Our weekly interview the streets, this week including Clown Soldier, Connie, Enomeks, Enzo e Nio, Eve Ensler, Klaus Nomi, Lover, Obey, Over Under, PYR, The Dude Company, and Victor of the Sea
Enzo e Nio on the half shell or “Mary Mother of Jesus Packs Heat” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Enzo e Nio (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Enomeks “Stenciled Rat = Big Deal” in San Diego, CA (photo © Enomeks)
“There were a few things that went into creating this photo and I will try to sum up my meanings and reasoning behind it.
I first off wanted to capture the sort of sideshow spectacle that goes along with a rat being stenciled on a building. Blek Le Rat probably would have been a lot more famous had the full boom of internet media been around during his stencil height.
Most people these days know of a stenciled rat as being a Banksy thing, that too could be blamed on the media in general. I too am a fan of Banksy’s work, back before you had to either stand in a line to get a print or pray you win the lottery that goes into acquiring one these days. The reason for all the people taking pictures is the hype that surrounds his pieces, most of these “photographers” would not even look twice at other graffiti that could accompany the wall, that could very well be a known graffiti legend. I tend to look at some of the photographers taking shots to say they have actually seen a piece in person and the other half are going to upload photos to create a new set of coffee mugs and mouse pads to be sold on Ebay. The “Guess Who?” on the wall was a comment on various headlines and such you constantly see. For every 10 articles of “OMG new Banksy on wall in such and such”, turns out only about 1 is real. Almost anything stenciled on a wall these days will have some amateur journalist drumming up web hits by just putting Banksy’s name in a title. That is my personal opinion and reason for the piece.” ~ Enomeks