Each day here just filled with the most incredible things!
Today started with an interview on BBC Radio4 Todays show. The mailed me last night to ask can I come on and talk about graffiti, not even connected to this wall in Leicester but in general. To join a discussion with the presenter and an Art historian and Professor!
This is a quote from the email..."You’re the graffiti artist of the moment and the item is about graffiti and when and how it becomes artistically, culturally or historically important, so who would be better than you for this"
I try and take that on board, I mean...yeh, I just...erm...WOW!
So I was kinda nervous, this was to the whole of UK and live, but had to try, so they sent a taxi to come and get me and sat me in a room to join the chat happening at the Studio in London...
It was really something I could talk about tho, so hopefully came across ok. I'm fascinated by what makes some paint on a wall, either loved, or hated by people. I think I worked it out today while doing this. It's letters, people who aren't into graffiti find it hard to appreciate a tag or a piece on a wall because it doesn't really mean anything to them, but a portrait, or a stencil style political piece, or clever statement... people can understand. So it's pretty much just the difference between Graffiti art, and Street art. I think :)
In the studio they had this thing...
It looks like a Rotary mixer lol (DJ equipment obsession!)
My mate Dean came up from London to hang out today! Thanks bro!
That sausage sandwich from the cafe round the front! WOW!
Really means a lot you drive up to see me, how nice are the people here btw!?
A bit later on Lizzie and her too cute daughter Elsie (mad Leicester fan) came to visit today, Lizzie's a wicked photographer and helping me out with something, but sorry Lizzie, your daughter was much more help. If she gets in trouble for writing on walls when she's older don't blame me please! lol...
I ran out of some Grey paint I needed so had to pop into town to Graff HQ to pick up some more (Thanks Izzy)
Heard some amazing news in there today about Leicester and an art project, that may have come off the back of the council seeing the love the Ranieri wall has got from local people, and wanting to to try and put to use walls in the community that would be MUCH improved with great artwork! How amazing is that!
Thanks for saving me the greys Izzy, see you soon...
Again, all day long Kate Street has so many people coming to look, and chat, and offer me food! So amazing, I'm being fed well no need to worry :)
People from all over, Australia, a lovely couple from Slovakia, and people who looked to me like they had snuck out of work or took a detour while on a delivery lol. I think I'm getting used to painting with people there, it's so amazing to me people come to see, and chat, and the interest in the process. It's a dream really.
I met a guy called Aaron Carter today, he came and took some wonderful photos, I put some of them above. Thanks mate!
But the best thing! A guy came up to me with an envelope, I was like what's this?! So he explained he's from Dorothy Goodman Special needs school nearby, and the kids have written their names in a card to me and saying thank you. I didn't cry, but inside...happy tears!
It's very surreal, all these things. I feel blessed and so so lucky!
Sorry this is long, but a lot happened, and day isn't even finished yet!
Liam from the school also gave me a wristband to wear,
it says 'Together we care, learn and succeed'
That right there^^^ THAT!
In amongst all that, I think I finished Mahrez today, so tomorrow we can start on the next one, not sure who yet will work it out tonight! :)