LOS ANGELES — One month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, avenue artists in Southern California are taking on their brushes and spray paint to oppose the warfare.
Los Angeles artist Corie Mattie was motivated when bombs began dropping in Ukraine. She collaborated with tattoo artist Juliano Trindade to depict the pinnacle of Russian President Vladimir Putin being carried away by doves.
“It is sort of like a resistance,” Mattie stated this week. “However you are utilizing artwork to doubtlessly change folks’s views.”
In close by Santa Monica, the road artist referred to as 1GoodHombre determined to shed years of anonymity in solidarity with Ukraine warfare refugees. Todd Goodman stated he knew the dangers of arrest or fines for his sometimes-illegal avenue 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 partly by his Jewish ancestors, who emigrated to the US within the 1800s from the Ukrainian area.
“My message is mostly one among constructive love and peace,” stated Goodman. “Though this piece may seem like fairly violent, it’s one that’s chatting with the intestine emotions of many individuals at present.”
Each artists are utilizing social media to solicit donations, with proceeds going towards Ukrainian warfare reduction 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.”