Photos and art courtesy of Desire Obtain Cherish.
One of the things that turns me on about street art is the skill it takes to paint the town red (sometimes literally) while the rest of the world is sleeping. Another thing that I enjoy are the clever jabs at society that street artists take in hopes of bringing social awareness to new levels. It’s very rare to sucessfully pull off these two things, but Los Angeles based street artist Desire Obtain Cherish not only does it but is at the top of the street art movement as a result of his great art. Like any masterful artist, DOC does not just do one thing. He’s also involved in a dubstep project called Obtain. You can hear some of his music and even download some free tracks too! Desire Obtain Cherish’s first solo show is showing at Lab Art in Los Angeles (through September 14, 2011), so do not miss it under any circumstance. Desire Obtain Cherish was kind enough to answer a few questions for all of us and without any further delay, the DOC is in!
According2G: How did you get involved with street art?
Desire Obtain Cherish: A street artist named BAMP asked me to go out pasting with him one night. I was deep into making music at the time and thought, sure I’ll go paste some stuff to support my dubstep project called OBTAIN. I had been toying with DESIRE OBTAIN CHERISH for sometime. Mainly thinking about the ridiculous nature of our society and how we consume.
A2G: Where did the name Desire Obtain Cherish come from?
DOC: The 3 words together derived from what I consider to be our natural cycle of self will. Originally it was Desire Obtain Covet. But I felt no one would understand the word ‘Covet,’ so I kept it simple. We Desire. We Obtain. We Cherish. Very often we Destroy. Only to start it all over again. The word Destroy seemed a bit negative, so I left it with Desire Obtain Cherish.
A2G: Tell us about your first time… as a street artist.