Spanish street artist Eme lives a quiet life along the country’s sunny southeastern coast. She spends her days outdoors in shorts painting murals on concrete walls – overlooking the sea, under a bridge, inside an abandoned factory. She paints playfully with language – choosing conspicuous typography to reflect cliché phrases like “never give up” and “one man’s rag is another man’s flag.” (Yes, they’re almost all in English.)
Female street artists are rare, or rarely seen anyway. Of the 50 street artists at Living Walls’ annual street art conference in 2011, only two of the participants were female and neither of them got a chance to paint a wall. This year, due to sub-culture demand, the organizers hosted the first all-female street art conference, tagging Atlanta for the event. 30 showed up including Eme, Bunny M, Cake, Elle, Lady Pink. Never give up.