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Been meaning to photograph all the graffiti and street art that can be seen around the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. Then the annual BOS, short for Bushwick Open Studios rolled around. For those who don’t know what BOS is, it’s when artist around and from the Bushwick area open their studios to the general public. Sponsored by Arts In Bushwick, the audience can see various paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, etc., by various artists. The public can explore different parts of Bushwick, particularly on the L subway line. Stops such as Morgan Avenue, Dekalb Avenue, Jefferson Street, and continuing up to where the borderline crosses into Ridgewood, Queens.

Last year I participated in BOS 2012. This year, I was content just checking out places around the Jefferson stop on the L line. After stopping in a few scattered studios, and coming across some real pretentious artist who advised me to “create the problem, then solve the problem…”, I snapped these photos.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

The early summer sun was already in full blast. This started to remind me of some of the street art I had seen during my visit to San Francisco during April 2000.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

The street art below reminded me of contemporary artist Kenny Scharf. Maybe this was his work.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Street art/graffiti in Bushwick. Late May/Early June 2013. Photography by Michele Witchipoo.

Suddendly me and two others stumbled upon this car wreck. Actually we discovered this wreck a month earlier. Happily this wreck was not removed, making it a perfect photo opp.

Here in my car I feel safest of all I can lock all my doors It's the only way to live In cars Here in my car I can only receive I can listen to you It keeps me stable for days In cars Here in my car Where the image breaks down Will you visit me please? If I open my door In cars Here in my car I know I've started to think About leaving tonight Although nothing seems right In cars

Here in my car/I feel safest of all/I can lock all my doors/It’s the only way to live/In cars   – Cars by Gary Numan. 1979. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

A few pop culture references came to mind. The song by Gary Numan Cars, Warm Leatherette by The Normal (later covered by Grace Jones, Giddle and Boyd, and countless others), the novel Crash by J. G. Ballard, and the pretend car accident scene in John Waters’ flick Female Trouble. So a little bit fun was had as we joined the car crash set.

See the breaking glass In the underpass See the breaking glass In the underpass Warm leatherette Hear the crushing steel Feel the steering wheel Hear the crushing steel Feel the steering wheel Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Melts on your burning flesh You can see your reflection In the luminescent dash Warm leatherette A tear of petrol Is in your eye The hand brake Penetrates your thigh Quick - Let's make love Before you die On warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Warm leatherette Join the car crash set

See the breaking glass/ In the underpass/ See the breaking glass/ In the underpass/ Warm leatherette – Song “Warm Leatherette” originally recorded by The Normal in 1978. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Warm leatherette, Feel the crushing steel, Feel the steering wheel. Warm leatherette melts, On your burning flesh, You can see your reflection, On the luminescent dash

Warm leatherette, Feel the crushing steel, Feel the steering wheel. Warm leatherette melts, On your burning flesh, You can see your reflection, On the luminescent dash. – Warm Leatherette. Song originally covered by The Normal, 1978 on Mute Records. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013. 

Onwards we continued out quest for more street art, graffiti and more BOS festivities.

Traveling onwards in my quest to capture the street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn near Jefferson Street. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Traveling onwards in my quest to capture the street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn near Jefferson Street. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Disgruntled texting woman among the Bushwich street art. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Disgruntled texting woman among the Bushwich street art. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Lots of arty revelers were out in the streets of Bushwick. Spoted a topless woman walking around with a drawn on mustache. Out of respect I didn’t take a photo of her. This other lady caught in the middle of street texting was caught in the digital crossfire instead. The heat was beating upon us cynical folks. Therefore it was onto to Cobra Bar to cool off.

Cooling off at Cobra Bar with an iced coffee and good tap brew. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Cooling off at Cobra Bar with an iced coffee and good tap brew. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

At the Cobra there was tri-hawked artist Antoinette Johnson showing her paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. The battery was dying in my digital camera at this point, so this was the best I could come up with.

Painting by artist Antoinette Johnson, who showcased art  paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Painting by artist Antoinette Johnson, who showcased art and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Artist Antoinette Johnson, who exhibited paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Artist Antoinette Johnson, who exhibited paintings and photos of her hair sculptures. Photo by Michele Witchipoo June 2013.

Cause the weather was getting too hot, we stayed at the Cobra for a few rounds. Bringing us to the end of this blog post. Hopefully next year I’ll tale part in the next BOS fest.

FYI…if anyone knows any of the artists, whose work is shown in the street art photographs, please send me an email to Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net. I’ll update this post with the proper info asap.

Photographs may not be used without permission. Again, please email me if you wish to use any of the above photography. Thank you.

Links:

Bushwick Open Studios

The Cobra Club

Kenny Scharf

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I walk around in the summertime saying “How about this heat?” – Dennis Leary

Summer’s here. Many people love summer. I don’t.

Around 2003 I came up with the idea of having a goddess for air conditioning. The character Goddess of The Air Conditioner was born.

She’s more of a seasonal character per say. I kinda wait until the heat is blistering. She’s not that hard to please. Offerings come in paying your electric bill. Central air is even better.

The Goddess of The Air Conditioner. Character design and drawing by Michele Witchipoo. July 2013.

