Featured Artist – Terl

What’s up Terl, thanks for coming into the studio today, what artistic masterpiece are you going to design for us?

I was looking at designing some wildstyle text with a 3D background for you. Lots of greens and purples.

3D design

Sounds great! Tell us, when did you start painting and what drew you to graffiti?

I think I began painting in 1998. I started seeing graffiti around the place and just got stuck in the whirlpool. We started off taking photos and whacking them up on our website, then moved onto painting our own pieces and designing our own websites. On a recent trip to Melbourne I did a tour of some alley-way street art and found it to be quite inspiring.

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Some Melbourne alleyway street art

What does style mean to you, and how would you describe yours?

Style in art is a reflection of personality and character. The type of person you are reflects in the way paint. My style is derived from my old wildstyle letters that have been rebuilt and influenced by Fresh Force Crew and Evil Ones among others. I am quite savvy with Photoshop because of my work as a web designer on the Gold Coast so I have been experimenting with computer generated symmetrical backgrounds to add an extra layer of fun to my artwork.

Wildstyle Design

So you mentioned you’re in the website design business, does your graffiti background sneak into any of your client’s websites?

Sometimes it does. From a creative perspective I love it when a client gives me free reign to design their website however I like, these types of sites sometimes have a graffiti influence. But i do have to keep in mind most of these websites I’m designing are for professional businesses and therefore have to look as such.

Have you had the opportunity to travel and paint? Where?

Sydney, North Queensland, Melbourne, South Africa, South America, USA, and NZ. South Africa was wild, i would love to go back and paint there again.

What other interests do you have aside from being a writer?

Sketching, traveling, graphic design, web design, and playing with my kids.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to up and coming painters?

Have fun, do a lot of damage before you turn 18..be active not an actress!



Featured Artist- Ques

G’day Ques, thanks for seeing us while you’re visiting the Gold Coast. Let’s get into it, when did you first start painting graffiti wall art? 

My adventures through the alphabet began in my backyard in late 2001, I built myself a drywall to practice so i could perfect my technique while lapping up the sunshine.

How did you get your name?

I started writing QUOTES, and after a short while i dropped the OT. Mainly because it was hard to find spots that could hold all the letters.

What got you into freestyle wall art?

I can’t remember exactly, i’m sure the rebellious vandal appeal lured me in, but there was some local painters around here getting up that i looked up to (and still do) like Drapes, Dubs, Unome, and Puker. i guess my love for art fuelled the fire and it grew from there.

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What were/are your influences for your art?

I’m influenced by a range of styles and things in my life. They have changed over time, but generally tattoos, comic books, romance,  death, and contemporary art  among other things inspire me.

Favourite artists?

Saber, Shok 1, Craola, Totem2, Van Gogh, Dash, and Kopye to name a few.

Favourite productions? 

I’m my own biggest critic and tend to dislike a lot of my artworks immediately after i’ve finished painting the wall. The paintings we were doing in Los Angeles were some real headturners. Got a lot of love especially for the piece we did on the Venice Beach art wall.

LA wall art

Graffiti Art Travels? 

As I just mentioned, taken a few trips to L.A, more recently I’ve been travelling interstate like this visit to the Gold Coast to catch up with some different painters. always good fun!

Favourite type of spray can?

Kingz Cans. Check out the promo!

First memories of seeing street art?

I think it may have been The Source Magazine, but locally seeing UDK and NCB burners on the train lines really opened my eyes.

What is the wall art community like in your neck of the woods?

Around home I can’t say there is much happening, it has slowed down a lot unfortunately. Where I am in Melbourne is thriving though. so many great art pieces in every corner of the city.

Other art forms?

I do a lot of sketching and a small amount of brushwork and tattooing. I’ve recently been running around doing some wallpaper stick ups, but that’s just for fun!

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