subways artists then and now From top: United Artists by Seen UA, 1982; Criminals invading again by the CIA crew, 1981; Flite, Alia, Kaze, 1982. Skeme says: ‘Graffiti culture was a secret among writers, and writers knew each other’s work. The public didn’t know what they were looking at; all they saw was a scribble.’
Saturdays Surf NYC, 31 Crosby St: On first glance, it seems as if this Soho shop has an identity crisis, as it sells surf gear, men’s clothes and books along with coffee. The front of the space is devoted to a rack of surfboards and a coffee bar that sells the shop’s signature blend of La Colombe coffee. Cash only.
The mission of FAB’s ArtUp is to reinvigorate spaces under construction through public art and community partnerships. The long alley way features work by Ellis G, Abe Lincoln Jr and myself. More information is available about the project here. Extra Place is on East 1st Street (btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue), New York City.