LA-based street artist Phil Lumbang is widely known as the assistant to Shepard Fairey, but he is a great artist in his own right.
Born in California, cute bears seem to be his signature for the time being. He thinks that part of his inspiration stems from growing up in a house full of stuffed animals with a younger sister.
Implications - Street art was once considered junk scrawled across the walls, but with the help of creative individuals such as Phil Lumbang, this art form has gained more positive associations. Even if graffiti isn't your taste, there are artists such as Lumbang who come out with simple, cute, cartoon-like characters that appeal to a wider audience.