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Smart Crew’s SNOEMAN added some graffiti flair to the famed Essex Street Snowman by tagging it with his signature SM throw-up this past weekend. For the past few years, after it snows, the owners of the small Chinese grocery at the corner of Essex and Canal Streets have been building the urban Frosty to the […]

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Last year, graffiti art collective Smart Crew painted a series of site specific murals in NYC. Each one spelled out the name of the neighborhood it was located in and each individual letter was filled with local references and elements that make up that area’s identity. The mural project, inspired by classic vintage “large letter” […]

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Graffiti collective Smart Crew lost one of its dearest members this week with the passing of Jeffrey KORN Gamblero — also known as the Nets super fan — so the group painted a dedication piece to him at the very edge of India Street in Greenpoint. “Feel free to leave flowers/candles there for Jeff,” wrote […]

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New York City lost another legend this weekend with the passing of Jeffrey KORN Gamblero, better known to the world at large as the Nets superfan. Numerous media outlets have already published details of his tragic death, so I’d like to reflect on his life. For well over a decade, I knew KORN only by […]

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With its bright blue background and intricately patterned letters of the alphabet, the mural that stretches around the corner of Avenue C and Sixth Street in New York’s East Village is visually arresting. But the painting, which just began last week, has quickly become a symbol of controversy — one that illuminates the clash between […]

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After a “nasty accident with a plate glass window” Beriah Wall tells ANIMAL that he “became interested in insignificance. How small and worthless could an object be and still communicate?” The 67-year-old artist has been making his signature clay coins since 1977, creating hundreds of unique issues, leaving them all over the city and earning him […]

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Just after 2pm on Saturday, a skywriting plane hired by Smart Crew filled the sky with the names of the graffiti collective. Although the billowy letters dissipated quickly due to high winds, the likes of “DCEVE,” “HEFNER,” “CON,” “DESPOT,” “MARTY,” “VYELS,” “HSO,” and “SNOMAN” (they must have spelled it wrong), could be seen floating above […]

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At first glance, this corner on Allen and Division Streets in Chinatown looks like many others in the area, but it’s part of a legal graffiti installation by Smart Crew that completely blurs the traditional notions of “vandalism” and “art.” Sure, the SABIO fire extinguisher tag, and the CASH4, STU, and CHE tags above are illegal […]

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This week, Smart Crew‘s DCEVE, SNOEMAN, ELMO and MARTY teamed up with ANIMAL and SIXTY Soho to throw an art party in the hotel lobby, covering the walls with art to be destroyed by the end of the night. Over the course of the evening, partygoers and writers seemed to go over every surface of the room with […]

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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 […]

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