New YouTube Channel

I’m excited to announce the new Wetiko YouTube channel! Anyone who has known me for long knows that videography is a big passion of mine…

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Burger In Space

A month or so ago, my friend Geary commissioned me to paint a mural for his tattoo shop, FutureLazerTiger. As I was painting, we got to talking, and Geary expressed an interest in painting murals too. We decided we needed to find a wall and schedule a paint day. He just moved into a new house which has a shed in the back yard, which provided to perfect practice canvas. Without a concrete plan, we asked his daughters, aged 5 and 7, what they thought we should paint. Check out the results below!

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The Bird and the Bee - Garage Mural

As I'm waiting for a couple of large mural gigs to start, I put a call out on Facebook for anyone who has an open, legal wall that I could paint to keep me busy. As it turned out, an old friend of mine, Kristin had been wanting to paint the exterior of her garage for a while. She wanted something cute and kid-friendly that incorporated nature. I grabbed my paint, Tobi grabbed her camera, & we headed down there. This is the result:

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Faulkner v. GM - Should Street Art Be Protected By Copyright?

Should street art fall under the same copyright laws as other forms of art? That’s the question a jury is facing in the current Falkner v. General Motors Company trial. Swedish artist Adrian Falkner (pseudonym SMASH 137) is suing General Motors for the use of his mural on the rooftop of Detroit's Z-lot as the backdrop in their 2016 campaign launching the Cadillac XT5 without his knowledge or permission. 

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From the Dark, to the Spotlight - Societies Once Vandals, Now Most Admired

With its reputation for spray paint, graffiti, and alternative grunge, urban art was founded on subversion and transgression. This artistic style breaks molds, experiments with form, and even defaces public property. Not all urban art is community-oriented and proudly funded by local organizations and institutions, nor does it intend to be. The rawest forms of street art are spontaneous and thought-provoking, furtively installed during late night or early morning hours, often awaiting the sunrise to gauge a public reaction. For an urban contemporary artist, the city is the canvas, and a wide public of pedestrians are the spectators. Breaking the boundaries of traditional museum and high-end art gallery displays, urban art as a medium is forwardly publicized and seemingly boundless in artistic potential. 

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The Best Cities in the World for Street Art

There is a whole world of artwork out there that I’d like to explore. I think it’s important that people understand the true value and diverse implementation of mural artwork, and I would like to explore first-hand some of the most popular places worldwide in order to get an up close view of these works of art and learn more about how urban art has been used to communicate distinct messages throughout the world. 

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Festival MURAL 2018 - Montreal Canada

Montreal’s MURAL Festival is an eleven day event celebrating the international urban art movement. Championing live art, music, exhibitions and artist talks, the Festival is an important gathering of the global artistic community. World class musicians and visual artists collaborate for a cultural celebration in the heart of Montreal’s main artery, Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

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