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Austin-based artist Angry Cloud is taking back the city, one cloud at a time

The Angry Cloud reuses materials to keep his art environmentally friendly. (The Angry Cloud/Instagram)

As you peruse the streets of Austin, look closely and you might have an angry-looking cloud staring back at you.

Most of the time you'll see the sour clouds on telephone poles or sticker-covered walls, exactly where the artist, who goes by the name Angry Cloud, put them for all to see. Angry Cloud, who declined to use his real name, said his clouds are a good receptacle for uncomfortable emotions and encourage onlookers to give their own negative thoughts to the cloud.

"I have kids and I had a job and I wanted—I don't want to be a rageaholic all the time," Angry Cloud said. "The world gets to you and (making art with clouds) was kind of a vehicle for me to express rage and other emotions that I didn't want to live and sit with all the time."

Originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Angry Cloud told Austonia he moved from "corporate" New York to the "sleepy hippie town" of Austin in 2011 looking for live music and new opportunities. Seeing what he says was a town on the verge of a tech boom inspired him to use street art as a way to take back a small piece of the city.

The Angry Cloud uses laser-cut stencils to give his clouds their signature faces. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Upon arriving in Austin, Angry Cloud said he was immediately inspired by the city's wealth of space, telephone poles and live music.

"That space, it almost became sort of like public access television for me, like this is a public space, why can't people use this for art?" he said. "That's when I really got into putting things on the street. That was my specialty—the telephone poles—they still kind of are."

Clouds, used frequently in the graffiti community because of their simple design, have been rendered unique by Angry Cloud. The unpleasant faces, rounded teeth and keywords, like "fear," added onto those clouds are what draw the eyes on the street.

A man of many talents, Angry Cloud works as a professional artist aside from his alter ego and said he found community with plenty of other local artists, often collaborating with them.

Angry Cloud's art is available to view for free on the streets if you're adventurous enough to find it in its natural habitat, but some never-before-seen pieces will be featured at the Art From the Streets show at the Georgetown Art Center from July 23-August 22.


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