Like most street artists, DAIN’s work is hiding in plain sight. I stumbled upon one of his pieces outside of a coffee shop in Williamsburg recently and am now on a scavenger hunt to seek out more of his work.
DAIN is a master of mixed media. His works are a composite of black and white photo portraiture, graffiti, and collage; the streets of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn are his canvases of choice. His signature structure is distinct: a vintage female head perched on the body of a man, sporting a ring of graffiti around one eye- the meaning of which remains a mystery. Tucked into alleyways, hiding on mailboxes, or plastered onto seemingly abandoned doors, his art is easy to miss but difficult to forget.
With no formal training, the elderly artist is a complete departure from the figure I assumed was behind these poignantly modern and seemingly rebellious graphic works. In an interview with Elle last year the artist noted his mother often complained, “modern women leave nothing to be desired”. With age, he has grown to agree with this sentiment and continues to draw inspiration from vintage beauty- ultimately juxtaposed by the urban surroundings in which they are inserted.