interview with Tvkillz | graffiti art | street stories  26/12/2014

Q: Do you have any artistic background?
A: Yeah me and my family lived in an artistic village in Holland called "Groteonzin" so I was surrounded by so-called artists and free minds from a young age. Also my mother was a painter and my father a famous poet from Holland. They drove me to this craziness I had nothing to say in the matter. Nowadays I still live in this town, it's not so artistic as back in the days, a lot of hipsters came in, they ruined the vibe a bit so I'm thinking of moving and go live in Berlin. I heard there are no hipsters there.

Q: Why graffiti? How long are you into graffiti?
A: Yeah that is the question that I'm asking myself since I started back in 2012, Why graffiti, why not just humping girls in a bad discotheque in Greece. So maybe I quit in 2013 and go to Greece to just do that!

Q: Do you have any influences that helped you in developing your own style?
A: Nope did it all myself. I didn't even knew other people were also doing this until late 2013. It was a shock I though I was unique but then I saw that a bunch of others were doing the same thing only worse off course.

Q: Talking of your style... From bombing to character designs and 3D compositions. Really amazing. Which style you love the most?
A: I like the monkey or 'Hou Quan' style the most. I am also pretty good at that. I started to practice at a young age and now I think I have mastered it. It comes in handy during my endless bombing missions in the Himalaya. But as I am a bit older now I started to get into "Tai shing" style more and more and that helps out a lot when I do my 3 d simple arrow and hand vat style... I'm a bit all-round (and that is not from what I eat, that's how I'm build)

Q: Art is a unique experience for everyone. To me, your art brings lots of joy and excitement. The characters are really eye-catching designs in your portfolio. Do you have any favorite comic characters that you try to draw?
A: I like toy story 4 I think I bite all my characters from that. For the rest,I have a group of artists working for me in my studio. I just have to say what I want and they make it just like Hirsh and Banksy. It's much easier cause I can watch Television all day.

Q: Tell me about the making process, how do you usually develop your basic idea to the final one? Do you use sketchbook?
A: Go to a wall, get your cans, press play and bam... the fresh style is on the wall, burning like crazy (at least when I do it!!:)
I don't have a sketch book, but I have like 56 of other writers below 12 that I ripped off, so I use their styles and they don't even know it!

Q: It's funny that nowadays, graffiti culture gone to mainstream. We've got the copy-cats, the crazy hipsters and all the fake posers in the social media etc. Not even to mention the Tv shows, the music videos... It's worse or better if you look back, like 10yrs ago... When there were Banksy and other old school artists... What's your opinion about the nowadays styles and the whole mainstream euphoria?
A: I don't know just started out, but from what I heard banksy is the one who put mainstream, copy cats and crazy hipsters on the map... ow no we have a few of these guys were I live as well. They do all you say, copy, be hip, are really fake etc and some people even think these guys are cool for what they do. Especially all their friends think that. Now that I think of that I also wanna be like that. So expect flares, dripping circles, shades, fades etc next time I do a piece in 2017.

Q: Your life story is really inspiring, from graffiti to toy design, dj-ing, what else? Do you still enjoy partying & painting graffiti as much now, or do you feel jaded at all, do you still have the enthusiasm?
A: Nope I hate it all, I just do it for the mountains of cash I get.

- What's the usual progress idea?
Being able to do nothing all day and watch TV.

Q: Since you've got your name out, been featured in many magazines, such as Bomber, True Colorz, Xplizit Graffics, Tuff Stuff, Fat cap etc, As an artist, what are some of your greatest obstacles you face while making your art?
A: Being to lazy to get into the street is my main obstacle and my fat wife who always hassles me when I try to go out. She doesn't like what I'm doing so then she sits on my and I can't get away. Pfff if you want to interview somebody who is crazy call her.

Q: Art could be a great influence on someone's personality. What is the best lesson that you've learned from your art journey?
A: Never talk to strangers, they suck!

- Any advice for the artists that are just starting out?
Yeah quit now you can never be better then me, so why try?

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Mr.Tvkillz aka BABE thanks a lot for the interview.