BASELGEDDON: MAKATRON Q&A
What do you write? Are you in a crew?
Mike Makatron - Everfresh Studio Melbourne
In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
A lot of street influence for me is from living in nyc for 4 years when I was 20years old. It opened my eyes to large scale murals and the density of tagging. As far as any influence I may have on the community I don’t like to think about that but I hope it makes people question things. I hope it brings some colour into their lives which has a small effect on emotion.
Did you go to school or are you self taught?
I went to art school in NYC, Melbourne and Adelaide. But, you can learn a lot from other people. Keep an open mind. The best thing about art as a career or lifestyle is you can take it in so many directions and constantly be challenged. The idea is to always learn and grow.
How did you get started in the arts and why?
Kindergarten, like everyone did. Why? One could write a book about why humans make art, but it is the same necessary feeling as when I need to eat food or sex. It’s primal and instinctual. I have to get the demons out.
How long have you been working in the streets?
Since I was a teenager. Although I remember writing on every neighbour's mail boxes while walking to school at about 6 years old.
Who or what inspires you the most?
What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
This is 2 questions. 1. Everything passes in time. 2. Hate is a strong thing to have for a stereotype, but there is a lot of ego involved in graffiti and the street art world. Although some is needed. It is an extension of a confidence I didn’t have to paint anywhere or hang my work in a gallery to be judged. I believe artists are very important in society and have a responsibility, but on a personal level I try not to take myself too seriously. I try to have as much fun as I can in my life before it’s over.
Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
I am an artist as my job for the rest of my life. I could make more money doing other things or other art. But, there is a bigger picture.
What are you working on now?
I’m painting a chameleon.
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
I try to focus more on the moment and an output of an idea or concept at that point in time. I like the ephemeral aspect, that it won’t be there forever. I like both when a lot of people see it but also in abandoned places where not many people will see it.
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