Interview with Neil Posto Deanes by Iva Kancheska 03/10/2011
Hello Neil! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for Skin-Artists.com readers. Please start by telling us a little about yourself, and how you got into graffiti...
Q: How did you get into graffiti?
A: I started when I was bout 14 tagging and been a tat basically, then as I was growing up stronger I got into artists such as TRANS1 and BLAM.
Q: Do you remember your first graffiti painting? Is so, what was it?
A: My first proper piece was a screaming face in black and white with a artist called PEAK!
Q: How would you describe your graffiti style?
A: Characters and photo realism!
Q: Do you consider graffiti art as a great way to express yourself?
A: Definitely its a define art form reason why I choose to paint characters, more appealing to the general public. Not everyone understands graffiti letter forms and class it as vandalism, more people respect characters in my opinion!
Q: Painting graffiti is very creative work. How do you get inspired?
A: I get inspired by looking people around, local faces such as drunks and crazy people.
Q: Creating a big piece could be difficult. Do you have a sketchbook?
A: I do, but I don't use it so much. Its just in my head, I know what I want before I start.
Q: There were a lot of debates about graffiti art in the past years. Some people still consider graffiti art as a deviation, sub culture etc. What is the opinion about graffiti in your country?
A: Very much the same to a certain extent, but like I say the reason I paint character is more people see it as art and not graffiti!! If that makes sense?
Q: Of course! What are your thoughts about the movies about graffiti, such as " Bomb the System", Tony Silver and Henry Chalfantës ìStyle Warsî in 1982 or Charlie Ahearnës ìWildstyleî in 1983?
A: I think they are trying to express the art form and not the vandalism form!
Q: What are your feelings about the graffiti scene at present and the transitions in styles you must have seen since you began writing?
A: There is a lot of shit around but then I imagine people think that about some of my work. Were I live there a lot off youngsters that like to destroy good work, when I started out there was like a rule , u never go over sumet if u cant beat it??? A mark of respect!
Q: Any artists would you like to work with?
A: TRANS1-GNASHER-BLAM, TO MANY TO MENTION!
Q: What is your favorite project you've been doing lately?
A: I like shocking art such as my new wall which I did yesterday a local tramp drinking super strength lager, I know some people will not like it but I bet all the tramps and drunks will haha!!
Q: You also work on many cool interior designs. Awesome! What is more challenging for you?
A: The streets because it gets more exposure and also people stop and watch you painting!!! Also weather plays a big part of painting out doors!! Both the another upside to painting interior is getting a nice cash in hand at the end of the day!
Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the customers?
A: I've had to paint a koi pond in a little blow up boat that was a interesting job!!
Q: Do you still enjoy painting as much now, or do you feel jaded at all, do you still have the enthusiasm?
A: Painting is my passion, like I said am a tattooist by trade, but there no room for mistakes doing tattoos, were as graffiti is more relaxed, I believe I will paint till the day I die, my dream is to get my son who is 2 at the moment to be really good at art and one day we will burn walls together !!!
Q: What's your best motivational lesson for the beginners?
A: Don't give up, find area u like and stick at it. I hate doing letters so I get 1 of my crew to do that bit and ill bang the characters out, team work is best for burning walls!!
Feel free to change any bits needed to make a more interesting interview thanks again please send more details of final piece!!! POSTO! www.myspace.com/DEANSEY