Last year a mural seemed to come out of nowhere on a building by Larkin St in the Tenderloin by BIP, an artist from New Haven.
BiP rose to prominence as a voice in the Yale – New Haven relationship discussion, which is very similar to the Tech – San Francisco conflict. Aside from painting numerous New Haven landmarks, BiP also managed to tag Yale on several occasions, from sneaking inside to spraypaint classrooms to gluing a fake plaque to the side of the Yale Art Gallery, which was then preserved by citizen demand.
After departing New Haven, BiP visited Asia, tagging Hong Kong and painting a legal mural for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Taiwan. He returned to the states to the streets in New York and Detroit and finally settled in the San Francisco East Bay with plans to divide time between international projects and the Bay Area.
While he was in the SF Bay Area he did a crowd funding for a graffiti trip to Siberia. BiP has been traversing the length of Siberia with a backpack, dropping pieces and connecting with local Russian graffiti writers along the way. He bombed with Siberian writers OneRone and Nikita and spent time with the notorious art crew TKND (Taknado) from Novosibirsk.
He is currently painting a 7 story building that was originally commissioned during the Soviet Era to house Vladimir Lenin’s memorabilia, which makes it one of the most bizarre locations for modern street art. Although the museum is funding the mural, they’ve agreed to let BiP remain anonymous by painting only at night, per usual.
BiP also managed to track down CHEKR Crew, including writers BEKN, REOT, DRON, etc. Below is a CHEKR piece from last year on a traditional Siberian house.
You can see more photos of his art