Meeting Os Gemeos en Atenas in 2005 was a highlight-sharing my writing style with them, checking their sketches and the motivation behind the wall they were commissioned to paint lit my street art passion into a higher gear. The wall they painted is the whole bus station that lines the...in Gazi. It’s images of people riding bicycles in nature, using alternative methods of transportation than diesel-guzzling motors. Like a photo, contrast is important.
Fear is a prison. Fear is in the woman dressed in pink. She says, “Excuse me, do you have permission to paint on this wall?”
“Yes, we do”
“No, you don’t!”
“Yes, we do.”
“I’m going to call the police and . . . . Blah blah blah.” Fear is a prison, dear sister in pink. And thank you for wearing pink but your threats we do not fear. I may rather ask for what is threatening you? Has anyone but yourself ever solved what it threatening you? I assure you, police are just people like you and me, and so what is there to fear? Police, more art, silence, thought, there is nothing to fear. Don’t make up threats unless do you believe you are not free? Oh so that is why you chose the prison and threaten others to join you? No thank, we do our best to stand free, come join us, you’ll like it.
“We’ve tried to uplift this area . . .” she later explained to a listening ear.
And so what is upliftment?
To threaten your community members is not uplifting.
Use your anger to change something in yourself.
As we express ourselves freely, we uplift ourselves freely. And if we live in this community, that we can be brave and fearless in, we are uplifted because we are not threatened or threaten ourselves because we live in fear. Just like you dress in pink, you are expressing materially on your body canvas-go head! I’ll lend you my pink sweater next time I see you in the neighborhood.
And if we live in this world, that free expressive vibration roots into each step-changing our geographical minds. And with each step, another one is taken and shared by another free individual that crosses our path, unthreatened. And there, two souls, moving freely, uplifted by their own choices, their inspirations and individual motivations, transform, positively, the world we live in. Upliftment!
So thank you for painting the wall red. The contrast is beautiful-uplifting-and for the next individual to say yes to the canvas, to spread their free public uplifting expression.