While fine graffiti art would certainly make an alluring addition to your home, subway cars, train trestles, and crumbling drug-store walls are notoriously tricky to get around the corner at the top of your apartment stairs. Providing a practical solution, Albus Cavus.
Named after the "white cave" basement where it held its first shows, Albus Cavus is a collective of nearly 30 DC and Jersey artists who, in addition to doing pro-bono public murals, will spray up commissioned, "street art"-styled canvas pieces for anyone with the cash/willingness to replace their "There is no 'I' in Drunk" poster. The process: after a broad chat with AC's tagger-in-chief, he'll send over profiles for 5 artists, complete with pics and references; pick out your favorite, then talk specifics like size, price, and how best to compress the myriad nuances of your personality into said size and price. Each piece is by its nature one-of-a-kind, but past works have ranged from a relatively realistic Jay-Z portrait; to the more interpretive "Lucia's Journey", in which a young woman's travels are represented by mirrored, Gnarles-Barkley-style heads sprouting flowers and honey bees; to the mesmerizing abstract of "Endless Perpetuality", a collage that will never stop revealing fresh surprises forever.
If you so desire, AC's artists will also splash a mural directly on your wall, so all you'll need to complete the picture will be subway riders, hobos, or sidewalk layabouts -- just try not to bang their heads as you tilt them 45 degrees to get around the banister.
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