“Mr. A is my alter ego, my favourite and best friend.”
– André Saraiva
The Swedish-Parisian artist, known in the graffiti world as simply “André”, has once again adapted his signature character called Mr. A to the Montana Limited Edition format. Following the striking supernova pink can that came out in 2018, the grinning face of his emblematic cartoon is stretched to perfectly fit a 400 ml aerosol of Glossy Black Montana Colors paint.
An empowering statement accompanies the design, leaving us in no doubt regarding André’s attitude towards the revolutionary capabilities of the humble aerosol: “THIS IS NOT A SPRAYCAN. THIS IS A TOOL OF OUR FREEDOM.” The artist has always maintained a respect towards street writing, as he states in the promo clip also published today. “Graffiti is just outside, and illegal. What you do inside is more time, it tells maybe the story of your past graffiti.”
The work of André has roots in early character artists visible on the streets like Keith Haring and Samo, and now he can count the likes of Kaws, Kenny Scharf and Neckface as contemporaries. Unlike many other graffiti and street artists who have acquired a comparable level of fame, Saraiva has been reluctant to enter the world of gallery exhibitions, preferring to keep his simple yet original designs to the streets and night clubs, which have turned into a passion and business interest of his over the years.
With the release, André joins an elite group of artists who have been invited to contribute a second Limited Edition design, which also includes Dabs Myla, Shepard Fairey, Pez and Tilt, as will as the post-houmous collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
The release is the latest in a series of projects curated in association with Beyond The Streets, an organization dedicated to promoting the finest in graffiti, street art and beyond, which includes the highly sought-after can featuring the photography of Estevan Oriol and the modern pop art of Pose MSK.