Wheatpaste Art in Freeman Alley

Wheatpaste Art in Freeman Alley, NYC

Every now and again people ask me how I find my street art. First off, of course, I do research online. But the problem with street art is that it’s ephemeral and can be very fragile and short-lived. Some pieces last years and others last a day or less. Online research will only point me in a direction.

However, after a couple years of street art hunting I’ve learned that where there is one piece, chances are very good there are others. So once I have a direction, street, neighborhood or what have you, I just wander around and see what there is to see. And no matter what I might have seen online, I always find pieces I’ve never seen documented anywhere else.

Wheatpaste Art by Who is Dirk – Freeman Alley, NYC

Freeman alley is down in the Bowery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s a dead end alley off of Rivington Street and it was included in an old list of places to find good street art in New York City. This is a great post about some of the history of the alley and you can see old pictures of previous art pieces. When I went yesterday, there were far fewer murals and many more pieces of wheatpaste art.

Wheatpaste art by Inmmezzure – Freeman Alley, NYC

It’s a particular joy of mine to take pictures of art pieces that may be gone by the time I post the pictures. Of all the street art forms, wheatpaste art is the most fleeting. It’s paper and paste. One good rain storm and it’s history. Perhaps its temporary nature is what makes it a good medium for political statements

Wheatpaste art by Andrea Cook – Freeman Alley, NYC

And serious artistry

Wheatpaste art in Freeman Alley, NYC


These pieces won’t last long. All the more reason to appreciate them before they’re gone.

Iagazzo in Chiang Mai

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

This summer I stumbled upon Iagazzo Patinas’ work in Chiang Mai Thailand. I can’t find much info about him online (and good for him!) except that he’s from Spain.

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

I love his whimsical style and the retro patterns he uses behind his stencils. He also has a fondness for butterflies

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

And beautiful women

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Aspects of his work make me wonder if he was/is a graphic artist

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

It’s kind of fun not to know.

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

He does love dancing girls

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

I hope I run into his work again in another country. The happy freewheeling nature of his artwork makes me smile.

Art by Iagazzo – Chiang Mai, Thailand

WRDSMTH in Chicago

WRDSMTH in Chicago – Hubbard Street Mural Project

I love this guy. I discovered him on Instagram initially and have followed him for months. His technique combines a stenciled vintage typewriter with a short inspirational message “typed” on a wheat paste sheet. Simple, straightforward and striking. All the best S’s.

WRDSMTH In Chicago – lululemon on Southport

Until recently I’d only seen his work online because he’s based in LA. However, in the week I’ve been here in Chicago, I’ve found a number of his pieces around town.

Take a look at some of his Chicago work below and read this Hustle & Deal Flow interview if you want a bit more of his background.

WRDSMTH in Chicago – alley behind Galerie F

WRDSMTH in Chicago – Lacuna Lofts

WRDSMTH in Chicago – Star Lounge Coffee Bar

WRDSMTH and Meg Zany in Chicago – alley behind Galerie F

WRDSMTH in Chicago – Lacuna Lofts