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  • Cyril B. Saulny

    There are a lot of life's lessons to be learned from street artists. Just like there is a lot about business to be learned from the drug trade! Thank you for the insight.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Excellent advice~ thank you! Indeed, take risks, share YOUR Gift, and Persistence, Persistence, Persistence!

  • Jasmin Blackmar

    "Ten things we can learn from Street Artist", I believe is missing number "Eleven" and that is adjusting when society tells you that your work is obtrusive and unworthy. Street Artist have to strive to be understood. Typical higher education is not the most inviting path for a natural artist and being understood can be a huge struggle. There was a time when society thought that some artist were not worthy: I bet we all know a few...let's start with VanGogh, and we can also include writers William Burroughs...eclectic at the time and definitely not appreciated. So before we critic let us be sensitive and recognize that there is place for everyone in this world and what may seem disturbing to you may be extremely interesting to someone else. Be kind.

  • koichijohnkurisu

    "Ten Things We Can Learn From Street Artists" is to street artists what Muzack is to rock and roll musicians. This post is ridiculous. Take for instance #9, which points out the importance of specificity and the context of a "Top Ten" list that is by nature summary and context-less. Like Muzack, this list may have a place. Unfortunately, that place may be the journalistic equivalent of a sad, big box store selling chintzy factory-made baubles to uncritical consumers.

    • Lizz Brazen

      *non contextual

      Also, of course not every writer or street artist is going to agree with this list or its premise. The point is that its inspiring to finds ways to positively relate to one another, especially when its challenges one or both parties.

  • Sara Landeira

    Street artists are mostly opportunistic and pretentious. They use the terms 'illegal', 'art', 'graffiti', 'street', 'art'... to add value to an intervention that isn't valuable enough for itself, because of its very low quality and originality. There are just a few good street artists (Banksy, Os Gemeos, Blu, Luce, and some more) who are actually good and creative. I think that sticking stickers (to put it simple) is not surprising anymore, and risky in a cheesy way. I wonder what Keith Haring would say...

    • Lizz Brazen

      Its so unhelpful to brashly generalize an entire group of diverse players who's work is often unique and provoking.

      I'll agree with you that many graff writers are in it for the "fame" and the thrill, but I've met just as many who are sincerely trying to create art and only seek to out do themselves.

      That said, what could possibly be objectionable about laying your love in the form of stickers all over your city's signs and other fixtures? More people should do that. Its just like decorating your smaller space (room, locker, journal), it denotes pride and affection or value for the item or space. Many cities would benefit from more of those things!

  • Hausfrau Roisin

    Being a street artist is risky if not down right dangerous as the writer has so very well pointed out, I think a qualification might be appropriate: I suggest risking your very safety, and your means of livelihood, might not be appropriate for an artist or anyone else, if your child depends on you for their well being.

  • jujudiva

    "Give without expecting a return." How about "Act without considering the impact on others?" And "Even if they do, the finished product is impermanent." Unfortunately, the damage to the building is often permanent. Street art can be beautiful. I love a lot of posters and murals I've seen. However, the "collaborative" nature of it should begin by collaborating with those who are responsible for the care and maintanence of the site where the artist would like to create.

    • Lizz Brazen

      A lot of times, its the city that owns the walls and other surfaces that hold this kind of art. The argument is, who owns this? I work, I pay taxes, I own this city just as much as the next person and I want to make it just a bit more colorful."

  • Cindy Glaysbrook Lubbers

    How about we teach them something - respect for other people's property??!!