Murdock [California]


When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in street art/graffiti?

I began using stencils when I was about 13, I used them to spray band logos on my skateboard and jacket. Then in 2009, I was able to roadie for a touring band and I got to travel around the United States with them. The exposure to all the different styles of graffiti and street art from around the states inspirited me to become an artist.

Which artist/s influenced you?

Saber, Gats, SkullPhone, BTOY, Blek le Rat, Jef Aerosol, Nick Walker, Swoon, Faith 47, Shepard Fairey, and C215.

What style is your work?

Multi-layer stencil portraiture

Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?

The hip-hop and punk rock culture definitely have. I also find a lot of influence in the lifestyle of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.

What is the source of your inspiration these days?

I have recently been really interest in the Renaissance period and abstract art.

What do your pieces usually focus on?

Mainly on different aspects of street culture, personal emotions, and inspirational icons.

What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?

It would probably have to be when I up on the side of a water tower that was on top of a tall building. My hands still start sweating when I think about holding on to the bent ladder on the water tower.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

For the most part yes, I enjoy a little imperfection in my pieces.

Do you listen to music while working? Or you need a quite environment?

Yeah it helps me get in the creative process.

Where your work is usually located?

The majority of my street pieces can be found in Los Angeles.

Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?

No, you just need to be aware of the area you’re in and also careful about the spot

Have you ever had any problems with authority cause of your work?

Yes, unfortunately I have when I was younger. Community service helped me clear that up.

Do you have a formal art education?

I have an Associates degree in Fine Arts.

If YES! Do you feel that you benefited from it?

I definitely have, I constantly try to incorporate fine art principals in my work.

Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?

I usually like to paint alone but I do occasionally collaborate with close friends.

Have you every collaborated with other artists?

Yes I have but it was been a long while now.

What do you see as the future of street art / graffiti?

It will continue to grow and inspire people of all walks of life.

How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?

They’re great, they help artist reach different networks that they wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise. In a way they are necessary to capture and record the temporary art of the streets.