artist goes portable with sticker set
TO prove that great art doesn’t require you to run away from the police halfway through the job, some of Yangon’s foremost graffitists have decided to go legit. Another advantage is that they can actually sell their works to buyers who don’t need a sledgehammer to take their purchase home with them.
The artist still known as 2twenty has produced his first sticker pack.
“People like my artworks on Facebook,” he said. “But they want something they can touch. I want collectors to consider my work as a keepsake.”
Along with Ko Thuta, Ku Ku and Kollok, he founded Yangon Street Art in 2006.
Ko Toe has also decided there are other paths to the artistic heights rather than sneaking around town at night and being chased by the police. All his work can now be found in sticker form, adorning phones, cars or computers.
Bring the Noise, a sticker pack produced by 2twenty, is available as a weatherproof collection of 21 images created since 2007, whether digitally or drawn by hand. Ko Toe collaborated with a local online service group, Bargayar, which collects art from local artists and distributes it to art lovers. “We are a medium that connects local artists to their audiences,” said one of the founders, Aye Kay Zin Latt. Bargayar was founded in September, and 2twenty’s Bring the Noise sticker pack was their first step. “We will collaborate only with local artists and produce their artworks in different ways,” said Ko Zay Ya Min, a member of Bargayar. “This will be the first sticker pack created by a local artist and sold via Facebook. It’s our aim to support local artists, but we target an international market.” Bargayar sells through Facebook and Instagram, and is now planning to put their first art collections on Amazon. They will also set up a website where people can find out about their artists and their paintings. “Art is good for all,” said 2twenty. “But some young people can’t afford it. That’s why I’ve decided to produce my artworks as stickers that are easy to buy and use. You can even stick them on walls.” The Bring the Noise sticker pack sells for K4000. The stickers range in size from 1 to 5 inches, and it can be ordered from the Bargayar Facebook page.