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CBGB Pops Up on the LES, Via Flood’s Tribute to MCA and Raybeez

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, it’s not the latest location of CBGB Newark Airport.

Flood, the street artist best known for throwing up damning images of Fat Albert, was back it today, this time slapping up a tribute to CBs at the corner of Ludlow and Stanton. On the left is Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, a “hero” of Flood’s, and on the right is Raymond “Raybeez” Barbieri from LES hardcore band Warzone, whom Flood described as “the dad of the scene. He really took care of us.” Looking over them is Hilly Kristal. “Thousands of us kids here in New York had nowhere to go or play or anything,” Flood said of Kristal. “This guy gave it to us.”

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After He Was Arrested, A Street Artist Fired One Last Shot at Bill Cosby

fatalbert1-3If you’ve seen street artist Flood’s Bill Cosby series—colorful images of iconic Fat Albert cartoon characters that, in an ironic twist, comment on the comedian’s rape scandal—you might be tempted to think they were flippant, sarcastic pieces by a smartass looking to stir up controversy. You’d be wrong: using the characters as mouthpieces for such an ugly topic was one of the hardest things the artist has ever done, and he continues his work despite being arrested earlier this year.

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