EAST VILLAGE—God unsuccessfully attempted to wipe away an advertisement for Justin Bieber’s latest album today on the corner of Second Avenue and East 6th Street. The All-Knowing and All-Seeing Lord of the Universe pummeled the sidewalk with rain, apparently displeased that the stencil had been placed across the street from the site of the Fillmore East.
A massive mural on the side of 26 Second Avenue was completed over the weekend by Os Gêmeos, “the twins” known to their mother as Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. Described on their Instagram as an “independent project,” the work is dedicated “to the golden era #oldschool #mural #hiphop – Respect to everyone that has made and continues to keep the real Hiphop alive!”
When I stopped by the Marianne Boesky Gallery on an exceedingly chilly Saturday afternoon, just one day after the opening of John Waters’ Beverly Hills John exhibition– the raunchy filmmaker’s been featured in a number of solo shows across the country since 2000– the place was packed with an awkward mix of tourists and people who seemed to be in the know. One woman snapped a photo of a sculpture depicting a mini-living room, a memorial dedicated to the late Mike Kelley, an artists who continues to be an inspiration to Waters. In a speech given at UCLA, Waters dubbed Kelley a “terrorist and a hero.”
Last night the city’s tattoo luminaries hobnobbed at the grand opening of the most buzzed-about ink parlor in the history of man. Bang Bang (real name: Keith McCurdy) counts the likes of Rihanna, Rita Ora, and Justin Bieber as loyal customers — and he has their tattoo autographs to prove it.
The Melvins played House of Vans in Greenpoint last night and we still haven’t recovered our hearing. Among the reasons: Dale Crover, looking half his age thanks to a Justin Bieber haircut, was joined on the double drums by newcomer Coady Willis (well, relative newcomer: he’s been drumming with the Melvins for some years, but we’re talking about a band that’s been pummeling audiences for three decades. Kurt Cobain drove them to shows back when Nirvana was something only Buddhists talked about.)