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On the street André is known by his graffiti-artist alter ego, the tag “Mr. A,” and for his concept “Love Graffiti.” Mr. A is a funny, round face with a huge smile and a wink that follows you everywhere, and now is all over the world, and often in pink!—a color that is pretty much taboo in the graffiti world, except when it’s André’s monochromatic style. Unlike the past 20 years of street graffiti, where a street artist imposes an anonymous tag for an anonymous crowd—some merely staining a depressing urban landscape, a few becoming famous gallery artists, such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, KAWS, NECKFACE, and of course SAMO—André has hesitated to go from the street into the gallery. Rather he’s given a new sense to his graffiti art, first by bypassing the walls of the gallery and introducing his imagery into clubs or night spots, which he participates in opening and promoting all over the world. In doing so he has proactively changed the nightlife of cities such as Paris, New York, and Tokyo. He also reinterprets the meaning of graffiti art, from underground opposition to a more friendly and utopian day-time alternative. André is one of those rare people who is able to make things happen naturally. His genuine generosity extends into the romantic utopian nightspots he creates, where people meet. His second move, after having gone from the walls of streets to the walls of clubs, is choosing drawing over classic canvas work. In quiet moments, André prefers drawing on scraps of paper or in notebooks, which he’s constantly filling but rarely shares with others. This is a more personal and intimate activity, far from the commercialism of art. “Graffiti is not vandalism; it’s a beautiful crime.” – André Saraiva
Photos Craig Wetherby
In his 13 years as a snowboard photographer, Dean “Blotto” Gray has become an expert on functional minimalism. Shooting at the tops of mountains up to 250 days a year, his single backpack contains only the essentials. As far as packing light he says, “You kinda master that whole art.” That’s why Blotto wears a G-Shock. Just like the rest of his equipment, it’s light, strong, and high-performance, but most of all, it’s there for him when he needs it.
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Images courtesy of Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard’s artistic practice inhabits a world between Minimalism and Romanticism. The artist, who works primarily with video and photography, recently won the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp and presented an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. What is your favourite French meal? Coq au vin, home cooked. What is your favourite sex position? Forgot the name for it. How many girls have you had sex with? Less than people think, still more than André though. What do you think about America? I think: New Orleans Superdome, Mount Rushmore, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Gateway arch, Joe Louis’ fist in Detroit. Great monuments, great landscapes. People are alway secondary to me. What is illegal for you? Littering in public parks.
Geographical Analogies. 2006 â€“ 2011.
Neon Indian. Haus der Statistik. Alexanderplatz, Berlin. 2011.
The Whitworth Park Obelisk. 2011.
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Photos courtesy of Colette
Sarah is the art director and buyer for the famed Parisian concept store Colette. Under her vision, Colette is on the leading edge for art, fashion, and forward-thinking collaborations. What is your favourite French meal? Les crĂŞpes. What is your favourite sex position? All, as long as itâ€™s with my husband. How many girls have you had sex with? 0! What do you think about America? I love it. Everything is big! What is illegal for you? Drugs?
AndrĂŠ x Olympia Le-Tan for Colette Paris.
Images courtesy of Olympia Le-Tan
The hand-crafted clutches and bags of Olympia Le-Tan combine an appreciation for craft with classic literature. Her creativity with fabric and beautiful designs have made the works a favorite for the fashion crowd. Recently, LeTan expanded into the world of film in her short collaboration with Spike Jonze, Mourir Aupres de Toi.
What is your favourite French meal? Gratin dauphinois. I know it’s not a meal but I can eat it as a meal. What is your favourite sex position? Cartwheel 69. How many girls have you had sex with? Hmmm…none! What do you think about America ? It’s big and fun. What is illegal for you? Murder, I guess. Though there can be some exceptions.
Still from Mourir Aupres de Toi.
Photo Julian Broad
Jean Touitou founded the French clothing line A.P.C. over 20 years ago. With a focus on simple, well-tailored designs, Touitou redefined the basics while his A.P.C. raw-denim selvage jeans reached cult-like status. What is your favourite French meal? Poulette en demi deuil. What is your favourite sex position? No idea. How many girls have you had sex with? No idea. What do you think about America? Same as France: drugs, obesity, and greed. Itâ€™s just larger there. What is illegal for you? Predators with no balls.