The Goddess of The Air Conditioner. Character design and drawing by Michele Witchipoo. July 2013.

She’s usually dressed in very girly colors. A pink kinda gal. At the time when I created her, Paris Hilton was constantly in the news. So in a way, these drawings were a piss take on the whole Paris Hilton image. Nowadays I just channel whatever bottle blond is “hot” at the moment. Rest assured though that this Goddess will always have class. I could see this Goddess having a haute couture wardrobe. She just doesn’t wear bathing suits you know. In her closet she wears Vivianne Westwood heels during the day, and crystal encrusted Christian Louboutins at night. She accessorizes with her cute little custom diamond tiaras along with Betsey Johnson and Alexander McQueen. When she feels like it she’ll do Versace and Gaultier. She appreciates the classics like Channel. She’s on the fence about John Galliano. Not a fur gal however. She considers furs rather tacky.

Yet despite her killer closet, she loves each and everyone of her devotees. Regardless of clothing labels or knock-offs.

You’ll find the Goddess of The Air Conditioning in such places like your local supermarket, the downtown movie theater, and Dunkin Donuts. While she sips her Cristal Brute 1990 Methuselah, she comforts those who suffer through work, school, or Facebook trolling. Just as long as you pay the electricity bill, darling, you’ll be fine.

Strangely enough, I never put the Goddess of The Air Conditioner to print. Been meaning to put her in a Psycho Bunny but it never happened. Perhaps one day. Meanwhile, here’s an unpublished panel from 2004. From the early days.

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An unpublished Goddess of The Air Conditioner panel from 2004. It’s so hot, you can barely keep your tighty whities on. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Pen and marker.

May the Goddess bless you. Just as long as you pay your electricity bill.

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The sun is not always good for you. It’s especially not good to Psycho Bunny. Let’s see how he deals with a heatwave…

Psycho Bunny deals with the heatwave. The sun isn't always nice to him. Based on the self-published comic by Michele Witchipoo. July 7th, 2013.

Psycho Bunny deals with the heatwave. The sun isn’t always nice to him. Based on the self-published comic by Michele Witchipoo. July 7th, 2013.

You can always order my comics, prints and art through my website: witchesbrewpress.com

PayPal accepted.

Also available for commissions. Just email me at Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net for any info.

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It’s been almost a month since the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show. Only getting around to reviewing the event on June 8th because I’ve been so busy. Despite the MTA doing it’s usual service work, shutting down subway lines for the weekend, having shuttles, etc., it was still a pretty good show. I sold some old issues of my Psycho Bunny comic. Everyone exhibited awesome art and photography while bands played on the stage. Downtown writer legend Jennifer Blowdryer came down to show her support for everyone. So in all, a jolly time was had by all.

Here’s some photos from that night. Thanks to local photographer Geraud P. Kraezik.  (You can check out his photos at gekaart.com)

The Will at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

The Will at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

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Skum City at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

Jones Crusher at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

Jones Crusher at Don Perdo, Brooklyn NY, June 8th 2013. Photo by Géraud P. Krawezik.

Of course I took plenty of photos of my own. Forgot my digital camera, so my outdated cell had to do. Oh, and naturally I forgot to take photos of the artwork I had for display. Genius. They were the large scale ink and pen Prometheus pieces I had shown twice last summer. They were seen at the Bushwick Open Studio 2012, and in Ridgewood, Queens at the Hi-5 horror art show. Below is photo taken last year.

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Two pieces from the Prometheus series by Michele Witchipoo. Summer 2012. Pen, and ink.

Here’s what my table looked like during the Nightmare night, complete with Psycho Bunny’s mini alcohol bottles. You can always order my comics and art through my website: http://witchesbrewpress.com/

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY. Paintings of Psycho Bunny, Shitty Mickey and Black Rabbit.

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Display for Michele Witchipoo at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY. Paintings of Psycho Bunny and Shitty Mickey.

I met this really neat lady who goes by the name of Jackie Hates You. Not only does she create these awesome paintings, but she has this Esty shop as well. I love her jewelry, and you should as well.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Paintings by Jackie Hates You. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Here’s a pic of work by Our Perpetual Lady of PMS.

Art by Our Perpetual Lady of PMS. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Art by Our Perpetual Lady of PMS. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Finally, here’s a photo of a photo I took. Gerauld P. Kraezik displayed his previous pics while shooting new ones throughout the night. Here’s one of the Greek Punk band Barb Wire Dolls.

Photo of Greek band Barb Wire Dolls by Géraud P. Krawezik. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

Photo of Greek band Barb Wire Dolls by Géraud P. Krawezik. Exhibited at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show June 8th, 2013. Don Pedro, Brooklyn NY.

There were other bands and artists not mentioned, but in all everyone enjoyed themselves. This show along with MoCCA Fest 2013 reminded me that I should go back to creating new work. It’s been so busy with school and whatnot. Now that school’s over, I can get back to doing what I truly love.

Welcome To My Nghtmare Flyer. Spring 2013.

Welcome To My Nghtmare Flyer. Spring 2013.

Thanks to Xtene for putting this show together.

Links:

http://witchesbrewpress.com/

http://jackiehatesyou.com/

http://www.gekaart.com/

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