I don’t want to knock anyone’s personal growth in the art form. Sticker. Tag. Throwies. Pieces. It’s all a means of pushing a name. A feeling. I exist. I’m here. Fuck you. Whatever. But the thing I’m getting a little annoyed at is all the hype around permission walls and the whole huge mural trend with cherry pickers and going big and post it to Instagram and wow look what I did?! I would get more hyped if I saw that someone wrote on the side of a bus then if I see one more giant side of a building painted somewhere. It’s just getting played out and soft. Maybe I’m just old and… I would just love a little bit more raw expression.
I think for me it’s more of an age thing. I’ve seen the transitions of documentation of artwork because of the internet. And it’s almost amazing that something that I would totally be thrilled at seeing before, like a person going for broke and blazing a giant wall in NY has become blasé. Maybe I’ve just been around it too much. It’s like a big deal to do shit in NY. I guess. With the internet you can do it anywhere now, really. My thing is I’m more annoyed at people considering that graffiti or street art. Wtf is street art? Isn’t it just sign painting or muralist work? It does not feel like real graffiti. Maybe it’s just me.
It seems that young artists think that the road to an art career is doing things on the street, getting as many murals as you can and participating in as many group shows as you can get into. Post it on Instagram, if you’re lucky do a video. Oh, but at the same time try to stay enigmatic. I’ve seen people hand this out as advice over the last few years.
I feel like I’m fucking up now all of a sudden if I’m not doing any of the that. WTF is that? Comparison is a shitty thing. I’m not used to having to ask someone permission to make art. Hey is this ok? Are you okay with this creative content? If I wanted to do that I would have worked in advertising or something. Which is the way it all seems to be now. One big advertisement for your art.
Either way I don’t feel like that is really doing graffiti. Am I wrong? I just miss the old days. For me, back then, it was more about pushing a name. Getting up whether people wanted you to or not. -cosbe Brooklyn NY. Aug, 31, 2014
Could not agree more. I just ranted about this the other day. Legal murals are not street art. Street Art is something you put up illegally. I’d much rather see someone catch a shitty tag on the side of a bus than see another boring, uninspired prototypical Brooklyn mural…