The iron triangle is a true working mans neighborhood. Filled with makeshift auto shops, an iron works, junkyards, a trash transfer facility and (oddly enough) a spice factory. Here – people work and work hard, in an area deprived of virtually all city services.
The auto shops are the majority of businesses located here. The clientele is a mix of everyone imaginable – Asian, Spanish, old white guys. You name it. Everyone comes for a cheaper price on repairs than you’d ever get at a dealership, or maybe a falsified inspection for a few bucks above the usual rate. Besides, where are you suppose to find a new window and mirror for a 1989 Ford Escort after you ran down the guy trying to steal the 20 buck radio from it?
It’s an intimidating place to the uninitiated. There are loads of guys just seemingly standing around doing nothing but waiting to strangle someone. Spend some time here though and you … [ read more ]
So now that Banksy has been repeated dissed on the streets of NYC, his fans (and apparently even Banksy himself) are wondering why he is so well hated here. There is a variety of reasons:
1) The double standard
If a graffiti artist did what Banksy is doing – illegally tagging walls while leaving trace connections to how he can be found (someone is paying for that truck that’s being driven around town)- they would be tracked down and arrested very quickly.
So far the NYPD has said nothing about this situation and so far as we know, they are not going to investigate these serial acts of vandalism. (Drawing on other peoples property in NYC is a crime – regardless of if it is “graffiti” or “street art” – both are “vandalism” in the eyes of NYC law. )
If Banksy were a graffiti writer, it would be a different story.
This fact is made clear by how graffiti artists are treated compared to street artists. When the brothers Sane Smith dominated the streets of NYC, [ read more ]
If Banksy + NYC Then Dissed = True.
As you probably already know, Banksy’s ‘Art residency on the streets of NY’ has been greeted by complete disrespect from NYC’s real graffiti artists. Just about every one of his ‘street art’ works has been destroyed within hours of their announcement. This of course was to be expected: The very same thing happened the last time he came to town.
The latest works to be destroyed took place within the last 24 hours. We received this anonymous message with photos today:
“Only when all Banksy NYC works are obliterated will we allow him to die. – VX SPU”
We … [ read more ]