Los Angeles based artist Drew Merritt started painting and drawing as a child. When he was around 12 he got into graffiti and later into some trouble as well.
“You do all the stupid stuff kids do…. I was arrested and got in trouble for years worth of work. I was never that good at graff anyway, I have the worst hand style in the world, but I really liked doing it. So when I got in trouble, I tried to pay my attorney fees, but he was like, ‘Oh don’t worry about it, my wife wants to put murals in our kid’s room.’ So that evolved into this thing…like I can make money off of this.”*
His website doesn’t provide any information about himself except for this sentence:
“I’d rather not talk about it.”-Drew Merritt
In an interview for Complex he explained that it should be more about the art and less about the artist.
He also shared that he doesn’t like to call himself an artist: “I struggle with that because everybody is an artist…especially in L.A. It really got to me. I would go out with my friends to restaurants and bars and everybody I talked to would be like, ‘I’m an artist.’ I see it more like being a doctor or something…to get those letters in front of your name, you have to earn that. You have to be successful. You can’t be like, “I’m Dr. So-and-so, but right now I’m a barista.” Nah dude, if you’re practicing medicine, you’re practicing medicine…. And that’s kind of where I’m at right now. I just feel like I’m not at the level of success to call myself an artist, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get there. It’s one of those uncomfortable things…my own insecurities.”*