I Just Murdered The Alphabet reviews

I Just Murdered The Alphabet reviews

I Just Murdered The Alphabet has been reviewed in many magazines, blogs, websites, and various medias.
Here are some of the titles who talked about my art project.
check the complete solo art exhibition.

DESIGN YOU TRUST

Design You Trust is a design community who review new design trends, art events and… Mega new series.
With more than 2 millions page views every month, it’s quite a really good deal to be featured in this blog founded in 2007 by Dmitry Utkin. So I have one thing to say: Thank you Dmitry for creating this great media, and thank you Design You Trust for featuring me!

LIFE LOUNGE

Lifelounge is a digital media and entertainment company based in Australia.
Australia’s No. 1 youth & entertainment website reviewed my new art series, and you can see some exclusive previews of my upcoming show at Sergeant Paper.

COMPLEX

Complex magazine just posted news about Mega new art series.
For over 3 years, I contributed with a full-page in each issue in this cross-cultural lifestyle magazine. A couple of days ago they did a cool post on the art section of their blog.

LOST AT E MINOR

Mega in Lost At E Minor
The famous online publication of inspiring art and pop culture had me talk about my new art series.
With guest contributors such as Shepard Fairey or Ron English, I was quite honored to contribute in selecting cool stuffs to post. From now on, I will add fresh and inspiring news every week. Keep checking the website for more info.

CONTRA

CONTRA is a nice publication that explores urban culture in a slick way.
This network of creative people talks about art (and more) in both a daily forum and a quarterly fashion & lifestyle magazine.
They interview and talk to creative people too. They recently reviewed my new art series, and uploaded a bunch of cool Mega pictures just for you.
Make sure that you check their other photography blog, which is inspiring too.

URBANIST

Urbanist is a french blog about Street culture, music, and art.
Today they posted a nice review of my new art series I Just Murdered The Alphabet. They talk about my background and say cool stuff about me. How do you expect me not to share an article that starts with “Brilliant illustrator, Mega…” 😉

OLYBOP

New interview (in french) on Olybop.
Olybop is a blog talking about culture, graphic design and art. Today they featured my new series I Just Murdered The Alphabet, and we exchanged a few words.

SIX AND 5

My friends from Six And Five just made a nice post about my artwork series.
Remember, Sixand5 showed me some love in the past, and have always been supportive with my artworks.

PROTEUS MAG

Proteus mag chose me as their artist of the day.
This inspirational online magazine managed by Dustin Parker putted me on the front page. Thanks!

TREND HUNTER

I Just Murdered The Alphabet turns into a trend.
CNN, MTV, Kanye West, Paris Hilton, MTV and much more trend-setters have cited Trendhunter as one of the biggest source of inspiration on the web. Oh, and they like my work too 😉

DISASSOCIATED

Consortium of the cool.
Disassociated was founded by John Lampard, who started this great website about pop culture, design art, and more in 1997.

DR COTTON

Thanks Doc, it’s sick!
I met the founder od Dr Cotton when I was in Melbourne for my previous touring exhibition. The guys were really cool, and even bought me some art prints. One year later they promote my new series, blog about it, tweet about it, facebook about it… Every day!

LEZILUS

My french representative is awesome.
Lezilus is my french representative. He’s a wonderful person who allows me to reach corporate customers in all the french-speaking countries. We work together since many years, and it has always been a great pleasure for me to deal with such a professional person. Thank you Lezilus!

INTERVIEW WITH DR COTTON

Dr Cotton has published a huge Mega interview.
In this interview, I talk about my art inspirations, my artistic background, and introduces the concepts behind my new series of artworks.
The Australian apparel brand also publish a daily Mega news on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
I really appreciate the support.
They have already posted a review on my series of handmade drawings.
This is still a secret, but I may soon produce an artwork printed on T-shirt in collaboration with the Australian clothing brand.
Stay tuned for more information.

YOUR ART HERE

You Art Here is a French website that presents hot and fresh art news.
They interviewed me last year to talk about my 2011 touring exhibition.
Today they decided to support my artworks, and they present an exclusive portfolio based on my art series I Just Murdered The Alphabet.

