a visit to Freeman Alley

Freeman Alleyis a private lane that runs parallel to the Bowery close to Sara Roosevelt Park and Bowery subway station. It has become a destination for graffiti both for those who make it and for those who want to look at it. Stencils, wheatpaste, and stickers are the most common and there is lots of it! There is probably more than one blog post’s worth so this is just the start.

below: No loitering in the alley. About to munched on – this one-eyed pink and purple banana by eye.sticker is i danger of losing part of its peel.

wheatpaste on a brick wall, a pink and purple partially peeled banana with one eye on the tip has part of its peel inside an open set of dentures (or an open mouth) also in pink and purple, by eye sticker graffiti artist.  Above it is a sign saying no noise and no loitering in the alley, Freeman Alley

below: “Do you see this?” Eyes and hearts but with a tear or two.

below: Mickey Mouse crucified, and a feline love more, #nohatefamily. Something about hello mushroom in there as well.

Mickey mouse on a crucifix graffiti

below: “Black Lives Matter is a movement, not a moment, by Individual Activist,

below: Many faces here including a lightning struck David Bowie. In the center is an anti-war poster by Brad Heckman (aka hecksign) that features a portrait of Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.

protest poster, anti-war, support Ukraine in its war

below: Another Individual Activist anti-war poster. Ukraine is not Putin’s blank canvas. On the left is a big colourful beetle by modomatic.

below: Another modomatic, this time a multicoloured mask. Sticking out on the right is a yellow arm with a pink donut and half smoked joint while a Half Brooklyn Crooklyn’s figure is running away (the last is by TheOhioGirl).

graffiti in Freeman Alley New York City

below: Another modomatic creation – insect like? Botanical?

colourful poster graffiti by modomatic, on printed newspaper

below: “So much love” on newspaper by jkosart along with a back and white intricate drawing of a creature of some kind (signed moose)

two wheatpaste graffiti on a wood fence, one is a black and white abstract drawing by moose and the other is an oval shaped creation with words so much move by jkosart

below: A picture of a painter painting a picture, by font147

a poster by font147 of a yellow headed person painting on a large canvas and easel in front of a door and window

below: Two women – one on the Sony screen along with one as a BLM tribute by Voxx Romana

two wheatpaste, one is black and white image of an old sony television with a woman's head on the screen, the other is a piece by voxx romana for black lives matter, also a woman's profile

below: Mother and Child on blue

stencil graffiti, black on blue, of iconic mother and child

below: A yellow duck below an old faded poem. Once there was a bouquet of red roses but it looks like someone showed their displeasure with pink paint.

graffiti stickers and wheatpaste on an alley wall, a yellow duck, a printed poem white text on black that is starting to fade

below: At the very top, a multiple-eyed face by sold out art show. The woman with the black and white flower hair has her own post on this blog – see Unleashing Flowers.

graffiti by sold out art show

below: A period piece, black and white in sepia, from 33wallflower33,

below: Oversalted broccoli and a boxer

a woman pulling a green bag walks past a pole with three stickers on it. on the top is unsalted broccoli a bunch of broccoli, in the middle is an image of a shirtless boxer wearing boxing gloves

In case you are interested in such things, there is a gallery/shop in the alley that features the work of many of these artists.

Photos taken June 2022

Bratislava Graffiti

woman in a black beret and striped shirt holding onto a large microphone

below: Fred’s a flying chicken – a rooster on the wing

graffiti sticker in Bratislava, words that say fred flying chicken with a cartoonish yellow chicken head in the middle

below: Godot was here (and so was Nadej) but someone is still waiting. “Nedockas sa kamarat” is Slovak for “You won’t make it, friends.”

words written on a wall, by different people, including Godot was here, I'm still waiting, some words in Slovak, as well as was here

below: A stencilled portrait with a list of 3 Jan’s. The last one, Jan Kucjak was a Slovak journalist who was murdered in February 2018 along with his fiancee Martina Kušnírová. At the time Kucjak was investigating tax fraud of several businessmen with connections to top-level Slovak politicians.
The middle Jan, Jan Palach, was a Czech student who set himself on fire in central Prague on 16 Jan 1969 to protest the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. He died three days later. His funeral turned into a mass anti-communism demonstration.
Jan Hus, the Jan on top, is another Czech who died for his beliefs; He was burned as a heretic in 1415 for calling for reforms in the Catholic church.

