Every month, I write a column on Chicago Art Magazine documenting (and sometimes explaining) the best street art in Chicago. Very recently, I had the honor of being named #9 on Abraham Ritchie Picks Chicago’s Best of 2010 <- read it NOW! He says nice things about me!
Abraham Ritchie is the senior editor for Chicago’s Art Slant and is an all around swell guy. I had the pleasure of speaking with him at the closing reception and panel discussion for the Sixty Inches from Center: Contemporary Graffiti exhibit, and foresee working with him in the future on a project that will remain unnamed until I get my nerves, schedule and finances in order (I am the newest freelancer for Highland Park’s Patch as of yesterday, besides Wilmette’s – woot $$$).
I try to feature a new or lesser known artist each month, as well as providing basic information for budding street art fans. Check me out, if you wish…
“Goons” is one of the most original and enigmatic street artists in Chicago. He cultivates an air of mystery, won’t answer certain questions (he laughs if you ask him why he chose the name “goons”), and will contact you on his own time (trust me on that!). Over the past couple of years, he’s developed a devoted following on flickr and his identity has been the subject of much debate. The Viking, a member of his own crew, summed Goons up best by calling him “the most elusive reclusive alcohol abusive lurker of chicago streets.”