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This past May, I made my now-annual mid-year trip to the US, I decided to take a short train trip under the Hudson to Jersey City, a place I called home from 1999-early 2001. This was then, a trip back to the past, along with a street art safari. And I wasn’t disappointed. A long walk on Newark Avenue yielded some fantastic results, as you’ll see. The murals are part of the Jersey City Mural Arts project, which is an initiative of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. It’s a good idea to check the website or do a bit of Google research to find out where some of the interesting pieces are located. I was happy to see a mural by one of my favorites, Italian artist Alice Pasquini.

Jersey City has gentrified quite a bit over the last 20 years, and there is a decent offering of restaurants and cafes in case you get hungry or thirsty on your way from the Newport PATH station to the Journal Square station. Especially interesting is the row of Indian restaurants just off the Journal Square station.

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Familiar artist in a faraway city, part 1

Yesterday was my first day in Amsterdam, and within three blocks of leaving my hotel I had already found some spectacular murals and stickers slapped onto almost every surface imaginable. A multi-picture entry dedicated to Amsterdam is in the works. This is one of (so far) two images that deserves an entry of its own, and it’s from one of my favourite artists, Alice Pasquini. The woman in this image seems to be signing Alice’s name. A self-portrait maybe?

Making (happy) faces...

I stumbled upon this piece from Alice Pasquini while on one of my first runs downtown since the early spring. I was able to get quite a few new shots, as well as some better quality pictures of some older images. So why the happy face? Well, since last Saturday, this blog has been experiencing an unusually high amount of traffic, and checking the statistics at the end of each day, this child’s face almost captures what I’ve been feeling. Internally, at least. Unfortunately, I haven’t been actually giving myself this finger-widened smile. It could be my late thirties, or it could be that stern warning I received from my mother and more than a few responsible adults during my childhood: that if I morph my face long enough, it will get stuck that way. Looking back, I think there are hundreds or worse expressions to have stuck on my face…

Blue eyes, revolution

This image from Alice Pasquini can be found in the Plaça de la Revolució near the center of Gràcia. Walking through the square, if you don’t know what to look for, you’re likely to miss it. To find the blue-eyed woman, you need to look at the doors of the elevator that goes to the underground parking garage below the plaza. I nearly missed it myself.

Losing the fear...

While stretching after my Friday morning run round Gràcia, just off the Plaça de la Virreina, I spotted this piece by Alice Pasquini, an artist who makes regular appearances on this blog. On an electrical switch box, hidden from the locals and tourists having a chilly morning coffee on the terrace of the corner café, this young woman crouches, looking ahead. She’s probably not aware of the message scrawled in Catalan just above her, but I reckon she probably wouldn’t disagree with it, either. The message is aimed at the increasingly corrupt and out-of-touch political class in Spain and Catalunya, which is the target of increasingly desperate and angry street protests. The message, translated, reads: “Watch out! We’re starting to lose our fear.” Let’s hope so.

Doorway smoking, part 2

Across town from the Raval, just on the outskirts of the Born, I found this relatively recent piece from Alice Pasquini. Another doorway, another solitary smoker, but this one decidedly calmer and a perhaps a bit closer to the end of whatever it is she is toking. This picture is a departure from my normal entries, as I usually just catch the individual image and little bit of what surrounds it. Now that I’ve got a better camera, it seems it would be a shame not to capture as much of the scene as possible–isn’t the one-eyed alien hovering over the graffiti garden just as important as young girl enjoying her smoke?

Sisters?

This image comes from another well-known artist, Alice Pasquini, who also has quite a prolific presence on the streets of Barcelona. Along with c215, she has given us some great pieces outside the habitual hotbeds of street art here in Barcelona such as el Born, el Gotico and Raval. I’ve seen their work around my neighborhood of Gràcia as well as some other locations. My apologies to Alice, as I had originally thought some of her work was actually C215 before I saw her unmistakable signature.
This was one of my first experiences with Alice, of two young girls showing lots of love and just a bit of attitude. Are they sisters? Best friends?