The Swedish urban artist Vegan Flava started painting graffiti in the early 1990s; his work is rooted in skateboard culture, which is still an important source of inspiration. As a guitarist in a band he was part of the straight-edge hard-core punk movement of the 1990s, and it was this that brought him to animal rights and political activism.
Vegan Flava calls his work Visual activism and Direct action painting. His work reflects the contrasts and conflicts between the urban and natural, personal identity and social norms. Most often his work is site specific, in dialogue with its surroundings and the northern climate.
“I took away the layers of identity and came down to the bones. By painting craniums and skeletons I can portray anybody or everyone at once”.