giovedì 4 febbraio 2010

Interview with Paul Mamo (nine-o)

q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.

a) I come from a graphic design and advertising background, that is my trade and I have been into the street art scene ever since I was a child growing up. As a teenager I used to ride a lot, play a fair bit of street hockey and go around tagging, I don’t ride any more though as I was a bit fearless back then. I document on the street art scene for a fair bit as I’m always painting with my fellow artist friends.

q) Had you always planned on being an artist [or had you other hopes]?

a) I would have to say no the that to be honest as I’ve always been involved in artwork and advertising but never assumed that I would become an artist, it’s just been a bit of a hobby of mine. I have been producing more and more artwork of my own as well as commercial projects for Beautiful Crime vs Armani Exchange and also for FatFace Clothing Stores.

q) Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?

a) My preferred medium is spray paint and acryllic, The control you can have with spray paint and the different textured backgrounds you can create with acryllic add a nice dimension to the concept of the piece.

q) How would you describe your style?

a) Innocent but sexy and provocative looking girls is all I can say really. It reflects what I like to see myself and what pleases me to the eye. It’s not filth but beauty.

q) Do you go through any certain processes while trying to produce your work?

a) I have an idea of what kind of pose I would like the piece to be. I will use my own photography or source any that I find, ask the owner’s permission if that’s the case. I have just received some images from a person with their permission. That image is next on my agenda and once again it’s a hot chick.
Once I have an image that I wish to produce as a stencil I will the layer it up into how many colours I wish to use. Depending on how big the piece is I will either project the piece onto a wall and draw onto the card or just print the piece out and draw onto the card, all done by hand. Once I have drawn the layers onto the card, I will then hand cut all the pieces ready for a test spray.

q) What are you working on at present?

a) I’m working on a piece titled ‘Fallen Angel’, a girl crouching down with a winged tattoo on her back and the wording Fallen Angel. This is only a 2 layer piece, black and white but I will create a background for this when I paint onto a canvas. I have also just cut this piece 1 mtr wide by 1.2 mtrs tall to paint down in Portsmouth on a 6.2 mtr wide by 2.5 mtr piece of hoarding

q) What about recent sources of inspirations?

a) Different painting techniques using a variation of mediums to create textures, paste-up and paint, old bill boards on the streets, decaying from contact with the elements.

q) What are some of your obsessions?

a) Well, I am completely obsessed with Parisian Street Artist INVADER, my friends will tell you the same, I go around finding the space invaders, have invasion kits, invader maps and books (if I was somebody looking at me then I would think stalker, but I’m far from that).
I have an obsession with Adidas shell toes and originals and also Tiger Onitsuka

q) Which galleries have you shown at and which galleries would you like to show at?

a) I have some of my work at Gallery 90 (Finsbury Park) and Graffik Gallery (Portobello Road), both located in London.
I would love to show some of my work at the following galleries: Signal Gallery, Urban Angel (both (Shoreditch) and Stolen Space (Truman Brewery, Brick Lane)

q) If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted?

a) Obviously, I have a fan page on Facebook:
and a Flickr account too:
but I would prefer to being contacted via my email address which is

q) Do you have any suggestions or advice for artists that are just starting out?

a) Take your time, create your own identity – style and don’t rush into things. Speak to other artists, watch them paint for some tips and techniques, I’ve done that myself.

q) Who are your favorite artists?

a) Just to name a few: BANKSY, Eelus, Fin DAC, FarkFK, HUTCH, BTOY, C215, Dale Grimshaw, Fake, Faile, Charlie Isoe, Jonathan Yeo, Hush, ©opy®ight, Ill Joseph, Julian Kimmings, Orticanoodles, Lucamaleonte and Lex –sten-

q) What books are on your nightstand?

a) Subway Art, 300, Street Sketchbook, Filthy Luker, OBEY - Supply & Demand, Invasion of Paris, Invasion of Los Angeles, Invasion of U.K., Invader – Low Fidelity, Children of The Can, Wall and Piece, Home Sweet Home, Remi Rough – Lost Colours and Alibis, Heroes Graphic Novels Vol 1&2, V for Vendetta, The Watchmen, Street Art, Blek Le Rat, Dave White, Street Renegades, Modern Toss, Stencil History X, Juxtapoz Magazines.

q) To what weaknesses are you most indulgent?

a) Getting distracted mid way through something and then doing something else.

q)….your contacts…

a) Just to name a few: Beautiful Crime, Death by Daylight, Fin DAC, FarkFK, Stickee, Eelus, Dale Grimshaw, Fake, Ben Slow, Ives St Covert, NOL, Ill Joseph, Julian Kimmings, Bubba2000, DON,

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