Street art is one of my weak points when it comes to art love. Maybe because strong street art has that rough edge I like so much, or has the tattoo scene something to do with it? Street artists often mix complex stories with a message about the modern world as they travel it in a non-conformistic way at night.
I don’t know, the fact is when Banksy, Roa, or let’s say Martin Ron hit the streets with recent work, they get my attention straight away.
But street art can be just beautiful too. Street artist are often fabulous illustrators (think about Roa to name just one) and so is Musketon aka Bert Dries. His style is loved by famous Dj’s and musicians like Steve Aoki and Dr Electrolove who adore his sharp style and work with him on several projects. Musketon has a large posse on Instagram, or what shall we call 41 K followers? He is also the man behind the ‘Angry bear’ sweaters, hipster gear shipped around the globe. Great.
So Musketon, always ready for a swell collab, asked Mazda if he could use one of their new Mazda 3 cars and turn it into a Musketon art car. They said yes and the result is a fancy full cover art car, illustrated with japan inspired dragons and Koi fish, his signature icons. On the motor one of his returning themes The Jebus, in this project with a dragon body_ready to turn into a must-have tattoo I think_and on the roof a cool blue lake full with Koi fish, dragon flies and water lilies.
The car left last September for the Mazda Brand Space in Barcelona, and the roadtrip Musketon took to get there is talked about and illustrated on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Check it out, it’s entertaining.
If this art car (I hate the name art car though…) is the start of the trend to have more individual, one-off personal cars, that make life more colorful, edgy and fun, I’m in. There is life after the typical pimped, chromed-out ‘pussywagon’!
Thank you Dries aka Musketon for this one!
All pictures by Boy Kortekaas or Musketon himself.