NEW YORK CITY STREET ART: THE VIDEO INTERVIEW

http://www.eitb.eus/es/noticias/internacional/videos/detalle/4774475/video-balu-lleva-artistas-vascos-calles-manhattan/

I had an amazing experience with Barcelona-based street artist BALU in New York City back in March. The day came out of nowhere and to make a long story short, I ended up going around the city with him and documenting his incredibly courageous, albeit illegal (!!) slapping up of wheat pastes of certain public figures in specific designated spots that represented and symbolized the men (i.e. Kanye West was slapped up on WEST 4th in the Village, etc.) ~ The pictures and the story garnered enough interest for Mikel Reparaz, a European journalist covering Basque Country news, to do a video interview/story on our experience and on graffiti in NYC, in general. It’s in Spanish, but please do check it out.

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NEW YORK CITY GRAFFITI: MUCHO MUCHACHO by BALU

As an homage to Mucho Muchacho, also called Mucho Mu, an MC from Barcelona born in 1976, Balu put up a wheatpaste on the 7 subway line. Mucho Mu was a member of the group 7 Notas 7 Colores, hence the “7” line…25mar17 NYC:

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BALU traveling with his supplies on the subway.

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NEW YORK CITY GRAFFITI: BASQUE COUNTRY’S MIKEL & FERMIN by BALU

This was a challenging paste-up mission. BALU had his wheat pastes ready, but as he was walking up to the postal box to paste them, a mailman was there getting the mail out. Balu sat his pastes down and just waited. He did this tricky mission in the midst of  hundreds of eyes walking past…25mar17 NYC

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Mikel Laboa: one of the Basque Country’s most important singer-songwriters. He is considered by many to be the patriarch of Basque music.

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This is Fermin Muguruza: a Basque punk rock, ska, rock musician. Considered a very influential singer-songwriter.

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NEW YORK CITY GRAFFITI: KANYE WEST 4th by BALU

Nothing better than being able to tag along with a street artist as they put their art up on the walls of a city! Today, I went around with BALU, a Barcelona-based street artist. We went on the streets and in the subway stations of New York City. 25mar17. Below, is a pictorial of him pasting up a “Kanye West” on the West 4th subway station sign in the West Village. 


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