I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! Patch Whisky Q&A
Straight out of the woods of West Virginia with a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.His work has been featured in numerous publications including Juxtapoz Magazine and The New York Times. Patch's studio is currently based in Charleston SC.
AK: What do you write? Are you in a crew?
PW: My name is Patch Whisky and I'm a one man wolf pack.
AK: 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 street artist and the community in which they work?
PW: I started painting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2001. Back then I was doing illegal stuff and it was a blast and I was terrible at it. The community probably wasn't very supportive of my new found love. Now a days its different. I get permission for the most part and spend many hours on a wall. I paint rainbow monsters salivating and melting on each other. It is very positive and it brightens up the neighborhood for sure. The people seem to like it or they just don't have the balls to tell me otherwise.
AK: Did you go to school or are you self taught?
PW: Well I went to school for it so does that mean I cheated?
AK: How did you get started in the street and why?
PW: I first got started in the street because it was exciting and I wasn't suppose to do it. Now I am just bored of painting in my studio. I also can’t fit a 40 foot canvas in it either.
AK: How long have you been working in the streets?
PW: Doin’ the street thing on and off since 2001 but the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been pretty serious about it.
AK: Who or What inspires you the most?
PW: Life inspires me.
AK: What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
PW: Street art isn't necessarily graffiti. I’m getting permission and jumping through hoops to make my wall appear for the most part. Not that I want to I just haven't figured out how to paint a masterpiece on a wall in under 5 hours.
AK: 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?
PW: I’m a full time artist. I'm not always on the street but I wish I was. I have to paint studio stuff and what not to sell to fund a lot of my murals around the country. Some people have other jobs that doesn't revolve around selling paintings and thats cool. I just suck at everything else. So, I suppose if I wanna eat, I keep painting.
AK: What are you working on now?
PW: I’m working on a few things, an installation in a building today and some studio stuff. I'm preparing for the Detroit invasion at the end of the month as well.
AK: What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
PW: By putting my stuff in the street I'm hoping to achieve an awareness to let people know that there is a man in this world with his own agenda. Wakes up every day like everyone else, puts on his ninja boots and attacks the world. There’s a monster invasion coming. One city at a time.
Check out Patch's work http://www.PatchWhisky.com