Although my taste in movies isn’t what you’d consider diverse (ranging from Mean Girls all the way to Clueless), I do appreciate a good documentary. Over the weekend I discovered Exit Through the Gift Shop, a street-art-focused film, and I’m still not over it. As someone who finds much inspiration from the streets (street style, street art…I love it all) I already wish there was a sequel…or at least a reality show spin-off.
In summer 2010 I took an unreal trip to Australia and found the most incredible street art in Melbourne (pictured above and below). I’ve always been drawn to bright colors and pretty much any visuals that provoke the mind (see: Tees That Make You Look Twice) so my attraction to street art is inevitable.
You can imagine how excited I was to catch him in the act…although I don’t believe he’d say the same. Unfortunately, this type of art is illegal in most parts…but to me, that makes it much more interesting.
And if it were warm more than 5 minutes out of the year in Chicago, I’d make my rounds finding the best street art in the city. But because the high is 10 degrees today, I’ll have to stick with Google Images. Come spring, though, I’m hoping for more What Why Where photos with some sweet backgrounds.
And clearly I’m not the only one inspired by street art…
Throughout the years, designers have given their own spin on graffiti- or street-art-inspired collections. And of course…I dig it.
So what’s the point of all of this? I’m not really sure. I guess to answer the age-old question, “what inspires you?” and also to recommend seeing this documentary. A Frenchman thrift shop owner in LA who caries a video camera everywhere, becomes obsessed with street art and finally finds the mysterious Banksy and then becomes a street artist himself…yeah, it’s good.
Runway photos via Style.com