Post No Bills is an incredibly prolific street artist whose deceptively simple work explores the dividing line between private and public space. The "Post No Bills" stencil can be found on construction walls across the US, and more recently has been included in several gallery shows. A line of clothing and "urban toys" will appear soon.
First, the most important question in street art: Are you a guy or a girl?
I prefer to leave questions about my identity unanswered in order to preserve the mystery, and so potential employers can't Google me.
How did you get started?
I remember riding my bike to the mall when I was a kid. I would pass all these walls, miles and miles of walls. An empty surface for stretches at a time. Then one day I saw that someone had posted a bill, and it really broke up the rhythm of that wall and really just ruined my day. But, it also inspired me to do something about it.
How do people react to your work?
It really depends on the location. Sometimes people just walk by and don't even bother to look up. Other people disregard the message and post bills, posters, or even write over my design with spraypaint. This really hurts and sometimes I wonder if the work that I am trying to do is worth it. But, when I see a blank wall with a fresh series of "post no bills" in a nice font with very little overspray or drips, its definitely an inspiration to go out.
Can you talk about location and how you put a piece up?
Usually, I work with construction walls and lately its been a fantastic time. Whenever there is an upswing in development I really have a hard time keeping up with all the new walls that go up. With Bloomberg's West Side Stadium plan going through, and the Olympics potentially coming to town, I'm sure I'll be real busy over the next few years.
Here's some more work by Post No Bills:
Post No Bills' Dunny toy is available from VisualResistance.org for $750 plus $19.95 shipping and handling. Email for details.
Top picture from topleftpixel.com.