"Around 2018 I started collecting cell phone photos of what a friend referred to as “civilian handstyles”. The layman’s graffiti. Not quite art, but not simple property destruction either. Once I started looking, these messages were everywhere. Sometimes crude, sometimes barely cohesive, many times funny, but always beautiful in their own way.
I started noticing that a lot of the messaging I was most drawn to were frustrations with gentrification, tenuous living conditions, and the racist police state. So much of it was anti-capitalist in nature, often directly targeting developments, businesses, or ideals that were furthering the class divide in all sorts of communities across the world. I became obsessed, inspired and hopeful with how many people these messages were subtly reaching.
What follows is a collection of civilian handstyles that will confuse, offend, enlighten, amuse, and inspire.
Police Don’t Keep Us Safe."
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