“Sometimes a man just gotta paint an anime waifu.” – Lushsux
Some men want to watch the world burn, and one of them is the anonymous graffiti artist, Lushsux, infamous for painting viral memes on the streets of Australia. Banned in the US and the UK, Lushsux does not paint murals with deep meanings behind them, rather, he’d rather do it to impacting us with a refreshing image of comedic value.
He does not disclose where he paints them, so when you do stumble upon his artworks in the streets, it’s exciting. I want to go to Melbourne and spend a day looking for his artworks. In his livestreams, you are able to not only see his creative process, but the reactions he receives from the general public. The rawness of human emotion that he receives while he is painting is fascinating, and I think if anyone of us were to be in his shoes, some of us would break down and stop painting.
When choosing what to paint on these walls, he engages his internet audience by creating polls where his audience can vote on what the next painting could be.
Speaking of celebrities, he also terrorised the rapper 50 cent with numerous murals of the rapper in weird mashups. Through this feud he got jumped by fans of 50 cent and had to go to the hospital, but he said it was worth it.
Ever since following Lushsux for the past few years, the relentless chaotic energy he displays is something that we all can learn from. Art does not have to be something deep and meaningful, as creating something purely just out of aesthetics is also contributing to the conversation of art. Sometimes, the first stupid idea you have is probably the best idea because there’s nothing quite like it.