I want to start by saying that I’m humbled and honored to be a part of Generation Bass. Big Up to UMB for giving me the chance to drop some art for y’all. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m El Nómada. Who I am is not very important. Who I’m not, is this: I’m not an art critic. I’m no art dealer. I’m not an artist. I’m not a photographer. Never Been to art school, nor can I draw for shit. Also I’m not a writer, so don’t expect journalistic masterpieces when reading my posts. I am just a person with an appreciation of expression regardless of medium. So let’s get to it.
This first exhibit doesn’t come from a gallery, or a museum. It comes from the streets of New Orleans. On a recent trip to Nola I managed to explore a lot during the day, and found a lot of newer and older pieces by some world-renowned artists and locals who are equally enthusiastic.
Yes, street art. To some it’s vandalism, to some it’s art. To me it’s almost an obsession and this benefits you. Since this type of art is temporary and constantly changing form, blogging the pieces makes them timeless. Hopefully you will see why it was fun for me to find this stuff, stop to appreciate it, and take a picture to share it.
Let’s talk about New Orleans. This place has been through a lot a of shit, but for some reason people are attracted to this place as if it was some kind of voodoo spell.Everyone who comes here seems to find some kind of inspiration here, and expression can be felt everywhere your senses come to focus. When driving or flying here you notice how isolated this place is. Water surrounds this whole city, and you can tell how the Mississippi river has carved into where N’awlins sits. It’s especially hard to imagine what the first settlers where thinking when they first arrived here. Nowadays its easy to get distracted by the lingering food smells, drive-thru daiquiri joints and the amazing mixture of Victorian, Spanish, and French Architectural structures within the neighborhoods. The subtropical geographical location makes for excellent natural floral arrangements into every street, but that’s just not enough for us humans. We gotta write over everything.
Not even Marie Laveau’s (New Orleans’ most famous voodoo queeen) grave is safe from the vandals. Normally this is my first stop when I come down to Nola.
This is the first Toynbee tile I found while crossing the street. Right in the middle of a lane, and it’s consistent with the original placing tactic: by cutting a hole on the floor board of the vehicle, the artist can go unnoticed while placing the tiles. Incognito if you will.
These very mysterious messages that become embedded to the asphalt have been appearing since the late 80’s, from Philly to as far south as Chile in South America. Most of the details surrounding whomever placed these tiles and why is still up for debate. Enthusiasts speculate Toynbee could refer to historian Arnold J. Toynbee, who believed any civilization needed a significant challenge to go up against in order to flourish. There are numerous articles online and even the movie, “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles” that delve into this topic further. This was my prize for looking down. I normally don’t get excited about many things, but the background on these makes for a lot of questions. I have found similar tiles in the past and even blogged about a tile in Kansas City that I saw while driving.
I cannot confirm nor deny the authenticity of these tiles.
Yes! there is a Music St. in N’awlins! This one im not really sure who made it and any info would be great.
Found this across some train tracks in bywater district by Bordo
Cars also serve as canvases around these parts.
Before anyone accuses me or this site of being homophobic, let me say this. You Stupid!
I found this all over the bywater district. I don’t find it offensive, but I can see how putting something like this all over the predominantly gay area could hit a few nerves.
Back in April a local nola station aired a story about the writings, calling them a “hate message”.
I found a blog with an interview with “gay for pay” where he explains a little about himself and what his message means to him.
SF: What does “gay for pay” mean?
GfP: It’s my reaction to how gay people have sold themselves out for acceptance in the world. In so many ways, we as a culture and as a community, have totally sold ourselves out–for marriage equality, for general acceptance, in this broad stroke of freedom that we want. There is a culture that was indelible and it was forged in repression. And it’s being watered down. What’s worse, to me, is that we’re being paid to do it.
I found these Koi all over the city. Done by Jeremy Novy. Apparently this dude has been touring with his fish coast to coast in the states and has even gotten the attention of numerous blogs and media outlets like The Wisconsin Gazette. I found them very pleasing. This article from 2011 explains a little more about the artist.
When I see stuff like this it puts a smile on my face. Giving personalities to random objects makes for interesting walks.
Now for some walls
Stencils and Stickers
Any information on these would be great.
Love how people turn boring stuff into art
I also found a few Banksy pieces that still remain. could only photograph one of them because of battery problems. luckily I had been in NOLA a few years ago and managed to take pictures of a few smaller pieces that are no longer there.
Someone has been doing a good job at preserving this Banksy piece. It’s been there for a few years now.
Good job N’awlins!
These two were taken on a previous trip
Well I’m afraid that’s all for now. I urge everyone to keep an eye out. Take your time to appreciate your surroundings and explore art.
If anyone has leads or want to invite me to your city for an art hunt please don’t hesitate to email me [email protected]