I have given the artist SEK the title of the "Street Art Poet". The walls are the pages of his book and the city of
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Your name is pretty unique and I’ve always wondered about the meaning. What does “SEK” mean?
The name came from previously writing “SEC” which was short for “Second” (as in Second chances) and “Seconds” (the measure of time). I ended up not liking how obvious and formal it was to shorten it that way so I decided to change the “C” to a “K”. I have a huge fascination with misspelling things so it was perfect and it just felt right. The name has gained some new meaning through time as I’ve been using it. I never have cared too much for selling my art for monetary success and I’m not fond of money, but it turns out that “SEK” is a Swedish currency and it’s a very old form of currency. I found that really funny and ironic.
I’ve often described you to people as the “street art poet”. Are you into reading poetry? If so, who are your favorite authors?
I actually love poetry. Thank you for the title! I am currently reading Geoffrey Chaucer’s work right now. He is actually one of my favorite poets because his work was all written with huge misspellings and grammatical errors. He also made up his own words, which we all use today. People to this day are still trying to cypher some of his work. Aside from him, I like Shakespeare, Bukowski, John Milton and some others that don’t come to mind right now.
What has been your favorite piece that you’ve put on the streets? When and why did you start putting your work out?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I don’t think I have a favorite. I guess the one that I am really content about right now is “E Pluribus Unum” which translates to “Out of many, one”. It reminds me of making sure to keep going and it keeps me ambitious. I started doing graffiti at first, just sneaking out in the middle of the night and climbing random things to challenge my huge fear of heights. But I use to walk around with these thoughts in my head and I would stop and write in on walls because I had no notebook or journal to write it in at the time. Then I had stopped for a long time after I did buy a notebook because I really got into poetry and writing and of course I was going through a party/clubbing stage ha-ha. Then I caught myself a couple of times just sitting at benches drinking coffee and with a marker in my pocket so I decided that I would start writing these thoughts on the walls again. It started off small then I picked up a can of paint again and it just continued from there.
What can you share about “Heights Life”?
Heights Life is clothing brand that me and a friend of mine, Micheal Apodaca started just recently. We are hoping to expand the company to other things besides clothing as well. Most people directly link it to the town we grew up in,
“Artist by day Vandal By night” - SEK
What do you think the difference is between being an artist and being a vandal? What separates the two for you?
This I wrote as an outburst I guess to what was going on around me. I found it so funny seeing graffiti being coined as “street art” and then noticing that if you paint a wall during the day it was art but if you went off and snuck around in the middle of the night to paint a wall it was considered vandalism. Also, seeing gallery owners pick up on the form of art and then turn what we love to do into a bigger market and revenue kind of irked me. Soon graffiti writers went from vandals to artist from night to day. Again I was drunk when I thought this and it was more of an outburst, it doesn’t bug me much anymore because it really isn’t something I dwell on too much and I’m happy to see my friends and other artists grow and evolve in this time and era. Now I just see it more of an alter ego thing. I’m an artist in galleries by day but at night I throw on my hoodie and backpack and go out and vandalize the streets. It’s the kid in me I guess ha-ha
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Rita Ora shared photos of her Liberation Next magazine shoot on her Instagram this weekend and she looks amazing in the photos.
While the editorial gave you all black and white photos with a glam grunge feel, the singer/model donned a whole lot of Chanel which made sense since Karl Lagerfeld shot the photos.
Take a look at all the photos from Rita’s feature here!
The famous twins each posed for a cover image, and discussed their business empire and life in the spotlight.
With regard to a question they’re always asked, Mary-Kate says, “‘How involved are you?’ It’s not like you wake up one day and have a huge company with four or five different companies within the companies.”
Their involvement with their fashion lines meant giving up the acting careers that made them famous.
“I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who are representing me, ‘I need to do things 100 percent. I don’t feel like I can give you 100 percent of my time,’” explains Ashley. “There’s a lot of compromise in the entertainment industry.”
Mary-Kate ended her own on-screen career after some “Weeds” appearances and a 2008 movie. CLICK HERE for the full story!
This Saturday there is a really great art event happening at Space Twenty Three and the Sportie LA parking lot on
What makes Art In The Yard even more amazing this time around is the special art workshop for underprivileged and at-risk youth taking place inside Space Twenty Three. The After-School All-Stars have been invited as special guests to attend the workshop which will have many interactive activities, paint tutorials, and a special “found art” project. The main focus for this workshop is to show the youth that there are many ways to tap into their artistic abilities and that anything can be turned into art. These tutorials will be taught by many well known
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.
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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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Fame Fest is going down tonight in the heart of Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue. Music, food, and a live showing of art will take place among other great activities for the public. The entrance to the event is free and all are welcomed to come and experience Fame Fest!
This event will take place every first Thursday of the month so make sure you come on down and see what all the fuss is about!