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A Portrait of the Artist : RASK

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Tell us how you first got into street art, what was the scene like where you grew up and how many years have you been painting?

I first picked up on graffiti writing when Hip Hop came to Europe in the mid 80s. I had always doodled as a kid so writing on walls instantly appealed to me. I did my first piece in 1987, late at night and when I went to see it the next day was instantly hooked. There was a small and vibrant scene in my hometown, which has continued solidly since the 80’s.

 

What has been your favourite place to paint and why?

I’ve painted so many places it’s hard to pick one. Painting New York the first time was very surreal. Meeting some of the people who were involved with the graffiti culture from the beginning was very inspiring. I really love Miami for art Basel and Copenhagen is probably my favourite European city to visit.

 

What is your biggest source of inspiration in your work? Do you have any favourite writers or artists? 

I’m inspired by so many people for many different reasons. My biggest inspiration comes from those closest to me. I’m involved with a crew called fours, which in my opinion is a bunch of super serious artist who really encourage and push each other.

 

What city do you live in now? Has this affected your style, medium or technique in any way?

I have always lived in Drogheda but I’m very fortunate to travel a lot and this has definitely helped me to grow as an artist and learn different things from every place I visit. At home I have an amazing location on the banks of the river Boyne. I find it really therapeutic to paint there amongst nature.

 

We’re very excited about having you at Waterford Walls 2017, What attracted you to the project? And what are you most looking forward to?

Waterford walls just oozes good vibes, I really respect people who decide to do something positive for their city. Have a dream and make it come true. The planet needs more people who think this way . I’m looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere and watching some of the serious talent on show

 

How would you rate Waterford Walls in terms of artistic quality standard? 

I think Waterford Walls has definitely grown every year. There is a great mix of home-grown and international talent across a range of different styles. This year is definitely a heavy weight lineup.

 

The theme of Waterford Walls 2017 is “Renewal & Regeneration”. What do you see as being street arts role in this? 

I think by its very nature, applying paint to buildings is a transformation. I firmly believe adding colour to the environment stimulates a reaction in people. While some people may not understand the work they will react to colours.

 

Do you have any projects, trips or shows coming up that we can look out for? 

I’ve been pretty busy this year already. Later this summer I will travel to Denmark, Holland and the UK To paint at events and hopefully I will make it back to Miami in December for art Basel. I also have my own event in September where I will host about 40 artists to paint a bunch of walls in Drogheda.

 

Any shoutouts, thanks, links or comments?

Shout outs to everyone who has joined me along the way on this crazy journey. Especially my friends and crew mates. I never realised when I began scribbling in walls as a kid where it would take me. Follow your dreams and always dream in colour!

 

To keep up to date with RASK  you can follow him on Facebook here or find out more about Bridge Jam Drogheda here. 

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