London graffiti artist Cartrain visited the Tate Modern this week...
Cartrain first started doing graffiti when he was 12 and soon came up with his now recognisable signature. The Artist is now taking the art, graffiti, and political world by storm. His work has started to appear across Central London. Brick Lane and Hackney, seem to be areas favoured by Cartrain. Banners carrying his distinctive emblem have been seen hanging from bridges and his stencils have been sprayed on walls opposite the Houses of Parliament. His work often depicts political figures including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and George Bush. He also satirises the famous logos of the fast food companies KFC and McDonalds.
Cartrain pulled off a smiler stunt last year when he sneaked a fake exhibit into the British Museum. He produced a plate titled Nike Footwear (sic) and hung it in the museum while a friend filmed him in the act. The information accompanying it claimed it dated from 2800 BC and showed a man wearing trendy Nike footwear, "made for pennies and sold for pounds". The museum has insisted it was removed within a few hours, but Cartrain maintains it was on display for three days. The incident received coverage on the London Tonight television programme and a clip from the show, as well as Cartrain's original footage can be seen on Youtube. The stunt was reminiscent of the Bristol graffiti artist Banksy, someone Cartrain has always admired.
Nothing like a bit of good guerilla art.