Conversation with Felipe Pantone Spanish Graffiti Artist
What do you think is the biggest change in graffiti culture since 2000?
The emergence of the Internet has an undoubted influence on graffiti culture. No matter what a person’s social background, graffiti culture and its derivative cultures can spread all over the world. Social media has made information more tangible. In 1998, it took me about a year to find a nozzle, a good paint shop, and like-minded people that suit me. I will also buy second-hand graffiti magazines or black-and-white photocopies at half price through various available channels, so that I know the style of other Writers. Nowadays, it is so convenient to learn skills through Instagram, YouTube, etc. In the past few years, I have also been very active on social media, sharing with Writers and graffiti lovers from all over the world. Of course, part of the graffiti culture remains underground. When you see the graffiti on the subway car, it always makes people feel like they are back in time.
What is the evolution of your style?
Thanks to Doodle for letting me find myself. Graffiti belongs to the culture of our time: it is one-off, short-lived, and instant, just like pictures in cyberspace. Graffiti gives me the opportunity to travel around the world, and makes me full of vitality and continuous growth. In the same way, gradually, I found my own artistic style, and I also think it fits the contemporary spirit very well.
Graffiti belongs to the culture of our time: it is one-off, short-lived, and instant, just like pictures in cyberspace.
From murals, canvases, and even furniture, you are involved in a wide range of fields. Which is your favorite medium?
In 2019, I slowed down my graffiti and mural creation, and in 2020 it will be even worse due to the epidemic. But I like my current working hours. I have a professional team to help me realize most of my ideas, and I am currently trying to make some furniture, and I am very excited.
How to view the connection between street art and street clothing?
We suddenly became mainstream! In the past, we often painted in the back alleys and printed T-Shirt in the garage. And now, celebrities are wearing my friend's brand, and we are invited to art exhibitions all over the world to paint, which is crazy!
From street walls to museum collections, do you think the boundary between graffiti and traditional art is becoming blurred over the years?
of course! Even in recent years, street art has lost its original meaning. Now people will associate it with the festival murals. Many artists (including myself) are surpassing the limits of the street and collaborating with traditional art galleries or museums, which I like very much. But I also hate being stuck in an art form or being labeled as an artist. People like labels, but art is much more complicated than the name.
Many artists are surpassing the limits of the streets and collaborating with traditional art galleries or museums. I hate being stuck in an art form or being labeled as an artist.
In what direction do you think graffiti culture will develop in the next few years?
To be honest, I can't believe how active graffiti is right now. Social media has really changed the entire game. So I predict that the graffiti Writer will continue to maintain this momentum, especially those underground graffiti artists. Graffiti has a long history. It is an act of pursuing freedom and expressing protest. I think it will exist forever!
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