Photo by G. Art and music by BEAU.
BEAU Knows Rap
Is there anything BEAU cannot do? I’m starting to think the answer is no. The latest discipline that BEAU is conquering is music! Political rap lyrics over hip hop beats, a new genre called Politca-Hop is born. You can check out BEAU’s latest single “Another King’s Clothes” below and for a limited time you can download it for free. Don’t sleep on this one. Your life may depend on it! You can follow BEAU’s music career at BEAUnyc on Soundcloud. Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of XVALA
XVALA is not just a street artist. XVALA is a tabloid artist. His work focuses on pieces that address celebrity and popular culture. If you live in Los Angeles or New York, there’s no way you have missed the “Fear Google” series that can be seen all over the streets of both cities. I recently interviewed XVALA and at the conclusion of this article, if this doesn’t find you wanting to Google his Wiki, nothing will.
Xvala – Fear Google in Beverly Hills
According2G: Tell us a little bit about your background including how you got into street art?
XVALA: Street art is what it looks like when my Wikipedia page is put in an unsuspecting spot that anyone can stumble upon. Anything I do can get edited, vandalized or deleted.
Xvala – Fear Google Demi Moore
A2G: Who are your heroes/influences?
Photos by G. Art by Andre Saraiva.
Andreopolis by Andre Saraiva. Now showing at The Hole in NYC through August 10, 2012
New York! Make sure you go to the Hole to check out an exhibit by Andre Saraiva, better known as street artist Mr. Andre. One of the galleries (pictured above) features a series of buildings that make up “Andreopolis.”
Also in the exhibit are a statue of Mickey Mouse with a raging hard on and a pink penis that you can literally ride! Genius!
“Andreopolis” by Andre Saraiva runs until August 10, 2012 at The Hole NYC (located at 312 Bowery) in New York.
Photos courtesy of TY.
Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes - TY
If you live in New York, there’s no way you could miss seeing the colorful CLOUDZ by TY on your journeys. What you may not know is that the life of CLOUDZ’ creator Ty is as colorful as the art he creates. Hello! His name is TY and here’s a Q&A that will surely brighten your day.
According2G: Tell us a little about your background.
TY: I’m from a super suburban area in Houston, Texas and went to College at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX (between San Antonio and Austin). I had done tons of community theater since I was in 5th grade and I moved on to semi-professional throughout high-school. I landed my first professional show when I graduated college with a degree in Musical Theater. I packed my bags and headed to the big bad city as soon as I could and got cast in the off-off Broadway production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Since the show, I became a personal assistant, fell in love, had my heart broken and built myself back up again. With the help of my friends and the power of music, I overcame. So at this point, I’m pretty fucking unstoppable. I was obsessed with NYC the first time I visited at 18 years old. I knew then that this is where I definitely wanted to spend a good chunk of my time living. From a young age, I knew all I wanted to be was an artist. Whatever it meant, I wanted it. To create, paint, sculpt, act, draw, sing….it didn’t matter.
Photos courtesy of Smear.
Cristian Gheorghiu aka Smear started off as a street artist in Los Angeles. He quickly became one of the most prolific artists on the scene. He successfully made the transition from the streets to galleries and then he got busted by the police, years after he stopped doing street art! The arrest made headlines across the country, but the full story was never revealed – until now. Your opinion on the legality of street art might be mixed, but one thing is sure, when you find out what happened to Smear, you’ll definitely agree that there is a major problem with our justice system. I’d like to thank Smear for his honesty and for opening up to tell his side of the story. Please note new readers, there is some rather harsh language so if that kind of thing offends you, perhaps you won’t want to keep reading. With the fact that you are on this site, you’ll already know that I use harsh language a lot and while the internet is still unregulated, you won’t see censorship here. I am not even fond of putting any type of disclaimer on this site, but you never know who is reading – so please take that under advisement before you continue.
Flashbacks by Smear
According2G: Tell us about your background. How did you get involved in Street Art?
Smear: I’ve been scribbling on things out in the streets since I was 13. I started up and down my block in the East Hollywood section of Los Angeles and pretty much kept at it since then. Eventually it lead me to this thing that has been dubbed “street art.” For the record, I have not comitted an act of graffiti or “street art” since very early in 2007 (you never know who is going to read this interview).
Another Hot LA Summer by Smear
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