Freelance Writer : Terrain Parks : Creative Direction

PUBLISHED / NEW CLIENT : FRANCE based INTERNATIONAL ART, SKATE, CULTURE mag : JACKER MAG

GROM

Just been published in France! Very excited to be adding Jacker Magazine to my client list and another example of ‘art writing’ to my portfolio. Have a look at the link below for my first piece of published work exclusively on the subject of graffiti. See my entire interview with the incomparable GROM and grab the crisply designed and laid out hard copy in quality skate shops, coffee shops, music stores and speciality magazine distributors internationally. SEE THE WHOLE STORY AND CHECK OUT JACKER MAG HERE : https://www.jackermag.com/en/inspiration-en/streetart-en/the-incredible-story-of-groms-monsters/

Here’s a taste :

J: Your use of manipulated pop culture symbols (Ren and Stimpy, The Simpsons, Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Family Guy, South Park etc…) could elude to a personal philosophy that you’re trying to translate through your work. Why does ‘dementing’ icons seem to be a theme for you?

GROM: Honestly, I didn’t think about my art like that. If you or other people want to try to explain my stuff? Go for it. I never know what I’m doing or how it’s going to end up. But if you or other people have an idea about my work and, let’s say, it’s a good idea, I’ll just say: ‘oh yea, you’re right! [laughs] oh yea, you’re right!” I’m still trying to figure it out myself. All I know is that I’m just going to try and keep it real for a long time and I want my work to be everywhere. That’s it. I mean, because of painting trains, people actually think I’ve been places where I’ve never been! And that scale takes more effort and thought than blatantly getting up, too. ‘Being up’ is more of an ego thing, and to me, it’s just not important enough. Being creative, inspirational and unique is a whole different thing.

J: Some say that within the graffiti world “for some, the allure of being caught is part of the draw.” How do you respond to that?

GROM: It’s absolutely not exciting and it’s actually extremely stressful. There’s so much boredom and money that, in Calgary, cops are basically paid to use photos to gather information and get people to snitch on each other. Then they break your door down with ten cops, try to take your computer and your parents computer – but there wasn’t any evidence at my house so that was good [laughs] – that’s why it can be so stressful. But then I come here (Vancouver) and nobody cares. When I was unknown it was all a little exciting, but now that I’m balancing between legal and illegal, my social life stays completely away from it. I’ve come really far now: I’m getting known. And for the past five years cops have been trying to get me. If I flaunted my personal life – like a lot of people in graffiti do these days – I would have already been charged with more illegal pieces and counts than I want to mention

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