The street artist Dran, born in Toulouse in 1979, is frequently called The French Banksy. These two artists share a critical view of society, power figures and are not afraid to expose their beliefs publicly.

"My father wanted me to work with him in construction, but since my arms are too thin to hold a hammer, I dedicated myself to the drawing," said the artist.

Dran mainly creates paintings, drawings and graffiti art all over France. With his art, he addresses important current issues such as the powers of the authority, sexual harassment, internet addiction, exaggerated media and many more.

Take a look at some of his incredible works and vote for the most powerful ones.

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

Is a bit ironic...we use paper (from downed trees) to pass out “save our forests” flyers!!!

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DimChance Cariad
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4 years ago

Hate Zoos. .

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alwright
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4 years ago

this one is sweet, it conveys the power of imagination in times of isolation

Maria Tag
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4 years ago

This was me as a young child. I got so lonely that I would, on pieces, of paper, draw a phone screen and a girl's face on it. I would also draw "e-mails" (I still confused e-mail and text at six or seven,) from this person. I named her Selena. I would take these pictures I drew around and pretend to e-mail Selena and Skype her. I would also 'talk" to her and tell her about my day. She, other than by brother, was my only friend. It was sweet but pretty sad. Anyways, this is really moving to me as I personally relate to it very much.

Allana Rose
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4 years ago

He needs a friend. We all do.

Joe King
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3 years ago

it is a boy who wants to be a girl... he drew what he wanted

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katt
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3 years ago

"LONELINESS"

Joe King
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3 years ago

no, he is a girl with a boys body

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Claire Kidd
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3 years ago

I see it differently to other people on here. I see it as him wanting to be a girl.

Fajri Prasetyo
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3 years ago

virtual friends

Tailsdollmaker/TDM
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3 years ago

That's how I feel when I draw someone I love. Or if I get a poster. I relate to this one.

Chocolate Quente e Biscoitos
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4 years ago

Lovely!

Helen Walsh
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3 years ago

so sweet and endearing

arthur lindsay coker
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3 years ago

another only child like me

Carol Blackburn
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3 years ago

Reminds me of "Simon In The Land Of Chalk Drawings" a feature on the 1950's Captain Kangaroo show where Simon (the kid) would draw chalk stick figures on a fence and when he hopped over the fence he was in the Land of Chalk Drawings with them. Just sayin'....

Black Dahlia
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3 years ago

Clearly sexual harassment.

Bob Sacamento
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3 years ago

When I was little both sides of my family hated me and would on purpose isolate me from making friends. So all I had was my imagination and it’s hypocritical when crazy religious adults tell us to grow up when they worship a figment of their imagination.

Kairi Ebao
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3 years ago

Awww

Munjaal Vora
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3 years ago

Child like to color his own life by making colorful painting of his friend

Niño Catubig
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3 years ago

#imaginaryFRIEND

Crystina Lopez
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3 years ago

I kind of feel as if this one is supposed to show how we live in our own imagination dreaming of everything becoming rainbows and butterflies 🦋 without wanting to put in the effort. I might be over thinking this one but that's the message I see in this one.

Alex (TheSarcasticSister)
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3 years ago

I love how this is open to interpretation! Could be a transgirl who isn't allowed to express who they are, loneliness, wanting a friend, or not being allowed to wear the clothes and hair they want. It's a wonderful art piece too!

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

now just make that drawing a cartoon cyber drawing

Fajri Prasetyo
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3 years ago

virtual friend

Maggie Crooks
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3 years ago

awwwww

Ged Maybury
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3 years ago

That's too painful for words.

Rabbitt209
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3 years ago

The wonder of art is we each see something different in it.

Chelsea Truong
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4 years ago

Maybe it's how the child views himself... transgender? The picture looks happy and his stance looks sad

cyberbird
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4 years ago

Surely

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

This is incredible. I feel this is how the elderly are seen and treated. Just keep giving them more and more pills!!! !!

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Hari Onago
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4 years ago

I had a teacher who would shout at me "WALK WITH YOUR BACK STRAIGHT" every time I arrived at school, in front of everyone. I was a shy, skinny kid and we were forced to carry a bag full of books from and back to school almost everyday because every teacher had homework for us. One day I became so enraged, I screamed back at him: "DO YOU WANT TO HOLD MY BAG, SEE HOW MUCH IT WEIGHTS? MAYBE YOU CAN CARRY IT FOR ME!" Not only did I not get scolded, he did not bother me anymore. We had so much homework and zero free time after class, and all the weight they put on our backs… It's not healthy for the kids. This illustration is so accurate, sure brought back memories :)

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

The homeless are invisible............

