graffiti | Interview with Isbo Art | Badajoz, Spain   09/08/2010  

Q: How did you get into graffiti?
A: I've always love to draw, capture on paper the way I feel. It was a form of what I could not explain in words. My friends suggested me to buy a boat and try to paint. From that that day, I felt something different, tranquility, peace, being able to express myself and everyone to see. I've discovered something that really filled me.

Q: How long are you on the graffiti scene?
A: I was 18 years old, but after a year I quit, because the graffiti was an expensive hobby at the time. I spent many years painting very little pieces, until 2007 when I had returned 100% to the world of spray.

Q: What first inspired you to start painting graffiti?
A: I was drawing with pencil on paper and my favorite artist was "Luis Rollo". When I became interested in the world of graffiti my references in this field was multiple, from the Americans, "Seen" or "Cope 2", the French graffiti artist "Noe Two",and many Spanish graffiti writers such as "Suso 33", "Zeta"....but above all inspires me a lot "Belin", which for me is one of the best in the world.


Q: Do you remember your first graffiti painting, if so what was it?
A: Oh, yeah! My first graffiti was "a piece" (as he calls the letters with which you write your name on a wall). It was night, I had only four sprays, one could barely see and it was very dark. I was very nervous, and every time you hear a noise of a car we were hiding. But it was a great time.

Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is close to realism.


Q: Do you have any influences?
A: Yes. I often observe other artists when they paint, but my ideas comes from my mind. I don't like what others do...

Q: What keeps you motivated?
A: My main motivation is to "beat me" everything that I paint. Each paint, or every picture that I made, must be the best thing I've done so far.

Q: What is your biggest inspiration?
A: Whatever, sometimes inspiration comes to me while I watch TV or surf the Internet. It's something you can not control .... the good ideas come alone.


Q: Do you have a sketchbook?
A: I use to have a sketchbook. It was the time when I was drawing only with pencil.

Q: Any favorite color combination or style that you prefer?
A: I love the contrast in my work. If I choose gray, I like to introduce some strident color. The grays and flesh tones are my favorites.

Q: Do you think that graffiti art is a form of self expression?
A: Exactly, that's the most successful class definition for the graffiti. It is pure expression, when someone paint on a wall is to express something that will not or can't explain with words.


Q: Do you have any message that people should "read"?
A: I do not consider myself as someone important to send messages, but I would say that if you have a dream ... do it! Pursue that dream no matter what, because if you do not realize that dream, you'll regret the rest of your life.

Q: What's the opinion about graffiti in your country? Are there any harsh law regulations?
A: In my country, luckily each time there is more graffiti writers, but are not always respected by the authorities and citizens. In many cities chasing graffiti writers, and make them pay a penalty of up to 3000 or 5000 Euros. Only in some major cities support the graffiti writers.

Q: What is the dumbest thing that you’ve ever done?
A: A picture I painted for a friend and that was horrible !!!!! But he liked, hahahahahaha.


Q: You also work on many interior designs. Awesome! What is more challenging for you?
A: The interior design is the hardest for me, because you should be more careful in the details. Those things needs more attention.


Q: Have you ever worked in team, If so was it a good experience?
A: Yes, I have done several works with other artists. Sometimes I haven't great experiences, because I wanted to be serious and professional, but some of them are not serious or professional people.

Q: Are there any artists at the moment whose work you like?
A: I like the style of work of graffiti writer "Belin", he has managed his work to his own style.


Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the customers?
A: Wow! There are amazing people. People who don't dispute the value of your work and they treat you very well. Once I did a job within one day, and the client was surprised by my good work and doing so quickly.

Q: Do you still enjoy painting as much now, or do you feel jaded at all, do you still have the enthusiasm?
A: Sometimes, when you realize that some people do not value your work, you lose your enthusiasm a bit, but fortunately there are many people who really appreciates my work and it helps me to carry on.


Q: Do you have any advice for the beginners?
A: My advice to people starting out in this world is to take this seriously, to make efforts. With hard work and determination all objective is achieved.

Q: What are your feature plans?
A: My next step would be tattooing, because tattooing and tattooed people are something that I love.
Thank you Iva, for the great interview!
You are welcome!