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A New York City-based graffiti writer recently created a massive Star Wars-themed mural in an abandoned Manhattan subway station, blasting international terrorist organization ISIS. The twenty-something artist, known only as VEW, spelled out “FUCK ISIS” in highly stylized letters that were fashioned to look like the film’s iconic font aside a Jawa character wielding a lightsaber.
“It’s a propaganda war and our side needs to step up its game,” explained VEW about the piece that’s located at the same off-limits platform that was used a few days earlier by the NYPD for its highly publicized “terror drills.”
The outlaw artist—who has painted numerous subway cars, freight trains, and various other surfaces—said it’s the first time he incorporated a Star Wars motif in one of his charitable outdoor works and did it for very obvious PR reasons: the movie franchise is reaching fever pitch right now and pop culture is what the public consumes.
VEW told Ratter he wanted to do something to show solidarity with the people of Paris after the attacks and also send a big visual middle finger to the terror group, which has been very successful in its messaging and online recruiting efforts.
The graffiti artist hopes this piece will inspire other artists to create anti-ISIS propaganda that exposes the organization. “Their ideology is ass-backwards and dangerous to the world,” he said. “It’s counterproductive to the human race.”
[Photos/video obtained by Aymann Ismail]