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If I weren’t writing at this art school, I would be practicing to become one of the following:

chef, tattoo artist, graffiti/guerilla/land/street installation artist

Given my diverse and impractical palette for professions I chose what I knew I have some skill in, but sometimes I’ll see something that makes me want to drop it all and become something great–just like that. Today, that something, that someone, is street artist Vhils.

I check unurth.com regularly to compensate for the lack of of street art in this “artsy” town. Savannah is full of colorful people and charming architecture, but I would like to see more around town in the ways of spray paint (beyond the (at times cliche) stencil). In America, graffiti is the voice of hooligans. A medium for angst -filled teens erupting with non-conformist morals. Maybe this assumption is true and that’s why most of it (in my experience) sucks.

But around the world, street art is a laugh, a political statement, or a little fancy in your regimented day of formalities. It’s art. Beyond the Urban Outfitters coffee table book of (notorious street artist) Banksy’s work, there is much more to street art. Although, I am not discrediting Banksy’s skill and the milestones he’s made in the world of street art. For example, his show at the Bristol Museum.

With websites and YouTube videos, street art is not as much a life of anonymity anymore. Granted, no one knew which of the staff setting up the Banksy exhibit was Banksy himself, but still, he has a name. He has a book. This is where Vhils comes in.

Hopefully he wont launch a line of screen printed memorabilia soon, but he does have a face. By somewhat exposing himself, it’s about the art more than the implications of the artistic genre.  He doesn’t just paint awe-inspiring portraits on the side of degrading buildings, but he carves them. Street art is not a medium of permanence, so maybe that’s why his pieces really feel like an experience, a landmark, a milestone.

I’m sure he wont be making his mark in Savannah’s historic downtown anytime soon, but I hope to see some of his work in person in places around the world.

Here’s some of what we’re missing out on:

Vhils

in Moscow, Russia, artist: Vhils

 c215

in New Delphi, artist: c215

“One nice comment from a local woman: ‘They brought so much energy to our area with children all crowding round to watch this strange foreign-type painting just for the love of it.'”

in Okinawa, Japan, artist: Koax

in Okinawa, Japan, artist: Koax

Triangulo Dorado (Golden Triangle) are Santiago Panichelli (Nemer), Pedro Panichelli (Hombre Tiki) and Francisco Ferreyra (Lema)

in Buenos Aires, Argentina, artists:Triangulo Dorado (Golden Triangle) are Santiago Panichelli (Nemer), Pedro Panichelli (Hombre Tiki) and Francisco Ferreyra (Lema)

Suso33

in Madrid, Spain, artist: Suso33

All images are from unurth.com. New stuff is posted daily. If you like these, check it out.

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