Poster Series | Xerox Print | Various Dimensions
A black and white image of a cloaked figure wearing a crown, King Shit was born in 2007. Drawing inspiration from Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal, in which death pursues a knight during the Black Plague with the intention of claiming his soul.
Rather than whispering the film’s “Remember that you must die” to all who cross his path, King Shit warns us against the death of creativity in all aspects of our lives.
“This is why I paste him all over the city, so that when I see him, I am reminded to push my creative limits when it comes to how, when, and where I create and share my art.”
On being asked whose mug is featured in the series, Reis responds: “Most people think it’s my face, but it’s actually my dear friend Max. He’s been a long time collaborator, friend and supporter of all my artistic endeavours and I’m lucky to know him.”
Over the years King Shit has taken many artistic forms, but the most recognized remains the simplest of them all, the first 36” wide photocopied cutout, which started it all.