The curious interaction between fly posting and street art will be familiar to most visitors of the Shoreditch Street Art Tour and some will have seen the exciting street art of Art Is Trash. On yesterday’s walk we found a collection of fly posters spectacularly modified by Art is Trash
The flesh toned fly poster adverts unashamedly exploit female nudity to sell something so Art IS Trash has added his trademark wild eyed characters and flesh stripped bones to turn the advertising into a wild tableau of the surreally cartoonish grotesque.
When a street artist takes over a legal paid for hoarding we call that an appropriation, and when the artist modifies the original image we call that a subversion. When a street artist takes over an illegal fly poster, we use the expression “ha ha, revenge at last!”
Here is what the fly posters look in their original state.