Stencil master Logan Hicks is the most recent artist to take on New York’s most iconic mural space, the Houston Bowery Wall—which was first painted by Keith Haring in 1982. The mural—titled Story of My Life—is described by the artist as “a celebration of the people that have stood behind me and walked with me” in the ten years he’s lived in New York City. Based on a photo taken by the artist earlier this year, the mural contains various images of family, friends, and other artists: Hick’s mother and nine-year-old son, photographer Martha Cooper, artists such as Chris Stain, Elbow Toe, and Joe Iurato, as well as Sara and Marc Schiller of the Wooster Collective.
New York City summers are always a rough time to paint, but Hicks’ was hit with some extraordinaire challenges: a blistering heatwave, and an intense rain storm that caused his wall to buckle, destroying several days of work.
While the Bowery Wall was repaired, a new set of stencils had to be cut for his massive multilayered piece that run nearly 70 feet. Again, through some extremely hot and humid days, Logan Hicks and his crew pulled off one of the most beautifully detailed murals yet to go up in this historic space.