No more Mickey Mouse street art, please.
I don’t know what the deal is with street artists and their obsession with Mickey Mouse. Allegedly, when you do a monstrous, deformed version of Mickey, it’s insanely cool and edgy, because you’re destroying a symbol of capitalism, product placement, media brainwashing, the evil of Disney, yadda yadda yadda… Everybody does it - not everybody, just an overabundance of artists, which makes it incredibly unoriginal and boring. It’s not rebellious, controversial, or powerful. It’s lazy.
When was the last time you watched a Mickey cartoon? When was the last fucking time you read a Mickey comic book? So why do you draw so many freaky versions of Mickey, what is the fucking point? I’ve read a ton of Mickey comics, and before moving, owned a ton of them. I did one drawing of Mickey since getting into lowbrow art, and it wasn’t edgy or controversial. One was enough, after that - moving on, let’s do new things. There’s been so much of Mickey in lowbrow and street art, that there is no way you can make a version of Mickey so twisted that it would be original, powerful, carry a social message; it’s like a piece of bubble gum that you’ve been chewing on for too long.
Deconstructing Mickey to make yourself seem like an artsy fartsy rebel - gimme a break. You knew that shit jumped the shark when Marilyn Manson overdid it a couple of years ago, and Manson is known for beating a dead horse with an artistick stick.
Conclusion: come up with your own ideas. And if you insist on being socially relevant, find some pop culture symbol that hasn’t been used a million times already. Grow a spine.
NOTE: There are no pictures to go along with this article. That’s because I didn’t want to post any more street art Mickey crap, plus, I prefer Donald Duck.