Friday, October 12, 2007
Mercer Street, August 2007
The creature above, by street artist Dirty Boards, may as well be me celebrating my 15 minutes of fame.
Another of our New York street artists, who goes by the name BilliKid, makes big posters of a pink Cadillac convertible with his buddies behind the wheel -- artist friends, gallery owners or street art photographers. I have been so honored. That’s right, folks - I’m currently driving the Caddy on West 27th Street.
Check it out here.
BilliKid met me a couple of weeks ago and took my photo. He then used it to work me into his cartoon fantasy. I even have a personalized license plate!
I haven’t yet gone to see it myself. The weather this week has been so miserably rainy and my schedule has been so busy that I just haven’t been able to trek over there. I hope to see it this weekend - if it’s not gone by then! (That’s one of the uncertainties of street art - it could last months, or it could be torn down almost immediately.)
Oh, and as for the best Beatles song - I promised this discussion yesterday - I personally go for the later Beatles, and I like their more unusual stuff. “I Am the Walrus,” for example, is a great song. And of course I like “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” and “The Long and Winding Road,” but they’re not challenging enough to be the best, in my opinion.
I opt for “A Day in the Life,” from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. With those mysterious lyrics - “four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire” - and that intense orchestral crescendo at the end, well, it wins my vote.