SUPERLATIVE

Superlative is an art blog based in Germany.
They have published a really long interview in which I talk about my artworks and give more information about the concept behind La Société Des Griffeurs.

FRINGE BENEFITS

Fringe Benefit is an art website from Adelaide, Australia.
They talk about anything related to musical venues and art news.
They have recently reviewed my new series of drawings, with nice words to describe my artworks.
Thank you guys!

GRAPHIC ART NEWS

Last but not least, Graphicart News has published a new I Just Murdered The Alphabet review.
The art blog focusses on design and photography, and offers a portfolio with pictures of my latest artworks.

I Just Murdered The Alphabet reviews

Collection of reviews I received online for my art series I Just Murdered The Alphabet

Don’t forget to have a look on the new drawings I have created for my upcoming exhibition.
The exhibition will be presented in Paris next October at the Sergeant Paper gallery.
You may also remember the gallery, because I presented my art series Longing To Be Knotted Together in the same place last year for the Paris stop of my touring exhibition.

I would be happy to answer your questions for more I Just Murdered The Alphabet reviews.
Feel free to use my contact form to send me a message.
Let’s talk soon!

MEGA loves chili interview

MEGA loves chili

I recently exchanged a few words with Thumbtack Press, in which we went back and forth on chilis, Bali, and the focus on my art. Go on their website to read the whole interview.
Last week I was telling you about some of my artworks being sold on Thumbtack Press.
The guys asked me a couple of nice questions where you can learn more about me, my love for chilis, my mixtape art debut, and my upcoming project.

Drawing of a masked character

Drawing of a masked character for my new exhibition

What’s up with your obsession with chilis? How’d you get into it? What kind do you eat? How do you prepare them? Have you ever had a ghost pepper (Wiki says it’s also called “Bhut Jolokia” or “Naga King chili”) before?
I currently live in Indonesia where I learned to love chili. I eat a lot of it on a daily basis, and as a matter of fact those fruits (yes technically chilis are fruits) contain capsaicin, which helps the body to produce adrenaline and get kind of addictive. The more you eat, the more you need, and my relationship with chili is a lot like the one I have with illustration.
Back in the days, Japanese warriors would eat chili before going to battle, as a way to get stronger and not to fear what they were about to face. I eat chili before drawing, and as a matter of fact I feel invincible.
About the ghost pepper, here in Indonesia we call it “devil chili”, which gives a good idea about how spicy it is. Actually the chili get spicier according to the environment, because the more insects try to eat them, the spicier they get. Now I’m full of it, and nobody can mess with me.

mega save dropbear

Artwork for Save The Dropbear exhibition

Pagina Invalida
Interview in Brazil

Mega interviewed in the Brazilian website Pagina Invalida.

A quite old interview with the great Brasilian website Pagina Invalida.

PAGINA INVALIDA

Mega is a French graphic. In the following interview he will tell us about the creative process behind his illustrations. He will also tell us about his future plans, including a potential trip to Brazil. Discover more about this creative figure.

screen print artwork for sergeant paper gallery

Screen-print for the Burning Ink exhibition.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ARTISTIC BACKGROUND, WHERE DOES YOUR NAME COME FROM?
Hi Pagina Invalida, my name is Mega. That’s a joke about the megalomaniac, attitude of many artists. I left school earlier because I wasn’t really happy in my university. “My Education Got Aborted”. Throughout the years I have learn to find my own voice, step by step.

WHAT ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
From funk to “underground hip hop” music inspires me more a lot. I think that illustrators and music producers work in a similar way. Alone behind your computer, you have to spend hours and hours to establish a structure and polish the details with stunning effects. Years after years, productions after productions, you find your own style, a “color”, that makes you identifiable.
 
NBA babes
Drawing of two NBA babes for Complex magazine in the USA.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS?
My favorite writer are Harry Crews, Will Self, Don Delillo, Celine and Chester Himes. As for the visual art, I don’t really pay attention to other illustrators or designers. All I can say is that I enjoy the art of people like Charles Burns, Dalek, Flying Fortress, or Dave Kinsey.
 
