The death of a young artist in 2011 led to a renaissance of legal graffiti – but does legitimacy defeat the point?
This article titled “Artist's shooting sparks graffiti revolution in Colombia” was written by Sibylla Brodzinsky in Bogotá, for theguardian.com on Monday 30th December 2013 19.36 UTC
When graffiti artist DJ Lu began leaving his mark on the walls of Bogotá, he did it under the cover of night, dodging police who he knew could harass him, shake him down, arrest him, or worse.
“When I started out eight years ago it was risky,” says DJ Lu, a prolific stencil artist whose images of a pineapple bomb, an amputee with an AK-47 as a crutch, and a soldier holding grenade balloons occupy walls citywide. “There were no real rules and anything could happen.”