This week I have the pleasure of sharing an interview I have conducted with German illustrator and graffiti artist Wired to the Moon.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Hi Wired to the Moon, how are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi Lewis! I’m alright, how are you doing? My artist name is ‘Wired to the Moon’ and I live in a small town near Frankfurt, Germany. I focus on Graffiti and Illustration for several years now. I only paint characters while I’m trying to include a high amount of detail and a significant style into my artwork. I would describe my style as somehow dreamy and weird, sometimes creepy and twisted.
I’m really good thanks for asking! How did it all start for you? Were you one of those kids always scribbling on notebooks at school?
As I can remember, I have been drawing and sketching ever since. Then, at the age of 15 I got introduced to the world of graffiti by a friend. I was immediately caught by the whole graffiti and hip hop culture and found the perfect media to express myself.
What was the first ‘spark’ for you to pick up a spray can and hit the streets? Were you ever into graffiti and tagging your name or did you jump straight to murals?
Back then I was influenced by some rad local artists from my hometown and a few magazines. It didn’t take long until I grabbed the first spray can and did my first (yet very unprofessional) pieces. Due to the lack of possibilities to paint legally, my progress developed quite slowly. For a few years I went out tagging and doing some bombing but I never considered myself a “hardcore bomber” As a kid I always loved comics and cartoons so I decided to stick to character design quite easily.
Is there a big graffiti scene in Gelnhausen or do you have to go closer to the bigger cities to find graffiti?
Gelnhausen is a really small and calm town with only a few active writers. But since there is a good legal spot to paint, you can see some fresh new pieces every now and then. In Frankfurt there is a big graffiti scene with some nice legal walls and some really motivated illegal writers as well. They keep pushing things forward for many years with high quality and that’s really inspiring.
Where does your artistic inspiration come from?
I use many different sources of inspiration for my artwork but I think the majority of ideas comes straight from my subconsciousness. Since I was a kid I am very interested in fairytales, fantasy and horror films so I guess that’s the base for my imagery. Furthermore I’m inspired by all sorts of things that surround me. I’m definitely influenced by music, film, comics and cartoons as well as tattoo-artwork, psychedelic art and classic highly detailed illustration.
Do you have a plan in mind when you start a piece? Or do you like to look at the wall and the surroundings and take inspiration from there?
I always start a wall with at least a rough sketch. I feel more comfortable when I have drawn a motive several times so that I know the proportions and shapes. After that I can transfer it to a bigger scale onto the wall.
With this in mind 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?
For me personally, the hardest part of my creative process is to settle my personal calm concerning quality as well as the quantity of my artwork. On some days I am quite satisfied with my progress and with the level I have reached but on other days it almost drives me crazy! I guess that’s the typical ‘manic artist’ kind of thing.
Do you have a favourite city or place to paint? Is there a dream city or country or wall even that you’d like to paint?
I don’t prefer any special place to paint, more important for me is having a good time on a good wall with some nice people. And of course a satisfying result.
Do you like to collaborate with other artists? Do you feel that working with other artists brings something else out of you?
It’s always a lot of fun to paint together with other artists! I like it when different styles can be combined and harmonise well together. When you do a collaboration piece you always have to make a compromise and find a common language to communicate with each other. Sometimes I also enjoy painting on my own because then I can really focus on the subject and I get into some state of trance where it’s just me and music and the wall.
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?
There are countless awesome artists who inspire me, perhaps too many too mention! Furthermore I got to the point when I realised that I can develop best when I become my own idol, always eager to push my own limits and boundaries.
Are you only painting murals or are you also doing canvas work, commissions etc?
I paint walls, canvases and I do classic pen and ink illustrations but nothing can be compared to the fun of standing in front of a wall with a spray can in my hand!
Do you have any upcoming shows or projects we should know about? Are you currently exhibiting your works anywhere?
This year I will participating at some festivals in my hometown and the surrounding areas. I also have the opportunity to exhibit my works together with some other artists in summer. Above all I want to improve my artwork and techniques and paint as much as possible!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us before you go?
Thank you very much for the chance to introduce myself on your blog! For anyone reading please visit my Facebook (facebook.com/wiredttmoon) and my Instagram and spread the weirdness!!
Many thanks for your time Wired to the Moon and all the best with your future artistic endeavors!