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Chad Hanning is the Street Artist Fusing Graffiti with Cartoons

The South African street artist says that his diverse country is the rainbow nation with dull walls.

Think of cartoon-like doodles turned into entire murals in ebullient colors, fluid lines and quite humorous shapes. That is exactly what young street artist Chad Hanning (whose graffiti name is "Bushy") is bringing to the world of graffiti. For the longest time graffiti has been associated with vandalism, rebellion and gangsterism. Over the years, that narrative has changed and the artform has evolved and metamorphosed not only into a visually captivating artform but one that is, in Hanning's case, bringing the youth in communities together.

We caught up with him to learn a little more about his particular brand of street art.

How did you get into street art? What was the inspiration and the muse(s)?

A lot of my work is inspired by music, relationships with people and daily life.I was about 14 years old when I got into mural art, that's when I painted my first wall. At the time, the area I lived in was the Mecca of graffiti in Cape Town—Mitchells Plain Westridge. The scene died out after the graffiti bylaw was passed in Cape Town in 2010. Unfortunately, about 90 percent of the murals were painted over with dull paint. This seems funny. We're meant to be a rainbow nation but we have dull walls.

What is the greatest challenge when it comes to creating street art?

The most difficult thing when it comes to painting murals would be the Cape Town graffiti by law. As an artist, to paint in a public space, we have to apply for a public art permit, which could be a long and demotivating process. I've had permit applications declined in the past. Before the bylaw, it was as easy as just asking the owner of the wall for permission, which now seems like a dream.

What distinguishes you from other street artists here and across the continent?

My illustrative style comes through in my mural art, which is easily recognizable if you know my work. Simple illustration style is not always easy to execute.

I've always loved cartoons and vector style illustrations. Life can be depressing and hard at times and so I bring in a lot of vibrant colors and mostly keep my themes light and fun to break away from the harsh realities, even if it's just for a while.

Follow Chad Hanning on Instagram and Facebook.


"Your friendly neighborhood vandal"Courtesy of Chad Hanning


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"Gameboi Vandal"Courtesy of Chad Hanning


"To hold onto yourself, let yourself slip"Courtesy of Chad Hanning


"More Air"Courtesy of Chad Hanning


"Dan the Vandal Spray Can"Courtesy of Chad Hanning


"Bad Apple"Courtesy of Chad Hanning


"Same baggage, different day"Courtesy of Chad Hanning


"Hip Hop Andy"Courtesy of Chad Hanning

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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