Photos by G (except where noted). Art by ¢ommon ¢ents.
“¢ommon ¢ents” is a Los Angeles based street artist who, equipt with a bucket of wheat-paste and an armful of posters, has been bringing his message to the streets since 2009. His artwork often encourages the viewer to think deeper into hidden and unseen messages, in his own work and others. “¢ommon ¢ents” art can be found throughout southern California and beyond. What is Common Sense to ¢ommon ¢ents? Read on…
According2g: You started doing street art in 2009. What got you into it?
¢ommon ¢ents: I’ve been slapping up stickers and small posters since I was in 8th grade, for bands that I was in or basically whatever I was into at the moment. But the real reason I started putting art in the street was because of screen printing. By late 2009, I had been printing for a few years and had a large collection of screen printed posters that were collecting dust. In my shyness, I didn’t like giving them away to people, especially ones that didn’t ask for them in the first place, so I started putting them around L.A. The thrill of being out late at night and climbing fences, fire escapes, and billboards just to express myself to the world made me feel more free and alive than I’ve ever felt. It made me feel like I actually had a voice in in a city that usually gives artists the cold shoulder. So I kept going! It wasn’t until around January 2011 that I started making pieces specifically for the street, and got way more serious about it as an art form. Since then I’ve been learning a lot and trying to better myself as an artist.
A2G: Who are your heroes/influences?
¢¢:On a professional level, I’d have to say Shepard Fairey is one of my main influences. I hate how I have to be embarrassed about saying that now, because since “Exit Through The Gift Shop” came out, every artist and their uncle says Shepard Fairey and Banksy are their main influences. But Shepard has always been one of my heroes, and I think it really shows in my work. On a personal level, I’d have to say Felix and Morley, two Los Angeles based street artists, have influenced me more than anyone else on the scene. Their art, and the way they share it, have influenced me to push myself as an artist to a level I’ve never seen. It’s artists like them that are keeping street art alive.