Sunday, November 30, 2008

#15: Text

So your strength isn't painting or etching your way with a knife, but you still have something to say about one of these posters.  Go ahead, this is an open art form.  Use whatever means you can to express your opinion.

Monday, November 17, 2008

#14: Abstract Art

Maybe there's not much humor here, but I love these.  And I'm pretty sure most of them weren't done by a single 'artist'.  I say this, mainly because I saw these evolve over a period of days.  Someone started them by cutting out a small piece of the poster.  Then other people would walk by and rip another little piece off, exposing the older posters hidden underneath.  This is the result after several days of that.  

It would be nice to document the progress, if only I knew beforehand which posters are going to end up this way.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

#13: Defacer Profiling

Ok, so check this out.  This is a poster for the World Wrestling Federation or something like that.  They are promoting their upcoming TV season.  Its a big campaign, you can find these posters literally EVERYWHERE in the subway system.  Now, my problem is that I have not been able to find ONE SINGLE defacing of these posters.  Not one!!!

In a previous post I wrote about how some celebrities with 'street cred' were safe from getting defaced.  But come on... these guys get immunity!!!?????  Is this some kind of indication of who our anonymous artists really are?  So our defacers are "WW Smack Down" fans!!???   I have to say I'm a little disappointed.  No, ...not really.  Actually, I just find it hard to believe that UMAGA, has "street cred".

UMAGA is the silly looking guy in the middle, with the painted face, in case you can't read his name in the photo.

If someone finds one these posters defaced, please send me a picture.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

#12: Cutouts

This idea is one of my personal favorites.  They cut out a chunk from a poster and then stick that piece onto another poster beside it.  Not only it's really funny, but I think it's very creative and beautiful.

I have another example of this technique, in a picture that was sent to me by a friend and fan of this blog.  I'm planning on saving contributions from friends and posting them together.  So if you live in NYC and find one of these cool works of ephemeral art, go ahead and pull out a camera, even a cell phone camera, take a picture and email it to me.  I'll give you the proper credit.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

#11: New York Marathon

I wanted to dedicated this post to defending New York Marathon champion Paula Radcliffe, who won her third title today.  I also want to thank her for lending her image to beautify the NYC subway system and inspire our beloved anonymous artists, who in turn beautify this blog.