Today's lesson highlights two of the most influential street artists
around: D*Face and Banksy. Their work has inspired a legion of budding
graffiti artists and have pissed off quite a few police officers in the
Dean Stockton, or D*Face,
is a more commercial artists, in a sense. However, with his mantra of
"Look into my eyes & tell me that you hate me," as stated on
his website, it doesn't seem to matter to him. Like other street
artists, he causes people to look at their surroundings and appreciate
the bits of arts all around. From his "Call in Sick" billboard or "I :(
NY" where the Statue of Liberty is donning a sad clown face, D*Face is
tackling all aspects of the streets — he uses graffiti,
stickers, posters, stencils, and even a tricked
out a bike.
Banksy is a
somewhat-anonymous graffiti artist who lives in England. In November
sent contributing writer Colby Buzzell to find Banksy — his
humorous journey to find him in the flesh. Buzzell stumbled upon a
graffiti loving kid that provides this sentiment of Banksy:
"I [Buzzell] approached him and
asked him if he knew Banksy, and with a smile he said, 'Everybody knows
Banksy, but nobody knows Banksy.'"
A collection of his work can be found on Flickr,
where locals upload the newest works they find from Banksy.