Art - Exclusive Interview with Scaf_Oner - The Peoples Vandal
Scaf_Oner is fast becoming one of the worlds foremost grafetti artists. His work is amusing, carefully crafted and above all, spectactular. Based somewhere in france, he began spray painting grafetti in abandoned buildings, a vandal, anonymous. However, with the advent of social media came new forums from where Scaf_Oner could bring his work to the attention of the public. It was not his intention to be ‘well known’ and even now prefers to be semi-hidden when appearing in his own work. However, a talent this incredible cannot remain in the shadows and with some 27.5k followers on instagram, Scaf_Oner is a street art pioneer, the peoples vandal.
(The Interview was conducted on Thursday the 17th of January. There has been minimal editing in order to preserve the authenticity of interview.)
When did you start painting?
I began painting back in 2002 with a friend from college.
So, did you study art at college?
No, I learned to paint on the street. I was a vandal to begin with, painting in abandoned buildings.
That’s incredible! So, in the beginning you were anonymous?
What happened that made you think it was cool to go public?
I never really paint in public. I still paint a lot in abandoned factories to be quiet.
But everyone knows who you are now. I mean, what made you feel ok about making your identity public? Before, you were an vandal…!
Nothing happened really, I wasn’t looking to make my identity public. I paint in a region of France that has no grafetti artists. It was the social networks that made me known but yes it’s cool to be recognised when I travel.
What is your artistic process? How do you start a new piece?
So, either I’m looking for a particular wall that could make a nice picture. I start with sketches before finding the next wall. I always work on my projects before. I never freestyle.
What or who inspires your work?
The 90s, movies, video games, my childhood inspires me.
What is your favourite video game?
What is your favourite movie?
All Disney!? My wife would love you!
And your childhood. How does that inspire you?
I am very nostalgic of the 90s. I was rocked by the big movies. All my inspiration comes essentially from that time.
I’m sure everyone wants to know this. How do you create the 3D paintings that are painted on the wall and other parts on the floor?
You have to choose the angle of view to look at the painting and from there the 3D is done. It only works on one angle of view. For example, with the scorpion the claw on the picture looks small but in reality it is 2-3 times bigger than what we see.
So, you paint a bit and then move back and check that it’s giving the 3D effect?
Yes, basically this is it.
How long does it take to finish a piece?
It depends if I paint my house. I take my time, I go there several times.
The Massive T-Rex?
4 days. Relax lol!
What advice would you give new artists who are inspired by you?
To paint a lot. To try several techiniques of art other that painting. To be curious and above all, to pratice.
Finally, what is coming from Scaf_Oner in the future?
I always hope to make decorations and make them on a bigger scale.
(Interview terminated on Thursday 17th of January at 20:33pm)
Visit the official website of Scaf_Oner, under the name of Grafodeco here.
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