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Hailing from the City of Angels, Plastic Jesus (aka “The Banksy of L.A.*”), has already made a name for himself with his globally-popular “Stop Making Stupid People Famous” stencil, which I find to be utterly ingenious and totally apt at this point in time, as we obsess over the most inept humans the media can deliver. His humorous approach to the controversial subjects he expresses views on is rife with irony and teems with sarcasm, as he stabs at various topics in the political, social and economic fields. He’s made jabs at Governor Chris Christie, the Oscars, Lance Armstrong, Chick-fil-A, religion, consumerism, capitalism, gay marriage… the list goes on. Basically, no one is safe from his scathing criticism.

His recent installation work is not only adding a third dimension to his repertoire, it’s expanding the basis of how he executes his ideas, and puts his pieces in more conspicuous and unavoidable locations that the public cannot overlook, engaging them further than just a simple stencil on a wall. A couple of my favourites so far are the “Best Buy’s Useless Plasticbox 1.2” series and the ever-popular “American Excess” piece that juxtaposes the idea of credit, consumerism and drug addiction. There’s no avoiding the conversation with the way he throws it down – he creates a new context for opinion and social criticism. No wonder most of the top news publications have been chasing this dude down and featuring him in articles.

The fact that he is also associated with the Los Angeles Youth Network, helping runaway and homeless youth, and attempts to work in the most ethical manner possible, trying to make as minimal an impact to the environment as possible, is just the icing on the cake. His website even mentions, “If you find a piece of Plastic Jesus art on your building and you don’t want it there please email Plastic Jesus and one of the removal team will be there to remove it and make good.”

What a guy. Love it! Can’t wait to see what he does next.

To learn more about Plastic Jesus and follow his antics, visit his website.

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Bored hit the city of Chicago with some really innovative street art in the summer of 2012 that pretty much put the anonymous artist on the “must see” list of up and comers. His public installations mostly revolved around an interesting spin on the popular board game Monopoly, with stacks of plywood Chance cards bolted to the sidewalks and foot-tall little green plastic houses and dice in interesting locations, as well as painting sidewalks to look like property cards. His quirky approach is a direct reply to the lack of three-dimensional art in the greater Chicago area, since the city is mostly overrun by two-dimension-driven graffiti artists.

Since these installations were created, many people have now painted over the cards with fresh, and often hilarious content. If you’re lucky enough to live in or visit Chicago, they’re well worth hunting down to have a look-see.

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Internationally-reknowned graffiti master Stinkfish isn’t interested in the art world. His feet are firmly planted in the realm and purpose of graffiti – to vandalize an object is to subvert an underlying agenda.  The bulk of his work revolves around the people who live in the areas where he works. He wanders the streets, photographing the people that pique his interest without their knowledge. Then he translates their essence into a singular work, never to be reproduced again. Like snowflakes – like humans, really – they are all independent and characteristic of themselves, and exist nowhere else in time and space.

Born in Mexico City, and currently residing in Bogotá, Colombia, the busy urban environment is where he dwells. Surrounded by chaos and crowds he draws inspiration from everything around him.  Evolving out of trial and error, he focuses his efforts on illegal surfaces – permission walls have no business being a part of his execution. He likes them to be clearly visible, accessible to all, and most notably, located next to something you are forced to look at every day, such as a street sign.

His approach is pure expression. Bold explosions of bright colours and patterning – almost psychedelic – with an untamed style that is both random and well-thought-out. No two works are alike, and he continues to grow and adapt to each piece as he delves deeper into experimentation.

His work can be seen all over the world, most notably in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Holland, Austria and Nepal.

To see more, check out his website. Or view his Flickr gallery.

There’s also a great interview with Stinkfish on Bombing Science’s website that’s worth reading.

Check him out in action:
AMSTERDAM // HOLLAND // June 2013

OFFPROJECT Presents: Stinkfish

ALMA INK x Saks & Stinkfish // 2013

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Belgian artist, graphic designer and DJ PSOMAN (aka Arnaud Vanderkerken), hails from Liège. I couldn’t find a whole hell of a lot of information about him, so I’ll let his work do all the talking today…

If you’d like to see more, check out his website, Albalianza.

His work is also on Tumblr.

And check out his mixes on Mixcloud.

Also check out this video, featuring PSOMAN at the Festival de Liège in 2013.

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