Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.
The media is beating the war drums again. Where are we being led this time? Truckers protesting vaccine and mask mandates at the border with US|Canada are being painted as kooks, but most are vaccinated – they just don’t want the governmental overreach. Truckers are forming a ‘freedom convoy’ in Paris. Kooks again? New Zealand and Australia too? Oh heck let’s just watch the Superbowl. It will be fun to watch the fans reaction to a half-time show of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
You could watch the Olympics on you screen – and who doesn’t love those amazing athletes? So inspirational. Problem is there are so many reports across the media that Beijing is quashing dissent (NYT, Human Rights Watch, The Guardian) so its hard to separate the place from the event. The banner for this week’s collection is a sticker we saw in Berlin in October – and it’s small but shocking.
Meanwhile here in the city we’re dropping indoor masking in a number of places, and Covid cases are dropping like Kamala’s presidential expectations. So people don’t have to wear masks, but deer do? Our new Vegan mayor is giving school children Vegan Fridays for lunch and taking the bus to work – at least in his new commercials. Think Bloomberg did the same with the subway when he began too. Also, guess he called white people “crackers” way back in 2019.
No wonder our street art is frequently conflicted – full of beauty, rage, disgust, confusion, fear, flaunting, hope, and poetry. It’s a mirror to us collectively, individually.
And here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week in Berlin, New York and Miami, featuring Tona, Batmanxi, Lahoedealer, Artist Diaz, Anne Baerun, Tinkers Trumpf, FCK WRS, C.M.B., Kiez Miez030, Huckleberry Fuckup, and Roberto Rivadaneira.