|Stencil graffiti, Old San Juan
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Looks like the genuine article to me. Have you seen his book? Bought it for my sis for Xmas, love the quote on the back.
I received the book for Xmas myself. Didn't see this in there. I hadn't realized he'd tagged up cities in the States as well.
A few small things make me think this isn't him, but perhaps someone who's been influenced by him instead. The level of detail and the choice of subject matter are similar, but the style is subtly different. The edges are blockier, less soft than Banksy's and more rounded, and the places where the colors meet are sharply defined. They don't blend quite as well. Also, as you'll see later, there's another stencil in OSJ (a samurai) which I suspect was done by the same artist.
Yes, it doesn't really matter who it is, it's a gorgeous piece. I suppose you could argue that the point of painting illegally on the exteriors of buildings is to remain anonymous anyway, except perhaps to other graffiti artists.
I love most well-executed (well-loved, too, in this piece) stenciled street art. Something about the precision and speed combining into these otherwise inarticulate canvases, you know?
Yes, the idea of anonymity and influence (or perhaps of authenticity and individuality) changes dramatically in street art, it's really cool stuff. There was a neat book I looked at in college about the difference between tagged art/tagging and other styles of graffiti that talked about all those issues far more eloquently than I could. I do sometimes wish I'd gone for art history so that I could study this stuff professionally...
I love the fact that you framed the shot in such a way that it looks like Alicia signed her work (rough read, my apologies)
Ha! I wondered if anyone would notice that. I saw the signature and thought, I have to include that.
2006-01-17 00:53 (UTC)
i LOOVE it. to absolute pieces.
may i post it in my journal? of course, with credit to you (linked from me, not off your bandwidth).
anyway, i have nikked the photo & it is my colleczion as leahspuertoricoalmostbanksy.
Of course you can post it. And you wouldn't be stealing my bandwidth anyway - it's in my LJ scrapbook.
that is fantastic. thanks for posting it.
ps check out my new space-centric icon. wheeeee!
I'm glad you liked it.
Haha, I love that exchange. "You can't have Pantene Pro-V. It's a word they made up to make shampoo sound important!"
very striking. Wonder if it's actually Banksy influenced or not. I'd only heard of him through you, but perhaps he's renown among graffiti artists? The hearts seem to have been done by a different person though.
The observation about the hearts is a good one. I thought the hearts had been done separately from the stencil but I didn't twig to the idea that a different artist had drawn them. I suspect it was this person.