There have been some interesting discussions recently on the back of 1) the Riots in London and UK, 2) Global economics in the USA and 3) TV shows about Graffitti/Street Art.
It’s often the case that “As in one thing in all things” and the point that was brought up again and again, was the impact on technology to both leverage, and alter creativity.
The tv shows were – “Exit Through The Gift Shop” about Banksy and “Graffiti Wars” about Robbo (more of a “graffitti artist” now moving into Street Art”).
I’m not going to comment on the artistic or other nature of their work, or on the legality of what they do, however I do want to comment on the leverage aspect.
Originally man had his hands to make marks with, then a stick and the dirt, or mud and the walls. Over times this progressed to paintings and the emergence of a “spray can”, meant it was possible through technology to spread a message rapidly.
However it was still a fairly manual process. Tags and other “marks” developed which could be done quickly, but it was still a 1-1 experience. Each being similiar and yet unique. One of the skills was in the ability to keep things consistent over time.
Being able to use a stencil which has been around for many hundreds of years, but was new to this medium and changed the game.
Being able to take an image, get it how you want it once, and then repeat it add infinitum in many colours and variations is I feel a blessing and a course.
They say, repeating poor form will not produce perfection.
However, being able to make available to those without the “skill” required to accomplish something the same end result in a fraction of the time, and without the need for countless “distractions” can be a blessing.
Overall, the key is to be “creative” and to leverage technology to achieve your vision, that’s just my view.
Here’s one I made earlier.. (and I must admit I was able to leverage what I found, but still used my creativity)