Hi Aaronetti how are you? Tell us a little about yourself…
Hi! Well I’m not good at self descriptions hehe! My name is Aaron my friends call me aaronetti and I’m 38 from barcelona.
How did it all start for you? Were you one of those kids always scribbling on notebooks at school?
Haha yes, I had all my school books repainted with silly things, moustaches in faces, weird letterings, at this time I didn’t know what the fuck it was I was lettering but i did some kind.
Did you always love letters/calligraphy or did that come a bit later?
I guess always, since I was a child I always put my eyes on signs from restaurants, shops, or anything with letters, specially handmade letters catch my attention.
How long does it take to really master the art of Calligraphy? It’s a never ending process right!
I think it’s never ending, it’s like a game with new rules every time you play. You take a paper and always can be different. It’s like almost everything, practice and more practice. It’s a relaxing thing
Which pens, paper and tools are your favourites?
Well I use a lot of things and surfaces, but use a lot of poscas, mtn sprays and markers (they have almost anything) I like to use parallel pen to do calligraphy (well to try to do.. heheh) it’s so relaxing this pen, and well, I like to use thick paper to make some letterings. Every work need different stuff.
Where does your artistic inspiration come from? Your work I’ve seen in the streets is often just a single word or something conveying a very positive message. How do you come to choose the words that you use in your work?
A lot of things can be inspirational, music, movies, tv, walking in the street… I like to write positive things, little messages or words but a little bit powerful and direct. I write these things for me but are messages that everybody can identify too. And then I choose the typo and the form, I see what I want to paint more as a form than a word. It’s nice going in a walk and see one of this messages in some door, maybe makes your day. I like to write song phrases, some are really great.
Comparing calligraphy to graffiti writing, is it a compulsion for you to write letters (like a lot of graffiti writers when writing their tag) or something you find more relaxing and peaceful?
It’s a mix, i really need to draw letters or some word or phrase and it’s a relaxing and a peaceful moment.
What do you find to be the most difficult part of the creative process? I’ve read other artists speak about the fear of the blank page/canvas, do you ever get this?
Well, yes this is the worst thing, but when it happens to me I go for a walk or I do any other thing, inspiration can comes anywhere or anytime. Maybe to relax the mind is the best for this moment.
Do you have any plans to branch out into the world of street art and create something on a larger scale?
Yes, I like to make big letterings, step by step, i think it’s a natural progression, now I’m moving to barcelona and I have some projects
Have you ever had the chance to collaborate with other artists? Is this something that would interest you?
Yes, it’s a really interesting thing. I collaborate with Panda Pissarres it’s a guy from Barcelona who makes chalkboard art and we paint a restaurant and I’m open to make new things like that or whatever with other artists.
Something I really enjoy is hearing which artists inspired other artists. Which artists inspired you growing up and who’s work do you really like just now? And is there any artist you would love to work with?
Difficult question hehe there’s a lot of artists that I like and from different styles. I like classics like Caravaggio, it’s so stunning, Dalí is awesome etc. etc. and actual artists I like Jeremy Fish, Mike Giant, are 2 American illustrators with a really clean style.
And lettering artists there are a lot that I love, in Spain we have really good artists like rotulacion a mano from madrid, el deletrista and brusco from Barcelona, all have a really good vintage style. And then the graffiti world that is so extensive but i like felipe pantone, nychos, gary the stranger and well a lot of, I always discover somebody new, with instagram every day you can discover really good stuff from different people.
Just to speak about something different for a minute, tell us something about yourself that maybe not many people would know!
If you love me buy me beer and pizza hahaha.
If you could be anyone or anything for a day who or what would you be?
Well some days ago i saw a documentary about Lemmy from Motorhead, I’m not a superfan of Motorhead but he was really special and authentic, maybe one day like Lemmy it can be good hahah but I guess I like to be aaronetti everyday.
Do you have any upcoming shows or projects we should know about? Are you currently exhibiting your works anywhere?
Here in ibiza I collaborate with a marijuana club with some of my drawings, in the future i don’t know, it’s a possibility that i like.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us before you go?
Yes, sorry for my english hahaha and try to do what you love hehe.
Many thanks for your time Aaronetti and all the best with your future artistic endeavors!
Thanks to you and everybody who read this