Graf­fiti

artist goes por­ta­ble with sticker set

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NANDAR AUNG

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.

Pho­tos – Naing Wynn Htoon

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