“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” – Banksy
I’m not a vandal.
I’m not an artist.
I’m just a human being who appreciates the beauty of street art and the powerful message it often conveys. I’ve always had a keen interest in art and tried my hand at a few creative pursuits, however I’ve never enjoyed the elitist tone of traditional highbrow ‘art’. As cliche as it is, art is subjective and personally I enjoy ‘art’ that is accessible to all, rather than ‘art’ that appeals to a select few. I’m not attacking those that enjoy this type of art, I myself appreciate these works, I simply am not fond of the artificial facade and pompousness this art has come to represent. I believe art in any form should be accessible and shared with all, not just those who can afford it. I believe art is not meant to remain static, lying dormant in galleries around the world. I believe art is meant to be dynamic and competitive, whereby if you are not considered good enough, your work will be removed or replaced with something greater. An ephemeral art form that more accurately reflects life itself. This is where street art comes in. It is artwork that is shared in a public space which represents all of these values.
That explains why I have created this blog, now what’s it all about?
This blog is dedicated to all things street art, with a particular focus on Adelaide, my hometown. I’ll be providing tutorials that you can use (legally of course), as well as sharing some of my favourite local artists and their works, letting you know where you can find them and even reflecting on the importance of some of their pieces. For years Adelaide has been typecast as as a boring city…the city of churches. I think it’s time we embrace and expose all the exciting things that are happening within this vibrant city. So follow me if you want a break from the typical humdrum of everyday life to discover the hidden elements of your city. If you’re not from Adelaide, I hope you find some enjoyment in learning about the street art culture of this city and experience it for yourself one day.
Finally, I just want to explain why my blog is called Graffic Content (and yes I know I spelt graphic wrong, it was my poor attempt at coming up with a witty name). Street art can show us the beauty and madness in our society, it contains elements that can simultaneously shock and amaze, therefore I wanted the name of my blog to reflect this. I hope I capture the essence of these pieces with my camera and explain with my words, why these artworks help breathe life into the otherwise lifeless walls and buildings around Adelaide.