Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: Total Consciousness

In all my years of patronizing the G train I have seen a lot of shit. You name it and chances are I’ve probably seen, heard, touched, smelled— and yes— tasted it at some time or another. For better or worse, the Crosstown Local is a feast for all five senses— and probably a few more. I have grown to accept this fact and find it quite endearing to be perfectly frank. The previous having been said once in a very blue moon I will encounter something that confounds even me. Tonight I had one such experience.


To truly appreciate this product of enlightened thought* click on the above image and peruse a larger photograph of the rather amazing revelation some anonymous (but very talented nonetheless) subway goer had while waiting for the “Gee, where the hell is it?” train. I’m guessing he (or she) had a lot of time on her hands to execute a master work of this caliber. This is hardly surprising.

I suppose you could also head to the Smith – 9th bound platform at Greenpoint Avenue and see it in person. Whichever best suits your time/space equilibrium. Either way it is time (and/or a Metrocard swipe) well spent.

Gunga Galunga…

Miss Heather

*And given the fact this missive is on an advertisement for Dunkin Donuts, probably some blue chip sensimilla.


5 Comments on Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: Total Consciousness

  1. rheingold on Tue, 7th Apr 2009 2:18 am
  2. I usually hate hipster graffiti, but this is marvelous, and it truly brightened my day! Thanks, subway artist, and look forward to seeing more of your work!

  3. d on Tue, 7th Apr 2009 11:38 am
  4. That is so adorable and science-y! That cat’s face is so cute it’s ridiculous.

  5. rowan on Tue, 7th Apr 2009 2:29 pm
  6. i photographed this on the way back from JFK last night, with my visitors in tow. and i suggested to them to keep an eye out for special NYC graffiti, subway-style, while riding the MTA during their visit. they found this most amusing.

  7. gubatron on Tue, 7th Apr 2009 8:05 pm
  8. If I could draw I’d so carry a sharpie with me at all times to do graffiti responses.
    This one could be enriched so much more.

    Not only should we thank the G train for taking so long, but also the sponsor, Dunkin’ Donuts for leaving such a big open canvas there.

    Advertisers should probably play with this artistic phenomenon and leave Open Ads to see what happens.

    And put an URL somewhere on the ad, that tells people to post pictures of their creation.


  9. missheather on Tue, 7th Apr 2009 8:23 pm
  10. I agree with you gubatron. If we have to dole out more money to ride the subway why can’t we have a “sandbox” to play in— proverbially speaking. I’d gladly pony up extra dough for waiting on the G if we had more “art” to savor. God only knows it’s better than those bunion removal and “non-invasive” hemorrhoid surgery adverts I’ve been seeing of late.

    Hell, why don’t they just convert the advertising space on these platforms into an art gallery? It couldn’t possibly be much worse than looking at this:


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