Days is one of the sickest artists out there with a spraycan; wildstyle is in his blood, along with a healthy dose of irreverence, a love for hip hop, original graffiti culture and classic cars. We managed to pull in an interview with him as he prepares for his entry into the upcoming Sidewayz show…
More jump off after the jump off
As an artist, you’re pretty old school, tell us how it was for you growing up with graffiti in Australia..
Growing up Graffiti wise in Australia, I feel I can only comment on Sydney, as this is where I grew up and was getting up. In short, it was very different to now, in my opinion. Obviously the public’s perception has changed and is a lot more accepting of graffiti, but, more importantly, I feel it was a lot more underground and it wasn’t pigeon-holed under the umbrella of ‘street art’ back then. It was simply graffiti, done by writers for themselves and other writers. I consider my self extremely lucky to have grown up in the areas of Newtown, Erskineville, Redfern and Inner City Sydney in the late 80’s, early 90’s and to have witnessed how it was back then and be mentored and influenced by some of Sydney’s all-time kings.
You’ve done some pretty huge projects, including the Adidays stuff and more recently, a window at EMI in Sydney, despite having relatively little to no web presence, how has this all come about?
The EMI Music project came through an architect who saw an interior at Notorious & Co, in Bondi Beach, that I painted, it was a freehand aerosol photo-realistic piece of an old photo from the NYC elevated subway. The crew at Notorious & Co have been great, almost working as an agent for me promoting what I do and networking my various abilities. My canvases are for sale in their shop and we have built a cool business relationship, we have a collab T-shirt and print launching soon with King Of Nothing Apparel. The Adidays stuff is actually a corporate rip off I came up with many years ago…
Who else would you jump at the chance to work with?
Although the Adidays stuff actually had nothing to do with Adidas, it would be cool if they wanted to do a production run with me based on Adidays. Brand-wise, I’d jump at the chance to work with most, as long as their motivation for using graffiti was for the right reasons, and they were prepared to do things properly in regards to the finished product and, of course, put the writers artistic integrity first.
How did you start painting?
I can remember always being a relatively good drawer from a young age, so, through growing up in the right area at the right time and needing an outlet, I got into Graffiti in the late 80’s and by the early to mid 90’s my skills were slightly more developed and I was painting on the regular.
Tell us how the scene has changed over the years in Australia?
Overall, it’s probably the inclusion of street art into the scene that has been the biggest change. In the publics eye it seems to have almost justified what writers have been doing for decades. Other things, such as the internet, for networking and sharing (and biting in some peoples cases), the amount of implements available (paints, markers and inks) and graffiti related products (books, toys and clothing etc) and the accessibility of all of the above have changed things worldwide.
What’s your all time favourite pair of trainers?
Tough one, the best I can do is a top 5, as opposed to picking one. In no certain order and any colourway: Nike Air Max 87’s, Air Jordan 3’s, Air Jordan 4’s, Nike Air Trainer One SB’s and rounding off the 5 would have to be Adidas Superstars (no eyelets around the lace holes). This said, I still have love for brands such as Troop, British Knights, SPX and Fila.
Do you think, basically, graff artists are geeks?
Hard to answer, I wouldn’t say geeks, as such, but they are definitely very focused, dedicated and immerse themselves in what they like, what they do and how they do it, within graffiti and outside of graffiti.
What direction do you want to take your art next, how do you evolve and progress as an artist?
The direction would revolve around getting what I do out there a bit more. Whether it be my graffiti, canvases, project management, curating exhibitions, graphic design, signage, custom painting, graphics and illustration, I’ve always pushed myself and don’t like to limit myself. Evolution and progression-wise, I find it happens fairly naturally; I’ll start with a simple idea and push it to something I’m happy with that fits the bill without being clichéd. I am constantly drawing, sketching, designing and planning. I’m always looking at different visual inspiration and life, in general, keeps the artistic cogs turning progression and evolution-wise.
Days is currently working on a new website, in the meantime, to contact him for projects and other rad shit, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Sidewayz show here: www.sidewayzart.com.au