11-21-14 NYC Graffiti Artist Chico

A passerby looks at a A painting of Basquiat by NYC Graffiti Artist Chico
Basquiat by NYC Graffiti Artist Chico, Tompkins Square Park June 2012

Thanks to my best friend, I was in Tomkins Square Park on June 3rd 2012, during a big outdoor exhibition. Murals were wrapped around the entire park! It was awesome. While walking around I noticed a superfly boombox, all graffitied up and took a picture. I’d never seen one like it! I saw it again, this time next to a beautiful painting of Jean-Michel Basquiat. By the way, the fellow on the right walked into my shot, but as it happened, it made my photo so much better!

So, who was Chico?

Chico's Painted Boombox, Tompkins Square Park, June 2012
A Boombox by NYC Graffiti Artist Chico, Tompkins Square Park June 2012

That August, I was walking around NYC looking for graffiti and stopped in the East Village to check out a graffiti marketing piece for a sci-fi show. I got to talking with Yenta Laureate on the corner and when I mentioned my interest in graffiti, she told me all about her buddy, graffiti artist Chico! She knew all about all his artwork up around the East Village and Lower East side. I couldn’t believe it.

Then, in what I’m beginning to accept as my kind of serendipity, Chico literally walked up and I took their photo. I was psyched!

Yenta Laureate with NYC Graffiti Artist Chico, The East Village, NYC August 15th, 2012
Yenta Laureate with NYC Graffiti Artist Chico, The East Village, NYC August 15th, 2012

See more of his work art and graffiti on Chico’s website.

 

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Posted November 21, 2014 by Gabriel in category "Digital Photography", "People", "Photography