One of my favourite artists, ABOVE, just did this sweet, clean and to the point piece in Johannesburg (South Africa).
How did ABOVE get permission to do this wall piece. Well, here is what he did in his own words:
“I was able to get away with this diamond wall heist because I told the owners I would paint in big letters “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” on the exterior of their building. The owners loved the idea and all quickly agreed.
The next day I had started painting but what the owners didn’t know is that I lied to them and was hijacking their wall. Like any premeditated robbery, situations are not what they seem and shit can flip from best friends to worst enemies in a few moments.
I assume the owners were too busy trading diamonds inside the mega centre they never took the time to come out and see I was painting a controversial word play about the diamond trade and how it’s fueled so much bloodshed in wars making it one of man’s worst enemies”
I like the way he flipped the coin on the owners. Clever. More (other) work from ABOVE: