Over the past couple of years I’ve been keeping an eye on the local street art in my neighborhood, getting to know the artists, and matching their work to their name. I love seeing pieces by DECOY, DIABETIK, Gaia and of course Shepard Fairey, pop up overnight along 14th Street NW and the surrounding area. Aside from adding colorful character to our drab streets, one of the biggest reasons I love street art is the inherent mystery. Who did this and why? What’s the meaning behind their art? Who are they?
Those questions arose again earlier this week as some new pieces went up by an artist unknown to me. The pieces have similarities to work by other artists, but they don’t quite match up to anyone in particular. At this point I can only guess what some of the work is, but so far I’ve seen a dead flower, what I think is the “belly badge” from a Care Bear (c’mon, we all watched strange shows as kids), and pink brass knuckles with heart-shaped finger holes – all signs of a truly twisted imagination (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Is this person a goody two-shoes having a bad day, or perhaps a Debbie Downer trying to turn that frown upside down? It’s hard to say, but I’m loving these new pieces and can’t wait to see what else crops up during the middle of the night. If you know who this artist is, leave it in the comments!