Shepard Fairey's Lower East Side: Stencils, Murals & Street Art

New York, NY

  • Shepard Fairey's Blondie CBGB mural.
  • "We Own the Future" up close. Photo: Rey Rosa.
  • The mural above 161 Bowery.
  • Head on into the former bank that is Totokaelo.
  • Examine the tilework and classic windows at Totokaelo. Photo: Renz Ofiaza.
  • Shepard Fairey and an associate apply a stencil to the wall. Photo: Lenny Collado.
  • James Goldcrown's "Love Wall"
  • “Lift You Higher” by Lakwena Maciver.
  • Keith Haring painting the first Bowery Mural in 1982. Photo: Martha Cooper.
  • Joey Ramone mural painted in 2015 by John “Crash” Matos and Solus.
  • The street art opposite the CBGB mural.

45 minutes
0.7 mi
Guided by Alexis

Shepard Fairey is arguably the most recognized street artist in the world, having created the iconic "Hope" portrait of former President Barack Obama. Come explore Shepard Fairey's haunts on the Lower East Side where punk rock, grit and graffiti ruled the street. While the neighborhood slowly gentrifies, there are still pockets of street cred and art. Visit three iconic Fairey murals and check out the most important street art canvases of the LES.

About Your Guide
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Guide Points
  1. "We Own The Future" Mural
  2. Totokaelo
  3. 4 Rivington St
  4. Freeman Alley
  5. New Museum
  6. The Bowery Wall Mural
  7. CBGB Mural at Saxon + Parole

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