Sickboy, a British graffiti artist, launched his first gallery show in London yesterday and brought his unique street style into a formal artistic setting.  The “Stay Free” show epitomizes the counter-cultural mantra built into street art.  The show invite has a picture of Sickboy’s caged heart that he put outside the Tate Modern to protest the corporate sponsorship of a graffiti show.

The Bristol native Sickboy is opening his first solo show in London and will be open to the public until December 10th.  The installation includes traditional paintings and prints, but also includes a 14-foot “Stay Free Factory” that has custom windows, a running conveyor belt bejeweled with tag logos and unique spray paintings covering the mini structure.  One thousand golden keys will be given out to visitors with one winning key unlocking the ownership of the £20,000 building.  It seems that once ostracized street artists are finally getting mainstream gallery recognition, bringing with them an uncommon approach to art.

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