Okay, not hanging — this is street art, after all. But check out the mural that Solus and John “Crash” Matos put up today just across the way from the former CBGB, at Bleecker and Bowery. According to the LISA Project, the piece is part of the LoMan Art Festival, and marks the anniversary of the Ramones’ first show at CBGB, on August 16, 1974.
The giant Joey isn’t the only thing that’s drawing attention on the Bowery today — a block away, in the empty storefront at Bond and Bowery (across the way from Joey Ramone Place), some late ’80s and early ’90s photos by Ricky Powell of Keith Haring, Basquiat and Warhol, Sofia Coppola, the Beastie Boys, Lisa Bonet and other downtown types have gone up in the windows. (You can peep the photos on Powell’s website).
Of course, this is all bittersweet: as you can see from the photo below, CBGB is now the home of John Varvatos. Not to mention: Saxon + Parole, where the Joey Ramone mural is displayed, sells Perrier egg creams for eight friggin’ dollars.
And 328 Bowery, where the Powell photos are on display, is soon to be home to Kenneth Cole.
Either way, happy Throwback Thursday, everyone!
Update, Sept. 4: Solus explains the gloves via Twitter.
@bedbow the gloves represent the struggle Joey and ramones endured 2 achieve success they performed 2263 times touring nonstop for 22 years
— Solus Art (@SolusStreetArt) September 4, 2015