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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

Speaking with Inspire

I used to see your writing everywhere in Jerusalem. Now I see it, along with dozens of stickers, all over Tel Aviv, where you are currently based. When did you first start getting up?  I was about 15 or 16, traveling through the Midwest back in the States.  I began to write stories about my journeys on the walls. I signed them Idiot the Wise Hitchhiker.  I used a weather-proof blue marker to get my tag up.

What is your first graffiti memory? I remember painting a café back in St. Louis. I was 12 at the time.

What about stickers? When did you first get into stickers?  I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t doing stickers. I got into them about the same time I got into graffiti.

How do you get your materials? I liberate billboards. The substances used here for billboard ads are perfect for creating stickers.

How do you decide where to post your stickers? Have you any favorite surfaces? I look for specific colors or forms that I wish to complement.

Do you work alone? Or are you part of a crew?  I would describe it as an informal, organic collaboration.

Have you ever been arrested? I’m a fast runner.

What about exhibits? You’ve curated some amazing exhibits. This is the second year I was lucky enough to catch your annual Inspiration exhibit. I still remember the wonderful things I had heard from folks who visited your first Inspiration exhibit in Jerusalem four years ago.  Yes, the Inspiration exhibits continue to grow and expand. This year it represented 70 artists from all over the globe. 

Yes, it was quite an impressive group.  I even found stickers from Sti(c)kman!  What is the attitude of your family and friends to what you do?  They all love what I do. We all work together. My wife and two-year-old daughter are actively involved in everything I do.

What percentage of your time is devoted to graffiti? I live it and I eat it.

How do you make money to meet your expenses?  Through online sales and workshops that I conduct.

What about other interests?  I love hip-hop culture. These days I’m into reggae dub.

What do you see yourself doing in five years? More of the same! I’d love to bring more artists – like os gemeos – here to Tel Aviv!

Good luck!

 Interviewed by LoisInWonderland in Tel Aviv