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Mini Dudes, The Yok
Moustaches are cool. The Yok, US based graffiti artist, adds his iconic style to the Dude. Part of The Super...
Hailing from Perth, Western Australia - a place that bored him to tears - revelation came on a trip to Barcelona where he was introduced to the novel concept of painting on walls. A decade later, The Yok is renowned for his larger than life style characters that adorn walls around the world. We woke up next to him and needed to ask a few questions…
Morning Yok, what's for breakfast and where are we?
A banana and a coffee. I live in Brooklyn. I love that when I go riding I can see on the old factories and I love that you can actually find good waves just one hour from here.
In search of the perfect wave?
Well, when I'm not creating art I am traveling, surfing, watching people go by. Travel inspires me the most, the different cultural arts of each country are a good source of material and content. I just bought a giant book on South East Asian arts, gods, puppets, masks and traditional arts, that should keep me going for months. My work has been exhibited in Australia, USA, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, UK, Spain, Hong Kong and I try to accompany it where I can. I guess if I weren't an artist I would be running a beach bar.
How did your love of graffiti start?
I was always interested in drawing, comics, cartoons as most kids are... but as I grew up I discovered the character side to graffiti. I didn't decide to become an artist I was just always drawing pictures of my friends on my school books, and on their skateboards and surfboards. I'm still drawing and I would like to think I always will. I was first inspired by graffiti when I was on a trip to London and later Barcelona. I remember I saw a Phil Frost piece on the side of Slam City Skates, I studied it for a while thinking I want to try that.
The first time I tried to use spray paint was a disaster, but I was hooked, it's such an immediate unforgiving medium, I love working with it.
My favourite place to paint was maybe Tokyo, maybe Thailand, in South East Asia no one really knows what your up to, they just think you're painting a picture, I guess graffiti doesn't have a bad name there yet, so the locals are a lot more chill with letting you paint on their walls.
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