Rod Blagojevich Stencil Graffiti in Chicago by Ray Noland

Rod Blagojevich Stencil GraffitiGraffiti is more than just a hobby for Chicago-based graffiti artist Ray Noland; it’s a way of life. He has a penchant for creating works of street art inspired by political figures. Back during the 2008 election season, Noland helped contribute to Barack Obama’s grassroots campaign by creating mesmerizing stencil graffiti pieces. More recently, Noland has unleashed two new pieces onto the streets of Chicago: “Run Blago Run” and “Survivor Blago.”

The first piece illustrates the former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as he was often seen by paparazzi - in his black tracksuit jogging around the neighborhood. His original designs included a running Blagojevich escaping from Barack Obama, Blagojevich holding ferocious attack dogs, and Blagojevich casually chatting on his cell phone. The second shows just what could have been: Blagojevich trying to start a fire as a contestant on a new Survivor-like reality show entitled I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! In case you were unaware, the former Governor was trying to head down to the Costa Rican jungle to partake in this show while his team lawyers sorted out the array of charges filed against him. Many officials, including the FBI, were afraid that he would use the opportunity of being outside the US to skip out on his trial, so they made sure a judge denied his request to leave the country.

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Street Artist Billi Kid's Combo Slap Featured in TIME Magazine

Billi Kid TIME magazine

We just wanted to send our congratulations to our friend and street artist Billi Kid. Earlier this week, Billi had one of his combo slaps featured in an article in TIME magazine. The particular combo slap features an image of president-elect Barack Obama, created by San Francisco based artist Zoltron, surrounded by the stickers of many other artists from around the world.

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Billi Kid Gives Us a Glimpse into Sticker Culture and Combo Slaps

[caption id=”attachment_853” align=”aligncenter” width=”570” caption=”John McCain Dancing in Stamford CT by Billi Kid”]John McCain Dancing in Stamford CT by Billi Kid[/caption]

Right now, you may be scratching your head, wondering what exactly constitutes “sticker culture.” Well, sticker culture can be categorized as an off-shoot of graffiti, wheat pasting, and other forms of street art. It’s fresh, ground-breaking, and setting the street art bar just a little bit higher. No longer bound to legendary figures like Shepard Fairey of “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” fame, sticker designs come from all manner of places and all kinds of skill. From hand drawn pieces on USPS labels, to high-quality vinyl prints, artists all across the globe create and trade stickers with one another.

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16 More Examples of Political Street Art and Graffiti from Around the World (Part Deux)

Two weeks ago, we here at Jetcomx published a short article entitled 14 Amazing Works of Political Graffiti and Street Art from Around the World. It quickly became the most viewed article on our site. Due to the popularity of the first article, it was only natural that we once again showcase a few more hand-picked examples of the most fascinating political street art and graffiti from around the world. Without further ado, we present to you, part deux:

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14 Amazing Works of Political Graffiti and Street Art from Around the World

When you think of graffiti and street art, politics is probably one of the last things that comes to mind. There seems to be a complete disconnect between the two realms. Knowing this, we here at Jetcomx decided to scour the corners of the internet and come up with the 10 most astounding examples of modern political graffiti. Here’s what we came up with:

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