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An Interview With Artist And NYC Bodega Enthusiast Josh Goldstein Part 2

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“Vectorized” Josh Goldstein by Madam Toussaint

Here’s part 2 of my interview with Josh Goldstein. If you missed the first part you can click on An Interview With Artist And NYC Bodega Enthusiast Josh Goldstein Part 1. In this last half of Josh’s interview we learn how the dynamic artist feels about the graffiti scene, Chinese food take out menus and his own “Happy Family”. We also discuss the color purple (not the movie) and how he feels about the color green (the color and the environment).

MT: What kind of gear do you use to take your photos?

JG: Trade secret…ok fine, a Canon Power Shot.

supermarket1Supermarket Chain (2003), photo on russian baltic birch multi-ply plywood, 48″x8″, private collection, Brooklyn, New York

MT: When I see your work I can see Hip Hop has clearly been an influence on you. Were you ever on the graffiti scene? Who are your favorite graffiti artists? If want to see dope graffiti in NYC where should I visit?

JG: Damn, I wish I could say I was, but the truth is I was too busy collecting baseball cards in Indiana. Favorite graf/street artists- Doze Green, Banksy of course, Swoon, Lee Quinones, Taki 183, and the guy who wrote “gang mafia” on the wall of the bodega on my corner.

Best place to see dope graffiti? 5 Pointz in Long Island City for sure- best seen out of the left side of a Flushing-bound 7 train. Also check out the piece on Continue reading

5 Things You Need To Know About Styrofoam Or You’ll Die Twice

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What is Styrofoam?
Styrofoam is a “light, resilient polystyrene plastic”. In 1950, Dow Chemical Co. trademarked the name.~dictionary.com

You’ve never had coffee from a Styrofoam cup!
That’s what Dow Chemical Co. says. Starting in 1942 Styrofoam has been used by the Coast Guard then the U.S. Navy as insulation which is it’s current use. “there isn’t a coffee cup, cooler or packaging material in the world made from STYROFOAM. These common disposable items are typically white in color and are made of expanded polystyrene beads.” ~building.dow.com So that’s what we’ve been using, polystyrene. They’ve asked that we call these products “foam” instead. Continue reading