Lors de mon interview par une journaliste de Ouest France, j’ai réalisé deux collages à Laval où j’avais déjà pas mal collé de Skulls, Men at work et Girls in the city.
During my interview with a journalist from Ouest France newspaper, I made two collages in Laval where I had quite glued some of my artworks.
Can you introduce yourself?
I am cartoonist since 1999 but also the author of the reference book on graffiti: Paris Tonkar (published in 1991) … I also practiced photography for many years as the paint. Indeed, I began to paint on canvas in the early 90s from the moment I could no longer manage the writing of my book, my studies, sport and my desire to express myself with bombs painting. Before there were fanzines like “The Zulu Letter”. My book was a new project as offering an overview of the graffiti movement that was born in Paris and everywhere including in uptown. For two years I am also the chief editor of an eponymous magazine that covers art news and time for old school graffiti.
You started with the tag, and then the picture, isn’t it?
Indeed I started very young to take photographs with a pretty basic device and, with the discovery of graffiti around 1985, I started to take the photos as well as tags and graffiti … For once, these two practices conditioned part of my adolescence. With hindsight, I think the writing of Tonkar Paris is the result of two factors: my passion for photography and practice of tag in my suburb, and when the opportunity presented itself, in Paris.
What was your passion for the world of Graffiti
It was during a trip to London in 1986 that I understand the meaning of graffiti and I decided to do also: down home and in my municipality, my school and sometimes the subway … I had seen in 1985 on the side of the “Petite ceinture” without really knowing what it meant. I also saw tags of Boxer, Bando … And Blitz! Anyway, I dive in and I quickly become unconditional! The breakthrough of the book comes later, much later … I bought two books about cults (Subway art and Spraycan art) I read quite often. I think the idea of my book began to germinate in my mind at that time … It was during a raid on line 10 with the TKV, SOS, NPA and my crew at this time the NSI (New Style Invasion) I decided to do a book on graffiti in Paris and the name of the book is obvious to me: “Paris cartonnée” which later turned into “Paris Tonkar.” This is the first book published in France on graffiti art in 1991. It is also the third in the world on the subject, in other words a reference with regard to urban culture!
At first, when you began to tagging, did you know that this was associated with the Hip Hop culture or this awareness came later
No, I did not associate the Hip-Hop to the tag when I started … For me, it was two different things and even antagonistic. I began with Smurf dancing in the basement of my city with my friends in the early 80s but with no be aware that this was the beginnings of this movement in France … Then the Zulu Nation appeared in my world, I have been in contact with a guy who was one but it does makes me want to deepen thing. To be honest, I felt very far from their “philosophy” … I did not feel the need to lock myself in another identity or another culture. I felt as well as French and Tunisian. For me, the tag was primarily a way of doing things forbidden at night … And the day! While I was working on my book, Queen Candy had called me one day to persuade me not to do it because I was not part of the Zulu Nation. I kindly replied that his opinion was not interested and I hung up!
La suite de l’interview : ici
(Posted on July 6, 2013 by George Stathopoulos)
Et si on prenait un verre ?
Qu’en dites vous ?
A la galerie mercredi 24 juillet 2013 à partir de 19h.
Il était une fois une fin …
L’aventure de Collectie se termine ce mois ci… La propriétaire de la galerie tenait à remercier, les artistes, les amateurs d’art, toutes celles et ceux qui ont participé à la vie de la galerie et qui ont été nombreux lors des vernissages.
Le 26 juillet 2013 Collectie fermera définitivement.
Les œuvres présentées à la galerie en ce moment sont disponibles à la vente.
Jusqu’au 25 juillet, vous pouvez vous rendre à la galerie Collectie (53 rue Lemercier 75017 Paris) pour y voir certaines de mes œuvres (et en acheter si cela vous plait !). Une belle exposition collective avant la fermeture de la galerie et ainsi terminer en beauté une collaboration riche. Merci à Muriel pour sa gentillesse et son professionnalisme ! Until July 25, you can visit the Collectie gallery (53 rue Lemercier 75017 Paris) to see some of my paintings (and buy it if you like it!). A beautiful group exhibition before the closing of the gallery and finish in style a fruitful collaboration. Thank you to Muriel for his kindness and professionalism!
La série Cubik est toujours disponible à la vente à la galerie !
The Cubik series is still available for sale in the gallery!
Merci à Tuco pour avoir collé un de mes personnages dans sa ville !
Thank you to the artist Tuco for pasting one of my characters in his town!
CRISIS [?] WHAT CRISIS [?]
28/06 – 14/07
ATHENS STREET ART FESTIVAL in ATHENS for 2013 presents
ADD FUEL | BASTEK STREET ART | BTOY | DECYCLE STENCILS | EIME | FKDL | FRED LE CHEVALIER | GOIN | GREGOS ART | ICKS | KASHNIK | KOUKA DTADI | LOSOTROS X Mj TOM | MAISMENOS | MILO ART | PIOC PPC | RABEA SENFTENBERG | TAREK | THOM THOM | UNO in the biggest simultaneous collaboration ever in Europe.
In Athens School of Fine Art + Municipality of Nikaia – Renti + CAMP Gallery
J’ai participé à ce premier festival des cultures urbaines à Athènes à travers mes œuvres. En effet, j’ai exposé quatre peintures lors de l’exposition collective au Athens School of Fine Art. Par ailleurs, Bastek a collé une œuvre commune intitulé « YES » avec un de mes personnages (Girl in the city #62). Gregos a collé des Skulls que je lui avais confiés (Big up mister Gregos)… Une présence également à travers mon implication sur les réseaux et les interviews que j’ai accordés sur cet événement.
I have participated in this first festival of urban culture in Athens through my work. In fact, I exposed four paintings in a group exhibition at the Athens School of Fine Art. Moreover, Bastek stuck a joint work entitled « YES » with one of my characters (Girl in the city # 62). Gregos has pasted Skulls I had entrusted to him (Big up mister Gregos) … Presence also through my involvement in networks and interviews I have given on this event.
Street Art Festival d’Athènes est une plate-forme interactive mondial de l’art urbain et une sorte de catalyseur visant à promouvoir des collaborations, produire et présenter des artistes et des œuvres d’art évocatrices intégrées dans les enjeux et les conséquences du changement climatique.
Le site du festival : http://athensaf.eu/
Athens Street Art Festival [ASAF] is an ongoing interactive global art platform and collaborative catalyst to commission, produce and present ground-breaking and evocative art work, embedded in the issues and consequences of climate change.
Website : http://athensaf.eu/
Finissage de l’exposition « Influences africaines »… Je tenais à remercier Elisabeth de la galerie Bab’s pour son énergie et son accueil fort chaleureux lors de cette exposition. Bravo aussi aux artistes avec qui j’ai exposé certaines de mes œuvres. Celles-ci sont disponibles et vous pouvez me contacter si vous êtes intéressé.
Finishing of the exhibition « African Influences » … I wanted to thank Elizabeth of the Bab’s gallery for his energy and warm hospitality during this exhibition. Congratulations also to the artists with whom I have exhibited some of my works. These are available and you can contact me if you are interested.