Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe


Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe (2010)



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An outlaw artist whose violent, phantasmagoric, and unapologetically sexual work is both highly controversial and deeply challenging, David Choe rose from notorious street artist and porn-magazine illustrator to prolific painter, muralist, and graphic artist -- but his evolution from underground tagger to art-world darling was just about the farthest thing from a smooth ride imaginable. Los Angeles-based artist Choe lives his life as unrestrained as humanly possible, and while that's a truly unique way to find inspiration, it can make life somewhat difficult at times -- in addition to serving multiple jail sentences and battling addiction, Choe has also wrestled pygmies in the heart of the Congo and gone hunting for dinosaurs. Recorded by Choe's best friend Harry Kim over the course of seven years, this documentary offers an unguarded profile of an artist who lives his life as most folks only wish they could.

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Critic Reviews for Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

It's not every day that you run into a street artist, petty thief, porn illustrator, lesbian fiction ghost writer, world traveler, graphic novelist, muralist, sex addict and born-again Christian, all rolled into one.

May 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Fans of Choe's work - stylized, vibrant, ornate and vulgar - will appreciate the inside look at the self-described man-child, but his struggles to grow up are more tiresome than compelling.

Apr 29, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

If Exit Through the Gift Shop is a witty, subversive satire on the rock star-ification of underground graffiti artists, Dirty Hands is a sober, loving snapshot of one troubled soul within that milieu.

Apr 29, 2010 | Full Review…

Although too long by far-it arcs about 20 minutes shorter than the actual end-it's always entertaining, even if it's passing-by-a-car-crash fascinating

Jul 5, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A wild biographical ride that adds an unexpected psychological layer to the classic art versus commerce conundrum.

Aug 27, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

An alternately frightening and exhilarating, guerilla-style documentary showcasing the downs and ups of an amoral thrill-seeker lucky enough to bottom out and find redemption before it was too late to be given a last shot at rehabilitation.

May 4, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe


inspirational camcorder documentary. from dinosaur hunting in the congo to nosebleed painting, choe is a strange and immensely talented knucklehead from LA's k-town.

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