Before I start this, I just want to say NO ONE should be knows as The ____ Banksy. Not The New Banksy, not The Gay Banksy, not The American Banksy. Not only is it demeaning to Banksy- saying someone can reproduce what he has done for street art- but it’s a misrepresentation of any artist.
Every artist has their own message, own voice and to say you are the Russian version of another voice is a cop out. It’s lazy. By saying that you voice yourself of all responsibility of understanding who an artist is, or in this case, was. Yes he got the nickname for being brilliant, but don’t patronize him as an artist.
With that out of the way, the street artist known as Pasha 183 is dead. 28 years old and dead. No details have been released about his death.
Probably one of his more famous pieces below.
You can find more images here. Buzzfeed. The news is circulating the web, at MSN and originally reported at Lenta.Ru
A very interesting piece on Melrose and Fairfax about two LA products, Cat Cult and Odd Future. Originally written in LA Weekly, Cat Cult sent a cease and-desist letter to the popular group Odd Future for using their art.
Pictured above the lead artist, Tyler the Creator, wore this t-shirt in a music video which many people thought naturally was the Cat Cult symbol~ a big deal in the Los Angeles area. But Cat Cult doesn’t sell t-shirts and thus sent the cease-and-desist letter. The letter was promptly ignored.
What do you guys thing? Beyond that, does the nature of street art change the idea of image rights / intellectual property?
I think this would be fine as long as Odd Future followed a few basic conditions. Tylor would have to either have made the t-shirt himself or have a friend make it, the group would acknowledged Cat Cult, and they must have had no plans to sell it for merchandising. Without acknowledgement of Cat Cult, I am not sure if any of those are being followed. Link below and if you don’t know Odd Future a music video to boot.
MELROSEandFAIRFAX: Did Odd Future Rip Off Cat Cult?
via Did Odd Future Rip Off Cat Cult?.
Parachuting Teddy Bears made a big statement in Belarus. For those of you who don’t know, Belarus is considered one of “the last dictatorships in Europe” according to this article in Time Magazine.
If you watch 1 youtube video this year, if you care about 1 single post I make ever in the history of the blog… make it this one.
Words cannot describe how important something like this can be. Not only does it have street art relevance (as I will be participating in that personally very soon) but it has human relevance. Can we make our voices loud enough to do something that is right? When the governments of the world have no fiscal gain from it (like the US did in bringing down Saddam, and invading Iraq) the only way we can do something is by being heard.
Watch it all the way through.
“Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live”
Here is a stencil for you guys to get involved too!(click to enlarge)