Photos courtesy of 2wenty.
Los Angeles based artist 2wenty is having quite a year. His “Facebook Social Cigarettes” street art went viral in early 2011 and he has been catapulted onto the world stage as one of the hottest street artists on the scene! Aside from his art, not much is known about the reclusive artist – until now! Thanks to the magic of Facebook, 2wenty and I played a real life version of 20 questions!
According2g: Where did the name 2wenty come from?
2wenty: When I was 20 years old, I use to ride street bikes with these older guys and they started calling me 20. It’s the only nickname I’ve ever had that wasn’t a spin off of my own name. I figured society sees people as numbers anyhow, so I’m picking my own.
A2G: How long have you been doing street art?
2wenty: I started right before 2011. Pretty crazy considering what has happened thus far. I have been dubbed “the golden child of LA street art” by a lot of people.
A2G: Who are your heroes / influences?
2wenty: I like what a lot of artists are doing but the only artist I’ve really looked up to has been LA’s Dog Byte. He is one of the few artists that was doing what I wanted to do in the terms of how he was choosing his spots, and I liked that he would only put out one-off stencils instead of slamming the street with the same thing over and over again. Not to mention he is a super nice guy and he really cares about the scene. I’ve started paying close attention to C215’s work. His stencil work is some of the best around. I don’t really have any specific influences other than looking at street art which I’m sure has some subconscious effect. I even try to guard myself sometimes because I want to develop my own style.