“Most of my heroes wont appear on no stamps”
Chuck-D of Public Enemy - Fight The Power
My heroes are graffiti artist. Some of these artists are legends; others are gaining that status, and other still are working hard to gain just some kind of notoriety , but only to the few that recognize their artistic talents. Graffiti artist are mostly anonymous, you may know the name and have seen their work, but 90% of them you would not be able to pick from a line up, and they like it that way. Graffiti artist are my heroes because they don’t do it for the fame or money, they do it for the love of graffiti and street art. Graffiti artist live and breathe for their art; it is with them every waking moment and into their dreams.
Graffiti artist are also the bravest of all artist. They are shunned and vilified by society, are hunted and harassed, arrested and jailed and many have lost their lives for this art, yet they still go out into the night ,with all of its dangers, to create something beautiful. Others may not appreciate what t Graffiti artist do, but they don’t care. Their attitude is “Fuck you! You are going to see my art, and see what I can create, and in that, see a part of me and know that I was here!” Graffiti artist don’t care about so called art critics, their only critics are themselves and their competition. By competing with their peers Graffiti artist make each other better creating new styles, new colors, and new concepts. All for us fans to enjoy, even if it is only for a few moments. Because, graffiti and street art is the only art form that is actively targeted to be destroyed and erased. Thus because of this impermanence, this mortality of graffiti and street art, we must enjoy the beauty of this art form when we see it in its few fleeting moments, and appreciate the artist that created it. My heroes are SEEN, BLADE, STAYHIGH149, FUTURA, COPE2, CAZ2, ZEPHYR, LEE, KAWS, IZTHEWIZ, COMET, REVOLT, PHASE2, DARE, NEKST, TKID, SANE SMITH, HAZE, UTAH & ETHER, OBEY, BANKSY, SABER, EWOK, REVOK, SEVER, RISK, RIME, ROID, OSKER, and the many thousands of other artist and crews out there, and most of my heroes wont appear on no stamp.