Nizzy [Kuwait]


When and how did you first become interested in art/graffiti ?

2004, I was in class, saw a classmate copying a can two graffiti, for practice. I asked him what it is and he told me about it, I was so amazed by the colors and the movement of it, I always loved art but when I saw it I knew this is what I wanted to draw. I tried it, I failed at it, and since then I always draw more and more to get better, never stopped since.

Which artist influenced you ?

It’s not actually one artist, it’s a whole crew, the seventh letter (MSK and AWR). They have been my main influence and inspiration to grow as an artist and be their level. Their style and the way they use their colors is simply unique and powerful, and very different, that’s what I wanted.

What style is your work ?

As a graffiti artist it’s always good to have many styles, yet, a trademark style that fits you. My style is, sort of, gothic, and metal. It’s very pointy and jagged, simple colors too, some say it’s very Middle Ages kinda style, dragons and such. That’s my trademark style yet I make other pieces that are very different and abstract, filled with colors, yet purple is always there in every piece I make.

What influences your artwork ?

Metal, not the music genre but the element, all kinds of metal, the way they are shaped and formed I just find amazing so why not shape my letters that way. It’s only one of the inspirations but it’s definitely the one with most impact

What do your pieces usually focus on?

> Being complex, don’t know where to focus, always have purple, crazy that it just stands out. Lately I’ve been focusing on being more abstract as well, I want to try out different things but always wanna simply stand out, go all out, use what I can to make the best of what I can.

Where is your work usually located?

Salmiya, but I really doubt any of it is still there. In Kuwait no one really appreciates it, notice it, or even compete against in the street. Our society is based on reputation of families, so being arrested for anything means more closed doors of any sort of opportunity. So I decided to take it professionally, freelancing and advertising on social media, also working with Visual Therapy in order to find new opportunities and create events involving music, art and simply fun, it’s surprising how rare these things are here, and visual therapy is really doing something great with it.

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

Of course, it’s either in a spot where nobody can see it, or get arrested. When I got arrested they thought I was a devil worshiper putting spells on walls. Yes, this is funny

Have you ever had problems with authority because of your artwork?

Yes, I’ve been doing this for a long time, before it became trendy here. When I was in school my art teacher (which was British) failed me because I incorporated graffiti with the projects. She said “graffiti doesn’t deserve to be on paper, leave it for the walls that no one cares about” you could imagine how furious I was, I ended up dropping art class because I didn’t want to fail, so the majority of my work is actually self-taught. My parents as well weren’t very encouraging, but not a lot of parents are really. The police saw it as a new way for the youth to rebel and be more westernized which was silly, some thought it was devil worshiping and the tags are forms of spell. It’s very silly really and very hard to continue during the time I started, no one really knew what it was and people usually don’t like what they don’t understand.

How long have you been an street artist?

10 years now, since 2004

Have you ever collaborated with other artists?

Yes, we did a project for the national museum of Kuwait, and I collaborated with 3 artists that started way back when I did, Abdullah (Bufifty) and yousif (joegraffiti) also hamed (raven) which is my best friend and I’m teaching him how to draw graffiti.