“Most adults still think it is vandalism, but a lot of teenagers and 20-somethings understand it better and acknowledge it as a serious art form. We need to show everyone that graffiti is art, too. Make graffiti beautiful, not dirty.” -Kult
Thai illustrator/street artist Kult is known for his surrealist portraits using dreamy compositions. The former Silpakorn University graduate has been part of multiple exhibitions in both Thailand and other countries.
“Art can help calm people, including those who create it. I’m always frustrated every time I have to face selfish people in the city. But graffiti helps me relax as I can release my feelings and regain my optimism through the nice people I meet.” -Alex Face
Patcharapol Tangruen, who goes by the name Alex Face, is famous for his signature character, Mardi, a kid in a bunny outfit. Mardi has gone on show in London, Korea and at the Thai-Taiwan arts exhibition in Taipei. The former King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology graduate regularly paints large images of his daughter and is one of the most influential graffiti artists in Thailand.
“I wanted to focus on animals. We’re a city that is not so green or ecological, so I wanted to play with that idea and focus on nature to give people something that they lack in real life.” -Rukkit
A graphic and street artist based in Bangkok and a graduate from Chulalongkorn University, Rukkit Kuanhawate uses geometric patterns to create images of animals inspired by various mediums such as typography, magazine layouts, and illustrations.
“Experimentation is in the blood of artists. Many people think about results and what they’ll get at the end. But as an artist, I don’t really think of these things. I just want to experiment with ideas.” -Lolay
Thaweesak Srithongdee, aka Lolay, is a Thai street artist and former graduate of Silapakorn University who has participated in international film festivals, been awarded residency placements in Japanese art museums and participated in Busan Biennale. He also created one of Bangkok’s largest modern-day icons: the giant, feminine alien sitting outside the BACC.
“I’m inspired by the the size and texture of the walls, the history of the place, the residents who come over to have a chat or share a snack. The smiles of people who see my work and the friends I make on the street are my reward.” -Bonus TMC
Akkaraphon Monthathong, AKA Bonus TMC, paints large-sized animals engaged in surreal activities, like a tiger in goggles piloting a hammerhead shark-turned warship or a red-nosed reindeer wearing tiny sneakers.
Create the unexpected with the new POP Swatch collection
Swatch has worked with artists and influencers worldwide allowing them to co-create their own POP pieces in their own style. That’s because the new POP Swatch collection is fully customizable thanks to its pop-in-and-out design.
Chains in metal or funky colors allow you to wear your POP Swatch as a necklace.
These colorful desk stands turn your POP into a clock. Yes, that’s a big magnifier up front to make your POP truly oversized.
Just snap your POP into these large discs and mount it on your wall.
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