Street Artist Ryan Callanan Turns Pop Lyrics Into Artworks

How important are song lyrics to good music? The answer, in pop at least, is very. What good is a hit single if it doesn’t have a stirring sentiment, witty turn of phrase or something you can happily bellow along to after a few hours in the pub?

Clearly in agreement with us is street artist Ryan Callanan, who has paid tribute to some of his musical heroes by turning their memorable lyrics into artworks.

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Lines by the likes of Kasabian, Fat Boy Slim and Cypress Hill have been reproduced in what look like the coolest pub signs ever, written in a flowing script and sometimes adorned with his trademark smileys (a nod to the acid smileys of the bygone era of rave). We approve.

It isn't the first time the artist – who is also known as RYCA – has been involved with music. His work have been used in the past by Goldie, Eve and Scroobius Pip, as well as Kasabian and Norman Cook themselves. 

His show, Word Up, is running at the Ink_d Gallery, Brighton from 1 August.