A Self-Guided Graffiti Tour of Brooklyn Part II

NYC Graffiti

While some of New York’s best graffiti spots may be hidden or inaccessible, aficionados can still find a variety of artwork, including throw-ups, murals, stencils and wheatpastes, just a short subway ride from Union Square.

East Williamsburg and the outskirts of Bushwick have long attracted graffiti artists who compete to display their work on the side of abandoned factories, vacant lots, and decrepit buildings. The availability of many legal walls have made it possible for some artists in Bushwick to pursue the transition from vandalism to legal painting. Legal walls are a focal point of debate between graffiti enthusiasts and detractors. But whether they discourage vandalism or not, different types of artists, including wheatpasters, jump at the opportunity to paint large murals or stencil pieces on legal sites.

Legal walls are often provided by commercial and industrial owners that want to fill up empty space on the side of their properties. Artists sometimes solicit walls individually after developing a portfolio, and can also be contracted by proprietors through graffiti crews and galleries.

The selection of a good legal wall is important. Graffiti artists, like advertisers, focus on the visibility of the wall and the quality of its surface. Flat concrete walls for instance are much easier to paint and are longer lasting than corrugated metal. Every detail is important because artists use these walls as a large canvas for their most complex pieces.

While on a recent walk through Brooklyn, we found many legal walls and some illegal types of graffiti. Below you will find an improvised tour of some of the most innovating styles in this outer borough. And if you like this tour, check out part I of A Self-Guided Brooklyn Graffiti Tour.

How to get there: Take the L Train from Union Square to the Morgan Avenue Station. Then proceed on foot at your discretion with the self-guided tour of the featured graffiti sites.

Before starting your tour we recommend stopping for coffee or tea at The Archive Café (49 Bogart St., bet. Grattan St. and Moore St.) Aside from their occasional movie screenings and arthouse film collection, they also serve bagels and sandwiches. For lunch we recommend that you have a torta or taco at the Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos (271 Starr St.,) or stop for a salad and soup at the Brooklyn Fire Proof Bar & Café (119 Ingraham St.)

Skewville1) Artist: Skewville
Location: Corner of Bogart and Harrison, on Bogart
Lord Graffiti2) Artist: Lord
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on Seigel
Bisc Graffiti3) Artist: Bisc
Location: Corner of Siegel and White, on Seigel
Hoacs Graffiti4) Artist: Hoacs
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on Seigel
Leas Graffiti5) Artist: Leas
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on Seigel
Owns Graffiti6) Artist: Owns
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
ARS Graffiti7) Artist: ARS
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
Sers Graffiti 8 ) Artist: Sers
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
Logek Graffiti9) Artist: Logek
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
Hers Graffiti10) Artist: Hers
Location: Corner of White and Moore, on Moore
Stres Graffiti11) Artist: Stres
Location: Corner of White and Moore, on Moore
Skewville Graffiti12) Artist: Skewville
Location: Bogart and Grattan, on Grattan
Cern and Cekis Graffiti13) Artist: Cern/Cekis
Location: Corner of Harrison Pl. and Morgan Ave., on Harrison
Jaes Graffiti14) Artist: Jaes
Location: Corner of Morgan Ave. and Harrison Pl., on Morgan
Wane Graffiti15) Artist: Wane
Location: Corner of Morgan Ave. and Harrison Pl., on Morgan
Ewok Graffiti16) Artist: Ewok
Location: Corner of Morgan Ave. and Harrison Pl., on Morgan
Knows Graffiti17) Artist: Knows
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
APlus Graffiti18) Artist: APlus
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Keo Graffiti19) Artist: Keo
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Pez Graffiti20) Artist: Pez
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Cern Graffiti21) Artist: Cern
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Zekis Graffiti22) Artist: Zekis
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Spot23) Artist: Spot
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Imminent-Disaster24) Artist: Imminent Disaster
Location: Wycoff, bet. Troutman and Jefferson
SP-One Graffiti25) Artist: SP One
Location: Wycoff, bet. Troutman and Jefferson
Broken Crow Graffiti26) Artist: Broken Crow
Location: Jefferson and Wycoff, on Jefferson
Read Graffiti27) Artist: Read
Location: Jefferson and Wycoff, on Jefferson
The Dude Company28) Artist: The Dude Company
Location: Jefferson and Wycoff, on Jefferson
Bast - Michael Jackson29) Artist: Bast
Location:  Corner of Porter Ave. and Johnson Ave., on Johnson
Broken-Crow Graffiti30) Artist: Broken Crow
Location: Johnson Ave. and Gardner Ave., on Gardner
Robots Will Kill31) Artist: Chris (Robots Will Kill)
Location: Gardner Ave., bet. Johnson Ave. and Ingraham
ECB Graffiti32) Artist: ECB
Location: Ingraham and Gardner Ave., on Ingraham
Chris-Stain, Billy Mode33) Artist: Chris Stain/Billy Mode
Location: Flushing, bet. Knickerbocker Ave. and Noll
Cekis and SKope34) Artist: Cekis, Skope
Location: Wilson Ave. and Noll, on Noll

 

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    falcongirl
    January 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    great art! i love the changes for the better being made in brooklyn. legal walls, who would of imagined that years ago!haha is “proceed on foot at your discretion” a subtle way of saying it’s a really bad neighborhood? well it is and i’ve lived there for 30yrs without so much as a BOO!

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    Marcus Randall
    February 16, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Great Article. Arturo, please email me…I’d like to discuss some specifics off line.

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    dan
    March 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    this is not good. VS will use these addresses to build cases against the artists. please take the addresses off.

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    CQ
    March 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Please take the addresses down…that is part of the fun. You have to find these yourself, you should not be helping other people destroy these beautiful works (because more people will destroy them than visit them)…

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    Pepiño de Queens
    April 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    This would be nice to include in a NY travel guide.

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