stencil graffiti on a wall, man's portrait, small, with names of three Jans, Jan Hus, Jan Palach, and Jan

below: Horst in text, a little fat guy Tubby1 by cooklan, and another drawn monster with two horns and a claw for a hand. Unfortunately the name under the drawing isn’t quite clear enough (or there is nothing online about said monster).

stickers on metal boxes on a utility pole in Bratislava, one is just the name Horst, two others are cartoonish characters in black and white.
graffiti, black and white photo of a man with a red clown nose added on to it

below: Neklam with a pink tie, plus a small black and white sticker from German artist HNRX. The blue and white character with mirror symmetry is Mister Bohnita. Defend.

graffiti, a soldier with gun, in cammo,
man with a gun, in combat clothing and helmet, graffiti on a piece of newspaper or magazine

below: I suspect that the Uncle Sam type red and white striped top hat is an insult or a protest.

below: A pair of pigeons on a wall.

two large wheatpaste pigeons on a crumbling wall with another street art tag behind

below: cute animal heads

a sticker on a pole, graffiti, with rainbow coloured heads of sheep, cute,

below: Retus with a strange yellowish face and big blood shot eyes.  Also, a blue and yellow ribbon for Ukraine.

two stickers graffiti on a pole, the upper one is about the Ukraine war, with a yellow and blue ribbon, the lower one is a yellow skinned character with large white blood shot eyes with word retus written beside it

below: REMS in a respirator,

three stickers on on a pole, the one on top pictures a man in a gas mask respirator and wearing a baseball cap with REMS written on it

below: © MGA with big eyes and pink flowers in her hair.

sticker on a metal pole, a girl with pink curls, pink flowers inher hair, wearing a pink and purple dress

Photos taken in June 2022

graffiti pieces, Paris

below: Near rue Liban, Bar Populaire with a wall of graffiti.

below: In a circle of knives and with a Medusa head of snakes,

below: Another Laszlo piece – Stern looking portrait of Wednesday Addams from the “Addams Family”  TV series.

below: A column of paper pieces

on an outdoor wall, 6 paper pieces of graffiti

below: The top two, both on pages of old books.  Top – a heart with “Aimez-sous Bordel” with a multicoloured figure by Corine Forest.   On the bottom, drawings by Sulfid

below: More Corine Forest – this time a bird on a page of of music along with a little monster character by Axo. Mam’zelle Nitouche is the music that was chosen (or happened upon?). This is a vaudeville-opérette in three acts composed by in 1883 Hervé (aka Louis-Auguste Florimond Ronger (1825-1892)).

On the bottom – a dove in a heart shape full of white cursive love. “Go Love Anybody Anywhere Anytime”. A little saccharine but sort of sweet.

Learn from yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.

below: One more Corine Forest wheatpaste – a winged horse among the moon and stars.

below: Paix

La suele couleur qui compte c’est celle denotre de notre sang
(The only colour that matters is the colour of our blood).

below: Invader mosaics and Sorry Mom by Etienne Racine

below: I have no idea who produced the last few – help! Sign your work… or at least drop a hint, leave a clue, but don’t leave with nothing!

Phoebe on the streets of New York

below: Have a beautiful day, a beautiful autumn day!

a phoebe in new york paste up wheatpaste where she is holding an autumn coloured maple leaf or sycamore leaf, words on the image that say have a beautiful day.  on a pole beside a bike share rack

Phoebe paste-ups have been seen around New York City for a few years now. Sometimes she’s whimsical and sometimes she’s serious – she’s had a very busy life! She even has her own instagram page, Phoebe New York, where you can find all the other Phoebes!

a phoebe new york paste up on a pole, with a stick of dynamite by her ear, exploding with a large pop. she is wearing large sunglasses

a phoebe new york paste up wearing a black outfit, top, skirt, tights, and high boots, with the word rebel written in red on the top.  also carrying a red handbag

a phoebe new york wheatpaste with words All I want is everything

a phoebe of new york sticker, leaning her head onto boyfriends shoulder.  Male in image is wearing a sweatshirt that has boyfriend written on it

Montreal slaps

This post is a  selection of stickers and paste ups (wheatpaste) that I saw in Montreal in the past few days.

below: A @dysastrophy bunny with a gas mask and a painted hand grenade.

