So I see that it is an obvious statement to say that you like 3D and other forms of optical illusions. I think that no one needs to make this notion. So, I want to hear about your style, and how did you develop it? Simply put, how much work did it take to get into this level or form of art?
First of all Veks Veks is my name and yes, 3D is my shit! The world of the 3D environment for me is a development of the world around me. Your eyes must embrace all colors and objects and see their interactions together. From a young child I studied shapes, colors, and everything around me. You must study how every object interacts with each other. The silent people can be some of the most creative people. Why? Cause they shut the fuck up and they are always studying how everything is created and is put together. A true artist studies everything, and it is like their eyes are like microscopes to this world…simply put detail brother! Enter into our own dimension the science of shades, shapes, and colors. A true artist lives in a world only they can understand. If you want some advice, shut the fuck up and study everything around you and study the relationship in between everything. You can understand the world better if you study detail and how things work with one another.
When I first got started I was pretty much a little kid. I was an introverted kid, which means that I was always studying the world with a silent mouth but I had a busy mind. You could find me staring outside of the school windows and on the walls when I rode on trains. I was always quiet and maybe I was not so popular. The silent kid starring at walls is never popular but I never gave a fuck. Being a nerd of studying every detail of my environment got me to where I am today. So be weird, be silent, break the fucking rules, and concentrate on your talent because you will never know how far it will take you.
The development that is desired from the beginning was that my art simply should get better, so I painted! In fact, when I started graffiti, I was a toy. I stuck to a rather brutal style. It didn’t matter, just do whatever. I was not good at the beginning. I just simply had a love for it. My love was the fuel for my addiction and that was all that I needed. My addiction took over my mind from my books, to everything, maybe they should have sent me to rehab for writing my name on everything but I would have escaped, and maybe they would send me back, fuck it I will never stop. Graffiti or tag, piece or not, fuck it I just had to do it and I still do it.
From where I started, naturally wild style and making disgusting pieces was where I started. But my style started to improve when I met locals like MACHO, STYX, SHOZ, and AL WEST. They already had an advance style compared to mine. So to increase my ability I hooked up with them and that was the revelation of my life. It took my 2D to 3D upon my instant connection with them, so needless to say, my style changed course in mid 2D to a 3D. So it was like a hybrid species sauce that made Veks. Then after meeting with this talent I had felt a little shunned from my own talent. I then realized that 3D was what I needed to be doing. I have never been to school for art or design so I guess call me self-taught with mentors. My art school was from the streets, my meetings, and my travels. It took me about 12 years to arrive at the level that I am on and I have many miles of talent to travel through. So, my advice for all of you is to never give up, take and steal paint if you have to, but if you love something, you will never let it go.
What made you first want to paint on the walls? What was your main reason behind it? Do you do graffiti for different reasons today?
Well, the first time I saw graffiti was in a rap magazine. It was like my retina exploded. This cat named AC made me want to try to evolve, or really try to get up. In the beginning I was pushed by an unidentifiable surge of freedom. The freedom felt like I was in my own personal bubble. I had my own power of placing whatever the fuck I wanted in the appropriate place, a space, a territory, or side of a building. I started with tags in my neighborhood and then I attacked the style of 3D lettering. Today I’m still in the same vein but graffiti has also become my work, it’s a chance for me to be in my own world. I never dreamed I could work with the youngsters and share whatever wisdom I have inside of me, but it is truly something unique and special.
What have been the biggest challenges for this particular unorthodox path of life? Also, what were your greatest triumphs, large walls, high walls, or favorite projects?
One of my recent pieces might be one of my favorites, it is hard to tell. I just realized this a few months ago. How odd to paint one of your favorites and not realize it till months after? This piece was in a place where most people don’t know and that is in Charleroi (Brussels) near the train station. On the a street called Marc Dutroux, there is a facade of a printing press, although large and very beautiful, my piece is perfectly visible from the highway, that is a personal favorite. My other rails of triumph is not happening now but it will be to organize a jam in my city, and to set up partnerships to put graffiti on anything legally, really like a school so we can legally not destroy the city but make it more beautiful.
What are your current projects now? You were telling me earlier that you work with young artists and DJs, can you enlighten me about that some more?
As part of my job, I regularly organize exhibitions, (which I will discuss shortly) in which I am bringing young artists (graffiti, DJs, and musicians) I am also preparing a jam in 2016 and many other events through the youth center where I work. In my job, like I stated before, I have the opportunity to work with young people, I try to help them discover new talents and to reveal them through our internships or graffiti workshops and enable them subsequently to participate in jams alongside the biggest names in the Carlo (city) scene.
I know some graffiti artists are hot and we respect that, but if you could tell me an interesting story I’m down. I love good story about vandalism or even two if you can. Cop stories are always good, right and wrong at the same time for obvious reasons.
I could cite many, but I prefer to guard these stories (trouble) for later. I mean, I will promote graffiti and I will promote vandalism and although those stories are great, those are some of our worst days. So all in all, I do not promote getting caught, just vandalize and be gone like a ninja.
But, if I had to explain to you just one, I shall quote you Lille (France). I did have a good escape (nightmare) with my safety (security). This was a hit-and-run offence and in the end, they don’t know how bad they were. I had my nose opened up in two with a razor and the blood flowed out and completely all over my face to the point where I was unaware what was sweat and what was blood. Some unknown idiot left me with a rather visible scar for top to bottom. I am marked for life both physically and mentally but never my passion.
Can you give some advice to young artists? In a world full of hate, what dangers you to see in our street culture? Also, for those struggling with motivation, how do you stay motivated?
I would advise (recommend) them to paint for themselves and not for others. “If you do not want to hit a train, or the subway, do not feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of others.” I think that graffiti has to come from your gut instinct because that is the way we feel best.
What does art mean to you? Although difficult to define, if it is strictly the vast world of art or graffiti, how do you feel and what is the definition of art?
Not much, it’s just a fad. Many people think graffiti like it is limited to just a bomb, but it is simply art that is made by hand on a wall (but very clean and clear, or at least should be). For me an artist is a person who manages to take or bring out a new effect or a new style which nobody has invented. One who helps in the evolution of what men can create. Release the beast and show them something new and bazaar that nobody out there has done yet. It should not necessarily be a motivational factor just to get money, but to give yourself to a project, and to give your all. I feel that I am not a normal artist, but a man who loves letters.
What materials do you use? Stencils, markers, cans, brushes, you know. You have interesting tips? I know that some artists do not really like sharing advice, you brother.
No, anything which comes into contact of my hand, even the buttocks of my girlfriend HAHA. My favorite weapon is a ceiling of knife or a knife to cover (one of my numerous secrets)
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