The origins of graffiti and street art speak to a lawless, anti-corporate attitude by the artists themselves. However, with the surge in popularity of the medium over the last decade — aided by behemoths like Banksy and KAWS – we’ve come to see a greater acceptance in mainstream culture. Of course, where there’s interest in a burgeoning subculture, so too are there major blue chip brands circling in an attempt to capitalize monetarily. While in some instances these are formal partnerships arranged by the artist and the brand, there are of course other examples of works created on the street being used without the artist’s permission.
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