>> It's always a pleasant surprise to see an interesting graffiti truck rolling down New York's streets. Some are well executed as rolling murals, while others appear to be randomly painted.
Cupcake Cafe's truck advertises their new location on 18 W. 18th Street.
Fred Worden, Inc., 534 E. 11th. Notation indicates it was painted in 2006.
Fred Worden, right side.
This truck is usually seen near Union Square on weekends.
The imagery is not as deliberate as others and does suggest vandalism.
The owner's name is not distinct.
R&L Trucking, 47 W. 34th Street. Left side.
R&L Trucking, right side.
NY Pull, 168 Allen, right side.
NY Pull. Mr. Rogers imagery. Left side.
NY Pull. The king pulls a spray gun.
Match Book Art Gallery, 438 Union Ave, Brooklyn
Jay Bant, 2052 Nickel Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ
Jay Bant. Probably the same truck as above.
An A Charles Baby Brandon image on the artist's truck.
WAA KEUR KHADIM, Inc., 1201 Broadway. Left side.
See article by Joel Millman about West African businesspeople.
WAA KEUR KHADIM, right side.
The photos of graffiti trucks seen here were taken in Manhattan over a six-year period. When truck paintings are deliberately executed, they represent mural art, even though the style is graffiti-like. This type of mural is uncommon. Do not assume you'll see graffiti trucks just because you are in town, although you might see trucks that have been randomly tagged.
Graffiti trucks in New York attract a high degree of attention to the businesses they support, with the Cupcake Cafe and Fred Worden, Inc., being good examples. NY Pull is regularly seen in SoHo on weekends near a vacant lot street fair, although I don't know what merchant it represents.
For more information, visit www.RiotSound.com for RiotSound's gallery of "aerosol art." Another excellent site, which features pictures of graffiti from around the world, is www.ArtCrimes.com. Last, an interesting article about A Charles and the graffiti scene in late 2005 can be read at www.theVillager.com.
Article, audio, and photos by Karen Little. First published on 10/16/2006. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.