What was astonishing about the REVS phenomenon was less its artistry than its sheer penetration: uptown, downtown, all around town, the stickers were ubiquitous.
They’ve long since faded from the scene, but Streetsy has a great gallery of more sophisticated REVS pieces, including some gorgeous metalwork, though no pic of the giant graffito that still graces DUMBO.
There’s also a Neckface gallery. In Carroll Gardens, we have our very own Neckface arm stretching across a rooftop visible from the elevated F line on the Manhattan-bound side.
I have mixed feelings about graffiti. In general, I’m against it: it’s vandalism, and people have a right to decide how their own property will or won’t be decorated, plus the bulk of it is ugly. But I still enjoy a really elegant or clever or beautiful graffito, and I would be sad if they all went away. A lot of the art on Streetsy is quite lovely, and certainly graffiti livens up a lot of otherwise grim and neglected stretches of the city. The “are we free yet?” pill bottles in the Gowanus Canal zone (right) are good examples.
Either way, though, I agree with Gothamist’s assessment that corporate graffiti sucks balls.