BORF | the artist

The artist BORF
Born 1984 (?), USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Stencil Graffiti,

John Tsombikos

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Why don’t cannibals eat clowns?
They taste funny.

The mysterious, ubiquitous and eminently destructive graffiti artist known as Borf was arrested yesterday after waging a months-long campaign that may have been intended to enlighten Washington, but mostly just confused us.
The man primarily responsible for Borf is, it turns out, an 18-year-old art student from Great Falls named John Tsombikos, according to D.C. police inspector Diane Groomes. He was arrested along with two other young men in the wee hours of yesterday morning after officers received a tip that graffiti artists were spray-painting at Seventh and V streets NW…

We have no Bob Dylan, no Bruce Springsteen. When someone recently asked me why people my age (I’m 21) listen to bands from our parents’ generation, I had to explain that, with a few exceptions, we don’t have any real musicians any more. Without massive advertising campaigns, a lot of the “music” you can buy today, like Beyonce, wouldn’t exist…
We’re a voiceless generation. We have nothing we can point to and say: “This is us, this is where we stand.” We’re lost and silent and we don’t know what to do about it. We’re sold a parody of culture that we buy because, well, what choice do we have?

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