Since early March, NYC and much of our country has been on lockdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, eliminating the mural commissions and commercial work that support street and graffiti artists' work.
We've rounded up 8 items you might find useful during this time, from journals to face masks and comfy gear to wear indoors. If you're going to cover up or be cool indoors this summer, you might as well look good doing it. If you're lucky to have continued income during this time, have a scroll and get those shopping fingers ready!
Subway Doodle Books
The Subway Doodle Books series, published March 2020.
Famous for his monsters 'doodled' over photos of his subway rides, the artist has focused his energy during quarantine on creating books that can be rapped or read to kids 0-6 years old. Plus one that's definitely NOT for kids!
A fun reminder of how germs are spread and why it's important to wash your f*cking hands: Published independently, each 8.5 x 11" paperback is 36 pages. Send one to your friends and family in quarantine!
The artist is currently painting at Underhill Walls in Prospect Park, BK, and can be contacted for mural commissions here.
Above: Rx Skulls rocking his teeth bandanna at his print studio.
After 10 years in the street art scene, Portland street artist RxSkulls has created hundreds of variations of his original skull design. There's an insane variety of skulls: solid black, textured, collaborations with artists from around the globe. A self confessed ‘squeegee head’, his vinyl skulls are all screen printed and hand cut in the Rx laboratory – high quality, hand made jams that have appeared all over the world.
'How ironic that this horrible pandemic that takes the breath from us, gives that exact breath back to Mother Earth. I saw, in the painting, a crack - as if an earthquake had violently broken through the thick outer crust of this world - our neon-lit artificial planet smothered in concrete and buildings, makeup and plastic, revealing Mother Earth below. For the first time the water is running clear and nature is returning… When the world restores to normalcy, can it be a new norm? Can we live more harmoniously with nature and Pachamama? Does the planet have to wait for a pandemic in order to heal?' - ELLE STREET ART
ELLE created this Skull/Face artwork and applied it to a range of soft and comfortable unisex hoodies. This white, black, blue or pink hoodie is 50% cotton, 50% polyester, with a lined hood, double-needle stitching, 1x1 athletic rib knit cuffs and waistband with spandex and a front pouch pocket in sizes S - 5XL.
Also available: As part of her new collection, ELLE has also launched a silkscreen print, the first of its kind for the artist. There's a limited edition of 50, with 10 special editions. The prints are 20" x 20" silkscreen, printed at Krijger Vormgave Amsterdam by Vroom & Varossieau.
You can see ELLE's regular #cororonacreates outdoor live painting sessions on her on Facebook here.
'Art by Eyebrows is a focus on spontaneous thoughts and imagery to capture the random humor of free thought and expressionism to remain outside of the comfort zone and traditional label system of all art and mediums. Stay weird my friends.' - NYC's Art by Eyebrows
Better on your head than in your body, this Liesoul hat by Art by Eyebrows features his Lecrue character in charcoal grey is made using a solid, 5-panel construction. One size only.
'No matter the aesthetic, we got something for you!' - Denver street artist Dinkc
From DINKC (pronounced Dink) and CHOIBEAN, Project #BODOMASK (Buy One Donate One Mask) began due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 Virus. The team noticed a shortage of face masks for not only the average consumer, but for those especially in need, including the brave people still commuting and working in various essential jobs and the immunocompromised.
Each mask is custom made and handcrafted in studio with limited edition materials already on hand. You may choose your fabric, but the vinyl design/color will be determined by what is in stock (potential options shown).
'In early March, when things started to escalate, I had a few mural jobs cancel and suddenly had some extra time on my hands. When the city started shutting down, I quickly designed the Graffiti for Good messages, cut the stencils and went out painting them everywhere I could. (Don’t worry I didn’t destroy any property– I mostly put them on construction walls.) The goal was to spread positivity not only to those on their way home to “shelter in place,” but also to those still having to be out working and keeping this city functioning. The small stenciled messages were a hit– I didn’t even put my name on them and they were being spread and reposted.' - Jason Naylor, Muralist, The One Club.
Jason Naylor introduced these t-shirts to spread the message even further, with 8 total designs. The tees themselves are soft and lightweight, with a little stretch for both men and women. They are 100% combed and ring-spun pre-shrunk cotton with shoulder-to-shoulder taping and side-seamed in sizes XS - 2XL.
'If we have to wear masks, let’s do it in style' - See One, Ilustrator, painter, graffiti writer & comic book artist.
Writing graffiti since 1997, See One expanded into fine arts in 2009 with a style termed “Shards,” colorful, layered, swirling, sharp shapes reminiscent of shards of glass weaved between tags, drips and texture. His style emerged onto canvases and walls that has come to represent New York’s brand of contemporary graffiti hybrid abstraction.
His current work reflects a shift in subject matter toward pop art & childhood inspirations. This term “Shard pop“ is the artists current focus, blending his signature style into animated figures to create a hybrid of abstract expressionism & pop iconography. See One applied 4 of his popular designs, voted for on Instagram, to face masks for Adults AND kids, launched in late April.
These breathable, comfortable filtered face masks are available in Kid sizes in 2 designs, Miru Mania, featuring the artist's signature character (below) and Black Ops (above left). With stretchable straps, each 100% cotton mask comes with 2 filters. Filter 10-packs are available for purchase.
Stay tuned for new designs dropping this week!
SOLD's own Bytegirl in her brand new Wildfire face mask
Above: Custom 5.25" x 8.25" Softcover Layflat notebook.
DC Street Sticker EXPO, curated by artist iwillnot, is an annual showcase of sticker art from hundreds of artists around the world. EXPO 4.0 in 2019 featured the biggest sticker combo wall in history. The collages were from ceiling to floor, with approximately 200,000 stickers by over 1,000 artists from all over the world. The DC Street Sticker EXPO has inspired so many all across the country to make original stickers and create their own art shows. Sold was there in 2019, covered by Kristy.
'This is a custom notebook I originally made for myself. People liked them and so I am offering them for sale! Notebook purchase puts you on the artist's free sticker pack mailing list. A percentage of the profits is donated by the printer, Denik, to support schools.' - iwillnot.
The layflat notebooks are 5.25" x 8.25" with a paper, water-resistant cover. Lined paper or Plain paper options are available, each with 144 pages of 70 lb - 100 gsm paper. Every purchase include stickers (of course!) and a postcard.