by Gary Axelbank
March 4, 2019
Tats Cru, maybe the Bronx’s most highly-regarded graffiti artists in a borough that breeds them, has painted a tribute to the genre and the origins of it on the city’s most iconic graffiti wall.
The Goldman Global Arts Gallery has the story about the Tats Cru I LOVE NEW YORK mural in the Bowery that pays homage to grafitti royalty Keith Haring and Daze who inaugurated that same street canvas in the early 80’s.
The 15’x60′ wall at the corner of Houston and Bowery that is owned by Goldman Properties was where Keith Haring painted an original mural there as a gift to the community in the early 1980s. Because of its legacy, Goldman Properties and the Goldman family feels a responsibility to keep fresh work on it. Since 2008, their curation of it includes established and emerging street artists from both the United States and around the world who have powerful messages of hope, possibilities, and inspiration to young and old.
Tats Cru’s Bio told thisistheBronX that it was a pretty big deal to paint the Bowery Wall and pay tribute to those who helped pave the way for them and other grafitti artists.
“The black and white section on the lower left hand side is a tribute to the early eighties, Keith Haring and others,” he said. “There are also tags by other artists who came by to look while we were working and we let them sign their signatures. When we were first starting out in New York these guys were prominent on the subways.”
He also told a story that harkens to the nature of street art. He explained that they did the mural in “three or four days” in frigid weather and because their ordered paints hadn’t arrived, they had to improvise with colors they hadn’t planned.
“We did the whole wall and like a half hour before we finished our paint order arrived!” he said. “I don’t think it would have come out the way it did had we had the actual paint that we wanted. I think it actually came out better.”