ISTHISTHEFUTURE meets ASIE.ONE a German Graffiti writer now living in Bali . We asked him about how he’s managed to combine his 2 loves - graffiti and surfing.
I was born in Nuernberg, Germany in 1975 and started graffiti at the age of 12 influenced by ‘the classics’ like Beat street, wild style, NY, hip hop, break dance. Berlin and Munich were my fav graffiti destinations in the late 80s and 90s. The high quality pieces in Munich and at the same time the hardcore train and wall bombing in Berlin – it was such an exciting time to be growing up there!. I later spent a few years travelling and seeing the world, including Australia, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Malaysia, and then I arrived in Indonesia and got stuck. I love surfing, of which there is plenty in Bali, and I made a decision to set up home and I spent pretty much my first year here just surfing every day.
Then in my second year in Bali I started to work on canvas with brush and mostly oils but also using any media available including the local spray cans which are not really that great, still its possible to get some things done with them. I set up my own company (www.aerosoul-indonesia.com
) and opened the FIRST
graffitt gallery in Indonesia here in Bali (Seminyak). My company also provides graffiti in an advertizing way although the local spray paint quality is not that great and for commissioned walls i mostly use imported cans.
How big is Graffiti in Bali ?
Yogya is the capital of street art and graffiti.a lot of talented fresh artist over there and the streets are bombed like in no other city in Indonesia. We did a street art event last year in Yogya which went really well and was a lot of fun. see link
I suggest everyone to have a look at this small city in Java definitely worth it for a day trip. Bali attracts millions of tourists every year and lot of visiting Graffiti artists spray paint the walls especially around Kuta. Great international mix of well known artists like “Bates
” and same time not as well known artists like “Spuk
” from Berlin who definitely been the winner in ‘getting up’ last year regarding quantity and quality -some of his silver pieces are sick.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m looking for new galleries outside of Indonesia to display my art and therefore have to spend a bit more time in an urban environment ( in between the island life full of good surf, bikinis and beaches )
You can see more from ASIE.ONE at www.asieone.com and his facebook page / Also check out his exhibition in Bali earlier this year.