The “city that never sleeps” is comprised of five boroughs. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t categorize Manhattan as the quintessential mainland— no matter what partialness to the others. The 13-mile stretch (length) is filled with more history, relics, and stories than most can imagine. The magic of the most hustle and bustle lays here.
Harlemite and native New Yorker Micah, of über-successful local lifestyle brand Only NY, knows this probably better than anyone. He cites the city’s unlimited sights, sounds, and pulses as the unlimited source of inspiration for his art. Well, that and his fondness for the tranquility of nature— the complete opposite of the urban jungle. This limbo or understanding of balance, if you will, is what best describes his art’s flow, a parallel to the city’s momentum and pace.
Given the opportunity to rock his own New York City box truck canvas thanks to Nike, Micah went to work in the best way he knew how, fluidly and painstakingly detailed. Keeping the approach minimal, much like his signature line style of illustration, he resorted to just black ink mops to cover his truck. All sides of the canvas highlight the visual symphony that is iconic Big Apple terrain, including a variety of staple imagery like metal roll-down gates, subway cars, lamp posts, flowers, trash cans, sidewalk, brick, water, fish, pigeons, and rats even! All while the most prominent figures being runners, which appear on both sides of the box truck— a metaphorical nod to foot warriors citywide, their persistent rhythm, and how his own drawing process is a reflection of that same relationship with repetition and discipline.
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