Andrew Poneros grew up in Queens; therefore he was introduced to the city’s graffiti at an early age. He renamed himself PORK, his tag, as a verbal poke at the subculture’s tendency to canonize misspelled words as tag names. To amend his street style, Poneros began to carve stencils out of cardboard removing his artistic stroke from graffiti. Stencils concentrate on textual design, not simply a name. Moreover, he utilized the visibility a public surface provided and incorporated phrases and iconography to comment on social issues. Poneros literally contrived public installations disregarding the fact that they weren’t commissioned. Alas, this bad boy gained quite a reputation globally as well as in the art world. According to his biography, Poneros creates his “own mythology” with symbols. Hence, No Prey No Pay pays homage to his history including his heritage. Poneros prepares his box of symbolism with layers of tight graphic imagery on glass and wood.
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