DAIM Interview at Refused Magazine, N.5
Refused Magazine | Nr. 5 / 02.2008 | Interview by Joshua W. Gaber.
Nostalgia. Nostalgia is, I believe, one of the greatest enemies that an artist, graffiti or not, can face. It is the double-edged life taker of many stolen moments that could have become breathtaking conceptions of artwork. But how can I be comparing nostalgia to a silver bullet to the mind? It’s easy, as an artist begins to long for the past, the future is slowly forgotten. When we meet in the company of other artists and have nothing to discuss but the past, then all is lost in the creative world of artistry-imagination becomes flaccid and lucid; none the less, however deadly nostalgia is, we still need it. Not just as artists, but as human beings.
We need the reminders of where we once stood so that we may eventually continue our travels ahead. Without remembering those of whom paved the way for others, there probably would not be a necessity to continue to increase artistic skill and ingenuity and this is an important part of the creation process. After all, it’s those we have named Legends and Kings: Twist, Cope2, Seen, etc…. Among these few that have scraped and fought their way to the top, is another artist that has been in the backlight for the past few years. He’s not a hardcore bomber and won’t admit that he ever was, but rather a sophisticated and educated believer in art and the creative process.
His artwork has mesmerized and conquered both the graffiti world and the mainstream. And after several compelling correspondences, I have finally had the chance to pick the brain of one of the most influential aerosol artists in the past twenty years. After reading the explanations of his ideals and beliefs about art, life, his influences and how they intertwine; the artist, DAIM, has re-opened my eyes and mind reminding me, that often times, as artists, we rely to often on the past and sometimes focus too little on the future of our own artistic nature, becoming stunted in growth. DAIM’s concepts have been beyond originality and I wonder, exactly, which graffiti writer he hasn’t influenced over his years of pushing the envelope of the aerosol medium?