I cannot post this though without obviously addressing some recent events.
First, before I say anything it is important to mention that I adore the work of WK Interact.
In fact, (perhaps with my own optimistic ideas of artists working together) I last wrote about him with these words: “What makes WK’s work so remarkable is how well it lends itself to the bombers and taggers and rambling homeless. The black and white figure is like a large scale human size newspaper waiting to be highlighted, crossed out, torn, and written over…”
Ironically, it was WK Interact who succumbed the fate of a paster that blindly goes over bomb graffiti. WK recently suffered from a concussion in Miami after taking a blow (allegedly) by bomber Nekst. Apparently, after an exchange of words following the ongoing beef between WK, Nekst and Wyse, WK Interact was rushed to the hospital unconscious.
(Images taken from Bombin Magazine)
I have no idea why French street artists blindly paste over what ever they feel like. Anyone can point to FKDL or Mr. Brainwash’s street crew recently in New York walking around like this is Paris, acting like they own the place. At the same time however, I cannot condone the thuggish actions of gangsters with spray paint.
Personally, I live in the hood. I’m less saddened by someone getting rocked than I am by the fading idea that we as humans have evolved to a point where we can create, and then bring our art to the masses, to share it with others, to beautify the urban decay that has become a byproduct of the first world post industrial nation that we call home. This idea is fading because it has been clouded by the ego. The ego; the idea that anyone can go out and gain notoriety simply for being there, to relish in the emotions acquired not simply for making art that is beautiful and enriching for humanity, but just because. This has only fueled individual agendas. This game isn’t what it used to be. Art in the street has only become a fast track to sneaker endorsements and closed mindedness. How fascinating it is- this perceived need for humans to claim property. Really, a graffiti artists owns wall space on public property? Are you fucking kidding me?
There is room for all of us, always.