Katsu and Avone aka Destroy & Rebuild have a show on now at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. To promote the show, they took over a number of phone booth advertisements in NYC. In the past, I’ve been known to criticize street artists for putting of posters promoting gallery shows when they could be doing street art, but I’m not sure I can criticize Katsu and Destroy & Rebuild in the same way. There are a few reasons for that: They went over already existing advertising, they are graffiti writers and graffiti is already about advertising a name and the general vibe of the work seems to me to be more about getting up and graffiti than advertising. I look at these posters and see clever graffiti in an advertising setting. Nonetheless, if you think I’m being a hypocrite for liking these posters (and hey, maybe my respect for these guys is clouding my judgment), let me know.
Also, their show ends on January 10th, so there’s still a couple of days left to see it.
Street artists love skulls almost as much as Dick Cheney enjoys shooting people in the face (God, that’s a really dated pop culture reference, isn’t it). Here are five pieces by artists who use some form of a skull as their logo:
Maybe an ad disruption would be a ‘better’ piece by Kaws, I love the way somebody spray painted around this sticker. Very few stickers get that much respect.
You can’t mention London street art or graffiti right now without a nod to Burning Candy, and Cyclop’s skulls are in many of their best collaborative pieces.
Booker/Reader/Readmorebooks/Boans… This writer gets up under too many names to keep track of, but one of his many trademarks are these skulls:
No discussion of skulls on the street would be complete without Katsu.
Don’t really know what Skullphone is trying to say with this image, but he’s said it all over the world.
So that’s five street artists and graffiti writers who use skulls as logos. Now the reason I started thinking about this post. This is a new piece by Elbowtoe that I’m really liking:
I touched on this issue the other day, but I thought there was more to be said and some examples to be given.
There are a few graffiti writers who are blurring the line between graffiti and street art by painting trademark characters or symbols instead of, or in addition to, their names. Of course, painting characters has been around since the earliest days of graffiti, but in recent years, certain crews and writers have taken that a step further.
Here are a few examples of writers who I think are really pioneering a new form of character based graffiti. I think it could, and should, be one important direction for graffiti and street art in the coming years.