airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar
Sign In
Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Save to wishlist

NYC Artist Paints Monsters Next to Sleeping Subway Riders and It's Amazing

Picture of India Irving
Social Media Editor
Updated: 3 November 2017
Imagine casually snoozing on your morning commute and then suddenly finding yourself sitting next to an enormous monster. A quirky new art project is making this wacky scenario a reality and infecting New York City and the internet with major lols.

Subway Doodle is a project by artist and overall creative, Ben Rubin, which involves him superimposing his own paintings of adorable and/or terrifying furry monsters next to photos he secretly snaps of unsuspecting subway travellers.

Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | © and Courtesy of Ben Rubin

Ben owns The Mint Farm, a Brooklyn-based marketing company known for its innovative commercial and promotional content made for TV and social media.

Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | © and Courtesy of Ben Rubin

Recently however, it’s not just Ben’s clients getting the media attention as he has become a viral sensation himself with his fun, creative spin on commuting in Manhattan.

Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | © and Courtesy of Ben Rubin

‘I’ve been drawing all my life,’ explains Ben, ‘though there was a time where, for a couple years, I just didn’t do much art.’ When he finally caved and bought an iPad though, things changed quickly and he began doodling daily on the subway. Subway Doodle was born.

Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | © and Courtesy of Ben Rubin

Ben says: ‘Part of the humor [of the series] comes from somebody sitting on the subway, staring at their phone or reading their book, and… isn’t even phased by the grotesque creature sitting next to them.’

Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | © and Courtesy of Ben Rubin

Now 164,000 followers deep, the zany and smile-inducing series is taking over not only subway cars, but the whole of the internet.

Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | © and Courtesy of Ben Rubin

So next time you think you’re alone on the train, just know a monster might be creeping up on you sooner than you think!

Subway Doodle | Courtesy of Ben Rubin
Subway Doodle | © and Courtesy of Ben Rubin