“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest” -Maya Angelou
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated” -Maya Angelou
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them” -Maya Angelou
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” -Maya Angelou
“Nothing will work unless you do” -Maya Angelou
This colorful mural, featuring musician and singer-songwriter Joey Ramone, can be found on the side of Saxon + Parole on Bleecker Street. In 2015, this piece was commissioned by the Little Italy Street Art Project (L.I.S.A., @thelisaprjectnyc) and painted by Dublin’s Solus and the Bronx’s John ‘CRASH’ Matos (#SolusxCrash). The L.I.S.A. Project is “a 501(c)3 charity arts program founded in historic Little Italy bringing events & diverse artists to Downtown, creating NYC only mural district” (-L.I.S.A.). The mural was strategically painted across the street from CBGB, the location where the band the Ramones originally started.
Photos by Devon McLaughlin, The Leveraged Look @theleveragedlook