The Virtual Street Art of Occupy Wall Street

Prior to Prohibition beer makers were running ads in newspapers extolling the virtues of alcohol for mothers and their babies. One ad even had a cherubic baby in a high chair drinking from a mug of beer.

These ads make it easy to understand why so many people were desperate to rid the American family of the ills of alcohol.

Using elements of graphic design (even if executed crudely) can be an effective way of telling a story. That is what the protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement have sought to do through their digital poster and virtual street art. All of the images posted below were sourced from Facebook pages of movements in cities across the globe. If you haven’t seen the page with all the Occupy Wall Street “logos” from cities around the globe, you can see it here.

If you could use one word to describe the collection below what would it be?

According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Americans favor Occupy Wall Street over the Tea Party movement by a margin of 2 to 1.

Numerous demonstrations are scheduled for Saturday, October 15, in cities around the world including a large rally by Occupy Tulsa and a rally in my hometown of Oklahoma City.. While some have called this the American Autumn, one of the largest demonstrations planned for Saturday is at the London Stock Exchange. At 8 o’clock tonight on Dame Street in Dublin some of Ireland’s most renowned poets will participate in an anti Dame Street poetry slam.

Disclosure: While I find some of the images disturbing and disrespectful, in an effort to bear witness as a blogger to this movement, I didn’t want to exclude a portion of what I consider a collective graphic narrative.

Poster of a Russian Schoolgirl Uniform participating in Occupy Russia
Occupy Russia | The old Russian School Girl Uniform | This little girl is taking names and kicking um, caboose.

Occupy Russian Ballerina on the Bear
More Occupy Russia | Dancer on the Bear. Russia’s version of the popular Occupy Wall Street graphic of dancer on the bull.

Rosie the Riveter Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Oakland
Occupy Oakland

Student Loan Default
Occupy Student Loans by Travis Harper

Occupy Wall Street

Jesus Occupies Wall Street

Go Fuck Yourself spelled using famous logs

Statue of Libery kissing Lady Justice


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  1. says

    @TERRITORY MOM – I heard some mentions of Woody Guthrie early on, but not lately. I’m surprised the Oklahoma movements haven’t tapped into his lyrics and imagery. Man, we’ve come full circle.

    @YOGI – I think you are exactly right. They were co-opted. There’ll end up being a 99 percent caucus before it’s over with. In your lifetime, have you seen anything like this? I haven’t in my 40+years.

  2. says

    Those are some powerful images. Something to think about whether one agrees with them or not.

    Some big overlap with some of the Tea Party folks.

    I think the Tea Party has been played and manipulated by the GOP to a large extent. Some of them have caught on. The playing and manipulating of the OWS has already begun.

    Interesting to see where this is going.

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing. These are very interesting. Where is the Woody Guthrie art? Amazing this is happening as we are going into the 100th year of his birth.