According to UK blogs, police are visiting graffiti artists’ homes to preemptively scare them from doing any street art in London before the Olympics. While this maybe the latest attempt by authorities to clean up London’s image for the 2012 Summer Games, they seem oblivious to the fact that the global UK brand IS graffiti and street art. Ever heard of Banksy?
One of the arrested artists, Darren Cullen, 38, runs a legit business that provides ”spraycan artwork and branding to major international companies” including Adidas, Microsoft and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Remember the anti-Olympic graffiti and street art during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver? With the heightened threat of detention, street art watchers are waiting with bated breath for Banksy, and other artists, to react to the Olympic situation.