Life Lessons from a Street Artist

I’ve never read any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, but I imagine that if you gave them face piercings and a troubled youth, you’d get something like the wisdom in this post from GOOD: 10 Things We Can Learn From Street Artists.

I really encourage you to read the full post over at GOOD – it’s not just another achingly redundant life advice column.  When you consider that much of the work these artists do is subversive and illegal, the meme gets much more poignant.  A life of ski masks and crime never sounded so good.  The Cliff Notes version of the list is below – the parenthetical additions are my own because I always have to have the last word.

  1. It’s Important to Take Risks (still – skip the convenience store sushi)
  2. Give Without Expecting a Return (does not apply to STD’s)
  3. Challenge the Norm (Norm Macdonald)
  4. Be Fearless (Anthony Weiner apparently lives in fear of nothing, and you’re a better human than he is)
  5. Question Everything (like the necessity of pants)
  6. Persistence Pays Off (for example, I just know Stephen Colbert’s family will accept me as a sister wife if I try hard enough)
  7. Collaboration Enhances Productivity (especially if collaboration involves someone petting our heads when we’re thinking)
  8. Creativity is a Universal Language (though a really good red lipstick says it all)
  9. Context is Everything (but emoticons help)
  10. Life is About the Journey, Not the Destination (categorically untrue – if the destination is a beach, it’s all about the destination.)

If you have time, pop by the Wooster Collective – they’re celebrating 10 years showcasing street art from around the world with an exhibit at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery.  I also had a lot of fun poking around on the Collective’s website – here are some of my favorite “urban interventions” – click on the artists’ names for more of their work and inspirations.

Last Word.

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Seen in SoHo

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Yarn Bombing with HOTTEA (Photo by Jennifer Jaimes)

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Dressing Up Abandoned Storefronts by Macay

Projection by Shimon Attie

Projection by Shimon Attie

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