Archive for June, 2019

Car Show * Automat * Hicksville, NY.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2019 by Pat Regan

I had every intention of going to a pow wow in New Jersey on Saturday. Then, on Friday night I heard about a car show. I love a car show! I love a pow wow too, but the car show started early and ended early. The pow wow went well into the evening. Could I do both? Ha! Best laid plans of mice and men. Meaning, I did not get to Jersey. But I saw a great car show! I’ll tell you more about the pow wow at the end of the post.

Anyway, I got up early and was out the door before 11. Early for me. I hopped on the bike and headed East. East seems funny being that I can see the ocean from Brooklyn. But then there’s Long Island. And Long Island is huge. It jets off far to the Northeast from the city. It’s bigger than our country’s smallest state! I was headed to Hicksville, NY. A shop that specializes in auto interiors was having an auto show. Welcome to Automat.

There were plenty of cars. From the rustiest…

…to the shiniest!

Beautiful cars of yesteryear surrounded the grounds of Automat.

A true pleasure for me at this event was meeting Chuck Zito.

It was actually through Chuck’s Instagram that I found out about the car show. He was bringing his ’68 Charger.

This car is primo! And powerful!

His 1968 Charger sports a Super Bird style fin in the rear and a 528 engine up front.

If you check out his Instagram, he has a video of himself driving home and talking about this beauty. I believe he says it cranks over 800 Horsepower!

Underneath pays tribute to his days with his motorcycle club.

The Batmobile was in attendance.

This is one of those aquatic vehicles.

The dude behind this Reliant owns the purple monster below.

It was LOUD!

I was taking a photo of this Packard from the other side. The owner told me to stop. He said it looked much better from the left side. Indeed.

How cool is that bumper?

They invited people to have a look inside the shop. It was cool to see folks at work.

The interior of this Jaguar was stripped empty.

Here they are working on a trike with a VW rear.

A 572 under the hood. Monsterous!

There’s something about a Buick Riviera.

Barracuda.

Dig a ’58.

By the time I was ready to leave, I recognized I wasn’t going to make it to the pow wow. I was hungry too. I was told there was a good place to get tacos in Far Rockaway. So I took a slight detour on the way home.

I decided to try these tacos at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club for myself. Yup! They were good taco’s. Greasy good! The place was crowded and took a while, but everyone was friendly and all was chilly willy. Good vibe. I was told it gets a lot more crowded later when the surfers return.

So hey! I missed the pow wow today. But, if you ever get a chance, check out one of the following events. My friend Cliff (who I met in Montana on one of my adventures), organizes these amazing events. There are more coming up.

Welling Court Mural Project 2019

Posted in Uncategorized on June 9, 2019 by Pat Regan

The Welling Court area in Astoria Queens is a disappearing treasure. Another urban art mecca is not fading away for lack of great enthusiastic artists, but like 5 Points, fresh forbidden walls of new developments are replacing the walls which were once welcome canvases for some of NYC’s greatest artists of the streets. The Welling Court Mural Project is an annual event where Carpe Diem is the spirit as the neighborhood is transformed by the new ideas and applied skills of accomplished aerosol artists.

This peeling mess below was how SPONE’s wall looked on Thursday.

By Saturday it was blasting with color as can be seen behind this plugged in gamer.

DAZE and CRASH seem to be absent again today.

Queen Andrea was a no show as well. I believe she recently completed the Bowery Wall on Houston Street this month.

CEY goes way back. Today he is working on his piece just to the left of Queen Andrea’s spot.

CEY in action.

Joe Iurato usually works in black and white with minimal color as he did in this last collaboration with Rubin415.

This year blues and reds pop around his mural with an homage to Keith Haring.

This event brings together icons from the roots of graffiti and hip hop as Kool Kyle interviews one of the subways former vandals.

There were quite a few old subway bombers from the 70’s here today. Below Snake rips a tag in someone’s book.

Not sure if this is promoting Bushwick Collective or mocking it.

I’m not really fond of felines, but I do like City Kitty.

Marc Maniac at work on Thursday.

He is collaborating with Chris Soria and Ian Cinco.

The piece was coming together by Saturday.

Ian Cinco threads through Soria’s geometric maze.

And look at that…this little angel below was the model for that angel above. I believe it’s Marc’s kid.

My Bonnie sits on the corner of Welling Court as the world around transforms.

CERNESTO below seems to paints organically. I feel the painting just grows to his liking. I’m not sure about his methods, but I like his style.

You can see beyond the hydrant things have changed dramatically.

To the left of the hydrant NYSEE has transformed his wall as well. On Thursday it was all about Gratitude.

By Saturday afternoon a Mickey Mouse KAWS-like figure developed. I actually heard a rumor saying that KAWS was doing a piece for this years project.

