Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nick Walker - Vandal?

What makes a street artist?

Nick Walker is one of the biggest name stencil artist's in the world.

Walker visited Los Angeles in 2012 and put up some of his signature images, including his signature 'Vandal' image of a guy in a suit . . . at the Boys & Girls Club in Santa Monica.

Walker left the word 'Vandal' off of this piece, but it is a humorous juxtaposition to see Walker's commissioned Vandal riding on a legal wall next to some playground equipment and some human size Alvin & the Chipmunks characters.

As for the art, Walker cuts an impressive stencil and this is an interesting piece with a fist in place of the man's face.  The work is good, but this piece begs the question--What makes a street artist?  Walker is one of the biggest names in the world, yet he has no street cred.  Shouldn't a street artist have street cred?  Or does that not matter?


  1. depends on what you would consider street cred...

    walker gets up all around europe and i saw a lot of his pieces around the streets of paris.

  2. I'm not Nick's staunchest defender, but he did begin writing graffiti in Bristol in the 80's or 90's and participated in Inkie's historic Walls on Fire event in Bristol in the late 90's.