PLAYING WITH WORDS...


People look at me like I'm from another planet when I tell them
I don't have any social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
In the eyes of social media I'm severely outdated, lost and not 'connected'.


Not partaking in the aforementioned social media
makes me an outsider looking in on how hyper frequent society uses its sacred social media.
I can't help but observe the people around me who appear to be
consumed and addicted to trying to keep up to speed on their social media pages.

quick, hurry up, faster!


Copenhagen, Denmark


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I have more questions than I do answers with social media.
We live in a ridiculously hyper fast pace life where
information is exchanged so rapidly that it makes us feel inadequate and drains our attention span.

Stay connected online 24 hours a day, 7-days a week.


Copenhagen, Denmark


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The painting is a time-lapse composed of over 9,000 photos and painted over a 5-day period.

As irony has it this video will be reblogged and seen on social media outlets the world over.


Copenhagen, Denmark


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You check your Facebook page while driving. Tweet a message that you ‘just took a shower’.
Instagram a photo of your double soy macchiato with extra foam and so it continues ad infinitum.


Copenhagen, Denmark


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#hashtaggin'


Copenhagen, Denmark


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Enough said!!!


Copenhagen, Denmark


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Africa has had a devastating history of blood diamond wars.
Blood diamond refers to a diamond mined in a war zone
and then sold to finance an invading army's war efforts, usually in Africa
where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.


Johannesburg, South Africa


This site specific social / political word play
was painted on the exterior wall of Johannesburg's largest diamond trader Jewel City.


Johannesburg, South Africa

Jewel City is a six-block mega-precinct that serves
as a base for some 300 diamond traders as well as
South Africa’s Diamond Board and State Traders Association.
Jewel City is the largest diamond exporter in the southern hemisphere
with over R7-Billion worth of Diamonds being exported every year.

Johannesburg, South Africa


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I was able to get away with this diamond wall heist
because I told the owners I would paint in big letters
"Diamonds are a woman's best friend" on the exterior of their building.
The owners loved the idea and all quickly agreed.


Johannesburg, South Africa


...And a man's...


Johannesburg, South Africa

The next day I had started painting
but what the owners didn't know is that I lied to them
and was hijacking their wall.
Like any premeditated robbery, situations are not what they seem
and shit can flip from best friends to worst enemies in a few moments.

Johannesburg, South Africa


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I assume the owners were too busy trading diamonds inside the mega centre
because they never took the time to come out and see I was painting a controversial word play
about the diamond trade and how it's fueled
so much bloodshed in wars making it one of man's worst enemies.

Johannesburg, South Africa


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YAHOO U.S.A. NEWS did a feature on the painting.



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Johannesburg TIMES newspaper did another article on the wall robbery.



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What goes up...


Cape Town, South Africa



...Must come down


Cape Town, South Africa

Origin Wines is a South African winery that leads one of the largest Fairtrade projects globally.

Origin Wines flew me to Cape Town, South Africa and commissioned me to paint at their wine bottling headquarters.

Origin Wines is supportive of the arts but also of humane and ethical Fairtrade practices.
Fairtrade is a worldwide organization helping marginalised producers in developing countries,
to move towards economic self-sufficiency and stability on a sustainable basis.

Cape Town, South Africa




Front page of the Wall street journal. The Occupy wall st. protest make headlines around the world.





As most mainstream media denied the tens and even hundreds of thousands of people from
around the world that protest the greed and insanely gross and unbalance of money, greed, and power of the top
1% of the population and how this 1% minority has control over the 99% majority.

Wall st. protests




More global protests


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I flew from San Francisco to Miami for 2 months to do nothing but paint the city.

Upon arrival to Miami the Wall st. protests were gaining more momentum around the world.
I was granted this massive wall from Miami's open air museum "Primary Flight" (http://www.primaryflight.com/)

The wall was 1 city block looooong (255 feet / 78 metres)
over 100,000+ cars drive by this wall daily as the main Highway 95
is just stones throw away from this wall. With the current global affairs
and extremely high visibility I decided to appropriate the popular proverb

"Give a fool enough rope and he will hang himself."


Miami, U.S.A.



The combination of the mounting wall st protests, extremely loooong wall and fact that
100,000+ cars drive by the wall daily evoked me to make this political wordplay.


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Miami, U.S.A.



A huge thank you to both Peter Vahan ( http://www.petervahan.com/ )
for his photos of this wall and his patience and interest to document this process.

Another Huge thank you to both Primary Flight ( http://www.primaryflight.com/ )
and White Walls Gallery ( http://www.whitewallssf.com/blog/ ) for sponsoring me to paint this wall.


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Miami, U.S.A.




Wall st. Banker.



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Miami, U.S.A.





Installation


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Miami, U.S.A.







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Miami, U.S.A.



Less than 24 hours after the installation news media from around the world
started broadcasting internationally the controversial installation and message.


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CBS NATIONAL 5:00 NIGHTLY NEWS



England's Daily Mail.

London, England



Major right wing republican FOX news got shook up by the piece.

"This is not art...It is sick."

Strange cause I have the same sentiment about the uneven distribution of wealth caused by Wall st.
"This is not humane...It is sick."


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FOX news report



NBC 5:00 nightly news also did a feature
on the controversial message and hanging effigy


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NBC NATIONAL 5:00 NIGHTLY NEWS





"GIVE A WALL ST. BANKER ENOUGH ROPE AND HE WILL HANG HIMSELF." -OCCUPY WALL ST. PROVERB.


