Interview w/ Murdoc

Murdoc is a talented Sydney-based artist who focuses mainly on stencil street art. He kindly answered my questions regarding his street art journey and shared his exciting future plans with Street Art Rat.
Enjoy the interview!

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~ By Murdoc ~

Where were you born and how did you start doing graffiti/street art?
I was born in Australia and spent most my life living in Sydney.
I started writing Graffiti around the age of 14 or so, I knew some older guys in a crew that everyone loved in our area. I really liked what they were doing and I got hooked.

How did your work develop? I see that nowadays you focus almost exclusively on stencils.
My transition from traditional “graffiti” to “street art” was mainly a way to portray a stronger message in my art. I got sick of writing my name(s) on a wall, and stenciling sped things up in the street. I was never the quickest at painting so I decided to switch things up.

Have you been criticized for your street art, since you often portray social and political issues?
Not really, everyone has responded pretty well. I try not to get too deep on that side of things, but I definitely still try to talk about or question things I don’t agree with. As everyone should.

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~ By Murdoc ~

What or who inspires you?
Some big inspirations of mine would be Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Blek Le Rat, Banksy, Basquiat just to name a few. Anyone doing inspiring things and not driven by identity or ego.

What do you think about Banksy and his work?
I think he is great, very clever with how he controls his image and the art he creates, he is a big inspiration of mine. I guess my only problem with the “Banksy Phenomenon” is the die-hard fans boxing stencil artists together and calling them copies, without taking a look at Blek Le Rat and other Pioneers. Not to take anything away from Banksy, he is one of the greats and always will be.

Do you have any favorite street artists?
I really like Pejac, Kidult, Os Gemeos, Lister, Lush sux. These probably would have to be my favorite as of late, they are all doing great things and are very talented.

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~ By Murdoc ~

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Interview w/ KAS

KAS is a talented Portuguese street artist born in Porto who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. His passion for art began at a young age. His father – also a painter – had big influence on him. KAS started painting classic graffiti lettering in the streets of Porto in 1999, he is a self-made artist, but he has learned informally from some of the greatest graffiti artists in Portugal.
KAS kindly agreed to answer my questions (not only) regarding his work.
Enjoy the interview!

Allegedly, you first got into graffiti by tagging all over the streets and then gradually progressed into street art and photorealism. How do you view tagging now? Do you see it as vandalism?
Yes, I started with classic graffiti and tags but evolution is a part of life so I developed my work in a different direction. But nowadays, I still look at tags in the same way as 15 years ago…The same message, the same style, the same adrenaline and sometimes I do the same. 😉
Of course I hate tags on monuments!

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~ By KAS ~ The Final Sunset – Bali, Indonesia

Do your murals have a hidden meaning or do you mostly create them for enjoyment?
I always have a meaning in my murals. I believe that street art is a power media and I use it to pass a message or an idea.

What or who inspires you?
All around me is a reason to be inspired. In the last 2 years I’ve started to mix photorealism with puzzle patterns and I like to play with the pieces and create some 3D effects.

Do you have any favourite street artists?
Yes a lot of them. It is difficult to choose the favorite artists because nowadays the list is quite large.

What would you like to achieve in the future/what are you currently working on?
I just want to continue my work and be better than yesterday. At the moment I have a couple of different projects on the way all around the world.

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~ By KAS ~ Smiles don’t use skin colors – Brussels, Belgium

Have you ever been caught by the police while painting?
Yes I’ve been caught and I ran away from the cops a lot of times.
Normally I say: if you never run from the cops you don’t know what graffiti is!

Do you have a motto or anything that you would like to share?
Do what you love and you will be happy forever…

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~ By KAS ~ Dubai, UAE

Finally, here are a few quick questions.

What do you see in front of you?
A wall that needs to be painted 😉
What did you have for lunch today?
Spray paint!
Most recent travel destination?
I was in Dubai painting for Dubai canvas 3D art Festival.
Your dream job?
I already have a dream job.
What superpower would you like to have?
I would like to have the power to stop the hunger in the world and the suffering of children in the war.

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Check out KAS’s work on his website and Facebook.

Thank you again for the inteview KAS!


Have a beautiful day!

Meet Igor Dobrowolski

Igor Dobrowolski is a talented artist born in Jelenia Góra (Deer Mountain), Poland who depicts social and political issues in his paintings and murals. In his work Igor explores topics such as death, depression, war and children, the problems of the poor and homeless and the lack of empathy.
His art should make us appreciate our life, our time, value all the little ordinary moments and make us more empathetic.

Igor kindly answered my questions not only regarding his work.
Enjoy the interview!

When did you start painting/doing street art?
My adventure with paintings began in 2014. 

How did your work develop and how would you describe your style?
My style? I don’t think I’m the right person to judge it.
I try to make my work about poor people, and I’m not talking only about financial issues, give them some voice. Also regarding the destruction of the environment. I just wanted to show true stories…to express appreciation of life, sometimes lack of sense in life, how time passes so quickly. Everything above is very important to me.

