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Paul Richard

New York Street Art 2012

Today, my delicious little munchkins, there will be fewer posts because I spent hours yesterday making this short film. I didn’t tell anybody, but whilst I was photographing all the amazing graffiti and street art in New York, I was also filming it so I could make something more visceral for the viewers…. it’s like being there with me on the streets of Queens and Brooklyn!


 Places filmed include LES, Alphabet City, Soho, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint, Astoria and 5Pointz.

Some of the street artists include:

Chris Veng Robots Who Kill
JR’s Inside Out Project
Curtis Kulig
Nick Walker
Space Invader
Jimmy Cochrane
Paul Richard
Rene Gagnon
Stormie Mills
TMNK (Art is my Weapon)

Paul Richard Forever

On Stanton.

Last year, I blogged twice (here and here) about Paul Richard because I was so moved by his sidewalk faces. This time I wanted to get as much of his work documented as possible, so I contacted him and he told me of a few special places I could find his work. And the Paul Richard extravaganza begins!

on North 5th near Kent

North 5th and Bedford

this is hard to make out, but it says “Paul Richard Large Carbon Footprint” and above it used to be a stencil of a huge footprint. How do I know this?

because this was at West Street and Huron in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Phil Collins at one corner of Franklin and Huron in Greenpoint. I’m not sure if this is by Richard or not… but whatever, it’s a face on a sidewalk and it’s clever. In it goes!

and another Phil Collins!

well isn’t he a dapper gent!
berry and north 9th.

Richard had told me he had a sculpture at the corner of Kent and Manhattan in Greenpoint. I searched for this mysterious “sculpture” for like 10 minutes, walking by this tower several times cuz i thought this was just some kind of police camera tower or something.

but it turns out, this is it.

this guy gets more detail! he gets buttons and the outline of a dinner jacket!
at Franklin and Java in Greenpoint.

Funny story about Paul Richard’s work.  I have become so well acquainted with it, I feel qualified to inform others on his behalf. Last week I’m graff hunting in Williamsburg and I see a man and woman photographing one of these faces on Bedford near North 6th. So I approach them unsolicited and say, “that’s by an artist named Paul Richard, you can find a lot these faces here in Williamsburg and in Soho and LES if you keep your eyes open and your wits about you.”

This couple, lemme tell ya, they were fascinated. They were so jollied by discovering the name of Paul Richard. The dude even asked me how Richard gets the faces on the sidewalk in their stylized manner! I could only speculate, so I said, “I think he must do it by skillfully flicking the paintbrush at the sidewalk.” I have no clue if that’s correct or not, but it looks like it!

The couple walked away so pleased with their new knowledge and thanked me profusely.

Yay! I helped!

Anyhoo, high five Richard!

Paul Richard

when i first blogged about NYC sidewalk street art, i found a few Paul Richards and was immediately impressed by them. I had to do a follow-up post because i found so many more examples of his work in manhattan and brooklyn. his sidewalk portraits are everywhere! this above face was on wooster street in soho.

hey, ya notice my Chucks? i bought these Chucks in Williamsburg at the thrift shop on the corner of Bedford & North 7th because one of my favourite graff blogs NewYorkShitty tipped me off to a 50% off sale they were having. so these beautiful turquoise Chucks were…….. wait for it …..


$3 for Chuck Taylors!

Fuck you, The Public Butter on Queen Street West, charging $20 for damaged Chucks!!! So glad you never got my hard-earned money! And you never will! New York City vintage FTW!

< /tangent >

this portrait was on Bedford avenue in Williamsburg, near North 6th.

this was a few feet away from the above example. it looks like two faces existed here once, but one has rubbed away.

this was at Bedford and North 11th in Williamsburg. i stayed on that street last Spring!

okay, so im not 100% sure these are by Paul Richard, the style is somewhat different, and frankly, it reminds me more of the Terry Richardson sidewalk stencils i found in the meat-packing district. but the dude is wearing RAPIST HIPSTER GLASSES so i can’t not include them!

both of them were in Soho.

Sidewalk Street Art

I always say that if people would just look up at the walls, the roof tops, or the lamp posts as they pass, they would find some brilliant street art. But sometimes, if you just keep your eyes peeled to the ground, you might just find some daily delights as well.


i first found this dude on Spring Street in Soho.

i really like it because sometimes from a distance i’ll see a big splotch on the sidewalk and think it’s street art, but it turns out to be dried gum or a paint spill left behind by city construction. this piece kind of plays off of that, by making art by what looks like gum/paint splotches!

then i found him again in Alphabet City, this time with a name next to it.

Paul Richard. i gots mah eye on yew.

Dalva is an NYC street artist that i have already become well acquainted with because his STICKERS ARE EVERYWHERE.


This “soho rep” stencil was all over St Marks Place, which technically, isn’t in Soho.

i found a wheatpaste by “muffin milk” earlier in the day, and i’m not 100% sure if it’s valid street art, or some marketing campaign.

more of the same.

faded but still reppin’ soho.

this is either an alien or a lightbulb.

does this say “i love pigeons?” or does it say “i have pigears?”

aw, this reminds me of Books from Toronto! but this was probably left years ago by some sidewalk bookseller who is now long gone.

aw shucks.

the arrow pointed to an intersection. if there ever was a place called “E-Z books,” it’s long gone.

Hey New York! Keep making the sidewalks interesting! Please and fanks!