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Speaking with Carlos Cruz aka CONE Horror

Here in Santos your stickers are just about everywhere. I’ve seen them in Sao Paulo and even in my New York City neighborhood. When did you first start to get your artwork up? About two years ago.

We connected after you noticed that I had posted a photo of your sticker on my Flickr page. How did your sticker get from your hometown in Brazil to New York City? Gee, I’m not sure! I do lots of sticker trades, so some sticker head in NYC must have gotten it up there.

Cool! What inspired you to create stickers? Stickers seemed like the easiest way to get my art out there. And they’re not expensive.

Have you any preferred surfaces or spots? I like to place them in unusual spots that will attract people’s attention. I generally like to get them high up.

What percentage of your time is devoted to street art? Almost all of it.

Have you any income from it? I sell t-shirts that I’ve designed, and I get commissions from time to time.

Have you participated in any gallery shows? I’ve contributed stickers to lots of expos, like Stick Me Hard! in Belgium,  Stick on Haring in Italy, Stick of It All Vol. 1 in Spain, Exposicion Graffiti and Street Art Toluca 2010 in Mexico,  Parede 2010 in Rio and EXPO COLEX here in Santos.

Are you part of any crew?  Here in Santos I’ve been hanging out with the guys from a FASE! (www.afase.com.br). And I just started a crew, the HORROR CReW.

Yes, I’ve noticed you’re seriously into “horror!” Your images can be quite frightening, and your website is called HOME OF HORROR! What is that all about? Since I was a child, I’ve liked any kind of B-movie that involves horror, mystery or sci-fi. And back in the 90’s, there was a TV channel here in Brazil that showed tons of low budget/B-movies.  About ten years ago, when I was 12, I started freaking out on Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, Friday the 13th: The Series and Hitchcock Presents. I began to watch lots of Hitchcock movies and became increasingly fascinated with horror, gore and zombies, and the art the entire genre inspires. I love shocking art and I connect to it. So when you enter my blog, you are entering my personal HOME OF HORROR.

Have you had any formal art training? The only class I ever took was a Manga drawing class when I was 14. But I’ve been creating characters since I was a kid.

What is your family’s attitude to what you do on the streets? My mom doesn’t mind stickers or paste-ups. She kind of likes them. But she doesn’t like me tagging.

I’ve noticed, though, that here in Santos and Sao Paulo, writers tag in daylight in public spaces. Are there any risks involved? Have you ever been arrested? No, I’ve never been arrested, and the risks are minimal. When the politicians try to impress the public by “cleaning up” graffiti, they generally go after writers who hit private spaces with spray paint. 

Have you any favorite artists? I have so many.  Many, many! Among them are: 20mg, 455er, 999, Banksy, blu, broken fingaz, Centina, chã,, d*face, Daniel Cacciatore, Faust, Hieronymus Bosch, Javier Fábregas, Jon Macnair, Juice, Nave Mãe,  Matthew Skiff, os gêmeos, Salvador Dali, Shepard Fairey, Swampy, Tastes Gold, Tosco, Yan Copelli and Yehteh.

If you could collaborate with anyone whom would you choose? Obey and 455er. Obey because he’s classic. I love his style, his colors and his clean patterns. I also like the political and social stands he takes, like his opposition to war. His activism is subtle and effective.  I would love to add an element of horror to it!  And 455er because he kills the LA street art scene with his black and white combos. I already see a touch of horror in his pieces, so any collaboration with him would result in some amazing creepy pieces.

You are certainly passionate about art. Any other interests?  I love music, especially old school hip-hop and jazz.

What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Definitely working with art, maybe in connection with music or media.

Sounds great! Good luck!

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland