Graffiti is an art form that has changed and evolved over the years. While many would label graffiti as having to do with a vandal type act, there is one artist trying to show the true art form behind it. Artist “Defer” is considered one of the first innovators in the
What does the word “grafﬁti” mean to you?
The word “grafﬁti” to me is a word that has so many dynamics that I ﬁnd it very difficult to generalize it or give it thorough meaning. So with that being said the word to me personally means - writing or painting on a surface - without any particular permission. Although, true “grafﬁti” can be traced back to the earliest times in human history, from cave paintings that were used to depict life at that time. Throughout history there have been forms of “grafﬁti” in ancient
What role did grafﬁti play in the development of your artistic skills?
Grafﬁti has played a very significant role in developing my skills. I could say that when I was young grafﬁti really pushed me to develop my style and skills, almost to the point of obsession. Grafﬁti art was something that I wanted to be good at, so it really did help me develop my skills as an artist.
You are considered a pioneer when it comes to your involvement in the first
I feel that in this day and age, I would want to be a good example to the younger generation in terms of aspiring to be a better artist and person on a daily basis through hard work, focus and determination. I think that I need a lot of work in that sense. Although in general, I think this generation that is coming up will ﬁnd its own artistic identity and style, but yes I will be willing to share my experiences as an artist to anyone for that matter, who can learn from whatever experiences that I have went through to better themselves.
Is there a certain pressure put on your art because you have been an integral staple in the grafﬁti movement?
I put pressure on myself to be the best artist that I can be not because of being an integral part of the grafﬁti movement, but more so just to be more proﬁcient and creative with my craft. I believe from there everything else falls into place.
I’ve seen a few of your pieces up close and there is always great detail within the layers. Do you always know how a piece will end up or is the ﬁnished product an unknown until you complete your piece?
The process in which I create my pieces is very ﬂuid without too much planning, most of the time no preliminary sketches etc. I just usually paint. So the outcome of the painting is usually unknown.
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