As we draw the year to a close here at ANIMAL, we’ve put together a list of our best original features of the year. Maybe you missed that ridiculous video of a cyclist speeding into traffic; maybe you haven’t been turned on to the gender-bending insanity of Uterus Man; or maybe you didn’t catch our oral history of 285 Kent, just one of many DIY staples that bit the dust this year. Check it all out below. See you in 2015, after we recover.
Venture into “Surplus Candy,” a one-night, street art group show in a freezing, abandoned East Village building that was curated by street artist Hanksy.
Like many other music venues in Brooklyn, 285 Kent shuttered this year. ANIMAL spoke to those who had a hand in making the space as great as it was.
A topless woman in a wolf mask on Wall Street, because why the fuck not?
The greatest thing to happen to Canada and crack smokers, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, was given a dancehall remix. This comes after another video surfaced of the politician, possibly drunk, speaking a mangled white mon version of patois.
Some Raging Bull-style photos of the Roseland Ballroom, a legendary Manhattan venue that shut its doors in April.
When the Coca-Cola Company rolled out its new ad campaign — which seemed to carry the tagline, “you’re on Coke” — ANIMAL made some custom parodies.
On Valentine’s Day, artist London Kaye London yarn-bombed the L train.
Graffiti writer and fine artist Chris “CYCLE” St. John discusses his transition from the streets to the gallery.
It’s not often that people get to see graffiti on the outside of a NYC subway train. Every time it happens, it’s like spotting an aerosol unicorn.
No longer anonymous, Judith Supine explains why he’s showing his face for the first time on video and how it’s probably not a good idea, among other things.
At Williamsburg’s Pierogi Gallery, two artists lived in a giant hamster wheel for humans for art.
In the name of art, Diego Leclery, played a video game called Civilization outside of the Whitney Museum for the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Former president George W. Bush is a painter, but he’s not that original. For his portraits of world leaders series, he used Google Images as his source of inspiration.
Artist Coby Kennedy is duly prepared for post-Apocalyptic Brooklyn and a gallery with his cache of machetes and other weapons made from NYC signs.
Street artist Dan Witz has been doing street art before it was called street art, in his haunting signature style. He’s a fine artist as well.
An interview with artist Kara Walker about her epic, sphinx-like sculpture in the Domino Sugar Factory.
There’s nothing better than a party where everyone is a vandal and all the art gets smashed with sledgehammers. That’s what happened at the Sixty Soho hotel with the help of the graffiti art collective Smart Crew.
A graffiti mural in SoHo was a little too graffiti for one building owner, so asked that it be buffed.
When legendary artist Keith Haring first painted a mural on a handball court on NYC property, the city fined him and buffed it. Once they realized who he was, they asked him to come repaint the mural — and to paint more walls.
Social media company/Big Brother Facebook conducted an emotional contagion study on more than 600,000 users without telling them.
A powerful photo essay reveals why the World Cup was not such a good thing for Brazil’s poor.
In summer, the graffiti community lost DG, a highly talented and respected writer who died way too young.
Graffiti experts GHOST and GIZ did one heckuva job painting the entire side of McQuaids, an old school Irish pub in Hell’s Kitchen, as part of ANIMAL’s “Pub(lic) Art” project.
Behold Mountain, a game by Irish artist and animator David OReilly. The game “begins by telling players ‘you are god’ and then strips them of the ability to influence events in any way.”
The MTA gave us access to the guys who retrieve all the crap that people drop on the tracks. They should have their own reality show.
WHY I’M IN FERGUSON A NIGHT AFTER TEAR GAS, TANKS AND TERROR
Soon after the tear gas started flying in Ferguson, ANIMAL asked protesters to please answer one question: “Why are you here?” Their answers were stirring.
Artists Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw rented out a double-decker bus, stuffed it with parody art products, and drove it around Chelsea’s art district while conducting an art tour.
We chronicled the short pop-up exhibition by artist’s collective YAMS which brought together a chaotic round-up of news and related imagery from the Ferguson protests; it resulted in overwhelming noise.
Animals, they’re just like us. They like to eat, fuck, and do drugs. Here’s a summary of what natural substances animals take to get their buzz on.
Deep beneath the city there are pockets of amazing graffiti befitting of a gallery, but anyone who attends this exhibit can be arrested for trespassing.
With so many iconic properties being turned into luxury condos we wondered what it would be like to turn the Statue of Liberty into a plush, residential complex.
7-year-old art prodigy Aelita Andre talks high art at her gallery exhibition in New York.
We tag along with European street artist Clet as he brings his minimalist sticker interventions to Manhattan for the first time ever.
Artist Lu Yang talks to us about creating Uterus Man, the most badass superhero of the year.
In a video that’s since gone viral, a driver rides through the streets in Newark on just three axles, grinding the asphalt in her wake.
Just like everything else the SNL alum touches, this is pretty great. He nails everything from the Upper West Side to Astoria and in between.
Unless you scale the Williamsburg Bridge yourself, this first-person account is the closest you’ll get to experiencing the silence and beauty of New York’s greatest view.
We joined about forty cyclists at East Harlem’s iconic La Marqueta as they embarked on an unsanctioned 34-mile bike race through NYC.
We painted some of the heinous acts described in the torture report in an approximation of George Bush’s own child-like painting style to illustrate how Bush absolved himself of responsibility. Here’s what torture looks like in Bush’s eyes.
A tribute to Jeffrey “KORN” Gamblero, the Nets Superfan who died tragically in December.
(Image: Rhett Jones/ANIMALNewYork)