liittle sticker on a grey metal pole, a rabbit in a gas mask holding a hand grenade, dystrastrophy stcker

below: Paste ups at number 4.  That hand is reaching past the butterfly and flowers towards the door handle.

wood door with blue number 4 and 4 on a mailbox, with pasteups on the door too

below: That’s supposed to be a green and purple Frida Kahlo and she’s saying something: “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.

a green face with purple hair paste up beside a paper with words on it about Frida Kahlo

below: “No man camps” says the sign.  This is a protest sticker, as the yellow words on his jacket, Wetsuweten strong, suggest.  It references their complaints and protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline. a yellow pasteup on a black and white door with pink spray paint over the top. pasteup says no man camps

below: A pink man by labrona

a paste up of a pink man's head and torso on a blue metal box, short hair, middle aged man

below: Another labrona head, in shades of orange this time.

an orange face pasteup on a black exterior wall

below: Two turtlecaps with a heart between them.

two turtle cap paste ups on a door with a red heart between them

below: A hand drawn sticker signed by Bonnie hand drawn sticker of a person's head and torso on a red background with black and white lines behind

below: Superman Bear in Montreal – a sticker by G. Knight (Graffiti Knight)

sticker with superman logo on undershirt

below: The Kiddist out and about with his camera

a parking street sign with a sticker on it of a boy with a camera around his neck and the words the kiddist

paper poster on a wall outside, man playing a keyboard, musician,

below: Any idea of what these men are carrying?

a street art poster on a wall, 5 men carrying something orange

below: Little white ghost pretending to be something he’s not while he collects lost claws.  Actually, lost claws is the name of the artist.

paper pasteup of a ghost costume, white sheet, with black eyes, also little hands holding an orange bag. words on the ghost saying pretending to be something i'm not

below: An elephant with a few cans of beer already consumed so he says “I won’t remember you”.  This is another lost claws creation.

pasteup on a brick wall, a grey elephant drinking cans of beer with words about how he's not going to remember

below: Waxhead sticker

sticker on a pole, woman with laser lights coming out of her eyes,

below: An encounter with a couple of cowboys, a poster by someone with a signature that I haven’t been able to decipher.

a street art poster on a door of cowboys and indian

below: A selection of paper wheatpaste in varying conditions. The blue ice cream in melting.   The bottom left is another waxhead paste  up….. And then there are some from TCF (the chosen few) including squiggles from forge fury, Tbonez (urban ninja squadron) is on his phone, and lastly a roc roc birdie by ROC(514) is starting to peel off.

six wheatpaste graffiti papers on the lower part of a door, all in different conditions, an ice cream cone, an urban ninja squadron tbonez on his phone and a waxhead piece

below: Remnants, left over from better times.

old posters and tags graffiti on a wall

left over bits and pieces of paste ups on a wall, paper, torn, weathered,

below: Play your truth
stickers on a metal gate, including one with the words play your truth

Bristol paste-ups


below:
Be brave paste-up by donk (instagram)

be brave pasteup by donk, ofLondon, in Bristol a young person with eys closed, Indian feather head dress on hed, in monotone black and white

 

below: Hero of the Beach (Ben Rider), Be Brave (donk), Play Nice (donk), and Adventures into the Future

section of wall covered with pasteups, be brave, play nice, adventures into the future, hero of the beach dog, ghetto blaster

below: This characters are the work of qWeRT (on instagram)

two little green andwhite characters on a blue wall, a red heart is above the head of a tall skinny standing creature while the other is sitting crossed legged beside him

two little purple and white characters on a beige wall, a red heart is above the head of a tall skinny standing creature while the other is sitting crossed legged beside him

vertical paste up, man in suit and good shoe, but with head and hands as machinery

below: A pouting child beside the steps.

black and white photo of a cjild with curly hair and topless

 

below: Ribcage and a pink ‘Grab This’ pussy with a gun.  The latter is by Ben Rider (instagram)

two pink paste ups on a door - the top is a drawing of a ribcage, bones only and the other is a cat with a gn and the words grabthis (grab this pussy?)

below: Paint me a rainbow

a black girlwith long curly hair is painting a small house, the house is black and white but there is a rainbow of colours coming out of it

 

below: A torn version of the picture above along with some other pasteups.  Men in glasses, profanity pony wishes, and a more complicated poster with a hand, a skull, and other things.   The words on this last one say ‘Office of the Medical Examiner, County of Cook’.   Eyes dominate two of the posters – same artist?

below: She carries an awkward load on the left while the girl on the right is well armed and well prepared.