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I believe that empathy is one of the most important but much-underrated features. Perhaps it is even a virtue.
I do not deceive myself by the salvation of the world, but maybe my work or work of other people, not necessarily in the art world, will help fix something. I hope that my work is a little part of something bigger, something good.

For me, the attempt to conclude a part of hope in all work is very important, because I really believe it’s going to be “better” even after the greatest tragedies, perhaps for life or maybe death. I do not want to sound too lofty, but I just somehow feel I do not know how to put it into better words.

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Who Is BK Foxx?

BK Foxx is a New York-based artist who likes to create large-scale murals, working freehand with spray paint. Her murals can be found mostly throughout New York City.
BK Foxx also focuses on social awareness of animals which is why she often depicts them in her murals.

Here is a little bit of what she shared in an interview for Animal New York:

How did you get your name?
My initials are BK. And my little icon is a fox. With an extra “X” because “BKFox” was taken on Instagram (no joke.) My given name is allegedly from an ’80s sitcom.

Why do what you do?
Because I can. Because I speak better visually than verbally. And because nothing beats the feeling of standing next to people admiring the wall you painted while they have no idea you painted it.

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~ By BK Foxx ~ Brownsville, Brooklyn – Photo by Audrey Connolly

Do you bring your smart phone into the bathroom with you? Why?
No. I try to leave my phone alone as much possible. Notifications can turn you into a lab rat on cocaine pawing at your screen.

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~ By BK Foxx ~ JMZ Walls in Bushwick, NY – Photo: widewalls.ch

Drugs or natural highs?
Mostly sugar.
(*Full interview here.)

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~ By BK Foxx ~ “80 ft peregrine falcon at Palmyra Cove Sanctuary in NJ” – Photo: widewalls.ch

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~ By BK Foxx ~ Self Portrait – Photo: widewalls.ch


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Who Is KAS?

KAS is a Portuguese self-taught street artist who was born and raised in Porto, he currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
His passion for art began at a young age. His father – also a painter – was a major part of his childhood and had big influence on him. KAS took part in various international exhibitios around Europe. In his recent works he mixes photorealism and puzzle patterns which gives this amazing 3D effect to his works.

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~ By KAS ~ “Don’t Use Me As a Winter Jacket!” – Kuta, Indonesia – Check out: kasartofficial.com for more

KAS has been in Bali, China and Malaysia during the last two months and he managed to paint many murals on various street art events, commissions and live paintings.
He also agreed to answer a couple of my questions about his work – If there is anything that you would like to ask KAS then let me know in the comments! I will be more than happy to forward your questions to him!

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~ By KAS ~ “Eyes On Temple” – Bali, Indonesia – kasartofficial.com

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Meet PUG

Werner Bauer aka PUG is a street artist based in Styria, Austria who creates amazing murals mostly using stencils.
He was kind enough to answer a couple of my questions about his work.
All photos are by PUG. Enjoy the interview!

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How long have you been doing street art and how did you get into it?

I can’t recall the exact time. I’ve participated in exhibitions for many years and in my free time I would paint in the streets. However, I’ve been painting as PUG only for about two years now. I’ve had enough of exhibitions and galeries and I actually didn’t wanted to continue doing art anymore… but something was missing in my life and that’s why I started doing stencils and that is how I rediscovered my passion for art.

Why did you choose a pug as your image? 
I like his character. He is in principle friendly and peaceful, but he can be really stubborn and he would never bow down to anybody. He is kind of the anarchist among dogs. We are kind of similar in some ways. 🙂

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I see that you like working with stencils. How do you make them – on a computer or do you sketch everything by hand?
Both. First I make a sketch which I then edit in my computer. Most of the times I print it and finish some minor things by hand, after that I print the finished painting on an overhead foil to make the stencil.

Who inspires you? Do you have any favourite street artists?
I get my inspiration mostly from music, especially from bands like Sonic Youth or Mudhoney. I’ve never been too interested in art except for creating my work. Sounds strange, but it is what it is. There are of course people whose work is really striking – like f.e. Ernest Pignon who is, not only for me, one of the inventors of street art; and ROA is also amazing. I am therefore very happy that one of my most recent works is located right next to a mural by ROA (in Linz, Austria).

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Do your murals have a hidden meaning or do you  mostly create them for enjoyment?
I was a political artist back in the time when I used to make exhibitions, but I’ve always tried to infuse some humour into them. Nowadays, that I almost exclusively paint on walls, I try to simply find the best motif for the specific place and I try to have fun with it. This may have a message, but it doesn’t have to be forced to have one.

Do you have a motto or anything that you would like to share?
I don’t really have any motto… not to talk about it, but to simply make it happen – that is what’s important to me. To the beginners I would like to point out that the best technology doesn’t help if you have no style and no good ideas.

Thank you PUG for your time and amazing photos!
Follow PUG on Facebook for more murals.


Have a beautiful day!