Unless you’re the plank who scrawls BOOBS on the garden fences of our estate, you’ll probably agree graffiti has come a long way from the territorial markings of tagging. The rise of graffiti from vandalism to art form has paved the way for many street artists to exhibit their work in more traditional gallery environments.
Todd James, who was at the forefront of the graffiti scene in New York in the 80s and 90s, is one such artist. Using a vivid palette of primary colours and a cast of simplistic yet striking figures, James looks at modern social and political issues with a fresh eye. His work is the kind you think you could do yourself, until you try (and fail miserably).
Todd James’ Yield To Temptation can be seen at Tokyo’s NANZUKA gallery until 1st July. Possibly not suitable for the kids, depending on how liberal your parenting is.