 

below: Mais Amor, por favor….  more love please.  Another pasteup by donk.

pasteup of a smiling woman's head, large puffy hairdo, words say mais amor por favor.

 

below: Another donk piece – a pirate lying in a liquor bottle with another bottle in his hand.

donk pasteup in a doorway, on brown paper, a drawing of a man lying on his back inside a liquor bottle, he's holding another bottle in his hand

 

graffiti text pasteup in black writng on white paper

 

below: I was in Bristol just before the British elections in the spring of 2017. There was quite a few anti-May/Tories and pro -Corbyn/Labour graffiti including this dinosaur themed one.

black and white poster on a graffiti spray painted wall, words n poster say TMay Rex with a picture in the middle of May's (British Prime Minister) head on a dinosaur

below: The Humble Magnificent with masked boy, a donk piece.

donk pasteup of a boy in hat, wearing mask and standing with his hands at his side, background is covered with large red polka dots - the border is the words The Humble Magnificent repeated 8 times

 

below: A creature waits outside number 42

on a blue door with the number 2 on it, a small black and white paste of a head of a creature, signed creature [illegible name - maybe arequte?]

below: mcln’s plague doctor character is in Bristol too.  He’s drawn on a printed page and the words in that rectangle are ‘resist the temptation’.

mcln pasteup of plague doctor character in black top hat

lovebot goes to Montreal (2015)

Lovebot went to Montreal for MuralFest 2015

He was spotted all over town!

below: Spelling it out, L O V E high on a wall.

four large wheatpaste pieces high on a brick wall. Lovebot in profile facing right makes an L, then a lovebot facing forward for O, then a lovebot heart for V and finally another lovebot in profile, with arm sticking out, to make E.

below: Out for a walk with lovebat (babybot with wings?) flying behind.

wheatpaste lovebot walking, with small lovebat? or baby bot with bat wings, flying behind

below: He was seen hanging out with some of the locals….

a small lovebot wheatpaste on a wall above some street art painted creatures, one cat like animal in red and one pinkish creature with long green hair.

below: or with friends

a large lovebot as part of a large painted mural on a wall.

below: Or just hanging around by himself

lovebot wheatpaste on a red brick wall on a building at the entrance to an alley

lovebot wheatpaste on a red brick wall with lots of hydro wires and cables

below: Because not all the locals were friendly!

A light grey lovebot sticker beside a sticker of a girl with bandana over the lower part of his face and she is pointing her rifle at lovebot. The sticker of the girl is by Enzo Sarto and his name on it.

large wheatpaste paste up lovebot on a wall about a street art painting of a rooster who also has a heart on his body

black lovebot sticker on the blue part of a Bell payphone

a black lovebot sticker on a black pole with a bike parked against that pole and a pink and purple mural of faces behind in the background

little things in Bologna

Bologna Italy, March 2016

pasteup on a salmon coloured door with a green wall on one side and a grey metal shutter on the other. The pasteup is of two women, one is upside down.

below: Sneakers by K2m

street art paste up of white high top rinning shoes with K2m written on the side in large red letters. The shoes are covered with what looks like drawings of yarn and balls of yarn

bluish grey graffiti paingint on a wall of a child (head and shoulders) wearing a leopard costume, but with the mask lifted up so child's face shows, on a door

graffiti on an old stone building with burgundy coloured window shades, blue tag, other words written on the wall include

black stencil of Robin Williams on a wall, graffiti

paste up of yellow crown on a young man's head. The graffiti has been placed above a metal feature on a concrete wall so the eyes look like they are peering over it. Someone has written the words Casa Lucio with an arrow pointing upwards above the crown.

black stencil of a woman's head in profile, long hair, wearing a hat, words coming out of her mouth, shape of words is a megaphone. Words say " Chi si loda s'imbroda"

black stencil of the pope's head and shoulders on a brown wood wall. The words "dici a me" are stenciled on too.

paste-up of a man's head and neck, with a red outline painted around his head. glasses and a beard.