I think I know who started the rumor.

JCORP

This devilish Yankee figure from last year was also making a transformation.

You can still see the fiery orange hair and the eyes on the left hand of this Aztec deity taking over this wall.

And later.

Love.

The left side of this corner is reserved for RWK (Robots Will Kill crew). No one has shown up yet to do a 2019 mural. The painting you see now is by VENG from 2018. The year before it was CHRIS RWK.

TOO FLY was laying down her outlines and beginning some spray on Thursday. And SINNED to the left had made his mark.

By Saturday her traditional blues and purples were layering over Thursday’s sketch.

SINNED continued his piece on Saturday.

This wall is around a narrow corner from the CRASH, DAZE and CEY wall. The Welling Court area has a couple tight triangular blocks so the corner here is acute like the bow of a ship.

FUMERO had a minimalist piece this year. I am wondering if there is more to come.

Trump on Thursday.

Adopt a pet on Saturday.

Adam Dare and some butterfly eyes remained as they were.

This is Thursday.

On Saturday, the wall to the right was covered over as seen below.

This piece around the corner has been shown respect for a couple years now. Been there since 2017.

You can see an artist on his ladder down the block.

That guy on the ladder is covering up this De Niro from last year…

…with this James Cagney today.

KIDLEW was wrapping up his piece early when I passed by on Thursday.

Here it is Saturday with the garage door closed.

A reflective gate across the street.

On Thursday this artist was hand painting Whoopi Goldberg on a small wall down the street from KIDLEW.

Below is the completed wall today. If you look closely you can see a guy sizing up a ladder in the background above Whoopi’s head. Turns out he sized it up a little too far from the wall. A few moments later, SLAM! He and the ladder were laying flat on the ground. He had a quick lesson in physics, friction, and gravity.

This You Know Me turned out to be prophetic. As I was checking out the #You Know Me wall, my friend Roxy surprised me from behind. She and her family were headed to a carnival in Astoria Park.

I spoke to Sara Erenthal for a minute. I like her work. I see it all over the city.

It looks like she is painting the eye. Actually she is painting over the eye. She was not happy with her circle and one of the lashes.

As I was leaving the neighborhood I noticed Sara Erenthal had left her mark on a mattress someone was throwing out.

I went north a bit to check out the carnival Roxy told me about.

Some nice homes in Northern Astoria.

The Robert Francis Kennedy Bridge.

The carnival was packed and definitely for the kids, so I briefly walked through and back out.

Bushwick Collective 2019

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2019 by Pat Regan

Wow! Until I saw the date of the last post, I hadn’t realized how long I’ve been away from this site and riding in general. Sometimes life interferes with the the things we like to do best. I have been out and about town a few times, but nothing to mention. Anyway, today I went for a short ride to Brooklyn. The 8th Annual Bushwick Collective Block Party was taking place today. On the way I saw this Adam Dare piece again on Grand Street, only this time it had a big space for rent sign over part of it. Nothing lasts.

I continued down Metropolitan Avenue and crossed the bridge. Then as I always do, I took a right turn too early. Eventually I zig zagged back to Flushing Avenue then on to the Block Party. I got this T-shirt (Below).

Various streets were closed. So I went the wrong way up a one way street and found a nice spot to park. After seeing this photo below I realized that my inspection sticker is peeling away from the fork. This is a problem with the fork on the T120 (at least in NY). NY law requires that the inspection sticker is adhered to the fork directly. Plates screwed to the bike for that purpose are not allowed. The forks on the new T120 are textured and the inspection stickers just won’t stay on there.

I thought this event may be the same as the Bushwick open studios day. It’s not. This is the block party like it says. The open studios event is in September.

But it’s not like the typical generic block party you find in Manhattan. The Bushwick Collective Block Party has DJ’s, rappers, and musical artists blasting music throughout the day on a stage just to the right of the photo above. And there is the art. Many of the neighborhood walls get repainted for the block party as they do at Miami’s Wynwood Walls or Welling Court in Queens, NY which takes place next week. Below is a great big Biggie mural by Urban Ruben.

There were other artists painting live. I saw some body painting artists, but the bodies did not command any photos.

This performer pushing and pulling a plethora of pink paraphernalia ended up doing a bizarre street show.

This guy was working on a wall.

Below is the work of an artist I like very much. His name is Sipros (Wellington Naberezny Sipros). He is from Sao Paolo, Brazil. This is his latest piece made for the block party.

I’ve been following his work for years. This Salvador Dali is my neighborhood.

The next 3 were in Bushwick in past years.

Much to my surprise, Sipros was there in the flesh. It was a pleasure to meet this artist that I admire.