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NYC Graffiti Cotton T-Shirt, Long Sleeve; Street Art Collection Announced

Sarah James, a longtime musical artist and street art photographer, has released a new line of t-shirts featuring noteworthy graffiti from downtown New York City. Her latest creation, "Rock the Bloc NYC," features a multi-armed alien rocking out in the East Village.

As street art continues to trend mainstream, a new line of t-shirts features graffiti murals from some of New York City’s most creative neighborhoods, captured by a photographer with deep roots in the Big Apple.

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The “Rock the Bloc NYC” shirt, the latest release from NYC artist Sarah James, flaunts a 7-armed alien DJ dropping the beat in the East Village. James’ photograph of the mural captures the rich detail, imagination, and skill of the original work. The quirky style is a rare find for street fashion enthusiasts who love outsider art, and serves as an example of graffiti transitioning from counter-culture to part of the city’s culture.

While protest slogan graffiti has been around longer, street art featuring doodles and text first emerged during WWI, according to a recent report from Creative Market. The flashy visual genre advanced during the social unrest of the 1960s and 1970s, and finally came into its own in the 1980s. It was during this decade that street art evolved into illustrations rather than text-based designs.

Street art took decades to catch on with the public, due to its murky legal status and frequent challenges to the status quo. Over time, however, the genre’s larger-than-life graphics and vibrant colors have become an icon of urban spaces worldwide. Today, some municipalities commission street art murals, hoping to promote an independent, artistic vibe in their downtown areas.

It’s this spirit that James celebrates and wants to spread beyond the city limits. Born into a musical family in Brooklyn, James grew up in the New York metro area, widely considered one of the street art capitals of the world. After a stint touring the country performing music gigs, she spent a few years in Oregon before returning to her beloved New York.

James dabbled in crafting unique merchandise featuring her poetry and street art, but frequent jazz gigs kept her from fully focusing on these creative endeavors. When COVID-19 shut down New York City, James dove headfirst into making street art accessible to Main Street. “Rock the Bloc NYC” is one fruit of that effort.

The “Rock the Bloc NYC” shirt features just one of several creative works James discovered in the Lower East Side, SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown. These areas seem to have replaced uptown New York City as the city’s street art Mecca in the post-pandemic era.

“It seems that these locations have a vibe that allows the creator to work undisturbed,” she says. “New York has changed immeasurable since covid, but the heart and soul of the creatives are still relentlessly pursuing their visual dreams.”

The long-sleeve cotton top comes in several sizes and colors popular with t-shirt lovers.

To learn more about James or discover more of her work, visit

Contact Info:
Name: Sarah James
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Organization: Sarah James Jazz Merch
Address: 5 F Smith Rd, Napanoch, NY 12458, United States
Phone: +1-201-723-4762

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Release ID: 89120462

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