DHS Does Not Approve


“I had wanted to make an interpretation of me giving all of myself to my work… I wanted to convey that the cans were exploding with color, and that’s how my art was being created.”
Rene Gagnon, street artist

In case anyone forgot, the Department of Homeland Security does not approve of – we repeat, does not approve of – you placing stickers that show a man with “his arms outstretched and his face pointed to the sky” and what “looks like a bomb” strapped to his chest, on airport trashcans. Here’s the story of how Rene Gagnon’s image, that was originally part of a street piece intended to riff on 1970’s grafitti argot, got the attention of the DHS.

Daniel Gumbiner is a student at UC Berkeley. He has lived in Chile and Argentina. He blogs with his brother, David, at smartwool.tumblr.com More from this author →