From the brick walls of the Bronx and Brooklyn in New York to the alleyways of London, street art has become a global phenomenon. While being a form of expression and rebellion for artists themselves, street art has ignited a unique form of inspiration for apparel brands like OtherLinks.
Street art by famous duo Pichi & Avo in Athen, Greece (source: artfido.com)
Since the ‘60s, when it gained prominence as an allied form of expression for the peace movement and then in the 80s expressing hip-hop culture, street art has come a long way.
From being an act of vandalism in the eyes of the authorities, it has blossomed into a whole new industry of sorts. It had its humble beginnings as a way for youthful rebels to tag buildings and other locations. But now it has grown to meticulously planned and brilliantly executed murals and other forms of art.
Who’s behind these incredible pieces?
Now that question can have interesting answers. The reason for that is because most street artists hide their real identity with nicknames or street names for safety reasons. Since City Hall considers street art as vandalism, they have to hide their identity to be safe from getting charged with it.
However, many artists have made their marks in the industry. While some of them are known by their real name, others still use their street names.
Source: Time Out
If you know street art, you would know who Cornbread or Darryl McCray is. He began his tagging days in Philadelphia during the 1960s. From then, his popularity made its way to New York. An interesting fact about him – he spray painted ‘Cornbread Lives’ on the side of an elephant in the Philadelphia Zoo at the age of 17, jumping the fence to get in.
When it comes to the founding fathers of the street art known as Wild Style, Tracy 168 comes to mind. Born Michael Tracy, he took his unique creations to the streets and has now become the face of the style. In fact, some of his work was displayed in gallery exhibits – including the cover art for Purple Haze, a bestselling Jimi Hendrix tribute album.
Donald Joseph White or Dondi began tagging the East New York neighborhood in the 1970s. His work consists of graffiti lettering with several twists, including modern pop-culture imagery and elaborate designs. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1998 but has remained an inspiration for street artists that came after.
We can’t talk about famous street artists and not mention Lady Pink. Born Sandra Fabara, Lady Pink is one of the few known street artists who boomed in the 1970s and ‘80s. From tagging subway trains to starring in street art-based movies, she has done it all. Her work resides in world-renowned art institutions like the Whitney Museum and stands to represent a Latina and feminist ideology.
Source: Relevant Magazine
Known for maintaining their mystery from the beginning until now, Banksy is one of the most famous street artists in the current scene. Although there are some rumors, his identity is still unknown. The British artist is known to create stenciled images around the country and abroad based on political and social dilemmas.