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Lately I've been hanging out in front of 120 St. Marks at a place referred to as The Cave. I like it there because it's a group of squatter artists who hang out and paint during the day, sleep, get high, and squat at night.

My friend Noah introduced me to it.
This is Noah and Jesse Jane in some sort of heated argument.

Jesse is the dog of Jim, the Mosaic Man. And hell, anyone who's anyone in the East Village knows who the Mosaic Man is!

Just type in "Mosaic Man" into Google and you'll see that Jim Power is the guy who's responsible for all of the colorful mosaic work throughout the East Village area on light posts, walls, doors and anywhere a broken tile mosaic can be seen. He's been doing this for over 20 years here in the Village.


Picture borrowed from grit.com

I've been watching Jim and his dog for a couple of years now making his master pieces, chasing junkies down 8th, and hassling stores that interfere with Jim's missions by "chalking" them.

I've seen Jim do a couple of "Chalkings." A chalking is basically where if a store or church or restaurant in the area threatens his art or gets in his way he takes brightly colored chalk and writes on the street in front of their building horrible things about the business. Like "THIS PLACE HAS RATS NESTS IN THE KITCHEN" with arrows pointing to the building, or "SATAN LIVES" with arrows pointing to the church that complained about The Cave being visually unpleasant for the St. Marks residents. This is complete and utter bullshit.


The Cave

This is St. Marks! It's not supposed to be the sparkling new Condos and polished walkways that are slowly taking over the area. But I suppose that's what it's all eventually going to become, goddammit. This building is scheduled to be closed down and demolished by May 7th, and it'll be a sad loss to the neighborhood.

Inside The Cave is packed with art. Literally wall to wall paintings, sculptures and various other constructions made by the people who dwell within, rent free.


It's one of the last remaining Squatter spots in the East Village where something important is actually happening. Something important that's going to be shut down by the city in just a matter of weeks.

Interestingly enough, Jim has also been filming all of his adventures around the East Village and is putting together The Mosaic Man Documentary. Jim's site is at EastVillage.com. It's a site worth paying attention to over the weeks and months to come.

Noah's Metro Card art can be seen at EastVillage.com/Noah

The Cave has completely beat out Union Square for the place to be for me. One of those things that when it's gone in a couple weeks it'll be missed and appreciated for what it was and might have been.

120 St. Marks.
[photos by Normal Bob Smith]

wwjt?

hello bob? i just wanted to inform you that i really really dislike your game called "dress up Jesus". personally i think your game offends most of us Christians . i mean Jesus in a devil suit is just not funny no matter if you think it is. wwjt bob wwjt what would Jesus think?
can you answer that ?                     
 
 
your christian non friend  
 
Chris Goddard
SPACECJ@msn.com

 

I BET IF YOU DO YOU'LL CHANGE YOUR WEB SITE

WHAT A DISGRACE. THIS JESUS THAT YOU SMITE DIED FOR YOUR SIN.
 
AND STILL YOU'RE FORGIVEN. WHY DON'T YOU FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIM.
 
I BET IF YOU DO YOU'LL CHANGE YOUR WEB SITE

KMOOFAHSA@aol.com

I'll take that bet!
What do ya say? $50? C'mon, let's bet fifty bucks that if I find out more about Him I'll change my website. I bet I won't.

Ready to put your money where your mouth is?
WWJD?
Bob

OH, THAT FIFTY BUCKS YOU SPOKE OF? I DON'T GAMBLE. I CHOSE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED. GOD BLESS.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIM YOU'LL NEED TO ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR. ONCE YOU DO AND IT'S DONE WITH ALL YOUR HEART, STRENGTH AND SOUL, YOU MUST CHANGE. THIS IS WHAT HIS HOLY SPIRIT WILL DO FOR YOU. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE JOY UNLESS YOU TOTALLY SURRENDER YOUR LIFE. NOT EASY FELLA'. BUT IT IS WORTH IT. WHEN YOU KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS ALWAYS KNOWS YOUR HEART, HE WILL MAKE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE THAT WILL SPIN YOUR HEAD.
 
YOU WILL BOW DOWN TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. HOPE YOU DO IT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. HERE IS ONE CHANCE HE'LL REMIND YOU ABOUT THAT YOU COULD HAVE TAKEN IN ACCEPTING HIM. I CAN'T TELL YOU THAT YOU WILL GO TO HELL, IF YOU DON'T. I COULD TELL YOU THAT IF YOU KEEP UP YOUR PRESENT LIFESTYLE YOU COULD END UP THERE. IT'S YOUR CHOICE GUY. YOU DECIDE WHERE YOU WILL END UP. OH, THAT FIFTY BUCKS YOU SPOKE OF? I DON'T GAMBLE. I CHOSE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED. GOD BLESS.

KMOOFAHSA@aol.com

Hahaha! Chicken! You're a big chicken! I knew you wouldn't have the guts to bet me! I guess that just goes to show how strongly you feel about your God. He must be so disappointed in you today.

Such empty joy there must be in your fake faith.
Bob

 

One day you will see us but we will not see you!

I think your website is an abomination to christians.  One day you will see us but we will not see you!

Amber N Trapp
ANTrapp21@tntech.edu

So just in case anybody was wondering, the people in Heaven aren't allowed to see the people in Hell. I suppose that to keep it "heavenly" One would have to impose a certain amount of ignorance onto the society of Heaven.
What a strange place Heaven must be.

Bob

 

For this you get another 10,000 years in Pergatory.

I couldn't even bring myself to dress him up.   For this you get another 10,000 years in Pergatory.

Tom & Kathy Spring
tespring@prodigy.net

Wow! Tacked onto infinity?!? That's gonna suck!

 

Accept him. Repent. Get baptized. See you in heaven.

Before its too late make peace with GOD,
and make sure the ones you love do also.

Its the greatest pleasure you can ever have and it lasts foever.

Accept him.

Repent.

Get baptized.

See you in heaven.

Bernie Tabbot
jyvpjqtzfgo@gwdg.de

Jesus Christ, Bernie. Those last four instructions sounded so amazingly gay. Yeesh!

Bob

 

if u think it's a joke then u hang urself to a cross

what is it about u!!!!?
 jesus christ is not to be made fun of
if u think it's a joke then u hang urself to a cross

Doug and Sandra Kincaid
dkincaid@adelphia.net

 

please consider and appologise for this sick joke.

Hi i just thought id drop you an email expressing my view of your site.

i find it unfair and rude to rip off the one person who did the world the kind of service that jesus did. its unfair of you to to make a joke of the cross which represents mine and your future after death, yes he died for all.

please consider and appologise for this sick joke.

thank you
Patrick-Ryan Swanepoel
patrickryan@webmail.co.za

Sorry. :(

Bob

P.S. *fingers crossed* tee hee

 

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