One mural in particular has taken the world by storm. ‘Climate Change Ain’t Nothing to Mess With’ went viral across the internet for its image of a weather advisory, warning of impending hurricane Wu. Designed by Staten artist Cody Prez and curated by Tariq Zaid of RHC, the mural is part of a community initiative to raise awareness around social issues and Staten’s art scene.
JoDo the bee is a communicator – of the power of repetition. Every time the artist goes out and paints, it’s like a performance, a ritual intention that manifests into wings and eyes. Graffiti artists are the ones who wonder and wander by night, scrawling their symbols on the city walls. And among the many, JoDo the bee stands out as one of the most iconic tags in New York.
Curator Jeff Beler has had a busy year. Coming off the massive success of the STEAM mural project, which saw Brooklyn's PS9 transformed into a colorful art mecca, Beler has revamped his long-running Underhill Walls with a musical touch. For this season, each of the Underhill panels was painted in the style of a different album cover, spanning genres and styles.
What began with a couple friends painting bedrooms has grown into a reputable art firm, with a clientele that lists the likes of Google, Microsoft, Adidas, Nike, and Disney, to name a few. Established in 2010, the Graffiti Life team does more than just paint murals for big companies – their services include everything from painting office interiors and exteriors, to hosting workshops on art.