Whether it concerns cartoons, impersonations or parodies on television, in theatre or in literature, traditionally politicians and world leaders have always been at the receiving end of mockery. In the street art scene this is no different; artists do not hold back showing in a playful manner which rulers they find are the bad hombres.
For many graffiti and street artists, a self-invented cartoonesque figure has become a trademark. KBTR and Oxalien are two glaring examples. In fact, they’re the names of both the silly figures as well as the artists themselves. The hot-tempered dwarf with his red pointed hat and the inflated bubble of pink chewing gum with horns and sharp teeth have, oftentimes together, spread across large parts of the Netherlands like a virus.