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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Photoshop Adbusting On Display in Berlin Subway

Christina Aguilera Adbusting Berlin Subway
Adbusting is a type of street art in which a billboard or other large, obnoxious advertisement is cleverly altered, or even destroyed. More often then not, adbusting is done to send a very specific message to a large audience. Photos snapped earlier this week show the work of Mr. Tailon, Baveux Prod., Kone, & Epoxy. They wheatpasted Photoshop controls and boxes onto a large Berlin subway ad containing the pictures of Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, and Christina Aguilera. I’m pretty certain that these guys were successful in getting their point across.

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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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Joshua Allen Harris and his Amazing Inflatable Garbage Bag Street Art

Who ever would have thought that a combination of garbage bags, subway grates, and tape would be capable of creating some of the coolest street art that we’ve ever seen? The installations of Joshua Allen Harris, a New York City based artist, have made waves within the street art community. Using the aforementioned items and a dash of creativity, Harris amazes New York City pedestrians with his inflatable garbage bag sculptures. When securely fastened to a subway grate, the bags (which look like trash) fill with air from the passing train below and take their shape. A few of his past creations include a polar bear, giraffe, ape, loch ness monster, a zoo, and something that closely resembles the creature from Cloverfield. Be sure to check out his interview with NY Magazine below.
[caption id=”attachment_1342” align=”alignnone” width=”499” caption=”Joshua Allen Harris' Inflatable Polar Bear in NYC”]Joshua Allen Harris[/caption]

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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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