The Coney Art Walls: First Three Completed and Summer Begins

05/27/2015 09:42 am ET | Updated May 27, 2016

Summer Just Got More Fun in N.Y.C. as Coney Island Reinvents Itself Again

You know the scene: cotton candy, blasting music, bold font signs, city beach, sticky fingers, tattoos, carnival barkers, roller coaster barfing, stolen kisses under the boardwalk, big bellied men with their shirts off, giggling girls in flip-flops smelling like coconut sunscreen, garbage on the sand, mermaids, Porta Potties, stuffed animals, concrete, cigars, hot dogs, butts, boobs, lipstick, screaming, flashing old-timey light bulbs, kids passed out in strollers, boozy Romeos, sketchy snake oil salesmen, aerosol painted walls by New York's old-skool graff writers.

That last part is now in effect, actually.


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Instead of being hunted down for catching a tag or bubble-lettered throw-up, a couple dozen graffiti/street art painters are invited to hit up Coney Island this summer -- and since we've just marked the unofficial first weekend of summer in New York -- we're bringing you the first three freshly completed pieces.

Part of "Coney Art Walls", the muralists began taking the train out to this seaside paved paradise that is re-inventing itself once again, this time courtesy of art curator Jeffrey Deitch.


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While the sun was still struggling to get a handle on summer, we captured the early crew hitting up the temporary two-sided walls outside and inside the compound that will share space with food vendors, picnic tables and a stage for music performances. Some brought family while they worked and a few even took a ride on the Cyclone with Martha Cooper just to scream their heads off. The artist lineup is looking stellar, with golden names predominantly associated with New York's '70s and '80s graff heyday sprinkled with a few of the current street art contenders, but you never know what is popping up next, or who. It's Coney Island after all.

Here are the first three completed murals with the Tats Cru twins How & Nosm leading the pace, followed by Crash and Daze.


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The one and only Martha Cooper shooting How & Nosm at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)


How & Nosm (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Daze (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Daze (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Daze (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crash. The inspiration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crash. The sketch. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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