Bitchy black girl for Complex mag
Illustration of a bitchy black girl.

DO YOU THINK THAT GRAPHIC DESIGN INFLUENCES PEOPLE LIVES?
think that ordinary people do not care about graphic design. Good art probably reaby graphic design are the designers themselves.
 
TALK TO ME ABOUT YOUR TYPICAL DAY AT WORK
Nothing is typical in my work, including the way I do it.
 

Original handmade drawing by mega

Original handmade drawing for my solo art exhibition I Just Murdered The Alphabet

PRINTS, FIGURES, CHARACTERS, WHAT DO YOU PREFER LIKE TO ILUSTRATE?
Anything that customers need and pay me for.
 
WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE?
My main tool remains my brain. My brain helps me take decisions. My brain is a boss and no one can dispute. Then come my eyes, which are very useful as assistants, giving constant indications and warnings. Last but not least are my hands. They are the workers who do not take decisions and are turning the vision into a reality.
 
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DIFFICULTY WITH CUSTOMERS?
I usually do not have problems with my clients. I am probably lucky but so far all my experiences have been good. I don’t see the customer has someone who bring problems. I’m here to help him and assist him. So far everything is going very well.
 
mega advertising illustration for volkswagen
Car drawing for the advertising of the new Volkswagen.

YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT BRAZILIAN DESIGN?
I like Brazilian street art like Os Gemeos or Speto. I want definitely to learn more about the culture. In a near future I plan to visit and discover what life is like in your region. Are the Brazilian girls really so beautiful?

WHAT IS THE POLITICAL MESSAGE BEHIND YOUR WORK?
The main political or social message behind my work is: “Follow your own path”. This is not as easy as it sounds.Not matter how hard it is, don’t give up on your your dreams. Your are the only one that will take you to your destination.
 
logo graffiti mega

WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT POLITICS?
For me it’s all about money. You can vote for whoever you want, but the most effective way to change the world around you is to watch the way you will earn and spend your money. I do not want to hurt people to earn my money, so I want to remain independent.

HOW IS THE GRAPHIC DESIGN SCENE IN FRANCE?
In France we do not have a great history of graphic design. Compared to countries like Germany or Switzerland, people here don’t really care about the graphic culture. Most of the time, when I tell people that I am a graphic designer, they think that I’m talking about graffiti! I love graffiti but graphic design is a different field. As for the future, I would say that everything is possible and that it is up to the new generation to change the mentalities. Thank you Pagina Invalida.

Illustration Rally
MEGA interviewed

Illustration Rally shows Mega’s artworks some love in a great review and article.

Really nice Mega interview for Illustration Rally. You can find all the questions and answer on their website, but here is the intro.
It’s quite a feature we have for you now, the unstoppable force that is Mega, bags of attitude and a slogan straight from the street art revolution. Mega is instantly likeable, the street style and attitude infectious, his globe trotting lifestyle creates a unification of global counter-culture in his work which overflows with a panoply of colour, slick well chosen lines and a hawks eye for a good angle, I guess composition is something you master quickly at 2am in the arrondissement with a bag of spray cans and penchant for climbing. Mega is one of those that simultaneously breaks the mould but acts as a distillation of his genre, his work trades in alternative culture kudos, which like a precious currency, corporates try to co-opt to put some dents in their cold calculating exteriors and inject some life into their atrophied veins of style by committee, all the while they fund Mega, laughing from his tropical paradise knocking out work he couldn’t help but do whether he was paid or not. He controls his style in this way creating slick and justified work that is skilled not only mechanically but works as an illustrator should by selling the message hard. This can be down to his street roots or more likely honed by editorial experience, either way he can put a point across with a tropical sense of glee and a palette rich with street colour. A true talent, it’s Mega.
More about the art website and my interview in Illustration Rally.

Painting by Mega in Illustration Rally

Concrete jungle part. 1

Motorsport Playground racing car by Mega

Motorsport Playground racing car by Mega

NOVUM article in the best design magazine from Germany

Novum is the number one Graphic Design magazine in Germany.