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Miami, U.S.A.



1 whole city block looooooooooooooooooooooooooong

"GIVE A WALL ST. BANKER ENOUGH ROPE AND HE WILL HANG HIMSELF." -OCCUPY WALL ST. PROVERB.


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Miami, U.S.A.




THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY COIN, AND WE ALL KNOW THAT TWO WRONGS
DON'T MAKE A RIGHT, BUT SOMEHOW WHEN IT COMES TO FILMING
A VIDEO IN REVERSE THEN REVERSING IT, IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE?!!

LEIPZIG, GERMANY



CONFUSED?

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LEIPZIG, GERMANY



"REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY"

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LEIPZIG, GERMANY


WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS!

THE REVERSE SIDE ALSO HAS A REVERSE SIDE.
-JAPANESE PROVERB

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LEIPZIG, GERMANY



Melbourne, Australia



First blood!

35 metres long x 7 metres tall wall.

Miami, Florida




The tools of the trade.


Miami, Florida




It's always a fun challenge ensuring there is enough space to fit all the letters on the wall.


Miami, Florida


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Time will tell.


Miami, Florida





Miami, Florida


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" It Akes 2 to ango"

Miami, Florida




It Takes..

It was enjoyable to incorporate the male and female tango dancers body to resemble the letter ''t'


Miami, Florida




...2 to tango.

It's all coming to life at this point.

Miami, Florida


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' It takes 2 to tango'


Miami, Florida


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I was joking around with the pun about how Left Handers are never "Right".
Being left handed myself I tried to see if I could be "right."
*ARM BY "RIPO"

SANTIAGO, CHILE


It looks as if we got 2...3 thumbs up for this one.


SANTIAGO, CHILE




2 WRONGS DON'T MAKE A "RIGHT"

BUT 2 RITE/RIGHT'S IN 1 PAINTING CAN'T BE WRONG!

*ARMS BY "RIPO"


SANTIAGO, CHILE



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Rome wasn't built in 1 day, nor was this word/play painting.
Brick by brick this piece was built and finally finished as was Rome.


"VICTORY BELONGS TO THE MOST PERSEVERING."

-Napoleon Bonaparte


BERLIN, GERMANY



BLACK AND WHITE COMING OUT OF THE WALL.

BERLIN, GERMANY

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ALL AND ALL, I'M JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL.

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BERLIN, GERMANY



It's very interesting to see the difference of "value" people put on objects!
The owner of this buildings only interest was to sale the property
and didn't give a damn about the actual building itself.
How do I know? Because HE TOLD ME!

"ONE MANS JUNK IS ANOTHER MANS TREASURE"



A good lookin' piece of junk.


PANAMA CITY, PANAMA



7 words, 4 walls and 1 important proverb!

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PANAMA CITY, PANAMA


This scaffolding was super sketchy!

"WHAT EVER YOU DO
DON'T LOOK DOWN!"

LIMA, PERU



Crafting and positioning this Word/Play around the "O" windows was fun yet challenging.

LIMA, PERU

"KNOW YOUR BLOWS, THEN BLOW YOUR NOSE!"

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LIMA, PERU


PERU is known internationally for several things.
Machu Picchu, Ceviche and...well If you need to ask, then you don't need to know!

"SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND"
-MR. TONY MONTANA


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I was flown to Adelaide, Australia to paint a mural on a 100 metre (300 foot) long wall.
Within just 3 days of my arrival I fell and broke my scapula in 2 parts
as well as suffering from a head concussion ending up in the hospital twice.

Part of my responsibilities for this mural project was to be a mentor to 3 already extremely talented local Australian artists
making this project a collaborative effort and highly entertaining.


Words on top of words


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Adelaide, Australia


As a collective we decided to comment and paint a word play to relate
the adversities of this wall's rocky surface, and fact that I literally fell broke my bones during this project.
In the end it was the words that were always there to save us!
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Adelaide, Australia


Please familiarize yourself with the amazingly talented crew of artists who made this project come to life.
*CHRIS EDSER*

*TRISTAN KERR*

*ANKLES*


300 feet / 100 metres loooooooooong

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Adelaide, Australia


"TRYING TO PUT 2 AND 2 TOGETHER"

This Word/Play was painted on the outside of a 4th grade classroom.
While the young students were inside learning how to put 2 and 2 together,
I was outside trying my best to do the same!


IT TAKES "2" TO TANGO.
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA


"TRYING TO PUT 2 AND 2 TOGETHER"

This Word/Play was painted on the outside of a 4th grade classroom.
While the young students were inside learning how to put 2 and 2 together,
I was outside trying my best to do the same!


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA


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Melbourne, Australia





IT'S TOO LATE TO SHUT THE STABLE DOOR...


GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA





...WHEN THE HORSES HAVE ALREADY BOLTED!
-Cowboy Proverb

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

2008

It was a calm Sunday afternoon and I was leaving for Mexico the next morning.
I had some left over paint and some time on my hands.
2 hours later and a few beers with some friends, this piece was completed.
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GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

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"FALL / DOWN"


"We all get knocked down it's part of the job description,
but the important part is being able to get back up on your feet."
-MUHAMMAD ALI

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA


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I couldn't decide which angle I liked the best?!
So here is the vertical angle
(In case you didn't tilt your head left on the other photo)

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA





Melbourne, Australia


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