Posts for Wheat Paste

Huggies!

For me, there’s nothing more fun that catching some awesome pieces from Huggie, one of the Philly Street Artists doing something interesting in the medium! We’ve been a bit slow in getting the more political pieces (The Arlene Ackerman poster comes to mind), but we’ve been as diligent as possible in terms of getting what we can! So enjoy these wonderful pieces!

Huggie gets a Kiss

Huggie gets a Kiss

Huggie Eyes

Rise of the Philly Apes!

While cruising down 4th Street past South, I spotted a few Chimps adorning honor boxes along my way and had to get a few shots! Viral marketing ploy for the new Rise of the Planet of the Apes film, or just plain fucking awesome street art of some monkeys by some unknown artist?

Rise of the Philly Apes

Rise of the Philly Apes

Oh, and an added bonus? A sweet UWP piece!

EDIT: Thanks to our tipster for informing me these are actually by Gaper from L.A.!

WHO WANTS TO SEX MUTOMBO?!

WHO WANTS TO SEX MUTOMBO?!

This wheat paste was on the back of an honor box at 12th and Market in May, and it actually refers to a legend that he walked into a Georgetown back in the late 90’s and yelled, you guessed it, “Who Wants to Sex Mutombo?!” Plus Thomas Buildmore’s piece is in the background!

Spain v. Shepard Faiery: The Throwdown in Fishtown!

Lauren Cassady Removing Graffiti

Lauren Cassady Removing Graffiti

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Local Street Artist Spain hit the Shepard Fairey “mural” in Fishtown back in January, and shortly after that the piece started to get cleaned up. Local art conservator Lauren Cassady began cleaning and restoring the piece not long afterwards, and wrapped up work not too long ago.

From the moment word got out and through the entire restoration process, a debate raged on about the entire event. Were the streets giving their opinion about the once-infamous street artist not only going legit but big time being a mockery to the essence of what they thought Street Art was? Was the action simply a rouge action?

The reaction, according to Lauren, has been largely positive:

Also, I have been approached, both on the street and online, by several active street artists/bombers, who support me fully. The subculture has a well defined set of mores and standards, and these artists, the local ones especially, want to beat the shit out of this “spain” guy. Basically, they tell me that a “toy” bombed a “king”, a huge non-no in that world. It just doesn’t happen without repercussion in that community.

I’ve stated it time and time again since I started this blog with Pipelines: We are still relatively new to this. We don’t know the full extent of the truth, and we also don’t know what the general reaction is from the streets. I tend to try and stay neutral.

Shepard Fairey’s murals have come under fire since he started having them commissioned. The reasons have ranged anywhere between him being a sellout, unoriginal, and just going against the reason street art even exists. At the same time, he’s been praised or being such a talented artist and bringing interesting art to the masses.

The argument for the piece is that not only is it essentially a commissioned mural, the tag would have been cleaned up no matter what. The fact that Lauren is doing it in order to preserve the original wheat pasting is better than just painting over it and trying to replicate it. The argument can easily be made that is someone did this to a Bansky they would be run out of town, which I’m pretty sure is true. That said, there is as reason that people respect and love Bansky in a way Shepard isn’t, and it isn’t something easy to explain.

So where does the truth lie? Did Spain cross the line, or did Shepard get what was coming to him?

I’m leaving it up to you, the readers of this blog, to make the decision. We’ll post the best comments Friday.

Prada: Now in Girl with a Gun Form!

When I found that Hanksy, I also found this at 6th and Banbridge. It’s a sweet paste-up of a woman with a fun over a Free Mason’s symbol covered in a Prada-like pattern. I have no idea what it means (Mass commercialism of militarism? The Free Masons Rule the Country?), but it looks awesome!