Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Ontario, Or. Right on the boarder between Oregon and Idaho, Ontario has the highest crime rates in the Beaver State, with a major meth problem as well as weed smuggling from the decriminalised Or. into Idaho. The town had a distinct smell from the local cannery and PepsiCola factory, like that of burnt metalic hair, that hits you as soon as you get out of the car. When we rolled into town we found a "steak and waffle" restaurant that was closed. As we parked, a weathered stranger saw our car and out of instinct reached into his jacket pocket, and we could see the clear outline of his gun. We ain't in Portland anymore. Quick slap, quick sleep and out.
Alberta, PDX, Oregon. Thanks to the Portland Pasteup community for taking me around to the best spots in town. Check out their work at: @davis_lives, @voxxromana @skeptycgraff @skamsticker @vanepdxart @hellokitska
Neville Chamberlain, Portland, Oregon. There is a sense of tension within PDX. Underneath the ultra-liberal vaneer of legalised weed and Bernie Sanders bumper stickers there is bubbling hostility towards gentrification. The last affordable city of the Pacific Northwest is drowning in tech money flowing in from Seattle and San Francisco, rising house prices and pushing locals out. The street art scene is similarly tense. With some of the strictest antigraff laws in the country, the spray scene is limited to quick tags and throw ups (from what I've seen so far), leading to the emergence of a strong pasteup scene, in which work can get up fast. A legal wall I had planned for a mural fell through at the last minute, so I just threw this up down the street from the great Burnside skate park.
My @drsc0 collab up in Los Angeles, California with the great @arrexskulls. Can't wait to paste with you guys again. 📸 @jozayez ・・・
King Cornelius is back! The original artist lives in the house and is going to repaint it in all its glory. Thanks for letting me paste/paint my MELB/PDX ➡️LDN @drsc0 collaboration on the same wall. 👑🐇
Paris paste with @zdey_zdey_zdey. Check out the school he painted this year; an amazing project. 📸 @xoanais
"Are you kidding, I am Queens Boulevard" Queens, NYC. @drsc0 getting our collaboration up Coast to Coast. 📸 @monkeysee_bk
Part 2/2... Did you watch the first season of Survivor? It wrote the book on reality TV, with the crazy nude fishing arsehole Richard Hatch. People love the bad guy, as do the cameras. Trump played that role, like a contestant using it to gain more time on camera, and therefore free media. But unlike 20 years ago, the Media doesn’t mean shit anymore, and can’t reign the candidates in. Around 80/100 top US newspapers endorsed Hillary, 4 to Trump, 16 undecided. It didn’t change anything. People just hear what they want to hear… us included. He motivated 37% of the hardcore crazies that would vote for him no matter what. Then just 10 days before the election, The FBI just happens to reopen the case on Hillary? To find nothing? That was enough to get the republicans that were close to not voting for him to come home. And was enough to get him over the edge. Want to know the worst part? He will be validated. The Republicans in congress and senate owe him their jobs. He won. He owns both houses. He will be able to get shit done. Something that previous presidents haven’t been able to do. He will succeed. He will put conservative judges on the Supreme Court to appease his crazies, so he can solidify his base, and do what he wants to do. Whatever the fuck that is. People of my age and around it: We have had our 60s. Its over. Welcome to the 80s. If you read this far… I’m sorry. Rant over.
Part 1/2. Where to start… Looking back at our living memory, this would have to be the most influential year of our lives since 2001 (I wasn’t old enough for the Berlin wall coming down). Brexit, military Coups in turkey, right wing parties. Now this… if he stands by his campaign promises (or at least heads in the same general direction) then we are going to see a change in the world order and global stability. He has come out and said that the US won’t be the world's policeman, the biggest change in global foreign policy since the end of WW2… If the US isn’t going to continue the role they inherited from the UK in controlling the sea, it means that other powers will have to fill the vacuum. China will obviously try, but my biggest concern is that countries like Japan and South Korea will be encouraged to re-arm to fill this vacuum (as they rightly should). Surely they feel like they are going to have to re-arm. The Japanese will be able to justify the reinvestment in a basic navy, if the US are moving away from this position. This is our country's worst nightmare. Do we look potentially start looking to other global powers to align with? Do we finally make our true transition to Asia? We won’t though, as it could be seen as too big a cultural shift for us, meaning we will have to get involved more in “policing” our own borders, and potentially protecting sea rights. i.e. Potentially getting dragged into conflicts in Asia. This doesn’t even cover off the fact that he has systematically destroyed the pillars of US democracy: threatening to throw opposition leaders in jail, announcing his campaign by scaring the shit out of people by referring to Mexicans coming across the border as rapists. Inferring that his big opponent in the Republican Party, Ted Cruz’s father, may have been involved in the JFK assassination. Continued in next post..
"The world is large" Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835 - 1901) Fukuzawa Yukichi is widely regarded as one of the founders of Modern Japan. From a Samurai family, Fukuzawa was part of the first diplomatic missions to the United States and Europe. Upon returning he dedicated his life to educating his countrymen to new ways of thinking in order to enable Japan to resist European imperialism. He wrote an English-Japanese dictionary, as well founding a University and a liberal newspaper that spread modern ideas. Fukuzawa Yukichi is often cited as the Japanese Benjamin Franklin or Voltaire. His face appears on the 10,000 Yen note.
Denis Diderot, Hosier Lane. Another shot for scale.
Denis Diderot was a French philosopher and writer who was a co-founder and chief editor of the Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Age of Enlightenment. The Encyclopédie is often seen as an influence for the French revolution as it questioned the role of monarchy and religion, emphasizing a shift of the origin of political authority from divinity or heritage to the people. It also challenged biblical events such as the resurrection of Christ.
Hackney Wick, London. 📸 @shoreditchshoota ・・・
Amsterdam Centraal Station.