It’s always interesting to hear how people get into it, I had a very similar introduction. Do you think graffiti was your gateway into typography?
For sure, or vice versa, when I was a kid I actually wanted to be a sign writer, although I didn't really understand what that meant, but it was through graffiti that I became really interested in hand-lettering and the art of sign-writing later on.
That’s awesome, I love how everyone has a different journey to get to a similar place. Are there any artists or people out there that you think have a heavy influence on your work, and are there any artists/works that you just enjoy for the hell of it?
There's a lot, to be honest work ethic and thinking outside the box interest me and have an influence on me as much as actual aesthetic. I also tend to be more influenced by people's work once I've met them and know a bit more about their story, where they've come from and what it's taken for them to do what they do. Living with Askew1 and O'che, Kerb1 and Spex has also been a big influence on me, seeing their dedication to their work and to helping other people learn as well. Sean Duffell is also in that category. It's always a challenge to balance being inspired by other artists' work while maintaining originality or true self-expression. Written words and song lyrics influence the content of my work too.
Sounds like you have been fortunate to be around some amazing artists. I know you have a few stamps in your passport, are there any stand out places you have been to and people you have met? And how has the travel helped your career?
One of my favourite places is Barcelona, I've been there twice now and have been able to have a good look around. I had heaps of fun in Kuala Lumpur earlier last year too, I think that was more to do with the people I met and the painting spots than the actual city. My favourite places tend to be the ones which are a bit rugged and grimy and more lax with rules and health and safety. I've been really fortunate to meet some amazing people in most of the places I've been, I'm not the best at planning or organisation so having locals to hang out with and take me to cool spots has been invaluable. Travel and meeting people while travelling has been a big part of becoming more visible as an artist and and tends to lead to further opportunities.
Local artist tour guides are always the best, I always ask them to take me to their favourite food spot. With all this behind you, is there anywhere you are hoping to go in the future?
I'm definitely keen to keep travelling as much as possible, I'd like to travel South East Asia in the more immediate future, looks like a lot of dope spots to paint, good food, weather and I love the contrast of culture, tradition, old and new.