Artist Profile: KWOD

kwod stickerName:
KWOD
Location:
Perth, Western Australia
How long have you been making stickers?
Only 12 Months.
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
The ability to freely share art.
What role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
I see sticker art as a platform for passionate artists to freely share their work and use it as a basis for some top quality original forms of art.
kwod stickersMaterials:
Currently I use Molotow paint markers. I find their product works well and weathers well. My stencils are done with aerosol, Zenith cans produce some rad pastel colours.
What are some of your favourite places to put up slaps?
Two places.
1. The city Perth. It’s a place of business filled with people taking life too seriously. A perfect place for street art.
2. Fremantly City. This is an awesome heritage harbour town with a natural urban street art culture. I love to add to the scene.
What is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
Some of my earliest slaps are still riding, so 12 months.
kwod stickerHave you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
The law? I am the law?! – Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd. In seriousness, fortunately not.
What other artists inspire you?
Loads of local artists, but my biggest inspiration I draw from heavy weights like Banksy and Space Invader. These guys really set the bar in street art and give me something to aspire to.
Have you ever had a funny/unusual experience related to stickering?
Strangely had some guys cheering and clapping when I was slapping some of my ‘love’ slaps (the heart). They yelled something out like “rock on man, keep it real”, I think they were drunk.
kwod stickerIs stickering about quantity or quality?
To me, it’s about both. I do predominantly hand made one offs with paint pen, which generally take some time to make. I do this though as I want to leave something behind that makes people want to keep looking and something that’s unique. Quantity is good if you have a quality original logo / sign / character that you can screen print or stencil on and mass produce. But my number 1 rule, is if it’s not quality, it’s never going up.
Do you collect and/or trade slaps with other artists?
I have started trading and have just sent out my first lot of packs, hopefully the new owners enjoy!
Do you have a message that you are trying to convey with your slaps?
I’m just representing the inner nerd in me with Nintendo and comic art whilst creating some of my own characters.
Final thought:
I like to see people having fun with art. Any original concept is always awesome.
kwod stickerWhat is the best way for people to follow your work?
Instagram @KWOD1
Shouts:
My wife and three boys. Banksy. Spaceinvader. The old boys from Making Order Crew, circa 1997-2003. My pet chicken Omelette who passed away on the weekend.