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People are not looking for new things and it’s generally difficult for them to accept at first. If you look at the impressionists during the 19th century for instance, it took them a century to be recognised properly. Today it’s the same, only things are going faster. Recognition still takes a long time but it at least happened while I was alive. If I had been living during the 19th century, that probably wouldn’t have been the case. Things are going faster, thanks to the internet and the media in general. But even so, things are taking quite a while, for me it took 30 years to get some recognition but I’m living it right now. If you are bringing something new it will take time for people to even consider it, especially if it’s very innovative, people don’t like to have their comfort zone disturbed. It’s easy to go see art you trust – a Renoir or a Van Gogh as it is now established art and there’s no risk in daring to like it. But modern art or graffiti is still something rebellious.

People still wince when they see a piece of graffiti. Even in music terms, if you consider hip hop and the first guys to start rapping in the seventies… It took 10 or 15 years for that to be recognised as a ‘valid’ musical style. With money flooding into the galleries, much of the art being taken out of context and recognition bringing negatives as well as positives – what do you think the effect of money and hype has been To me it’s a normal process - everything has a value and a commercial value will naturally attach itself to anything that is widely appreciated. I must say that when I started doing graffiti I didn’t have that in mind at all. I never did street art in order to make money but it is not a problem for me if it becomes bankable. Everything has a commercial potential.

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