Questions and Answers with Jonny D1G1TAL

Posted by The G on May 2, 2011 under G Interviews | 4 Comments to Read

Photos courtesy of Jonny D1G1TAL. 

My Art is Not A Crime.  It's Criminal Minded

My Art is Not A Crime. It's Criminal Minded.

 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.

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 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.

Get The Fuck Up by D1G1TAL

Get The Fuck Up by D1G1TAL

 
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.

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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.

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