December 4, 2020

New York City Excursion / Graffiti Archeology

As you can see, the crew stopped through NYC this weekend for Kenji Nakayama’s opening at Woodward Gallery. Here are some highlights from my misadventures

 

For starters, if you have not already checked it out, swing by Woodward Gallery for Kenji Nakayama’s solo show. It is absolutely incredible and is sure to please the harshest of critics. It runs through July 7th so you have some time to save up of one of his new pieces!

Needless to say, the whole TTHU crew was there and things got crazy pretty fast. Yours truly forgot he even had a camera and Mrs ALPH was to busy making sure we didn’t go to jail to document the evening. Nothing better than celebrating Cinco De Mayo by eating Vietnamese food. Good times were had that could only happen in NYC. We woke up in Harlem Sunday morning, wiped the Jameson from our eyes and wondered around the city for a day.

First thing I saw when I woke up was this nice BANKSY print.

banksy rat heart print street art

Also found this poster back from HERM’s first annual pumpkin party. This led me to the conclusion that we somehow ended up at his pad the night before. The poster has a pretty good roll call of tags on it. Brings back memories from another awesome night that I hardly remember!

herm pumpkin party poster ski ur new york ellis G alph abet soup cycle

Woke up with these in my pocket which might give you more of an idea what the previous night was like:

beware, bwre, lazar, hundoe, 3ms, cash 4, cash4, stickers, graffiti, tag, vandalism

Left HERM a parting gift (BTC represent). Also a smaller pice for my friends dog Knuckles. Read more about that here.

We met up with my man Bobby Fischer and headed over to Eden Fine Art to scope out the space. They recently hung some of my work, help a brother out and take a look if you are on 50th and Madison.

alphabet soup alph alphonse alph abet soup paintings

So after walking around all afternoon and hitting some watering holes and raising some ruckus, we came upon the highline. Absolutely beautiful, especially the graffiti. Some work in here by SETUP, RIME, ORDER, VIZIE, INKHEAD, COST, REVS, SACE, MARTY, KATSU and of course ATAK. ATAK is on full on beast mode right now.

revs cost highline high line graffiti tthu thats the hook up

revs cost highline high line graffiti tthu thats the hook up

atak graffiti highline nyc

atak graffiti highline nyc

atak graffiti highline nyc

ink head inkhead graffiti highline nyc

So on the way up I noticed this on a nearby roof but didn’t think anything of it. On the way back down I realized it was KATSU and went back to flick it.

katsu graffiti highline high line google earth roof top tag vandalism BTM

katsu graffiti highline high line google earth roof top tag vandalism BTM

katsu graffiti highline high line google earth roof top tag vandalism BTM

katsu graffiti highline high line google earth roof top tag vandalism BTM

Heres a google earth image of it:

katsu graffiti highline high line google earth roof top tag vandalism BTM

A little further along there were some parts under construction exposing some older graffiti through cracks in the wall.

 

 

Lots of people taking photos of people taking photos of people. New trend?

All in all this was an incredible trip. Seriously, a great 24 hours. If I am ever to tell the whole story it will be after the statute of limitations runs out because the shit was fucking bonkers. The other 100 or so photos taken were a little too incriminating to blog about. To put it simply, my 10 year career of riding the Lucky Star/Fung Wah once a month may have finally come to a tragic end. That shit finally got a little to sketchy!

Congratulations to Kenji and thanks to Bobby Fischer, HERM, LAZAR and the rest of the crew for a great trip.

ALPH

ALPH was once suspended in third grade for drawing on the walls in art class. Not much has changed.

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