I recently had the chance to go on a walking tour of Bushwick, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for its graffiti and street art. The tour was hosted by Greg Erickson and Angelina Tallaj, two of the Faculty Fellows in Residence at my dorm, Carlyle Court. It was led by Izzy, one of the tour guides from graffititourbyfoot.com. Read on to see some of the pieces I saw!
The tour began on the corner of Bogart Street and Seigel Street. We walked along Seigel Street to learn about the basics of graffiti: the history, lingo (tagging, writers, etc.), the media used (aerosol paint, wheatpaste), and styles (bubble letters and beyond). Izzy was able to tell us about several artists, many of whom she knows personally, and their stories. She also explained the history of Bushwick, as well as how current issues like gentrification are affecting the area.
If you’re interested in checking out public art, or simply want to get out of Manhattan for a bit, I highly recommend taking this tour or exploring on your own! Izzy was extremely knowledgeable and explained the history and significance of each piece she showed us. The tour requires a reservation but is pay-as-you-wish for small groups (payment required for larger groups). Find more information at graffititourbyfoot.com and browse other tours on their parent website, freetoursbyfoot.com.