Danny Rocca, I know these are not really called buttons, could you enlighten me with the correct term?
The stencil graffiti artists of today seem to be more homogeneous than ever. Am I the only one that has had it up to the neck with their anti Consumerism messages?
I understand that the likes of Banksy and Adbusters has been a huge influence on the graffiti scene and to some extent in a good way. Before Banksy the graffiti scene was less politically aware. How ever today it seems there is little individual thinking going on and every little self proclaimed graffiti artist with his Volcom hoodie, Vans shoes, Independent skateboard and baggy Animal jeans are out there spraying anti consumerist stenciled slogans
Shepard Fairey created his famous Obey stencil while teaching a friend how to make stencils. He asked his friend to make a stencil from a news paper image of the French wrestler Andre the Giant. His friend refused because as a skater the wrestler was to ‘lame’. Annoyed with how narrow minded his friend was Shepard Fairey made Andre The Giant in to one of the most recognized symbols of stencil art.
In my mind art is supposed to be about breaking barriers and creating something the world has never seen before. I wish that the graffiti culture could brake out of its narrow minded homogeneous mold. Dare to be different!
(original picture by marverde)