Creativity runs in the streets of Brooklyn and now you can be a part of it
What’s Good Brooklyn?
You might not be able to snatch a wall with you, but a book is a lot easier to carry. Brooklyn, one of the most iconic neighborhoods in the world, is now featured in the latest edition of the street art coloring book series by Aimful Books, created by illustrator Diego Orlandini.
The Brooklyn Coloring Book features murals by world-renowned and Brooklyn favorite street artists such as Marka 27, Lady Pink, Alice Mizrachi, Shi Ro, Esteban del Valle, Starfighter, Icy and Sot, ASVP, Fumero, Key Detail, Yu Baba, Supakitch, Koralie, Resa Piece, Marc Evan, Miss Zukie, Nite Owl, Denton Burrows, and dozens of other muralists.
For all of us who dreamed about creating a mural, now we can engage our creative minds, coloring black and white, accurate versions, of Brooklyn-based murals. The book has seventy-eight pages and a full-color directory displaying the artists and full-color pictures of their murals.
Aimful Books, the publisher responsible for The Wynwood Coloring Book in Miami is on a mission to share the appreciation for the urban arts and to provide means of education for children. Every copy of the coloring book sold is matched with a free education textbook Aimful Books donates to children and schools in need around the world.
Shi Ro’s page on the book (left) and Icy & Snot (right)
Esteban del Valle page in the book
Marka27’s mural (left) & Kyle Hughes-Orgers (right)
Brooklyn is a hub for migrants and artists, and as such, The Brooklyn Coloring Book represents tha. Polish Natalia Rak, Iranian Icy and Sot, Ecuatorian Lady Pink, and Mexican Marka27, all established street artists with a notorious presence in Brooklyn are featured in the book.
Natalia Rak is a Polish artist known for her extremely vibrant large-scale murals. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland, with the Diploma of Spatial and Poster Design.
Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Marka27’s foray into the art world began in the city’s streets mastering the art of graffiti. Advancing to earn his BFA from The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, Marka27 became a household name. His artwork is exhibited in high-end galleries through out the east and west coast. He has collaborated with brands such as Levis, Pioneer, Scion, Converse, Heineken, VH1, Disney, New Balance and Kidrobot. His artwork is largely inspired by multi-cultural influences
Born in Ecuador, but raised in NYC, Lady Pink was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture in the 80’s. In 1982 she had a starring role in the motion picture “Wild Style”. Her contributions to graffiti have made her a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture.
Icy & Sot
ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) are stencil artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2006, the two brothers have contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through their striking stencil work that depicting human rights, ecological justice, social and political issues. Their work appears on walls and galleries throughout Iran, USA, Germany, China, Norway, and globally. They transcend their histories of artistic and political censorship by using public art to envision a world freed from borders, war and gun violence.
Chris RWK was born and raised in New York. The imagery of comics and cartoons sparked his interest at an early age. Graffiti opened up his view of the art world, and fine art kept him engaged. Chris’ paintings frequently cite past conceptions of popular culture embedded in his psyche’s cache. This use of intertextuality also serves to offer a comfort or familiarity of sorts to the viewer. Chris’ works frequently reveal daily musings and people one would pass on the street without looking or thinking about twice.