Philip Lumbang’s graffiti bears were born on the streets of Los Angeles. The stories that the bears tell are a reflection of Lumbang’s attitudes toward life. His first bears were often shockingly rude little dudes, but as it says on his website, “the bears transformed as Philip did. As a counter attack to the world’s problems, his bears went to artistic reform school, rather – charm school.” Philip Lumbang’s street art works changed, sporting courteous, polite and friendly bears that stand as a reminder to people to care for one another.
Street art is an excellent way to gauge the opinions and emotions of the people who make up the subculture. Graffiti often reveals rebellious ideas and anti-establishment ideals, but sometimes, street art is just an attractive outpouring of an artist’s imagination. Philip Lumbang’s street art paintings are an interesting mix of rebelliousness, his opinions on society and his artistic talent. His bears are attractive and therefore catch the eyes of passers-by, and here’s the really special part – their cute, friendly demeanour is the most rebellious part of their nature. The cuddly creatures defy modern societal trends of greed and selfishness by handing out generous amounts of heart warming good feelings.