Stencil and graffiti street artist
For me, if people love my art, that’s the best accomplishment I could hope for.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
I created my first stencil art in middle school when I was only 12 or 13 years-old. But I soon moved on to graffiti instead, sporadically trying it out here and there, as it was so popular at that time. I finally came back to stencil art around 11 years ago – I was kicked out from art school and so I used this time to experiment with stencil street art. I started off around Jakarta, and soon decided to spread this art further afield. That’s when I travelled to Bali for a month, and instantly I fell in love with the island. I was hooked. I decided to move to Bali 9 years ago, and I haven’t really left.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My biggest accomplishment is from when I was given the chance to travel around Europe and share my art at different exhibitions. It felt like a real appreciation for my work. I‘m always happy to create art in different places, different countries and with different cultures. For me, if people love my art, that’s the best accomplishment I could hope for.
What impact have you made in Bali?
Hmm… I don’t really know to be honest, as I’m not always sure of what people think about my art – I think some people love it! But hopefully I can inspire people about beauty and love through street art, and that street art can share beauty and love too. I guess my main aim is to spread the message that we can always find beauty and love all around us.
What does 2022 look like for you?
For me, 2022 looks very similar to what others are feeling: it’ll be better than before. But I like to think that there’s no such thing as a bad year – there is always a reason and meaning behind whatever happens. We can either spend our time hoping for a better future, or we can enjoy our life today – in the present – and actively try to do better for ourselves.
What do you love most about Bali?
What I love about Bali is its beauty and nature. It inspires me a lot.
In your opinion, what’s the most inspiring design space in Bali?
There are so many inspiring design spaces in Bali, and yet I always manage to discover new ones. To me, the most inspiring space is wherever I can find beauty and love, which could be the beach, the mountains or even one the side walks.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
I could name many Local Legends, but actually, most of them I don’t know personally. For example, one day I met an old guy somewhere on the streets of Kintamani. He helped me find a wall where I could paint. After I finished painting, he invited me for lunch together with his small family. What a legend. I don’t know exactly where it was or where he lives, but it was one of the best days of my life.