Poster Boy is an anonymous New York City based street artist whose only utensil is a razor. He is known for 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
Poster Boy has been called the "Matisse of subway-ad mash-ups," "a kind of anti-consumerist Zorro with a razor blade," and "an anti-consumerist guerilla artist." Culture reporter Ben Walters has said of his work "Poster Boy's work straddles two boisterous artistic subcultures: street art and culture jamming."Poster Boy has said of his technique "No matter what I do to the piece, as long as I did something to those advertisements and that saturation, it's political. It's anti-media, anti-established art world."
He calls his work "A social thing, as opposed to being an artist making things for bored rich people to hang above their couch." Besides the message of the individual piece, the aspect of producing anonymous public art that other people could do is part of the work. In a video interview he has said of his work "I want it to be free of copyright and free of authorship, as much as possible." "The overall goal for Poster Boy is to inspire others. I'd love to see people take up the Poster Boy model and create change within their environment." As his fame has grown, others have begun to emulate the technique. Whether these are unconnected individuals copying one original artist, or part of the "Poster Boy model" or "movement" has not been publicly confirmed.
- Name: poster boy
- Website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26296445@N05/
- Discipline: OTHER