Interviews Nardstar

Nardstar* is a Cape Town based graffiti and street artist who is currently in America to paint and exhibit at the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival in Hartford, Connecticut, just outside of New York.

How did you get into graffiti and how long have you been doing it?

I got into graffiti when I was a teenager. I was always up to no good back then and used to spend a lot of time hanging out with my friends on the streets. We were all into Hip Hop but none of us did graffiti. I was already into art so it was a natural progression. You can say I’ve been painting solidly for about 4 years now….

Describe your graffiti style…

My style is just me having fun with shapes and colour. It’s like a intense game of Jenga.

What is your favourite piece you’ve painted?

I don’t really have a favourite. It’s usually the last wall I painted and then I paint another one which becomes the new fave.

What reactions have you received about your work on the street?

I usually get good responses to my art on the street. People enjoy the bright colour and figuring out the animals, but sometime people can just be really confused about why I am doing art on a wall in the first place.

Do you think it’s any different for a girl to do graffiti since it’s very male dominated?

No, I don’t think it’s any different for girls and guys…

What inspires you?

Walls, animals, progression, travel, other artists, the streets, shapes and colour.

Favourite artists?

I don’t have favourites, but I have respect and admiration to all artists that live their art and keep getting better and better.

What do you think is the role of art in todays society?

I think each artist has their own reasons for their art. Some make art without even considering a viewer so I cant really answer that question properly.

Falko, Nard

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Graffiti South Africa™ thanks Nard for this interview.
First published on 29 March 2013.