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Linda Sayles-Chaney
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4 years ago

Loss of freedom to express....again true and sad. Must be diligent to protect our freedoms!

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Kathie Daniel Fertur Lux
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4 years ago

#thoughtsandprayers

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

24/7 whether men or self righteous women want to believe it or not!!!!

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

This is sad, because one day, this will Be True. Children will not know what real animals look like!!!

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Misterscooter
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4 years ago

The starving artist.

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Sierra Hall
Community Member
4 years ago

Not trying to be controversial but sometimes we need those little outs to be able to survive. Yes, it's important to know the state of our world, but you also need the little things to make you happy. If we constantly focus on the negative and the horrible things, depression will start kicking in. It's the sanity in the insane.

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Linda Sayles-Chaney
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4 years ago

Yup, the drive to survive in this world. Sad.

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Renee C Radclyffe
Community Member
4 years ago

Sick sense of humor here! Pretty good!

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alwright
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4 years ago

i like this one, the power of imagintion

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Yezid Puerto
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4 years ago

uffffff............ fuck,.............. so accurate :(

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

Hopefully, the Earth will destroy us before we destroy it!! !!

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JJ
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4 years ago

Time to upgrade those flip phones.

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alwright
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4 years ago

the importance of hope

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Pandola
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4 years ago

that's reality...

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Han Lu
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4 years ago

working class woke up earlier than the sun for money

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

No humans allowed!!! Good idea!!!

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Wendy Woo
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4 years ago

Sometimes the people you trust the most are the best at being predators...evil in disguise! Can be clergy...can be boy scout leader. Can even be your friend!

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Kathie Daniel Fertur Lux
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4 years ago

Mailman? LOL

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Zinti
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4 years ago

When you already know you're a piece of shit and you're okay with it.

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earringnut
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4 years ago

playing war is far different than being in the middle of a war.

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Renee C Radclyffe
Community Member
4 years ago

This happens, all too often. Here, the Black man is trying to cover up graffiti, and it’s immediately assumed he’s doing something wrong!

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Misterscooter
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4 years ago

Yeah. I feel this.

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htbq
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4 years ago

his body is limited but his mind is endless.

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

The world is not just black and white. This needs to change

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sunnyrei82
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4 years ago

I don't think the point of this illustration is that he's "wasting" his job time on art, or that art is not needed..... but that there are so many talented people who cannot pay for proper education that can boost their talent, and their needs are so many that they have to just put their talent aside and "get a job to pay the rent".

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Galeanthropy2017
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4 years ago

Test dummy child? Maybe the couple's first child to raise.

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

Welcome to France!!!

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htbq
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4 years ago

Value

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Sivi
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4 years ago

Click bait :o

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alwright
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4 years ago

getting squashed by the big man

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

The cd is going extinct as well. Just a flash drive is all you need..

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Chocolate Quente e Biscoitos
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4 years ago

There's no need for that, actually. Both can totally coexist in peace

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Renee C Radclyffe
Community Member
4 years ago

This is why I don’t like to eat out!!!

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4 years ago

Ads are too sexualized these days

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3 years ago

Take me anywhere that's better and happier than this place

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Misterscooter
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4 years ago

I feel like those tats should be red and green.

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3 years ago

I'm from NY and I can completely relate! I honestly HATE it here and feel like most New Yorkers do. But we constantly pretend we love it here and like it's the greatest place in the U.S.A.

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Renee C Radclyffe
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4 years ago

Unanswered questions???????

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CozaEVE
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4 years ago

Who dares to paint the vulgar paint the royal flower bed for painting my roses red someone will lose his head

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Star
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4 years ago

The anternet

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Renee C Radclyffe
Community Member
4 years ago

...Unless it’s a piece of art work.....

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Igor Pismensky
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3 years ago

Some people just aren't going anywhere in life.

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Clair Lestrange
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4 years ago

I think its about how we all have a happy face in the public, just like Tthe Clown's mask, and it all is just substained in things bought with money - e.g. the cocaine

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