Graffiti artist KIDULT from Paris who is known for painting the stores of the big fashion labels published a 15-minute video explaining the political motives behind his work.
Among other things, the activist says the following:
“One should never underestimate the political and social power of graffiti.”
While keeping in mind that KIDULT’s stunts are usually entertaining we have a different opinion on the subject matter. We think, that one should never overestimate the social and political power of graffiti. The type of protest and art, applied by KIDULT have been around for decades, they have become utterly mainstream, and are even being incorporated into the business world. KIDULT does point this out himself but then doesn’t do anything about it.
Marc Jacobs demonstrated that these rather dull attempts of criticizing capitalism can be turned around quite easily. He had T-Shirts printed featuring photos of his store that had been vandalized by KIDULT, and sold those for 700 USD a piece.
Whoever is interested in watching the apocalyptic KIDULT video regardless can do that below. But please don’t take it seriously. Change is hardly ever initiated from the outside and even less so by graffiti on shop windows.
Great! New suitcases by SAMSONITE. Thanks, yo!
Dandy of the Week: Daniel Sturridge
A Dandy sees red
After metrosexuality and spornosexuality, is it lumbersexuality going to be in?
Media as The Guardian, The Daily Beast and Buzzfeed presented ‘lumbersexual’ as the ‘next big thing’. Men with enormous beards and bellies in lumber-shirts, in work-boots, with wool-beanies on their heads and a freshly tapped beer in their hand.
But is that really the new trend? Men, who combine checked patterns with checked patterns, and who look like they have chucked some trees in the wood. No, not really. The look has been existing in the gay-scene for years (‘bears’ or ‘cubs’).
Plus we already know about the core-elements of the look (beard, lumber-shirt) from the hipster-scene. The picture (view the photo), which was used to express lumber-sexuality in a photo, has also been used to present the usual example of a hipster to their readers.
The hipster already was an anti-movement to the metro. The man became a man again. Sun-studios, picked eye-browes or shaved chests – all in all a no-go for the hipster. ‘Lumbersexuality’ is therefore no new anti-movement to metrosexuality, as it is celebrated in the media, but simply a continuation of the hipster-movement.
Therefore an old, fat hipster, who is drinking beer the whole day and who is just to distinguish by experts of ‘gay bears’. Therefore: no ‘next big thing’!