Can chickens be cute and still carry a political message? Check out the work of Cache and you might think so. Street artist Cache painted his first chicken in 2003, near downtown LA. “The chicken thing started as a joke,” he says, “but once I started reading and exploring the socioeconomic spiral, I figured there's a way to open people's minds. Carlos Castaneda wrote about humaneros–human chicken coops. I realized we're no different than chickens. … The more I paint, the more political I get.”
His brightly colored murals are no doubt catchy and cool. But don't just look at their cute little faces, notice that the paintings are sometimes instead about the “division of social classes, and the oppression of the poor.”
Super Mario Bros
Speaking of society, “I don't agree with this system of haves and the have-nots. It's not because people are lazy, a lot of people work their butts off their whole lives, working two or three jobs, but they just can never move beyond their same spot.”
It's interesting to note that you see a lot of bicycles in his work. Interestingly, until recently and for 11 years, Cache worked as a bike messenger by day, painting the city by night.
Cache, the artist
Via East Side Living