Gowanus is busily un-gentrifying itself reported the New York Times recently. Instead of cleaning up and giving everything a fresh coat of paint, the neighborhood is busily replacing its more colorful past.
Historic graffiti murals are being repainted. Iconic street art captured now only in photographs and history books, is being used as inspiration for new work.
Traditional street art has returned to Brooklyn.
Not the contemporary Shephard Fairey or Banksy style of street art, but the type of street art that recalls the days of Ed Koch.
Most of the street artists participating in the revival, and homage to yesteryear, are in their 20s and 30s. The loose collective of artists interviewed recently by the Times did not give their names. They hope to recreate 50 or more of the most famous pieces, witnessed by most of the artists only in books.
Most of the collective interviewed, known as Slavery, hope to eliminate the ego-tripping that dominates contemporary street art. There is little fear of legal troubles in today’s day and age. Most business owners are eager to let a team of talented painters make something of their blank walls.
The group insisted in the interview that they were trying “to get away from the ego jockeying that normally accompanies graffiti work.”