Brooklyn – Ice Cream and Revs Sighting
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Prior to my short trip to Brooklyn, NY, I had been reading and examining the nytimes.com as though I was a local, paying attention to what the new trends on the street were, watching documentary videos of recent real estate developments, and engrossing myself in cultural developments in the city. When I arrived, I was happy to see the whole cowboy boots trend that had been featured in the nytimes, happening all around me and I thought this is so cool. My friend who is from Brooklyn met me at Penn Station and we had planned a day of eating in Chinatown, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, and visiting the new MOMA to see a photo exhibit and then she was going to show me her Williamsburg. As I waited for her, I got to squeeze in a good half hour of people watching to further realize you couldn’t find this eclectic mix of people in Atlanta or Chicago. It was something specific to NYC. I saw an anorexic grandmother is leotards and heals, half naked skinny models, a middle-aged man with his shirt off sweating and panting off somewhere, an Indian grocery owner hauling his sodas, suburban kids from Jersey in clubbing clothes at noon, and J. Crew types that had gone artsy.
|The Revs in Steel Sighting|
After a long day of going back and forth on the subway, it was time to hit the night life of Williamsburg getting off at the Bedford Avenue station. Our first must see stop was to a thrift store that had free buttons of a baby’s head wearing black glasses called Beacon’s Closet. As we were leaving the store, I witnessed another sighting that footnoted back to the nytimes.com and a thousand times more satisfying than seeing girls in their cowboy boots. In addition to the boots, I had read earlier of a graffiti artist called Revs that had now moved on to sculpture graffiti which he created throughout the city without ever publicizing its location, so you just had to encounter it. I thought wow, that could take years of living in the city and you’d have to keep a sharp eye out for that matter. As I was casually walking out with my button, on the wall of the building next to the thrift store I came upon, to the bewilderment of my friend, the dreamed of Revs in steel sighting. The piece comprised of the word Revs done up in graffiti letters made of painted black metal that blended in with the buildings metal sidings. I took a photograph and raved about this being a famous graffiti artist at which point my friend had spaced out and waited for me to be done with it.
|Unknown sidewalk artist, beneath the Revs in Steel|