@zedsmith- SOME at Living Walls are profiting. That they have volunteers has nothing to do with this. Hey man, people in this town will throw fundraisers and donate to the cause of private for-profit businesses all the time, so why would this be a surprise? One of the sponsors for the event? Sam Flax, purveyors of the famous Montana aerosol spray favored by street artists both genuine and wannabes around the nation. Guess who is one of the directors of this years LW?
"The images are taken from archives.
We tried to get some from, you know, the archive of the family of Martin Luther King, but apparently they're pretty tight on this, which I found pretty sad when, you know, that it's a message that you want to spread and actually make sure people hear and just get inspired. And when I heard that the speech is copyrighted, for me it doesn't make sense. It's the complete opposite — a complete antique way of working.
So that is why it's actually the people we're pasting and not him because it reveals kind of the access we could have on the image..."
Kind of sad that Martin Luther King's family blocked the use of MLK's image in these timely, appropriate, respectful, and well-done murals that were put up in his old neighborhood. Just sad.
But the murals are gorgeous.
yes, the all volunteer living walls staff is just rolling in it.
So I fucking get it now. Living Walls, a "non-profit," has commissioned yet another mural portraying black folk and their struggles to be pasted on a decrepit and blighted black neighborhood, all while receiving money from the black run Atlanta gov't. And of course, it has to be the most pandering images, something to satisfy the powers to be- "hey here's some more photocopied wheat-pasted images of people marching with THE KING, you know that dude whose image and name is represented in every single block of the ghettoest parts of Atlanta. See we care bout them communities. We can't fix tha streets but we sho can shell out some benjamins in order for LW to spread the propaganda fo us!" I love it.
hahhaha. @gorgeous JR
you crazy brah! hahahhaha. but nah for real, i was going to Speakeasy/Music Room for something last night and I was at the light at the corner of Boulevard and Edgewood like "hell all these white folks out here doing" ahhahahha. damn!
the murals are gorgeous, though. this JR guy should stick around and make a name for himself in atlanta.
"world's most talked about street artist"?
that title has already been awarded to banksy. and retired. not sure why anyone would claim otherwise.
anyway, i personally dig the wheatpaste murals but printing out someone else's photograph then plastering it on a wall with the help of a 4 person team isn't all that groundbreaking.
After attending a couple of the events in the Living Walls conference this year and learning about how the organization works, I don't know how anyone can imply that they don't care about the neighborhoods the artists are working in. The entire point is to change people's perspectives of underused or neglected areas in the city, and of the 20 artists participating in this year's conference, half are from Atlanta.
It would be great if the artists from outside Atlanta could come to the city, draw inspiration from the neighborhoods they're working in and base their art on their experiences here, but unfortunately the city requires the artists to submit sketches of their designs weeks in advance for approval.
All that said, this year's conference has been great, and Atlanta is very lucky to have an organization like Living Walls.
Living Walls...bringing white people closer to the hood through art.
Once again it's not about the hood they're gentrifying, but the artist themselves.
How much do you know about this neighborhood and this part of Atlanta?
It's the first time. Everything's new to me.
And there is only one JR and that's the Gorgeous JR. I hope that 100K helped feed some of hungry people.
So sad what it's become in a few mere months...
so their big contribution to fashion/lifestyle/hype/whatevs is a hat that reads "FUKK"? meh.
Big up to the crew, man.
If you're going to do fashion do better. And don't say Atlanta fashion sucks. Very 3rd grade.
Xxx Fresh.Youre.Not xxX
Clicked article image thinking it was about "Pussy Riot"... I am disappoint.
The Gorgeous JR... Really?
How is Fresh.I.Am ripping off FCUK? They're ripping off FCUK because they're utilizing four letter words that both start with "F"? Really? That's your logic?
Before you continue to spread this foolishness, go to the French Connection's website (since you clearly didn't check it beforehand). Then go to Fresh.I.Am's website. Completely different lifestyle branding, demographic and overall aesthetic.
If you're going to troll, do better.
I agree that comment may have been a little emotional. In fashion, its still an emerging market which is a positive because Atlanta can define the market in its post pioneer stages. Trade shows are comment back and people are more open minded in the urban market.
Emerging urban market? I grew up here...Atlanta is a chocolate city and has been on the forefront with most "urban" markets, including fashion. These guys are just acting like they are better by saying "Atlanta fashion sucks".
Come on man!!!
If your going to leave a comment or opinion ...what can we learn positively and is it a good inference. I think the important message here is, Atlanta has an emerging, urban fashion market that never existed before. Don't be a small thinker, embrace your City. -Chilly-O
Ever notice that any article of "hip hop" fashion makes its wearer look like an overgrown toddler?
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