Last night, graffiti art collective Smart Crew teamed up with ANIMAL and SIXTY Soho — formerly the Thompson Hotel — to throw an event that essentially allowed partygoers to bomb the lobby with drippy paint markers.
The entire hotel is undergoing a renovation and owner Jason Pomeranc wanted to highlight the soon-to-be-renovated space with a little destruction first. So, Smart Crew’s DCEVE, SNOEMAN, ELMO and MARTY created a slew of artwork on the walls that was conducive to tagging and it was promptly utilized.
And it wasn’t just some of NYC’s most notorious graffiti writers who were getting up. Many attendees channeled their bathroom wall-scribbling roots and doodled wherever they could find a spot.
Naturally, once the designated areas were doused with paint, people moved on to tag just about everything else such as the floor, elevator doors, the staircase, windows without the protective film, and of course, the bathroom.
Then there was the finale. For that, Smart Crew members armed with sledgehammers smashed the graffiti-covered art panels they had just finished 24 hours before to pieces. Fun night.
Good thing we were there to document it all. (Photos/Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)