KNIFE CRIME – PUT THE KNIFE DOWN
I live in London, and the city of London has been experiencing an aggressive wave of threatening behaviour and killing sprees from gangs and youth-on-youth knife crime, sadly reaching a high count of dead bodies and the number is still rising.
Once, a magistrates judge approached me and asked me to get involved with her knife crime initiative because she had heard about my message infused artworks. She said:
“Chris, if the law can’t stop these kids, the police doesn’t deter them and prison or soft sentences doesn’t change them, WHAT WILL? You’ve GOT to get involved, PLEASE… maybe, just maybe, your artwork might just reach them to make them stop what they’re doing!”
Those words come back to mind every time I hear the news about gangs and knife crime with another young person being stabbed or has died from being stabbed.
PUT THE KNIFE DOWN
I created this 3-part series artwork with the simple message – PUT THE KNIFE DOWN.
It has a shock element to it, but I created it by imagining myself in the mindset of a raging young person walking around with a knife in their pocket looking at every other young person as ‘fair game’ to get what they want – money, drugs, material possessions, respect.
I’d like you to look at these images and imagine the same, but you’re having to face them and speak to them, what would you say to a young, dark-minded person like this?
HOW TO HELP
If you want to help tackle gang and knife crime in some way but not sure how to get involved, tell people that work with kids involved in gangs or knife crime about this artwork and spread the word. Point them to this article so they can read about the dark mindset these young individuals feel and no doubt some will be experiencing.
Show the message and share the message with your social media platforms, charities, organisations, initiatives, youth centres, support groups, local councils, government departments or anyone that could benefit from seeing and knowing about this artwork and this message, to even buy or license the artwork to be included in their own projects.
Donate a little money, the price of a cup of coffee, to a charity, organisation or knife crime initiative to help organise activities so these kids are made to feel socially included and respected for their efforts to change and their participation is appreciated.
All our little gestures add up to make a big impression, and hopefully make a big impact and… maybe, just maybe, this artwork might just reach them to make them stop what they’re doing!
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