One of the biggest and leading art fairs has just started from 29th Jul to 31st Jul @ Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall in Yurakucho. Admissions ￥1500 but worth visiting. Loads of galleries from various countries gathered in Tokyo for three days!! Cannot miss it. To find out more go to www.artfairtokyo.com
Save The Youth’s Phet-induced author talks his up and coming work, moon craters and take away meat. Since 2000 AAGH crew has been a safe haven for youngsters interested in exterior decoration, sharing ideas and what not. David Sausage investigates.
Thank you for talking to the Chotto Matte.
1) How did you become Sickboy?
I became Sickboy in a moment of confusion in my formative years as a repugnant wall decorator in the South West of England
2) What’s going to happen next?!
I have a major solo show in London dropping in September called Heaven and Earth it’s set to be a biggie with some collaborative pieces in the form of an installation with artists such as Ben Eine, Anthony Lister, Word to Mother to name a few.
3) What really gets you going?
Bright colours and a lucid narrative.
4) What is AAGH?
Aagh is a collective of artist formed by patrons dr.dog/spam and sickboy. It stands for “Ave A Go Heroes” and can be summed up by the notion of painting with gold butter on a moon crater in front of a load of butter critics from earth. And laughing in their face as your chosen medium fails to stick amidst zero gravity and cosmic bombardments.
5) What makes good graffiti?
If it’s done from the heart you can tell that it’s good.
6) Is graffiti still becoming more popular and mainstream? How much is that to do with Banksy?
I try not to pay much attention, four studio walls, a kebab shop and the odd hop over a fence are enough to keep me at full capacity.
7) How did you make the transition from bomber to successful commercial artist? I mean I sort of know,,, I used to wake up to the sound of our front gate slamming only to peer out the window and see the back of you peddling off on your bmx ready to clinch some big deal,,, but it’s not just talent and persistence, or is it?
Haha you make me sound like a stock broker. I don’t know whatever comes naturally I suppose. The world is full of exciting opportunities I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a diverse range of stuff. And it’s a dream to be self sufficient and do what you love. I try to strike a balance and keep things fresh.
8 ) You have one of the best tagging styles I’ve seen amongst writers. How?
Haha beauty is in the eye if the beholder! I believe you thousands wouldn’t. Tagging’s fun isn’t it? After however many years you carve your own niche doodads for breakfast. Do a wall dance with spraycan on full pressure!
9) You have one of the most thickly sarcastic senses of humour I’ve seen amongst writers. The last time we met we went into that chaps convenience store, I withdrew cash and you were tagging his furniture in front of him walking out and slipping a note into his breast pocket, he was,,, speechless! 😮 How?
Natural born pisstaker I surprise my self sometimes.
10 ) Will you be painting at Inkie’s “See No Evil”? If yes, what will you paint?
I think so I’m pretty flat out on this show but the walls at see no evil are pretty tempting plus jerk chicken dinner tickets and free hangovers! Yes!
Find Sickboy at http://www.thesickboy.com/
UK graffiti legend Inkie is planning to have a huge 3 day graffiti jam in Bristol’s town center from Thursday, August 18th to Saturday 20th. This is set to be Europe’s biggest ever graffiti jam. Having a concrete box with a runny nose all done up spick and span bristol fashion by a slice of the bestest local writers plus TATS cru, El Mark and so far Shoe from Holland can’t be a bad thing. Bristol Council have seen the tourist pull of Melbourne’s Alleys and since one can already take a “Banksy tour” expect graffiti, stencil and artists to be there in no short measure.
We here at Chotto Matte are looking to interview Inkie but looks like he’s going to have his hands full until after the event.
Mother Goose was so excited when she heard the news that Bristol is set to be the stage of Europe’s biggest ever graffiti jam she laid 6 GOLDEN EGGS! They will be located all around Nelson street whilst the event is on… see if you can find them all! Person with the most eggs wins a …
V E R Y S P E C I A L P R I Z E !!!
I’ve been trying my darnest to get some new things on thi s blog to keep people like YOU coming back! (All 3 of you). Well,,, there’s a place you can go,,, called www.pinkyvision.com where birds and skulls and love and pink come together to create a phresh vibe. Pinky is the Grand-daddy-o of the Hull scene. Some graffiti writers dabble, others get up, some are pushing in new directions and living what they do. “From living as they do” scaid the caretaker int eh warehouses. Well, that is Pinky. He gives you a the Pinkyvision from living as he does. “Get wiggy!” He’ll say over yer shoulder. “Don’t bite!” like a mantra and growing up listening to him taught me that freedom to find the original vision is what graffiti (not street art, or urban art whatever thaey are!) CAN be all aboout. He lives by the sea and he lives what he does. Go see www.pinkyvision.com
“I say “Good morning” to Paro-chan when I wake up, I couldn’t say that to a fridge could I? Basically, human beings are weak. That’s why I speak to Paro.”
Some flicks from the mysterious skate park. Our expedition into the Chiba jungle with messers Dr. Dog, Fedo and Henka proved mighty fruitful. Japanese graffiti! Rich, colourful, bountyful panel after panel of stylin` graffiti gold!