Neighborhood Love interviews an artist who I’m sure, will become more and more of a well-known name in both graffiti and the art world in general. Very humble and very talented. Sril is easy to talk to and well…just an amazing artist. I have to say that NHLV has been a blessing to me, because it has given me the chance to get to know many artists I admire and see great things for in the future. And Sril is def one of those. Read on and check him out. And PLEASE, click on the images to enlarge, and see the amazing detail. Thanks and enjoy.
1. What neighborhood did you grow up in and what neighborhood do you represent now? If you want to keep your identity unknown, just tell us what part of the country, but if you want to get specific feel free.
Aside from a year or so that I lived in Philly, I’ve been in Salt Lake City, Utah my whole life.
2. How did you get started in graff and what were your influences in the early years?
I started like most I’m sure, seeing illegal pieces and characters in my neighborhood… Although I was pretty young when I first started ( 10 or 11 probably ), I tried to learn from the locals as much as I could. I spent a lot of time taking solo bus trips to the local hip hop shop and asking questions to whoever would give me the time.
My first few magazines were my biggest inspirations, some of which I’ve had the fortune to actually meet or paint with recently. BLES, EAST, TYKE and KATCH are a few names that come to mind.
3. How would you describe the style that you paint these days?
I’m primarily focused on realism, pushing myself to paint larger, more detailed or just cleaner walls. Although, I always have, and still love letters…I know that’s not really where my skill is at, so a piece for me is a rare occasion.
4. Can you tell us about some of the history of SLC graffiti for you?
SLC surprisingly enough has a pretty rich history. For me AOD / SADK were huge. They were the heavy hitters. The guys who traveled, innovated spots, and brought some knowledge to the city. From the late 90’s to early 2000’s KUHR has been a staple here as well, doing his part to pick up where the early guys left off.
As with most cities, it’s also packed with politics and bullshit beef as well.
5. Can you tell NHLV about some of the cities you’ve painted over the years and some of your favorite spots?
I just started traveling not too long ago. I’ve been fortunate to paint in Miami during Art Basel, LA, Denver and New Mexico so far.
Each place is a favorite in its own way. The experience of traveling and meeting people, even though it beats you up mentally and physically.. it’s always worth the price of admission. I’d really like to stamp the passport soon, we’ll see if it’s in the cards.
6. You have an amazing character ability, but you aren’t as well-known for your letters, ya? I think you have fresh letters also, how come you don’t push them more?
Thank you, I really do love letters. I’ve been fortunate to have some real style masters kinda show me the ropes, and critique my letters. It’s helped me develop a lot over the years… but even so, I know that my strengths are in the character work. So I’m happy to give up the piece spots for a good character spot.
7. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming projects you have planned or projects that are in the works?
I’m in the planning phases of my biggest solo wall to date. It’s about 24ft tall by 100ft long. I’m devoting most, if not all, of my energy to that project right now. For me, it’s a defining wall.
Beyond that, I’ve got a solo art show (my first) in February, and hopefully some traveling in between.
8. Do you like painting big walls?
Painting big walls for me is huge. It’s not only a test of your own skill, but of your drive. The larger the wall, the bigger the test. Mentally and physically. It’s one of the best ways I know to push yourself forward.
For me, it’s is all about progression. Progression of style, skill, technical abilities and progression of yourself and what you can handle.
9. Is there a certain style or writer you are feeling these days, who or what has caught your eye?
I’m a big fan of the pieces loosing outlines or creating contrast with depth rather than solid lines. With the style I paint, there are no outlines, no really hard edges. I’m really enjoying that developing in the letter world. It opens up a whole new world of what can be done.
10. And last, a huge thank you from NHLV for taking the time to chop it up with us! Is there anyone or anything you want to put some shine on or give a shout out to?
Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to listen!.
Huge thanks to the guys at MTN USA, KUHR, my wife, friends and family for dealing with my chaos!
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