Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bike Portraits

I have been so busy lately! I finally am slowing down enough to be able to post a bit, today's is some bike portraits all over the board. 
As always click on photo to enjoy full size!

Beach cruiser meets engine equals moped
Affinity meets devotion, drillium.
Affinity always stepping up there game, a very special project and one of my favorite to date.        http://affinitycycles.com/

My Affinity covered in salt from the roads, I just cleaned this bike.

The first track bike I saw with BMX pedals in 07

Jimmy from Pittsburgh Moser

Travis from Freight Baggage KHS Aero Track  http://freightbaggage.org/
Murdered out Concept at the 07' NACCC
Zak from Grime's bike
Krillz whip http://smashenger.blogspot.com/
Last, we have Mike Schmitts bike.

So here is a quick post for the day, I gotta hit the door. Check back tonight for a very special post!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Graffiti Friday "Freedom Tunnel"

This weeks Graffiti Friday is kind of a sad one for me, recently one of my favorite places the "Freedom Tunnel" was painted clean. Buffed. The tunnel has a deep rooted history in NYC's graffiti history. "Freedom" started painting this Amtrack tunnel on the upper West side in the late 80's. At that time it also was considered a safe haven for homeless people.
Freedom knew this place was special, he painted a lot of the time for  homeless people that lived in the tunnel, some said it gave them hope.  My first time in this beautiful place was a couple years after this film was made, "DARK DAYS" This movie is a in depth documentary about the people that lived in this tunnel for years. They do not mention Freedom but chances are they know of or know him. Also check out the book "Mole People" for a even more in depth perspective of a outsider exploring the tunnel. 
Since then a lot of people have found this tunnel not to many people live in it anymore, people think it has been abused and blown up and that's why it was painted over. 

These are some photos of Freedoms work in the tunnel and a couple images of artist that he brought down there and ones that followed after that I took on my first trip. 
There will be more coming so stay tuned,As always click on photo to enjoy full size. 



This was the first image I saw of freedoms work, I was 12 and blown away.

These are examples of his earlier work.

Even by todays standards this is amazing, Freedom was really ahead of his time and a great artist!

Freedom painted this to commemorate a large homeless population that lived in the tunnel was provided housing after the film Dark Days was filmed and Amtrack stepped in.

I was told that this was one of the last pieces he painted down in the tunnel. These photos are close ups, this whole piece is about a 100 yards long.

Dark side of the moon

Freedom became close friends with writers who liked to explore the city, Smith and Sane were brothers and great kings of this. This was painted for SANE'S passing. RIP
ESPO painted this unibomber portrait with a roll call.
Classic ESPO Philly hand

AMAZE was in the mix 
 NACE way ahead of his time was sober and struck by a drunk driver. RIP
 One of the few places I have seen SACE pieces, he had so many pieces down here. He really spent a lot of time down here!    RIP
 This was a old worker station that became "home sweet home" to many. If you watch Dark Days this sign pops up.
DYRECT also climbed a lot in the rafters of this tunnel, after 9/11 he painted this.

CURVE from Philly showing how big rats are in this tunnel, track rabbits is a common phrase. They really are larger than a small dog.
While the tunnel is very quit and peaceful, every hour this train will remind you to keep on your toes.
Amtrack travels through this tunnel about 60-70 mph
Southside and newly boxed toped tunnel.

One of my favorite shots I have taken.

All good things must come to a end some say. I am just sad to see this one go... For those who have been, you know. If you have never been, I hope I can provide a perspective into this multi cultural safe haven.
Be sure to check out the book "MOLE PEOPLE" and the film "DARK DAYS."

Monday, February 7, 2011


I'm working on a production this week so I will not be able to post as often as I would like to. 12-15 hour days are here. I recently got some film back, here are some gems of the bunch.
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Gorilla art in Greenpoint 

Underground wrestling club in Philly.
Courtney Rolling up a "Fatty"

A Donker
PHIL from Tuff City rockn a ill hand painted coat. When I have time I'm going to pay them a visit in the Bronx!

"If you'd like to make a call please hang up and try again."
Checked out some friends play a show. Al, and his special guest.

The ever growing bike pile by my house, even crackheads like to work on bikes.

My boy Mike from Australia rockn a neck brace after his accident. Check the GRIME sticker on hit.

I'll try to post as much as possible this week but some gems will be in the mix until I have some more time. Stay tuned

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Graffiti Friday "Fill in's"

This weeks Graffiti Friday is Fillin's, throw ups, toss up, throwies.
A quick way to get your name up in "hot spots" Everybody has there own style in executing these.
Here are some that have caught my eye.
As always click on photo to enjoy full size.