Happy Manhole Monday! Big thanks to my friends Nick Evans and Kevin Rej for sharing their pictures. As much as I love manhole covers, the ones that always get my attention are when they are specific to the city or state that they are in. The illustration on the sewer cover from KC MO is the seal for the city and the palm tree and crescent moon is from the South Carolina state flag. See any manholes specific to the city you are in? Take a picture and tweet it to me @nikki_vz to be featured in an upcoming post!
Orignially posted on July 29, 2011 (my first 1ne post):
So for my Friday post, I’m just posting one picture. There are times I come across an example of typography that stands so well by itself, pairing it with another would take away from the beauty. This image is a perfect example. This photograph was taken in Tequisquiapan, Mexico at a street fair last July. It was on the side of a van and a woman was inside selling drinks and chips. This is one of my favorite images I own. The logo is so well known and branded so well, you only need a piece of it to know the company. I love how there is a secondary image peeking through the letterforms. I’m such a sucker for typography worn by the elements.
Today’s pairing are two hand painted signs. I love the negative approach and what it does to the letters (the black blob in the Gant sign and the DS in the Dakota Sports sign). There is so much goodness in the sign from Wooster. Here’s a close up:
I’m not sure if you guys are No. 1 but your sign painter sure is!
I’m not a huge fan of the Haegle’s type treatment. Letters looking like firewood? No thanks. I am digging the sign below it though. Here are a couple of detail shots:
This is the front of the store. I’m very happy the firewood letters didn’t make it to the sign on the front:
…because what a tragedy it would be to miss out on seeing this stud:
While it is always great to stumble upon beautiful neon signs, stainless steel typography and graffiti, there is something to be said for the unexpected typographic find. It’s like found money or thinking you don’t have a box of Nerds® but realizing not only do you have a box but it is completely full! Ahhhh, such a great feeling. Anyway, I was in Atlanta, Georgia last year and happened to be standing next to these beauties as I was waiting to cross the street. I think they are awesome:
As awesome as those are, they don’t come close to this. A poem on a piece of steel nailed to a telephone pole in downtown Orlando, Florida. what WHAT?!
My Bicycle Has A Cherry Apple Arrow
And A Man Yells You Are Not A Car
And I Yell Fuck Off Faggot Evil
I Confess To You
My Brothers And Sisters
And Then I Am Aware
I Need To Stop
On The Bike Trail
Now And Secluded
And You Would Not Believe
Happy Manhole Monday! Today’s pairing are two gas covers from two different cities. What caught my eye about the cover from Fredericksburg was the beautifully thin lettering. That G is so thin, throw that girl a cheeseburger! It appears someone did throw a cheeseburger (or asphalt?!) on the cover from Greenville. I can’t even see what’s going on but the letters are trying to hang in there.
I hate to end #graffitiweek on a sad note but I also want my blog to be a place where art can live on, much like my documented ghost signs. I received a series of pictures of 5Pointz taken several months ago from Craig Hazan. The significance of these pictures only hit this week when I read this article on Tuesday (please take the time to click through the pictures–the before and after pictures are heartbreaking). For those of you that aren’t familiar, 5Pointz is an outdoor exhibit space in Queens, NY. It’s considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti mecca”, where aerosol artists from around the globe painted colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-footfactory building. They have been using this space since the early 1990s. The complex is across Jackson Avenue from MoMA PS1 but is not associated with MoMA. It is privately owned by Long Island developer Jerry Wolkoff, and houses the Crane Street Studios in which 200 artists pay below market rents for studio space (via Wikipedia).
The developers hired workers to paint over the graffiti in the dead of night on November 19, 2013. Artists and representatives of 5 Pointz have been in a brutal battle to save the building, which the owner, Jerry Wolkoff, wants to knock down in order to develop high rise apartment buildings. The artists have argued that the building should be saved by the city as a historic landmark.
I’m so happy that Craig sent me these pictures and they can live on forever here. If you have any pictures from 5Pointz you’d like included in this blog post, please tweet them to me @nikki_vz or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add them to this post.
Sorry, peeps. You are on your own deciphering these two. I have no clue what they say but I’m digging the colors and the placement. Big thanks to Kathryn Van Aernum and Jordan Romanoff for sharing their pictures!
See any street art in your city that is blog worthy? Take a picture and tweet it to me @nikki_vz to be featured in an upcoming post!
Today’s post are two pictures that seem to make sense side by side. These letters are hugging the concrete so perfectly — it’s just beautiful. Big thanks to Juile Bakopoulou for sharing Greg’s picture taken in Athens, Greece. Here are some more amazing pictures of street art taken in Athens by Greg. Thanks to Tania Fitzpatrick for sharing her graffiti find taken in Montreal.
More often than not, when I see graffiti of any kind it stops me in my tracks. I love analyzing it and thinking about the steps that were taken for it to be in front of me at that moment. I have so much love and respect for the talent that it takes to spray paint letterforms out in the wild. That being said, there is something about stenciled art that speaks to me. I think it’s just the raw graphic quality of the simple contrast of black and white. One of my favorite graphic designers is Massin for this very reason. If you aren’t familiar with his work, make sure you are sitting down and then please scroll down this page. It’s amazing how much expression and emotion is conveyed using just black and white. Every time I see his work I get chills. For real.
The two pictures in today’s post literally stopped me dead in my tracks. The portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. is on the side of an abandoned gas station in San Antonio. I love how simple this image is and yet, so powerful. The stark yellow background seems to make him just pop off the building.
Here’s a detailed shot:When I was in New Haven for my AIGA speaking engagement a few months ago I made it a point to walk around the Yale campus the morning after my talk in an effort to absorb as many brain cells as possible (I don’t think it worked). I wanted to visit the Yale School of Art but was bummed that the building was locked. So, I walked around to the back of the building hoping that I could find a door propped open but instead, I found Anne Frank. After I said holy shit a few times, I fumbled for my camera and snapped this picture. I don’t think black and white ever looked so beautiful together. I think MLK would be proud.