Photos courtesy of Jonny D1G1TAL.
Los Angeles based street artist Jonny D1G1TAL is a rebel without a crew. He grew up in Hollywood and Downtown LA and has been through a lot. He usually lets his art do the talking, but the reclusive artist opened up and answered a few questions for all of us. Thanks in advance to Jonny D1G1TAL for the great thought provoking art and for giving us an insight into your life.
According2g: You come from a graphics background, when’s the first time you did street art?
Jonny D1G1TAL: I went to school in Downtown Los Angeles so I did the typical tagging, hand-drawn stickers and whatnot. The closest I got to street art was creating graphics in Photoshop and posting them online. I was just a kid admiring a local artist doing his art in the street, which was extremely different from the norm in that day. A while back I posted photos from my childhood room, more specifically the door. Back in the day I bought stickers directly from Shepard Fairey from the Obey Giant website (around 1999). I felt I couldn’t touch what he was doing so I didn’t want to make a real attempt until I had enough confidence in my art and myself. Roughly 10 years later, with age and refinement come my wacky and insightful messages.
A2G: Can you tell us who has influenced you?
JD: I’ll start with the cliché artist and say Shepard Fairey. I feel I had a connection with Obey before many others did, elitist as that may sound. Banksy’s political statements inspire to no end as well. I want my art to both have an ironic, comedic and political message. Sometimes I feel happy, sad, manic, depressed, or all of the above. It comes out in my art. I put it all out there and see what sticks. I would say that my modern day influence is my child as she is the inspiration for the Hipster Baby.
A2G: I’ve read online where you’ve said you’ve seen and experienced it all. Tell us some of the wildest things you’ve experienced.