• Words and Photos by Audrey Connolly and John

May the 4th Be With You!

Audrey (AKA Bytegirl): So when John and I had this idea to write a story about Star Wars for May the Fourth, it seemed like it would be the easiest thing ever to do. I mean, Star Wars is my thing. Star Wars has been my thing since May 25, 1977, my 16th birthday, the day that Star Wars premiered, forever changed my life and the lives of so many. Maybe its that “forever changed my life” thing that is hanging me up? It seemed absolutely simple.. tell you about my love of Star Wars and share a few photos of Star Wars art from the streets of NYC (and maybe a few other places as well). The more I tried to find words, the harder it became. How do I write about my obsession without sounding like an absolute nerfherder? How do I put it into words my feelings without devolving into fangirl madness?

... Luckily I don’t have to find many because it’s a love that so many of our Street Art Community share. It binds us across age, gender and all those other labels we like to attach to ourselves… and maybe those are the most important words about my feelings towards Star Wars and the only ones that I really need to say.

@miroizm in Wynwood, Miami, Fl image: Audrey Connolly

@miroizm in Wynwood, Miami, Fl image: Audrey Connolly

John (AKA JohnDomineoriginal): As Audrey mentioned, I too was struggling with what to write about such an iconic film without coming off sounding trite or repeating what has already been said on the subject. All I know is whenever I see a wall with a piece inspired by Star Wars, I feel an immediate and visceral connection to the work that has me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Whether it is the playful work of Jerkface's "Stormtrooper Vendetta" in Manhattan, or the political statement made by Eduardo Kobra in his "Stop Wars Yoda" wall in Miami for Wynwood Walls. There is no denying the impact that continues to be felt in our world by all things Star Wars.

@miroizm in Wynwood, Miami, Fl image: Audrey Connolly

@incarceratedjerfkfaces in Manhattan, Ny image: John Domine

@wooden_wave in Washington, DC image: John Domine

@crispstreetart in Manhattan, Ny image: John Domine

@kobrastreetart in Wynwood, Miami, Fl image: Audrey Connolly

@otto_schade in Bushwick, Brooklyn Ny image: Audrey Connolly

@huetek in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Ny image: Audrey Connolly

@cdre.art in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Ny image: John Domine

@rogue_tdk in San Francisco, Ca image: John Domine

@rogue_tdk in Wynwood, Miami, Fl image: Audrey Connolly

Much inspiration is drawn from other forms of art. Musicians, actors, dancers, writers, filmmakers... what other artists produce will impact others. The pieces shown here are recent works, inspired by a movie phenomenon that premiered in 1977! Street artists today still share their affinity for the film and its colorful cast, maybe for childhood nostalgia or maybe much more.

BEST DAY OF THE YEAR, MAY THE FOURTH... May the Force Be With You, and stay safe on Revenge of the Fifth!

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