I’ve got to give a shout-out to a friend of mine for this post! We were on a photo shoot for a project of hers and she actually found this in the parking lot where her car was.
I snapped some pics with my camera but that camera has been quite loopy as of late and I seem to have lost the photos I took. So she took some for me. The one below is all hers! Check out her stuff – she’s an awesome artist.
The best street art surprises you even in the spots where you least expect it. In this case, an art piece was cleverly placed in a Downtown Los Angeles parking lot – the type where you can pay four or so dollars for a spot that will last you a few hours while you go about your mischievous business.
Speaking of being mischievous, one of the names that almost always pops up when talking about street art is that of Banksy, an English artist with quite a reputation.
He basically creates stencils and spray paints them on any surface possible. His pieces are almost always politically charged in some way shape or form. He even got away with sneaking a blow-up doll of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner into Disneyland. Skills.
Initially, my friend and I thought this piece was his and I found some evidence that it is!
This is what we encountered in the parking lot…
His shading is pretty distinctive and he often incorporates movement – like the movement of the little girl’s hair. He’s also created other pieces in which he changes words; in this case, PARKING becomes PARK. Clever, no? Apparently he left it behind when he attended a screening of his film “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” (Highly recommend it).
Check out some of his work. It’s really quite intriguing.
One of my favorite quotes from him is about the nature of graffiti art from his book “Wall and Piece.”
“The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl their giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff…. Well, they started this fight and the wall is the weapon of choice to hit them back.”
What do you think about this whole issue?
P.S. Banksy’s people: If you come across this post, tell the man I’m a huge fan, yeah?