On a recent trip to NYC, I spotted this drawing by my favorite Puerto Rican, Cornell educated graffiti artist James De La Vega. I realize De La Vega’s mantra ‘become your dream’ is becoming sort of gimicky – sort of like Jenny Holzer’s truisms – but I still smile when I stumble across his stuff. This one was written on the side of a broken bookshelf that was just sitting on 94th Street by a pile of trash.
I personally think some forms of graffiti qualify as art, though here’s an essay that really argues the point.
One of my favorite street artists is TiTo na Rua – I love his stuff. Just amazing. His green drummer boy kills me.