Photography & Arts: Street Art
“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”
— Banksy (Wall and Piece)
I was first introduced to Banksy, the England based graffiti artist, political activist, and film director, while walking on the streets on Bangkok. Khao San Road, a colorful strip featuring the city’s most most eclectic array of wares, vagabond faces, and seedy vendors; it was the perfect venue to encounter the grit and beauty of his uniquely rendered images.
What captured my attention, and has perhaps inspired international artists to illustrate their own expressions on brick walls around the world, is how vibrantly Banksy is able to portray contradictions–peace and warfare, innocence and corruption, love and emptiness–in a way that speaks to the invariable truths of human nature. Which, I believe, is one of art’s most noble goals.
Enjoy this month’s collection, a generous contribution from Street Art Utopia, and perhaps use it as inspiration to create a stencil of your own.
Truth and Art,
Photography & Arts Editor