Morley is a Los Angeles-based street artist that specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape. Blending humor, hope and his unique perspective on life, he acts as an encouraging and often inspiring voice amongst the cacophony of billboard messages and corporate slogans.
In 2011, Morley’s work caught the eye of Steve Lazarides whose Outsiders imprint began selling his work, describing it thusly: “His sympathetic statements give the tirelessly aspirational residents a welcome reminder of what’s important in life: love, simple pleasures, making the world a slightly better place and not hating on yourself too much.”
Today, he continues to paste his work in any city that doesn’t enforce their vandalism laws through caning. Also he made us promise to include the fact that he can hold his breath for over an hour, and that “if anyone challenged him to a breath holding contest, they would totally lose,” but he was probably lying about that.
IF YOU’RE READING THIS, THERE’S STILL TIME is the first published collection of his work and features 224 pages of full color photos, essays, interactive ephemera and a foreword by POSTSECRET’S Frank Warren.
Here is a snip-it of the foreword by Frank Warren:
LET’S LIVE LIKE WE ONLY HAVE 50 OR 60 YEARS LEFT
Morley’s artwork touches people far beyond the streets of LA, all the way through the digital world. The day I posted a Morley street art image that had inspired me on my Facebook page over ten thousand people liked it. There is universality to the city life that Morley’s street art speaks to, but all of his work shows a strong tether to the heart of Los Angeles. Every slogan you will read in this book is more than that; it is a conversation between the artist and LA, between LA and us, between who we are as we walk the street and who we aspire.
The book is filled with photos and stories of his many adventures. Read and view photos from his wheatpasting experiences as he goes from Los Angeles to many other cities and countries around the world.
Some of the activities in the book include making your own morley paper doll, Morley Valentines day cards, and Morley vouchers!
Learn how to wheatpaste (at your own risk) with Morley’s Wheatpasting 101 section. Morley describes his process from making the paste he uses to the application of the poster onto a wall.
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