Q&A with Street Artist XVALA

Posted by The G on July 24, 2012 under G Interviews, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos courtesy of XVALA.

XVALA is not just a street artist.  XVALA is a tabloid artist.  His work focuses on pieces that address celebrity and popular culture.  If you live in Los Angeles or New York, there’s no way you have missed the “Fear Google” series that can be seen all over the streets of both cities.  I recently interviewed XVALA and at the conclusion of this article, if this doesn’t find you wanting to Google his Wiki, nothing will.

Xvala_Fear_Google_Beverly_Hills

Xvala – Fear Google in Beverly Hills

According2G: Tell us a little bit about your background including how you got into street art?

XVALA: Street art is what it looks like when my Wikipedia page is put in an unsuspecting spot that anyone can stumble upon. Anything I do can get edited, vandalized or deleted.

Xvala_Fear_Google_Demi_Moore

Xvala – Fear Google Demi Moore

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Questions and Answers with Smear

Posted by The G on January 19, 2012 under G Interviews, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos courtesy of Smear.

Cristian Gheorghiu aka Smear started off as a street artist in Los Angeles.  He quickly became one of the most prolific artists on the scene.  He successfully made the transition from the streets to galleries and then he got busted by the police, years after he stopped doing street art!  The arrest made headlines across the country, but the full story was never revealed – until now.  Your opinion on the legality of street art might be mixed, but one thing is sure, when you find out what happened to Smear, you’ll definitely agree that there is a major problem with our justice system.  I’d like to thank Smear for his honesty and for opening up to tell his side of the story.  Please note new readers, there is some rather harsh language so if that kind of thing offends you, perhaps you won’t want to keep reading.  With the fact that you are on this site, you’ll already know that I use harsh language a lot and while the internet is still unregulated, you won’t see censorship here.  I am not even fond of putting any type of disclaimer on this site, but you never know who is reading – so please take that under advisement before you continue.

 

Flashbacks

Flashbacks by Smear

 

According2G: Tell us about your background. How did you get involved in Street Art?

Smear: I’ve been scribbling on things out in the streets since I was 13.  I started up and down my block in the East Hollywood section of Los Angeles and pretty much kept at it since then.  Eventually it lead me to this thing that has been dubbed “street art.”  For the record, I have not comitted an act of graffiti or “street art” since very early in 2007 (you never know who is going to read this interview).

Another Hot LA Summer

Another Hot LA Summer by Smear

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Questions and Answers with Street Artist Kai Aspire

Posted by The G on November 30, 2011 under G Interviews, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Art by Kai Aspire.

If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve surely seen the work of Kai Aspire.  His iconic parody of the Marlboro Red cigarette pack (Morons – see pictures below) has been pasted everywhere!  His art has made the leap from the streets to the galleries, but little is known about Kai Aspire – until now!  I recently sat down with the reclusive artist and he answered a few questions.  Enjoy!

Morons by Kai. Photo by Kong

According2G: Tell us a little bit about your background including how you got started in street art?

Kai:I grew up in a house full of art, so technically speaking it’s in my “blood.” I think I got into street art when I was around 12 years old. I surfed, skated, snowboarded, and that kind of stuff and street art always has some kind of connection to those activities, but the real game changer was seeing Banksy’s show in LA. I didn’t even know it was street art, I looked at it and thought it was extremely clever and well put together.

Photo by Birdman

A2G: Who are some of your heroes/influences?

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Questions and Answers with Street Artist Earl Lee

Posted by The G on October 11, 2011 under G Interviews, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos courtesy of Earl Lube Industries.

Millionaire.  Lady Killer.  Sportsman.  Street Artist. Earl Lee is in it to win it.  Earl Lee’s penchant for fast cars and winning ways have turned him into an elusive icon that the most gorgeous women can hang with for only a night or a three day weekend if she bring two friends. The President and CEO of Earl Lube Industries, Earl Lee continues to push the envelope with everything that is fast on land, air or sea while simultaneously breaking the hearts of every centerfold, starlet and trophy queen he encounters.  “Born to Race and Race to Win” is Earl’s motto… and he’s just getting’ warmed up…….  Find out a little more about Earl Lee and why all the girls love him.

All The Girls Love Earl!

According2G: How long have you been doing street art?

Earl Lee: Started on the mean streets of Newport Beach, Cali approximately November of 2008.

All The Girls Love Earl

A2G: Can you tell us a few of your heroes and influences?

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Questions and Answers with Street Artist Oh Captain My Captain (OCMC)

Posted by The G on October 4, 2011 under G Interviews, Street Art | 2 Comments to Read

Photos courtesy of Oh Captain My Captain.

OCMC It's About Time

Oh Captain My Captain (OCMC) It's About Time

When you walk through the mean streets of New York, perhaps you’ve seen some glamorous street art on your travels.  Faces from an era gone by line the streets, but who do those faces belong to?  What do the letters next to the faces mean?  OCMC is short for Oh Captain My Captain.  As you read on, find out more about OCMC.  Oh yeah!

OCMC Paris Street art 2011

OCMC Paris Street art 2011

According2G: Tell us about your background.  How long have you been doing street art?  How did you get started?

Oh Captain My Captain: I’ve been doing street art for a few years now. Basically, most of my free time was spent skateboarding bowls/pools. I had a bad accident falling in a bowl which left me with a brain injury and some lost memory. Doctors told me I couldn’t skate for 6 months, as no one knew if I were to fall how it would affect my memory at that point. I always liked pop art so while I was recouping I started getting more into it. I couldn’t afford to buy it but thought I would just make my own. I loved Warhol and I wound up learning to silkscreen from one of Andy’s silkscreen printers. Then I was off and running…

OCMC Mary in Soho

OCMC Mary in Soho

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