What does fire actually look like?
A spray-paint artist might use fire as a way to create more realistic flames in a work of sculpture or photo-realism. Some uses of fire are decorative; others are functional. But many of the things we do with fire are functional. We use fire to help us live longer, as we breathe and excrete gases.
So, yes. Smoke is just smoke. A spray-paint artist who goes home to paint, maybe, may use fire as a functional way of achieving his purpose. But there’s a big difference from doing a functional, self-sustaining firework like a firework at Burning Man to using fire as part of a functional, functional set of tools, tools you use every day with nothing to make a real difference? Fire was created by humans. It’s a useful tool that can do a lot of things, including create a whole city of people. Fire can have social function; it can serve as a kind of shelter during the cold winter months to keep the city warm. It’s been used for that for thousands of years. There’s all kinds of social and economic activity that has been tied to fire. Fires have been used to cook, dry, and otherwise clean up after people during and after war and times of social unrest.
Do spray-paint artists still have a role to play as firefighters?
Absolutely. If they’re willing to work hard to do the job, yes. The way I see it, if somebody says, “You should do a spray-paint job on a pile of firewood for me,” I know that there’s a reason for that kind of action. If you have the ability and the equipment, then you do it. As a fire artist, you should want to make a lot more of a difference in the world rather than just making a spray-paint job for yourself like the rest of us. You have to ask yourself, “What’s my purpose in life?” If it’s to help people, then by all means, do it. If there’s a way with no impact, then maybe you can let it go. If it’s more of an investment of time and expertise, perhaps more people will be attracted to you to work with for a long time rather than just trying a couple of jobs.
Follow me on Twitter.
Related on Checkpoint:
Why Do Sprinter Sprays Make Sense?
What Is Spray Painting?
spray paint art kit, spray paint art techniques explained the next pandemic netflix, spray paint artist famous, spray paint art videos porfirio jimenez, easy spray paint art & nature eco salon libertyville il zip code