Snacki Rejuvenates the Oppressed Graffiti Culture of Chicago

Written by buzz. Posted in Arts

When not using walls, Snacki prefers wood over canvas.

They’ve been popping up all across Chicago for the past four months: saggy-eyed and highly expressive faces are tagged across the weathered walls of Chi-town, and they’re beginning to attract a considerable following. But, for the artist known by the humble pseudonym, ‘snacki,’ graffiti is an illegal addiction to child-like behavior, and not something that’s meant to be taken too seriously.

Snacki is just simply interested in the general public getting exposed to his work; unlike galleries, which tend to only attract the “college hipsters and 40-year-old art collectors,” he wants to offer the entire general public an experience the abstract reflections of his unique perspective. In his mind, painting on billboards is just a better – and cheaper – way to reach a highly diversified audience. And, considering the city’s anti-graffiti campaign – a well-oiled machine, which happily chugs along on a $9 million street-artist-stomping budget  – it’s probably better that snacki keep his identity hidden from the world.

Typical snacki-tag face

Graffiti art isn’t just a hobby for snacki, it’s a self-proclaimed addiction; “And like any addiction,” he said, “everyone starts for a different reason.” But, unfortunately for snacki, the worst addictions can end up with thousands of dollars in fines, or a potentially serious jail sentence. Whatever happens, if the Man squashes the snacki sasquatch, at least he knows that his fans are willing to bail him out.

Long Live Graffiti.

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