After honing his skills on the sides of subway cars and tunnels unlawfully, VEW, a graffiti artist from NYC who is likely high up on the Vandal Squad’s most wanted list, did something legal: He opened a pop-up exhibit on Friday at a Bushwick burger joint.

Curated by creative collective Arts and Rhymes, all the new work — done with spray paint and acrylics on canvas — spelled out VEW’s three letter moniker in brilliantly colored shapes and forms. The pieces ranged in price from $125 to $250, which is a bargain. Fellow writers such as NEG, YORK, LEX, ASER, GIGS, COL and SEND HELP were in attendance, passing around black books to tag.

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After the show, the group roamed around the neighborhood bombing together. “It’s way different from my illegal work,” VEW told ANIMAL about the gallery-style art. “But I’m going to start doing that abstract look illegally more often.”

The show at Burger It Up runs for four weeks.
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(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)