Street art and graffiti-covered doors in Brooklyn

from the Artsology series The Arts Adventurer

I was recently exploring the East Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and there is street art and graffiti just about everywhere. While most of what I saw often covered huge walls and were monumental in scale, I also saw plenty of doors that served as smaller "canvases" of sorts for these same artists. Below is a survey of street art and graffiti-covered doors which I saw on a single day in August 2017.

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I saw this one at 380 Troutman Street in Bushwick. I like how the graffiti carries over from one security gate to the next and along the wall, but also includes the door in-between, incorporating the mailboxes into the design.

a graffiti covered door in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Below is a playful character known as "Jeanscicle," by artist Adam Kiyoshi Fujita on a door next to the one above at 382 Troutman Street in Bushwick. But the door on the right has a more-serious message, with the central figure being a boy with his hands up and the message "Don't Shoot." I'm not sure who the artist is who made this figure, but all over the door there are numerous other artists represented here, a total mix of street art, graffiti, and sticker slaps on display. This door was somewhere on Starr Street near the corner of Wyckoff Avenue in Bushwick.

graffiti character named Jeansicle by Adam Kiyoshi Fujita on a door in Bushwick, Brooklyn

street art seen in Bushwick, depicting a boy with his hands up saying don't shoot

While this next trio of images is not art on the actual doors, they're three examples of art on the metal pull-down security gates that cover doors, which means the art is only visible when the building is all closed up. These are also from the same general area in Bushwick.

graffiti covered pull down security gates in Brooklyn

This next one below left was a curious one - it looks like a wheat-paste piece which has been partially ripped off, but what remains is a character that looks to be like a superhero but with a worm head, and with the quote: "To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it." This quote has been attributed to Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), who was a revolutionary Russian anarchist.

There were quite a few more art-covered doors in East Williamsburg and Bushwick, so at this point, we'll provide a slideshow of additional images below right. If you still can't get enough of graffiti and street art-covered doors, check out our other feature with more doors from throughout NYC here.

street art with a worm character and a quote by Mikhail Bakunin

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