Poster Boy: The War of Art

Poster Boy is an anonymous New York City based street artist whose only utensil is a razor. He makes satiric collage-like works created by cutting out sections of the self-adhesive advertisement posters in the platforms of New York City subway stations and pasting them back in different positions.

Many of these works have been collected in a book called Poster Boy: The War of Art. "His cut and slash mash-ups of subway platform billboards only exist in New York City, but Poster Boy’s artful and funny appropriations of advertising have gotten him attention the world over. The New York Times dubbed him an “anti-consumerist Zorro with a razor blade, a sense of humor and a talent for collage”; the Guardian UK said of his work, it “is witty, web-savvy and economical...and the only materials it requires are chutzpah, imagination and a 50 cent blade.” Poster Boy tweaks corporate copy, replacing it with incisive and playful puns and turns of phrase rich with innuendo and political punch. Beautiful models turn ghastly and iconic spokespeople become the mouthpiece for Poster Boy’s ideas."

Advertisements are turned into political statements, which draw the eye quicker than the original ads. Poster Boy's works force one to think deeper about the nature of what is being advertised. Neatorama has a few photographs from the 96-page book, which will be released July 6th by Mark Batty Publisher. Amazon is taking pre-orders now.

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Corn Syrup Stating the obvious about soda isn't hard. Creating a font freehand is.

De La Mancha-Ttan Like Quixotes' dragons, the evils of today are hard to see.

Fat Chance Lies and the liars that tell them: neither drinking nor dancing will cure gluttony.

Burly Worm Gets the Bird During a solo show at Eastern District a little birdie visited the gallery's door. When the show came down the vinyl was used to create this response with Aakash Nihalani.

Dick in a Box This parody of a parody renders the celebrity as the dick. (Collaboration with Aakash Nihalani.)

Self-portrait Johnny Depp hasn't gotten back to us about starring in the new Poster Boy movie yet. Poster Boy: The War of Art goes on sale July 6th.

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