What does Street Art have to do with mental health…? Normally, when I go around town, my head is filled with negative messages, scary pictures, and loud shouting voices. An internal studio audience from hell. Looking for street art gives me something to focus my attention, and a discovery frequently makes me smile. Additionally, this has helped me overcome my anxiety and fear of leaving my neighborhood by myself. I explore more of my city and I see the world around in a completely different way. Most importantly, this encourages me to get “out of my head” and interact with the world around me. It is hard to be depressed while getting good vibes from a painted flower that was hidden behind a utility box, or laughing at an obscure Simpsons character that is being used to promote a band.
With the help and support of the sticker art community, I have joined the fray. I have stumbled into my own style which I call “Good Vibe Graffiti”. I cannot draw very well, but I taught myself basic calligraphy during my long stay on psych wards. I use the calligraphy to write positive words and messages on stickers that I place throughout the city. The process of creating the stickers is meditative and relaxing. Placing the stickers is exciting. And, hoping that my message leave a positive impression in the world soothes me and gives me an outlet for self-expression that I have not known before.
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