Recently, I came across brand new work by street artist Jilly Ballistic on Flickr. Jilly Ballistic is self-described as “New York City’s most well-known unknown street and subway artist,” and she has been adhering black and white WWII-era imagery all over NYC for two years. The most recent images represent a new exploration into computer-inspired street art with light-hearted nods to how we interface with our computers. The images were posted recently, and I wanted to quickly ask Jilly Ballistic a few questions about her work.
BV: How and why did you get into street art?
JB: I started out two years ago, spray painting excerpts of fiction and literature across garbage — TVs, couches, fridges. Anything left on the side of the curb. It started as a small idea and I quickly got addicted; now I’m pushing myself to try and do more above and below ground.
BV: Tell me about your inspiration for the series of WWII-era tags.
JB: The historical images are disturbing and, when placed just right, humorous — in my mind anyway. They work with the subway environment and also change it, making a new context. Hopefully it’s enjoyed by the straphangers.
BV: Why the new series of digitally inspired works?
JB: It’s another idea I had while commuting and turned it into a project. They are a fast way of getting a point across that’s also recognizable by so many people who most likely feel the same way about an ad.
BV: Will we continue seeing more of these pieces?
JB: Of course. The historical pieces too. Keep watching and thanks for the support.