Photo Matthew Frost
Images Laurent Fetis
Laurent Fetis’ passion and talent for graphic design have led to projects with the Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. Some of his best-known collaborations include album covers for Beck, DJ Hell, and Mellow. What is your favourite French meal? Œuf à la coque. What is your favourite sex position? It depends on the situation. How many girls have you had sex with? I’m not yet married so unfortunately I still can’t have sexual relationships. What do you think about America? Such a big country…. What is illegal for you? Cursing, lying, murdering, stealing.
Poster for Le Baron Miami. Designed with AndrĂŠ.
Illustration for Social Club.
Hell featuring P. Diddy, “The DJ” (Gigolo Records).
M83 Before The Dawn Heals Us album and maxis.
Laurent Fetisâ€™ ABC spread.
Yves Klein retrospective catalogue at Pompidou Center.
Images courtesy of KitsunĂŠ
In 2002 Gildas Loaëc, along with Masaya Kuroki and design company Abake, created a label interested in melding the worlds of fashion and music. Kitsuné remains on the front lines as global trendsetters who push the boundariesa of style and sound. What is your favourite French meal? Croque monsieur. What is your favourite sex position? I don’ t remember. How many girls have you had sex with? One, and sadly I was too drunk to remember. What do you think about America? America is a dream. What is illegal for you? “Graffiti,” quoting André’s “Beautiful Crime” words.
Kitsuné Parisien Aviator Leather Jacket and Boxers, by André.
Photos Olivier Zahm
Olivier Zahm co-founded the Purple Institute in 1992 with Elein Fleiss. He now serves as the editor-in-chief of Purple Fashion, a biannual publication interested in bridging the worlds of fashion and art. In the 1980s and ’90s, Zahm contributed to Artforum, Flash Art, and curated exhibitions at PS1, MoMA, and the Centre Pompidou. What is your favourite French meal? In the morning, two eggs sunny-side up with espresso and Diet Coke. For lunch, croque monsieur, because it’s quick and satisfying, with espresso and Diet Coke. For dinner, I try my best to not eat French cuisine. What is your favourite sex position? To me, sex is good when it’s not about positions, but about magnetic attraction and passion. How many girls have you had sex with? Less than Charlie Sheen (5,000), but more than Tom Ford. What do you think about America? It’s awesome. I want to grow old and die in New York. What is illegal for you? My favorite utopia is to imagine a world without money.
Turmkunst Project. Berlin. 2010.
Photos courtesy of HONET
HONET started writing graffiti in Paris in 1988. He painted walls and quickly graduated to trains, spreading his art from London to Bucharest to Helsinki to Athens, eventually reaching cities as distant as Moscow, Beijing, and Tokyo. When heâ€™s not working for Prada or exhibiting his art, heâ€™s contemplating graffiti as an act, not just as a result.
What is your favourite French meal? Simple and easy: avocat cocktail! What is your favourite sex position? I’m more into “locations” than “positions”! How many girls have you had sex with? Normally people ask me, “How many trains have you painted?” or “How many subway systems have you done?” What do you think about America? It’s really hard for me to understand such a law like the one from Los Angeles county (despite that I love that city )—the T.A.G.: Totally Against Graffiti. Who says that every kind of graffiti or street art is “an indicator of urban decay and a crime”?! And why isn’t an adult—a mature and responsible citizen—aloud to drink a simple beer in the street if he wants to? What is illegal for you? ...Hippies!
Photos courtesy of STAK
Artist Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, also known as STAK, uses a lighter to burn designs into ceilings and in the process takes on the codes and clichés of urban life. Kosta-Théfaine’s work asks viewers to imagine a new visual language.
What is your favourite French meal? Dada. What is your favourite sex position? Abstraction. How many girls have you had sex with? Romantisme. What do you think about America? Pop Art. What is illegal for you ? Un graffiti effacĂŠ. (An erased graffiti.)
Photos courtesy of Philippe Zdar
Philippe Zdar, one half of the group Cassius, has worked as a producer for The Rapture, Chromeo, and on Phoenix’s Grammy-winning album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. What is your favourite French meal? The bar en croute de sel with some very thin patates sautée and a baba au rhum with some good crème fouettée. What is your favourite sex position? My lover Dyane laying on my big brass bed looking at me in the eyes. How many girls have you had sex with? I stopped counting at the tender age of 18 but I guess a bit less than André and Warren Beatty united together. What do you think about America? It’s the country that inspired me the most, the place that gave me strength to do what I’m doin’, still a big magnet even as I know the country better and I can manage my fantasy about it and enjoy its greatness and its flaws. What is illegal for you? Television.
