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Speaking with Dede Confidential aka Reality Check

Your stencils and stickers seem to be everywhere in Tel Aviv. When did you first start getting up here in Israel.  I was 12 years old, and I found a spray can. I wasn’t sure what to do with it.  So I just started tagging — and a bit later on I started spraying planets on the walls of my neighborhood.  I came up with 14 different planets

What was your motivation at the time? Rebelliousness!  I loved the feeling.  I was hungry! Hungry to express myself freely. I’d come out around midnight and do my thing. I never even signed my name.

Did you work on your own or were you with a crew?  I was almost always by myself.  I didn’t have friends at the time who were into doing what I was doing. 

These days your work is quite sophisticated. Do you have a formal background in art?  I’ve always been drawing, although when I was younger, my primary interests were math and physics. But after the army, I decided to pursue my interest in art. I studied Visual Communication at The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. These days I work as a graphic designer.

You seem to really like stencils and stickers – as your main means of expression in the streets.  Yes, I’m mostly into stencils, paste-ups and stickers.

Why those media? They’re convenient and fast – and easy to repeat.

Have folks ever removed any of your stickers or paste-ups?  Of course. But I don’t mind. I like when people take home a piece of what I’m doing in the streets.  I just do it again!

Any favorite artists?  Many. Among them are:  Banksy, C215, Shepard Fairey, Warhol and Haring.

How do you get your materials? I like recycling the materials I use from street ads, but I also make use of random junk I find on my way and leftovers from shops.

Have you ever been caught by the authorities? No

I’ve seen your questionnaire on the streets – asking people the meaning of life? Interesting! What inspired you to do that?  I like to make my work interactive. I love communicating with people who pass by on the streets and see my work. I get many interesting responses – emails, too! And these responses often inspire me to create more art. All this interaction makes my life more meaningful.

What do you see yourself doing in five years?  I just want to keep doing art and developing my talents…Be bigger, faster and stronger!

Good luck! I look forward to seeing more of your work on my next visit.

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland