Color Your Day In The Bronx
Bronx, NY. Written by Bolivar T. Caceres.
Since hip-hop’s inception in the 1970s, graffiti has become a global phenomenon. Much like hip-hop music and break dancing, people observe and create graffiti worldwide. Graffiti artists paint pieces in Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, and the United Kingdom, to mark a few countries. However, there is nothing like returning to where it all started to revel in graffiti’s beauty and uniqueness.
Street art salt-and-peppers the Bronx, New York; innumerable tags, stickers, bombs, murals, burners, and throw-ups covers every block. But at Hunts Point, graffiti artists dedicate block after block to massive — and not-so massive — kaleidoscopic graffito. Often a piece can cover an entire wall or city block. Works from All-City artists like Cope, Claw17, and more are alongside lesser-known artists and local artists.
With the sounds of hip-hop and Spanish music in the air, the multi-ethnic waft of food, and the rattle-rattle of the nearby train, walking through the free, alfresco art gallery is akin to stepping through a time machine and experiencing the beauty and struggle of the people who separated from standards to create the hip-hop movement.
If in New York City, take the 6 train to Hunts Point Avenue. Make sure to stare out the window!