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June 14, 2024 Miss Rosen

Cover of Lee Quiñones: Fifty Years of New York Graffiti Art and Beyond (Damiani Books, 2024). Photo by Chris Stein. It’s been said that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, which may be true among those who trade only in words but, for an artist the cover is paramount. It is the single […]

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May 2, 2024 Freddy Alva

CAINE ONE tribute by LADY PINK The life and death of Woodside writer Edward Growalski, more famously known as CAINE ONE, has captured the imagination of several generations of graffiti writers, be it from Queens or parts afar. His untimely passing in 1982, right at the cusp of mainstream acclaim and entry into the legitimate […]

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April 19, 2024 Miss Rosen

Growing up in Yorkville during the early aughts, photographer Wes Knoll was crushingly bored by the homogenous scene on midtown Manhattan’s eastern shore. But once in high school, the world finally began to crack open. “I could have never imagined whether it just be like being able to hop on a train and be what […]

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April 4, 2024 Miss Rosen

Charlotte St., The Bronx. Rubble in a vacant lot with four apartment buildings in the background. A large Puerto Rican flag hangs from the rightmost building. 1980 © Joe Conzo Jr. Set against the backdrop of landlord-sponsored arson and “benign neglect,” over 97% of seven census tracts in the South Bronx were left vacant or […]

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March 18, 2024 Bucky Turco

Above: the two dicks as they appear in real life. “Life imitating art.” That’s how rabble rousing art collective INDECLINE describes the LA billboard they smartly-vandalized, so it looks like the one that recently appeared on HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the episode, character Susie Green promotes her new business Catch as Caftan with […]

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March 15, 2024 Miss Rosen

Back in 1979, 19-year-old Peter Anderson decamped from his native Glasgow and set his sights on London to study at the Royal College of Art with the dream of becoming a fashion photographer. He arrived in the city just a post-punk era began to take root, radiating out from underground pubs where bands took the […]

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February 26, 2024 Miss Rosen

For centuries the mythic landscape of the American frontier has captured the imagination of radicals, rebels, and free spirits drawn to the edge, casting their fortune against the elements. Seasoned with the blend of rugged individualism and American exceptionalism, the runaway is recast as the anti-hero of our times, blazing a path where few dare […]

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December 21, 2023 Miss Rosen

Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture cover With the arrival of the Windrush Generation in the decades following World War II, the style and sound of Jamaica made an indelible impact on generations to come. As the diaspora took root in London, Toronto, and Brooklyn, an international network was forged, bringing the music of […]

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November 17, 2023 Miss Rosen

Cast from Da 5 Bloods (Spike Lee, 2020, 154 min.). (Photo: © David C. Lee) Spike Lee is our generation’s Martin Scorsese, making films about New York stories that have largely gone untold in Hollywood. From Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X to 4 Little Girls and Da 5 Bloods, Lee’s gift for filmmaking […]

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October 20, 2023 Bucky Turco

“Wild Style, woo-woo!!” That’s how subway graffiti pioneer and lovable lunatic TRACY 168 would announce himself to me—and everyone else—when he’d visit. He used to stop into the gallery I used to run in the early 2000’s, to talk shit about the scene and and bless me with quickly drawn canvasses and hit the in-house […]

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