BEIJING (AFP) – Clean-cut 23-year-old design graduate Chen Chuang sprayed a whitewashed wall in central Beijing in broad daylight with big jagged blue letters -- his clan's signature -- before scurrying away.
"It's not really against the law," said his friend Liu Yuchen.
Chen quickly added: "But once you get caught, it can be very serious."
Chen and Liu are members of a small but growing group of graffiti artists in China where the craft, once the preserve of Western countries, has taken off in the last few years.
But unlike their counterparts in the West, who have sometimes used the art form to convey political messages, Chinese artists offer a message that has little to do with revolt or protest.
PHOTOGRAPHER NICOLAS EVARISTE'S "DARK ZOO" SERIES
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An art director at Australian street magazine, STU : Luca Ionescu, who created a look for STU.
Luca went onto launch his own publication, Refill, and taking on a long list of clients whose brand identities have been shaped over the years by his highly conceptual design.
I’ll be the first person to say that I can appreciate tattoos as an art form, and I do. For me, when it comes to the art form that is tattoos, less is more. I prefer, especially on females, small, dainty, meaningful tattoos versus large body pieces that cover the entirety of a woman’s beautiful body. In addition, I can’t help but wonder what on earth these full body tattoos will look like in the wrinkly years. Since well all know that once you’re inked you’re inked for life, there is no turning back. So although is it cool now and they bring those who have them many attention, what are these woman going to look like in another 20, 30, and 40 years from now? My guess is not too hot. As woman age their bodies change and the once brilliant tattoo ink will fade and become disoriented as the skin grows older. So choose wisely ladies because tattooing is the art that doesn’t get better with age.
Nina Chakrabarti is an Indian-born illustrator based out of London, England. A majority of her work is typography or pattern/floral based, but she still manages to pull off the occasional figurative or psychedelic line-based work. The series below was made exclusively for the free – minus shipping and handling – print magazine, I Want You.
This defacing series – quite literally – features a number of beautiful woman whose faces have been abstracted and transformed into a tribal mask-like state.
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