Blek le Rat: I encourage people not to vote – the political system is broken

Published on : INDEPENDANT

Blek le Rat is known as the father of stencil graffiti, one of the most politically engaged art movements of the past century, but his faith the electoral system is non-existent to the point that he urges others not to vote.

The 63-year-old street artist, who began painting stencils of rats on the streets in Paris illegally in 1981, and whose style was famously appropriated by Banksy, told The Independent he has completely lost trust in the political system.

“I don’t vote, I don’t believe in that. I also tell people not to vote. If you don’t vote, you have your own power,” the French artist said.  …