Street art has arrived at a place so inaccessible that even the most reckless, renegade taggers hadn”t been able to reach it–until now.
Billi Kid, an artist, curator, and “brand manager” of a company called Public Works Department, convinced the NBA to license official backboards so that graffiti and street artists could paint on them.
To coincide with the NBA draft, Guerilla Galleries will feature 16 of the 180 backboards in a show opening June 23 at One Gateway Center, across from Newark’s Penn Station.
(The party is 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Public Works charges a cool $15 grand for each backboard (some proceeds go to Newark-based charities).
Mista Oh! and Los Galeristas Adolescentes could not have thought of a better way to break up the monotony and sensory overload of Armory Week than to head over to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ for the IBF Welterweight Division title fight between Zab “Super” Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s), and Kaiser Mabuza (23-7-3, 14 KOs).
Los Galeristas Adolescentes Chris and Josh letting off steam after Armory Week at the IBF Light Welterweight Division Title Match – Zab Judah & Kaizer Mabuza on Saturday
The Brooklyn-born Judah is a former two-division world champion, and was favored to win this contest for the unclaimed IBF Welterweight Division title. We even spotted Mike Tyson and Goose Gossage in the crowd, but according to Mista Oh!’s scorecard, Judah was actually down on points at the end of the fourth round. He just couldn’t get out of the way of the famed elephant boom! Boom! is what Mabuza’s fans chanted about the stiff left jab that seemed to be in Zab Judah’s face all night long.
“WTF Ref!” Zab Judah disagree’s with referee Sam Viruet’s standing count.
But Judah, who is known for his lightning speed and remarkably effective defensive skills, exploded in the seventh round with a sizzling right–left combination that left his South African opponent knocked out still on his feet, then dangling from the ropes. Judah finally finished him off with a lethal barrage of body and head blows that sent Mabuza to the canvas before the bout was halted in the seventh round.Needless to say, Mabuza was stunned, suffering his first loss since October 2007
The action-packed undercard included Vinny O’Brien’s debut as a professional fighter, in impressive win against David Navarro (0-2) whose corner pulled him out after round three and in the lightweight division, Shemuel Pagan (2-0) who needed just 93 seconds to annihilate Marcos Garcia (0-4).
Los Galeristas want to thank Malikah Ali and friends of the Gallery Cub for hooking up the tickets.