Behind the scenes:
Street art inspirations for Say it Louder
I’m thrilled to be back with Reading Between the Wines Book Club (sign me up for a nice rosé please) to talk about Say it Louder, the fourth book in my Tattoo Thief series. Each book is a love story about a different member of the band, so you don’t have to start at the beginning to enjoy this one—but the first in the series is free.
If “street art” makes you think big, loopy graffiti, stop right there. When Willa was living on the streets as a teen, she followed that crowd, but now she likes to make street art that inspires, sends a message, or makes you think.
Her technique of using layered stencils was inspired by one of my favorite street artists, Banksy, who writes in his book Wall and Peace that stencils helped him paint images faster—which helped him create more complex street art avoid getting caught. Willa also tells our hero Dave that climbing up high on buildings and bridges protects her from being spotted by police, and that’s another detail I took from Banksy’s book.