stencil in black on a concrete wall that is not in good shape, a man, from the waist up wearing a black jacket and a necklace. One hand is raised to shoulder level, showing palm. Over one shoulder are two red lip marks

a grey tone graffiti on a pinkish wall, a small furry animal with a fez on its head and eyes that resemble nuclear symbols, sits atop a man's head. he has two sets of eyes and a large mouth with teeth

a paste up of a person with short black hair, a blue hat and blue eyes, holding a black cat. On the person's arm, written in blue are the words "Pieces were stolen from me"

a paste up with slightly curled edges, graffiti on a concrete wall, a black picture of a man like creature with stylized features is pointing a large knife at its chest.
black drawing on white, paper paste up street art, man's head and neck in profile, no skin, shows the muscles of the face and neck. with part of the skull removed to reveal the brain. By SNEM
A silhouette shape of a rabbit's head and ears made of paper that has fern leaves on it. Pasted on a metal piece on a wall.

below: Two pieces by kocore

a street art piece in orange by kocore of the head of a Soviet cosmonaut with his helmet on.

street art piece of a skull made up of lots of grey lines The word Kocore is beside the skull

stencil of a woman sticking out the top of a long limo, black on concrete.

below: Make peace or dead, by exitenter

Small painting of a stick figure with its hands on its hips. Its face is a flower, looks like a red daisy with 6 petals. The words " make peace or dead are written above

graffiti on a beige wall, a stick drawing of a person stands on the upper right part of a red heart. The word exit is written above the left side of the heart

below: The fox and the grapes, by exitenter, probably a reference to Aesops fable. When the fox couldn’t reach the grapes, it pretended that the grapes were sour.  The “lesson” from the fable being that there are many people who pretend to despise and belittle things that are beyond their reach.graffiti on a concrete wall, an orange fox reaches for a bunch of yellow grapes that are higher on the wall

black stencil on grey concrete wall, man reaching out from inside a TV to turn the TV off, by Skene Two small stencils on a wall, a green hand grenade and a black handgun,

white stencil on black of leaf from marijuana plant with the words my lucky star23 written aroud it. On black background

down Drewery Lane

Drewery Lane runs south between Little Lonsdale and Lonsdale streets in downtown Melbourne.  It continues south of Lonsdale as Caledonian Lane and I have posted previously about the street art that I saw in Caledonian Lane.   Although Drewery Lane is only one block long, three other alleys branch off of it, Drewery Place, Drewery Alley and Snider Lane.  This post is about the street art that I saw on all of these alleys.

Three policemen on bikes ride down a lane past a street art mural

mural on a grey wall of a woman who looks like she's being pulled upward from the waist.

mural high on a brick wall, looks like an old fashioned painting of a heavenly scene, with angels and cherubs and men with wings. In gold tones.

three wheatpaste graffiti pieces on a brick wall . On top is the largest, a man wearing a tie and holding a briefcase is diving horizontally, below him are two faces (both wheatpastes)

a large vertical mural at the end of an alley, with words written large that say What goes up must come down. Below the words is a swirly tag in red, white, and green

the bottom part of a mural behind a row of plants. heart shapes in red and white with paint dripping downwards

stencil graffiti of an Asian woman (Japanese?) crouching on the ground wearing a kimono, with her hair tied up. On a white wall beside a blue door

three paste up giraffes on a bluish grey wall, above a section of large pipes.

A woman with red hair and red lipstick is holding a martini glass. She has a club, spade and heart on her upper arm

under a window in an alley. the window has metal bars. on the ledge under the window someone has spray painted in large red letters the word ledge

a mural by Sigma 80 in Drewery Lane Melbourne, a brown man in a brown boat that has a head of a dragon at the bow The dragon looks alive and it is turning its head slightly backwards to look at the man

A black and white graffiti cat, life size and looking real, on a wall, in the shadows beside a blue door.

black and white graffiti of a man and a woman walking towards a building with a sign over it that says subway to station

three paste ups, wheatpastes, on a black wall in an alley in central Melbourne. On the right is a man's head (black on white paper), in the middle is a pink tiger head with its mouth wide open and on the left is a head that looks like two heads merged together

Many slaps and stickers on a metal box in an alley. Stickers with Pzor written on them and sticker saying Rsume. A picture of a person in black robes and a veil.

large vertical mural up high on a multi storey building in an alley, a snake winds its way up the building