinger of the encroaching forces of English darkness turned up in Queens today. "Everything but the kitchen Sphinx," he puns on his website, horribly. "A 1/36 scale replica of the great Sphinx of Giza made from smashed cinde ... More >>
This morning Banksy posted video of an anthill, saying on that it's in Staten Island, checking off the last borough. The hunt has been on for the piece since this morning. You're not crazy, it looks like a vagina, and it's not the first time Banksy has mimicked, ahem, anatomy with his work. See th ... More >>
Banksy's collaborations with Brazilian street artists Os Gêmeos went up in Chelsea today as paintings. The two images, mashups of each graffiti outfits' iconic styles, were featured as cover art for the Village Voice's exclusive interview with Banksy earlier this month.
It's been two weeks since the start of Banksy's residency, and New York City has had the privilege of playing along with one of the most famous artists of our time. We run from borough to borough for the chance to ogle his latest creation before someone defaces it or starts collecting graft from onl ... More >>
We're tracking elusive street artist/provocateur/chain-yanker Banksy as he paints his way across New York for his month-long residency, Better Out Than In. To help you visualize his path, we've created a helpful map charting the locations of his work.
After making three unsuspecting passersby potentially very rich on Saturday, Banksy started off week three of "Better Out Than In" with a stencil in Queens. It's a simple design of a man erasing a movie quote written in hot pink scrawl.
Banksy set up a stand selling some of his stencils right beside Central Park on Saturday. He sold seven. An old man was posted at the stand. At one point, he methodically eats a sandwich. Riveting stuff.
Banksy's whirlwind tour is really bringing out New Yorkers' entrepreneurial spirit. First came the guys charging spectators to view Banksy's newest piece, and now issues of this week's Village Voice, featuring an exclusive interview with Banksy, are being hawked on eBay for as much as $20 a set.
As many suspected yesterday, Banksy's artwork for Day 11 of "Better Out Than In" is indeed a military-style cargo vehicle hauling screaming stuffed animals (Because, who else?). "Sirens of the Lambs" will be touring the meatpacking district and then the rest of the city for the next two weeks. See ... More >>
For decades, the NYPD Citywide Vandals Task Force has pounded the pavement in its quest to end the graffiti scourge in the city. They're out there everyday, arresting graffiti artists and educating local residents on the harms of graffiti. Their dedication has earned them accolades from the city, an ... More >>
Last week Runnin' Scared reported that Nelson Saiers offered Banksy a cool $100,000 if he promised to address the Hurricane Sandy relief effort during his New York City residency. Through his website HeyBanksy.com, Saiers told the artist, "If you are willing to use your art to raise awareness for th ... More >>
Well this is refreshing: a Banksy piece in the reaches of New York's outer rim. Today's Banksy lands in East New York. Don't worry, folks, it's just a quick ride on the J train from the comfort of your South Williamsburg co-working space. That said, we're guessing this one is going to take a little ... More >>
A couple of enterprising members of the East New York community have found a way to turn a quick profit on Banksy's beaver. They've set up a pay-to-gawk scheme at 274 Bradford Street, in which one guy hassles spectators for money, while the other guy covers up the beaver with cardboard until the vie ... More >>
Banksy had us worried there for a second. When we hadn't seen an update on his site by noon, we figured his possible outing this weekend to reporters had scared our favorite street artist off. But at 12:30 p.m. Banksy updated his Instagram with the latest entry in his city-wide exhibition: simple t ... More >>
After the excitement of this weekend's magical truck of paradise, this morning's newest Banksy piece is a little less ambitious: It's a heart-shaped balloon, somewhere on a gray wall in Brooklyn, covered in bandages (or "plasters," as those wacky Queen's-English-speakers call them).
Wowza! New York woke up this morning to not one but three new Banksy works in one day, scattered across the Lower East Side, Bushwick, and Williamsburg. The new set is called Random Graffiti Given A Broadway Makeover (An ongoing series), and they're the best ones yet. Update, 10:50 a.m.: (We think) ... More >>
One wealthy man has decided to capitalize on Banksy's exposure to bring attention to the coming anniversary of Sandy. Hedge fund manager Nelson Saiers has offered to donate $100,000 a charity support recovery efforts if Banksy uses part of his New York residency to create hurricane-related pieces. I ... More >>
Believe it: Less than 24 hours since Banksy's first project in New York since 2010 appeared, and someone's gone and defaced it. Runnin' Scared received a tip late last night that someone had pilfered the "Graffiti is a Crime" sign off of Banksy's "The street is in play," the first stencil of his c ... More >>
This morning, Banksy's second piece in his month-long show went live on his site, just a few hours after his first piece, The Street Is in Play, was tagged, defaced, rebuilt, then finally buffed. The second piece has no title and is located in the impossibly vague "Westside." Luckily, Runnin' Scared ... More >>
Update: We found it! Location and photo at the end of the post. About two weeks ago, the elusive graffiti artist Banksy got the Internet whirring when he tore down his multipage website and left just a single black-and-white image of a previously unseen stenciled work and an apparent announcement o ... More >>
Times Square was wickedly crowded today, nothing out of the ordinary. But there were more faces in the crowd that usual. Hundreds of black and white posters of peoples faces were pasted all over the corner of 47th Street and 7th Avenue. It looked pretty damn extraordinary. The spectacle was the bra ... More >>
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You might know Shepard Fairey. If you don't, you probably do or at least haven't realized yet. The Los Angeles man behind Obey and one of the stars in street artist Banksy's mockumentary, "Exit Through the Gift Shop," has risen to fame in the contemporary art world, partly because he created one of ... More >>
BRAVOTewz on Work of Art One of the more intriguing aspects of Work of Art, the BRAVO reality show we've been following, is that the show's producers chose a handful of cast members who'd already had a presence in the world, whose self-propelled careers could exist apart from the reality-television ... More >>
Subaquatica.comJust as it seemed like street art was experiencing a rush, New York City developers have announced that Queens' own graffiti warehouse, 5Pointz, will be bulldozed. To the dismay of street artists and hip-hop fans alike, the "graffiti mecca" will be replaced by high-rises.
Mysterious British street artist Banksy just bailed out of jail two members of a Russian art collective called Voina, which means "war." Leonid Nikolayev and Oleg Vorotnikov awaited trial in a bed bug-infested St. Petersburg prison for four months until Banksy swooped in and paid their bail. ... More >>
"If you win this auction I will mail you a piece of paper revealing the true identity of "Banksy": This according to Ebay seller daigroandujo, who leaves us public folk only six more days to elbow our way to the prize of an English man's privacy. Perhaps the morning trudge from bed to bathroo ... More >>
Shepard Fairey recruits youngsters
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Triple Self Portrait. All images courtesy the Eric Firestone Gallery.Street art has enjoyed a steady resurgence in rap over the last few years, with Kanye West and the Clipse jostling to let KAWS design their album and magazine covers, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes appearing ... More >>
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