What started as one man’s angry rebellion, quickly grew into a worldwide, mass-supported revolution know as Homo Riot. This movement has since been embraced, not only by the gay community for which it was intended, but also by those struggling to find a place to fit in amidst society’s ‘acceptable’ norms.
The inital ‘call to arms’ Homo Riot set forth to the gay community via his highly charged, and many times sexually explicit imagery, penetrated mainstream society like wildfire upon the streets of Los Angeles after California’s passing of Prop 8. What started as a ‘fuck you’ to the supporters of Prop 8 in 2010, soon morphed into something more profound and larger than what even Homo Riot himself could have anticipated. His work is now an emblem of pride and strength to the gay community, not only in Los Angeles, but across the world. Using street art as his platform, his work is a non-standard form of communication to young gays who feel shunned by the mainstream and to the silenced and closeted gays he wishes to motivate into action, whether within themselves or within the political and social sphere. And although not all of society has ‘joined’ the Homo Riot, the intentional mutilation of his sexually charged and provoking street work has brought more attention to his work than it has silenced him, the negative attention has only motivated him to work harder.
Homo Riot’s street art has established him as one of the most recognizable, talented, respected and inspiring street artists within the United States.
Photo by PhotoJenInc, 2011