By Jason Hood, December 10th, 2010

(Painting by Jay Shells and Ben Hollingsworth)

This week, we asked Jay Shells (RADAR ep 25 – Subway Etiquette) to curate this week’s installment of RADAR NYC. He obliged us with some submissions that give us a peek inside a subway artist’s head, including a blog on New York subway art, a humorous book on racism and culture, and a beautiful video of fingerboarding.


Hermes Fingerskate

Everyone who went to high school in the last decade remembers fingerboards, right? Those little skateboards you could do tiny-sized ollies and shove-its with? I’m betting not that many people ever got that good at it. But while the rest of our ADD-addled brains moved on to 5 or 6 more things, Alexis Milant mastered the art of it. And directing, apparently! This video is surprisingly well made, with impressive lighting and editing that gives it production values you just don’t see on Youtube. But more important than that, it’s just really cool to watch.

Alexis Milant’s website


Fitz and the Tantrums – MoneyGrabber

First of all, Fitz and the Tantrums is either the most awesome or awful band name ever, depending on your view of puns (I would say awesome, personally). Once you get past that and watch the video for MoneyGrabber, you’ll see that there’s a lot more to them than just a cool name. As one (unusually perceptive) Youtube commenter puts it, “did Motown and Bowie have a lovechild?” Really, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Prepare to have this, and the rest of their songs, in your head all day.

You can find their album and a free download of MoneyGrabber here


ego trip’s Big Book of Racism!

Oh, this is sure to offend some sensitive folks. Proclaiming “we just hate everybody,” Ego Trip’s Big Book of Racism promises to take down literally every group imaginable. And while the book’s five authors of color clearly want to make their readers laugh, there is a serious message in it all: racism is indeed everywhere in our culture, and rather than hiding from it, we should put it all out there and make fun of it. We can learn a lot about other people—and ourselves as well.

You can buy the book HERE


Jay Shells and Benjamin Hollingsworth at Gallery Bar

(Kenny Scharf’s new mural)

On December 17, Jay Shells will be joining Benjamin Hollingsworth at Gallery Bar for a show with all new paintings. This will be a chance to see some of his non-subway related work, and hey, a chance to have some drinks at nice bar surrounded by beautiful artwork. Hard to pass that up. And while you’re in the area, be sure to see Kenny Scharf’s new mural on the Hole Wall at Houston and Bowery while it’s still up.

Friday Dec 21 · 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Bar
120 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002


Subway Art, Animal NY, Changethethought

(subway piece by Poster Boy)

This week, Jay offers us 3 blogs worth checking out. Changethethought is designer Christopher Cox’s portfolio-turned-resource for all sorts of creative minds. Animal New York is a culture blog for snarky, creative New Yorkers who like reading about street art just as much as they like making fun of Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy and his bad trip to the city. And the Subway Art Blog is definitely a website that would appeal to the average New York commuter just as much as it would appeal to the creator of Subway Etiquette signs—a look at various bits of random art that pops up in the world’s most complex subway system. On that note, now is a good time to follow @jayshells on Twitter as well.

Animal New York
Subway Art Blog
Jay Shells’ Twitter, Tumblr

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