First off, not sure if you were aware of this or not, but you were actually the first street/graffiti artist I met and talked with, someone who I could put a face to the work. Since this type of art is (usually) illegal, not many people are open about who they are and what they have created on the streets. Can you discuss the reasons/need to be kept incognito, or go by tags when stenciling/painting on the urban landscape?
Hey there Edith! Good to “sit down” and get a chance to chat with you! I actually was unaware that I was your first real life encounter with a street designer in the rebel art forms. There’s not too many of us here in Toledo now that I ponder it. There’s a handful of folks doin’ their thing but it seems your odds of crossin’ paths with one of us is pretty slim. Because of the nature of what we do and what we are, most of us tend to remain kind of elusive, like Bigfoot or um....Extra Terrestrials I suppose? Attention isn’t necessarily a good thing when your freedom is at risk! Hence the need for an alias. The purpose of one’s secret identity tends to stem from this desire. Also, I feel, the source of how, when, and why these works being created, remaining a mystery of sorts, adds an element of mysticism and intrigue to the different artistic manifestations that embrace various guerilla tactics to get their visions or messages seen or heard by the public. A lot of the time, it seems, this element creates a draw towards those that are curious about the work and/or can somehow relate to it. Correct me if I’m wrong but you’ve gone by Typo (with your graffiti) and now as Har Simrit Singh with your murals and artwork. How did these names evolve?
With graffiti there are a couple of ways people acquire their names or identity most commonly. Sticking with tradition, a lot of the time, an older more experienced “writer” will give them their alias. Generally it’s a word of sorts that has a unique ring or chime to it and that most importantly, in my opinion, has an 70
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