Star Wars Street Art: Free Humanity Talks Barack Obama, Akira Kurosawa and Mr. Brainwash
Jabba the Hutt and Salacious Crumb, stenciled on top a page of the Wall Street Journal with the words "Greed is good." Boba Fett, standing alone with "I'm sorry for the deaths of the innocent but that happens in war." The Millennium Falcon, shooting blood and controlled remotely by a guy labeled "Blackwater."
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Nobody around town is doing Star Wars and politics quite like Free Humanity, and each new piece from the local street artist leaves little doubt as to its creator. Eager to learn his Jedi secrets, we originally planned to crash our X-wing starfigher on his boggy planet, but our IT guys suggested we just pick up the phone instead...
Why Star Wars, beside the obvious fact that it's awesome?
It kind of started with the Yoda and the "Wars not make one great," and there's a couple other quotes I did that really didn't get noticed much. The film was adapted from an old Japanese Buddhist film by this director Akira Kurosawa, and this filmmaker was very Buddhist in a lot of his films, with Buddhist concepts and notions, so the whole Force thing is actually a twist on Buddhism for the masses. So that's kind of my thing, and I guess that's why I chose Star Wars. It's something that's kind of cool and aesthetically pleasing but can also get a spiritual and political point across.
Other people do Star Wars stuff, but I like the politics.
Nobody's done politically affiliated Star Wars street art. I've definitely been the first to start this series. But I also have a ton of different works. Literally, I come up with a new piece every single day. I have a few different series that I'm going to be getting ready for my solo show in a couple months.
What's the show?
It's sponsored by this audio company called Klipsch Audio. It's going to be a 3,000 square foot thing. Probably the biggest show, I'm hoping, since Brainwash's show. It's gonna be huge.
Who's the woman behind the veil? That's your logo, right?
The original drawing comes from a photo I took of my girlfriend at the time, and she was Persian. That's kind of the reason this whole thing started, that poster. And then I came up with three other posters that same day. I came up with Chebama that day and rifled out a couple other ideas. Then I hand-painted and it pretty much just became my universal call to free humanity.