Photos by G. Art by Stu Rad.
Street artist Stu Rad is having quite a year. His art made a big splash on the streets of Los Angeles and he’s transferred that success into the gallery scene. Find out about his love/hate relationship with soda, his theory on why Sour Patch Kids taste so good, what his favorite Prince song and see the streets through the eyes of Stu Rad – in ten questions.
According2g: When did you start doing street art?
Stu Rad: I started making street art about 6 or 7 months ago. Damn, has it been that long already? I guess it has.
A2g: Who are your influences?
SR: I’m influenced by things I enjoy (like soda and clothing) and things that I don’t enjoy (like corruption and greed). The Coke Bottle image is kind of a warning for people to read the label before consuming certain products – Coca Cola is basically flavored battery acid. The Boot that says “Act Your Age Not Your Shoe Size” (lyric from the Prince song “Kiss”) is actually aimed at the shoe industry in which I worked for 4 years. There’s a lot of shady business that goes on in China where a lot of the world’s shoes are manufactured. The mark-up on shoes is staggering, but if you knew how much pollution is produced from the dyes and glues used to make them all, you’d be floored. Don’t get me wrong, I love Coca Cola and I like wearing shoes. There’s nothing better than standing in line at Pink’s (outdoor hot dog stand in Los Angeles), wearing shoes and ordering a Coke with your hot dog. but the fact remains the same: if you drink too much Coke you’ll get fat. If you dump chemicals into a river you’ll damage the eco-system. There’s better ways to do things, but America tends to think in terms of doing things cheap, not better. My artwork is a friendly reminder for people to know where their products come from and to read the label before consuming them.