#MeetAndGraff is a short interview series where we meet graffiti artists working on Leake Street and learn more about their style.
Graffiti Name Gnasher
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What age did you get into graffiti?
For me, it all started in 1985. The growing UK graffiti movement brought some well-known graffiti artists to my hometown of Harlow in Essex. Back then, I was an eager young graffiti writer mainly painting letters and words, but seeing these artists create characters to go with their letters inspired me to develop my own, hyper-real style of spray can art. As I went on to study art and graphic design, I left behind the world of graffiti and travelled the world concentrating on Djing and graphic design. But 16 years later, in 2009, a friend bought a load of spray paint and invited me out for the day: graffiti was back in my life and I was hooked.
Who is your favourite street artist? Probably Smug or Belin.
How would you describe your style? I guess it would be described as photo realistic. But I’m pretty versatile and for commissions, I work with the client to create bespoke art that fits the brief.
What do you want people to feel when they look at your work? My pieces aren’t that deep so I don’t think they cause many feelings! I don’t get the chance to paint on the streets as much as I used to so when I do, I just want people to see them and think ‘that’s cool’.
What do you think about London’s graffiti scene? London has always had a great scene for graffiti
What do you think about legal walls such as Leake Street Tunnel? It’s a great place to go and express yourself.