"BNE" January 2012 18th st between Broadway&Park Ave. Photo©JesseWinter
Quoted from Wikipedia ” the majority of BNE’s work is vandalism according to the law, and considered so by the police and general public… BNE is likely a reference to the crime of Breaking and Entering, commonly known as “B. ‘n. E “. In 2011, BNE founded the BNE Water Foundation.. “
Pay phones are a very popular device/structure to “create” / write upon, tag and or otherwise destroy. I wonder if BNE made a conscious decision not to put the sticker on the pay phone here. What one person calls ‘vandalism’ another person calls ‘art’… eitherway art needs to be seen to be acknowledged. But alot of street art and graffiti seems to be in conflict by the nature of what it is in expression Versus what it needs to exist..i.e. a wall that the “artist” probably does NOT own outright. The human impulse to leave a mark and spread it as far as possible is universal fueled by a sense of pride, ego, or empowerment. To be heard and seen and to communicate / connect with an audience of anonymous observes. In social media this translates to ‘likes’ and ‘views’.. it’s all the same exercise but in different forms.
**After writing this post I was walking down 11th street in Long Island City Queens and found this crossed out BNE sticker. Cool coincidence..