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Saturday, April 04, 2021

I’m not sure how much sense it makes that, when road construction in Manhattan brings automobile traffic to a crawl, there’s a corresponding pedestrian snarl on the adjacent sidewalks.

At least, that seemed to be the case this week, when Houston Street was tangled up with repair crews. The cars predictably went bumper-to-bumper. But I couldn’t figure out why that behavior was mirrored off the road. It was a pure struggle to gain any traction on foot, with globs of slow-trotting folks clogging up the pavement. This was even more acute on the cross-streets and nearby arteries like Bleecker, Broadway, etc.

Why? The clueless tourist quotient didn’t seem any higher than usual. The weather varied from day to day, but again, nothing severe enough to cause such haywire. I guess the erratic car-flow led to more holdups at pedestrian crossings than normal, so many it all just came down to that — meaning that, indeed, the roadwork does impact the two-footed traffic. Something of a symbiotic relationship between vehicular and non-vehicular urban transit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/04/2021 12:55:56 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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skullz to pay the bills
I like the above detail from a largescale mural by Mister Cartoon, the Southern California graffiti artist who’s crossing over to widespread commercial exposure:

Cartoon’s graphic designs, illustrations and artwork have also been used to add visual punch to a crazy quilt of pop cultural offerings:

He rendered the gang scrawl seen throughout the bestselling video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” He designed clothing for companies including Levi Strauss, Stussy, Vans and Supreme. He designed a customized T-Mobile Sidekick. He did detail work for a concept car for Scion. In 2005, Nike hired Cartoon to create limited editions of its Air Force 1 and Cortez shoes.

“The mainstream is coming around to his aesthetic, not the other way around,” said movie producer Brian Grazer, who is planning a film based on Cartoon’s life. “He doesn’t change. He’s still hard-core. He’s a gatekeeper to that world.”

I think Mister Cartoon’s particular style is a good fit for enhancing commercial design. Personally, I find it to be a bit overly-ornate for my tastes, the yellow-sombrero skull pictured here being an exception.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/04/2021 12:18:12 PM
Category: Creative, Pop Culture
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