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Graffiti for your health!

“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

Graffiti started out as an expression outside the world of art and the law.  Slowly these initial pioneers transformed this illegal expression into an acceptable form of art.  The Museum of Contemporary Art presented Art in the Streets earlier this year in Los Angeles, which was the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art.  The exhibition traced the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today.  It showcased installations by 50 of the most dynamic artists from the graffiti and street art community, including Fab 5 Freddy (New York), Lee Quiñones (New York), Futura (New York), Margaret Kilgallen (San Francisco), Swoon (New York), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles), Os Gemeos (São Paulo), and JR(Paris).  It also featured projects by influential local artists such as Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz BojórquezMister Cartoon, RETNASABER, REVOK,and RISK.  According to museum spokeswoman Lyn Winter, the attendance was among the highest ever in MOCA’s history- closely tracking the record attendance for the Andy Warhol retrospective at MOCA Grand Avenue in 2002.

I think that this statistic alone proves that graffiti and street art have claimed there rightful place in the world of art and culture. Tours and workshops are popping up from New York to the UK for kids and adults to learn how to paint and express themselves through this new and exciting art form.

Top Dog Workshops

Top Dog Workshops offers a wide range of creative visual and performing arts workshops for young people.  Options include Graffiti, Photography, Fashion and Design,  DJ-ing, Rock School, Guitar, Circus skills, and Breakdancing. If I were still a kid I would be begging my parents to send me to this place!

Hire a Graffiti Artist

This is another great option if you live in the UK. You can hire a graffiti artist to teach one day workshops one on one, for a school group, at a party, or for a place of business.

Graffiti Tours

Graffiti tours takes you on a tour of famous street artists’ work around New York City and at the end for the low price 0f $10 you can paint your own graffiti. They also offer workshops if you want to learn how to paint.

 I have a personal love and passion for graffiti.  I like that graffiti and street art have such a broad audience and really reach out and touch our society as a whole.  It’s raw and beautiful and anyone can see it and enjoy it.  One of my dearest friends is a graffiti artist in San Diego.  He goes by the name Persue, and is probably best known for his character BunnyKitty (which is an adorable kitty dressed up as a bunny).  Seeing his art always makes me smile and inspires me. He is one of the greats. I dedicate this blog to him and another good friend and very talented artist Monstrinho, who gave me some painting lessons.