Why I like this stuff.
Firstly, I'm a huge fan of the unexpected, it drives my work and my own art. I believe it leaves a lasting impression with the observer/viewer/user and can become more than the intended experience when you're getting people to say holycrap. Which is precisely what I said when I saw these images.
Secondly, I used to be a graf artist, Eno One is the moniker. I've since flipped it into "new media" (what a boring and abused term) and more recently into an obsession with using color, shape, and tech to engage us human animals. I smile at every piece in this competition partly for the nostalgia of what I used to be part of here on the planet of Brooklyn, and also because of the total whimsy - using Photoshop to wreck shop, and get it done with such juxxed themes. fun fun fun.
If you like the five I have here, please visit the link above to see all the contest entries. I'd also like to point out that some people have been combining old and young pieces way before this contest, and without the aid of photoshop. First to come to mind is one of my inspirations, Ewok One. He redesigned his site and I cannot find the point of my linkage but he'd take old landscape paintings (the kind you might buy at one of those starving artists' blowouts) and put one of his characters behind a tree, maybe a hunter wearing a bunny suit. Similar kind of contrast, similar kind of reuse and abuse. Another that comes to mind is Banksy, walking into a museum with framed artwork and a drill under the coat of his over-the-top costume and installing his pieces along with a placard. He's also pulled off other stunts that I think can be counted as graffiti even if no paint was used. Finally, all the classic graf artists (Lee, Dondi, Futura2000 just to name a few) who have done gallery shows, going from the old late night creep in tunnels and trainyards to Pearl Paint to buy stretched canvas. I bet they didn't even expect that one in their 1st days.
When I get a little time to myself, I plan to add one of my own to these images. Inspiration begetting the misuse of Photoshop, it's the graphics artists' cycle of life.