Saturday, February 4, 2012

Street art is made for the internet

Bristol street artist Banksy recently put paint on a wall and blogged it to raise web traffic in the digital-first art era.

If you're an artist working today, you need a Wordpress blog, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot et al. If you don't have at least seven content streams, updated daily, you're a failure. And probably an asshole.

Vandalog has discussed the prominent/ironic/ignored school of 'Street Art for the Internet', with artists such as Mobstr (pic above) and Lush (pic below) proving that street art has truly gone digital.

But street art and graffiti have garnered so much mainstream attention because of the internet. Funny or thought-provoking walls are easily digested as 100kb JPEG files. Memes that are emailed, blogged, tweeted - rather than alleyway eyesores you don't want your kids to see as they smoke their first cigarette.

Bet your grandparents love it too.

Via Vandalog, Banksy

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