The Street Art Manifesto


I have produced here a manifesto. It is unlikely I am able to encapsulate the entire ideologies of street art over a single day’s study of this strange sub-genre of expression. However, I require to make one that I can use to produce my own artefact. If I get even half way towards what street art is really about, that’s good enough for me!

1. The Youth Of Today Affects The Culture Of Tomorrow – All art must account for the youth of today (aged 1 to nineteen). If we choose to represent the youth of today, or broadcast their views, we must be aware that we will affect people’s views of youth, and thus, how the youth of the generation will respond to these views, and the cultures that will be created therefrom.

2. All Art Must Be Symbolic, Iconic And Rhetoric – All art produced under the genre of street art must be metaphorical to some degree. Street art is not a literal art form of pure description or explanation. Street art is subliminal and sublime.

3. Art Must Deal With The Real – All art must be relevant to all current social, economical, political, cultural and technological contexts. Street art is based upon the here and now. It can incorporate ideas of the past, but it does not choose to seek out the future.

4. Our Imagery Will Attack Our Audience – Street art must be striking, unique, and distinguishable from all other genres of art. The use of icons and symbols must be to the ideal of creating a strong emotional response for the audience. Street art is not something that is created for entertainment, nor should it be treated as such.

5. Art Is Not For The Artist’s Gain – Artists who produce street art must not create with the sole purpose of creating profit, or benefitting in any way from their expressions. The art is to represent social factors, but in an artist’s gain, his feelings of the ‘real’ and the views of the majority will become distorted. Fame is not the favourable outcome of this movement.

6. Street Art Is Anti-Establishment Orientated – Street art seeks out to challenge the normal, the obvious, and the dominating. It seeks to metaphorically attack the establishments of the rich and famous, and those in power and who lead the masses. It seeks to target the minority who lead the majority, using the feelings, views and opinions of the majority.

7. Innocence Is Visual – The true meaning of street art will always be apparent, but usually dressed to look innocent from afar. Street art is post-modern, and should always have a sense of fun, and a lack of seriousness. Street art takes the form of a joke, and turns what is perceived as the serious into a mockery.

8. Street Art Must Be Street Worthy – Street art does not have to originate on the streets of any town or city, but however does need to abide the rule that it should not look out of place on such a street. The art must look like it would fit in a street setting, thus becoming ‘street art’. Art that does not look fit to be placed on the corner of a pavement is questionable to it’s identity as a form of ‘street art’.

9. Art Is Not Freedom – All art is considered a form of expression, and abides to the rules of the freedom of expression. Street art is limited, even so by this manifesto. All art in this genre is widely open to interpretation by the artists, and they can create as such, but under the various guises that differentiate this art form from the others. Thus, any artist seeking to specifically create street art must adhere to these guidelines, and is therefore restricted in their expression. Their work can portray as such.

10. Art Is An Establishment – Linking in with points 6, 7 and 9 primarily, the mockery of our work may also reflect upon ourselves as artists. Ours is an establishment of the people we want to portray and voice. We are against all other establishments, who may seek to challenge our views. We use our right to freedom of speech through our art, with the aim of challenging these establishments using our own.

One Response to “The Street Art Manifesto”

  1. This is a highly ridiculous, pseudo-serious, massively fascist manifesto that attempts to give structure and order to “street art” by totally limiting what its “artists” are supposedly able to do in order to call themselves artists. Your maître de penser is presumably the purging of degenerate art, performed by the Nazi state mixed with a strong and understandable need to apply vigorous frameworks to concepts make you feel as if you are in control of your life. Something a little more expansionist is in order here, and likely more than a days reading would assist you in this regard.

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