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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Street Art

Spray cans by Mr Brainwash

1. THE SHAPE OF THE SPRAY CAN HAS CHANGED

The dome on the top of the spray can used to be around 3.2 cm tall, but has now changed to only around 1.2 cm, allowing street artists to have a closer access to their canvas – the walls – and be more precise with their spraying.

2. STREET ARTISTS HAVE UNIQUE TAGS

A Tag is the street artist’s unique username – think about how hard it is to get a good one on Instagram, especially when you’re joining late – well, street art has existed for much longer. Lucky for street artists, being “Mary2345” could actually be kind of cool.

3. GRAFFITI AND STREET ART – NOT THE SAME THING

There is a difference between being a graffiti artist and a street artist. Although both work with the walls on the street, graffiti artist would pride himself on the mastery of the spray can, applying the spray paint directly to the wall with his hands, while a street artist would use stencils/paste-ups and other materials, in addition to the spray paint, to create his craft.

LA2 and Keith Haring

4. KEITH HERING’S GRAFFITI INSPIRATION CAME FROM LA2

LA2 (Little Angel) or Angel Ortiz has worked with Keith Haring on a number of works in the early 1980s. LA2’s tags can be found all around New York City, and are the characteristic style that gained him recognition. He met Keith Haring in a schoolyard and became friends over the mutual love for graffiti. From 1981 to 1984, together they painted walls, sculptures, objects, rooms, and trains. LA2 would complete the spaces between Keith’s lines with his unique tag writing. Out of the increasingly recognised NYC graffiti scene, Haring felt that Ortiz displayed the most impressive and promising tag “writing” that was an homage to the ancient eastern calligraphy.

After Haring died, LA2 continued exhibiting his work in New York galleries and all around the world, collaborating with such accomplished artists as Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Richard Hambleton and Alexander Calder. To this day, LA2 makes a career producing impressive auction records across the globe.

LA2’s story continues to inspire people around the world to have a go at creating street art.

For art by LA2, please visit our Artsy page 

Exit Through The Gift Shop Banksy Mr Brainwash

5. MYSTERY OF THE REASON WHY STREET ARTISTS WERE SO CLOSE TO THIERRY GUETTA (MR BRAINWASH) (MOVIE EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP)

The legendary movie “Exit Through The Gift Shop” is described as a movie about Banksy, when in reality the camera turned around on its story maker, Thierry Guetta (or as he is now know, Mr Brainwash), who after spending years hanging out with street artists all around the world, Banksy himself included, decided to become an artist himself. One of the main reasons that the movie doesn’t explain is the reason just why all those street artists allowed Guetta to follow them around to begin with. Well, Thierry actually owned a lot of property in Los Angeles at the time, which made street artists seek him out in order to get the access to the wallspace.

For art by Mr Brainwash, visit our Artsy page 

Read more about Mr Brainwash’s story in our blog

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