By EUGENE GARCIA, Related Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, road artists in Southern California are taking on their brushes and spray paint to oppose the struggle.
Los Angeles artist Corie Mattie was motivated when bombs began dropping in Ukraine. She collaborated with tattoo artist Juliano Trindade to depict the top of Russian President Vladimir Putin being carried away by doves.
“It’s type of like a resistance,” Mattie stated this week. “However you’re utilizing artwork to doubtlessly change folks’s views.”
In close by Santa Monica, the road artist often called 1GoodHombre determined to shed years of anonymity in solidarity with Ukraine struggle refugees. Todd Goodman stated he knew the dangers of arrest or fines for his sometimes-illegal road stencils. However these penalties had been outweighed by the assistance he hoped to supply.
“I’ve determined to step out in help of the Ukrainian folks,” stated Goodman, whose wall stencils depict Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy holding submachine weapons.
Goodman was motivated partially by his Jewish ancestors, who emigrated to the US within the 1800s from the Ukrainian area.
“My message is mostly one among optimistic love and peace,” stated Goodman. “Though this piece would possibly look like fairly violent, it’s one that’s talking to the intestine emotions of many individuals right this moment.”
Each artists are utilizing social media to solicit donations, with proceeds going towards Ukrainian struggle aid efforts, they stated.
“I at all times say good artwork makes you assume, however nice artwork makes you do,” stated Mattie. “So if my artwork or another person’s artwork could make you cease and have a dialog about one thing and even cease and hit the QR code to donate, then we’re making an affect for the higher.”
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