Graffiti: Expressionist Art

I've started this exploration where every Sunday (and by every I mean the past two weeks) I go for an extensive walk around Brooklyn. I kill two birds with one stone -- I get exercise and get to explore random parts of Brooklyn I might otherwise not see. Seeing as how I'll be moving in June, I thought it only correct to get it right it's time and actually explore a neighborhood before moving to it. This past year in Bed-Stuy has been interesting, but it's time to go. My area is 80% residential with a plethora of fried chicken and Chinese joints. That was cute in the beginning for the Sunday hangover cure, but when the Chinese lady is able to identify you based on voice and know what food to give me when I walk in, you know you have a problem. So thus began the need for exploration. I've taken so many side streets and seen some awesome places, but something that I've particularly have enjoyed is the street art. This all started with me glancing through a book a friend of mine had of the graffiti artist Banksy (Wall and Piece) and I loved so many pieces of his work. And no I haven't been living under a rock and just discovered him, but I never looked at all of the pieces he's done. As I walked around, I kept seeing walls covered in beautiful work. So I documented some of my favorite ones and I bring them to you. Enjoy!

 

Is that Frida Kahlo I see...You betta werq that unibrow. 

Is that Frida Kahlo I see...You betta werq that unibrow. 

Mother Nature ya'll...

Mother Nature ya'll...

This was by far my favorite piece. The choice of colors and the abstraction of her face is perfect. 

This was by far my favorite piece. The choice of colors and the abstraction of her face is perfect. 

This was one of my favorites. It's something the eyes that draws you in. 

This was one of my favorites. It's something the eyes that draws you in. 

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I know this isn't graffiti, but this was actually pretty fucking sick. It's salvaged metals refurbished into an apartments parking gate. 

I know this isn't graffiti, but this was actually pretty fucking sick. It's salvaged metals refurbished into an apartments parking gate. 

They made it into a map of the surrounding streets. 

They made it into a map of the surrounding streets. 

The whole lower half of the exterior is covered in this recyclable metal. 

The whole lower half of the exterior is covered in this recyclable metal. 

"Why is this art?" love it

"Why is this art?" love it