Culture Jamming With Ron English: “It’s Great To Be A Criminal”
Gelf Magazine has a great interview with notorious billboard artist and culture jammer Ron English. English creates subversive re-stylings of billboards to make viewers question the truth behind such obtrusive advertising (urban spam). He is also an accomplished painter, re appropriating elements of pop culture and classical art to create whole new narratives.
From the interview:
It’s great to be a criminal, right? You’re in pretty good company. It’s hard to explain to your kids, because they think that if you break the law you go to jail and you’re a criminal. But if you take out a history book, a lot of the people on the forefronts of social movements were considered criminals. We’re just ahead of the curve. Maybe the bad guy is the one who owns and puts up all the billboards all over the neighborhood, selling people malt liquor and cigarettes.