Photos courtesy of Kolkoz
Kolkoz is a French art collective consisting of Samuel Boutruche and Benjamin Moreau. Their works resist any one medium, and include video and sculpture. In recent years, Kolkoz focused on reevaluating the nature of frames, turning decorative forms into ornate sculpture.Â What is your favourite French meal? French kiss with liberty fries. What is your favourite sex position? 69 at 22h22. How many girls have you had sex with? Sixty-eight girls and 86 pussies. What do you think about America? What is America? What is illegal for you? Licking my mumâ€™s cunt.
The Red Baron.
EMOCLEW. Beaux Arts de Paris.
The Flying Dutchman.
Photos courtesy of Justice
Justice is one of Ed Banger Records’ most successful groups, comprised of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. In addition to their sensational single “D.A.N.C.E.,” Justice is well known for their remixes of songs by artists including N.E.R.D., Daft Punk, and Fatboy Slim.
What is your favourite French meal? French toasts and freedom fries. What is your favourite sex position? The French Connection. How many girls have you had sex with? Several. What do you think about America? Only good things. What is illegal for you? Scalpers.
Images courtesy of Ed Banger Records
DJ and producer Pedro “Busy P” Winter runs the popular electronic-music label Ed Banger Records. Winter has also managed some of the biggest names in the electro dance community, including Daft Punk and Cassius. What is your favourite French meal? Lamb brain. It sounds awful but trust me, it’s delicious. What is your favourite sex position? I’m still experiencing. I’ll tell you soon. How many girls have you had sex with? I will quote one of my favorite movies, Clerks, directed by Kevin Smith, to answer your naughty question. A guy is discovering that his girlfriend had a life before him. It’s always hard to accept, but hey…that’s life! Dante is his name. He’s working in a supermarket and he’s screaming: “My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks!” A customer replies: “In a row?!” What do you think about America? I could reply like Patrick Juvet (“I love America”), but I prefer America’s “Horse With No Name.” I’ve been coming to the US since 1981; my uncle used to live in Miami. NYC is inspiring, exciting, and mind blowing. It’s probably the only city where I could live, outside of Paris. What is illegal for you? Mont Blanc cake from Angelina.
Photo Louis David Najar
Yorgo Tloupas works as an art director and designer. He got his start with Crash magazine in 1998. In 2001, Tloupas launched Intersection magazine and continues to work with major brands including Lacoste, Kenzo, and Hennessy.
Invitation for Lacoste.
What is your favorite French meal? Cheese. I know it’s not a meal but I can easily lunch or dine on cheese only. What is your favorite sex position? It needs six legs to happen (no animals involved). How many girls have you had sex with? Less than André for sure, but more than Yves Saint Laurent. What do you think about America? They had a few great decades. Shame about the decline. What is illegal for you? I (safely) run about 50 – 70 traffic lights per day on my bike. At €90€ each, my yearly bill would exceed € €1.500.000.
Photos courtesy of André Saraiva Always an entrepreneur, André is regularly commisioned to take to the streets and give love-struck graffiti enthusiasts—a special breed indeed—a unique voice of their own. His product? Love Graffiti.
Photos courtesy of Zevs
Aghirre Schwarz, better know as Zevs, is an influential French graffiti artist. In 2008 Zevs had his first major survey exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. He is well known for his Liquidated Logos series, as well as Visual Kidnappings, where he removed entire figures from oversized advertisements.
What is your favourite French meal? When I come back to France after a long period, I like to have a hard roquefort steak with sweet potatoes and a small glass of red wine. What is your favourite sex position? The missionary position in the day and “doggy style” at night. How many girls have you had sex with? Maybe 33. What do you think about America? I look at the USA today as one of my old used blue jeans, and I love it! What is illegal for you? To remove the freedom of expression and creativity.
Liquidated. Paris. 2006.
Invisible Graffiti. The Glyptotek. Denmark.
VICTIM. S達o Paulo. 2010.
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Published on Jan 27, 2012