brandalisme

The relatively unknown artist responsible, Robert Montgomery from Scotland, seems to have struck a chord with readers. His verses were presented sparsely in black and white typography. They appeared overnight and passers-by, used probably to blanking out colourful sales images, either didn’t notice at all, or stopped transfixed to read the poems.

A new movement of advertising artists have followed in Montgomery’s wake. Nicknamed ‘Brandalism’, because it feeds into the graffiti versus vandalism debate, it has been taken up by artists in Britain, Australia and America and elsewhere. It is, like all street art, illegal. But street artists and graffitists are boldly exploiting the convenient rectangular spaces which normally purvey L’Oreal products or the latest albums.

Brokenheart Blues

Jangan ditunda lagi semua harus sekarang
Bunyi ketuk di pintu cuma sekali datang
Lengah bengong sedikit di serobot orang
Terbuang malam, siang, waktu bukan cuma uang


Tunggu apalagi kau disitu
Jangan terhalang takut dan ragu


Macet mogok hati empati
Dijalan lubang aspal kerikil berbatu
Berulang kali jatuh ke lubang
Selalu ada jalan balik berdiri


Musuh teman semua orang punya
Oh tapi putar kemudi hidup pasti sendiri


Suara nyanyian broken heart
Ditinggal harap besi berkarat
Cuma buat yang berdiam membisu
Besok kan pasti ada yang baru
Jangan cuma diam disitu
Cepat kejar sebelum berlalu

Sebuah lagu dari The Brandals.

4 November Jumat pagi, segelas coklat panas dan sigaret kretek. Serasa dipukul tepat di wajah.