The German design mag published a 4 pages article on my artworks and my background. Here is a translation of the original text from German to English.
Thank you Novum magazine for the nice article about me and my work as an artist.

Novum magazine

Especially when it comes to designers, it is important to stand out and to develop an individual style.
Easier said than done. Mega is an autodidact illustrator who stands out from the french design scene in his individual way.

drift racing car

Follow your own line is the political and social message you can sense in Mega’s work. The artist has this a certain rebellious and individual attitude. Mega grew up in a boring town in the southwest of France. At the time he spent most of his time with graffiti friends. Under the name of Middle Classes, the kids rebelled against existing norms and stereotypes, but their criticism was not about politic. They challenged the graffiti movement itself, despising B-Boy characters and Wild Style letters. I think I hated graffiti more than I loved it, Mega says today. Mega was influenced by the 3-D scene from Germany and Switzerland. He found more inspiration in graphic design rather than in traditional graffiti magazines. After a couple of years the illustrator moved forward and taught himself how to computer softwares and graphic programs. Eventually he moved to Paris and launched his own fanzines and became an art direction for various design publications.

Sergeant Paper gallery for Novum magazine

I tend to be really focussed when I work on my artworks. For this one I was at Sergeant Paper gallery in Paris.

After various jobs as a graphic designer and art director, Mega decided to work as a freelance illustrator. He worked mainly for record labels, magazines and fashion labels. He kept the name Mega, a name with different levels of interpretation. I have a weird sense of humor, says the artist, and find the name Mega to be funny, because it sounds so pretentious. Mega fly effortlessly from drawings to graffiti to vector graphics or typography. The multi-talented artist may be the product of a generation exposed to visual cultures from a very young age. Punk and hip hop influences are mixed with pixel visuals visual and glitter advertising. Mega mixes and resample his influences like a music producer. Urban culture meets mainstream and is interpreted in a unique way, a way that allow him to reach the audience of all the design scenes.

illustration of a philippine girl

JWA MAGAZINE
Mega interview

A long interview with JWA magazine. JWA is a ‘lifestyle magazine for influencers’.

The interview with JWA magazine was done in French but here is the translation.

Focus on the artist and graphic designer Mega!
From Technikart to Clark to Kink or WAD, you’ve probably seen his artworks in your favorite magazines. We met Mega and he told us about his career and work as an art director.
Let’s see how Mega became one of the most important designers in Europe.

Acclaim-magazine-fashion

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND

HOW DID YOU BECOME A REFERENCE IN THE WORLD OF ILLUSTRATION?
I spent my teenage years as a graffiti artist. I was painting walls in a new school way with my buddy called Peper. We were not interested in classic wild style and B-boys. Our influences were in Swiss graphic design books than in graffiti fanzines. The use of computers soon became a natural extension of my graphic skills, and a way for me to reach a new audience. Computers also open new perspectives on a technical level. My work on walls only reached a limited audience of writers, so I turned to art direction because I wanted to talk to a wider audience.
In the first months I spent a lot of time in the front of my screen to understand and master the basic softwares. After a while I opened a graphic design studio with a friend (Delarocca) and we published a book called First. It was a very graphic publication printed in silver on black paper. The content focussed on underground hip hop with interviews of Antipop Consortium and Soul Williams. This publication was a link with a new generation of journalists and we met a lot of people with common interests in the street culture. Clark, Blast or BPM magazine had just started. We also met the editor of Kink, a magazine about sports who had just released his first issue and a few weeks later we took the artistic direction of the publication. We learned a lot and worked with innovation and professionalism in mind.
We also went to New York CITY to meet and interview actors of the “street culture” scene. We met the guys from Def Jux, Zoo York, Wordsound, Stay Free, and more… We came back to France with the idea of publishing an pioneering graphic design book. At the time german publishers like DGV was doing a great job, but there was a need in France for new publishers interested with a strong interest in graphic design. So we worked really hard to write, illustrate, finance, translate, and publish a book called NYC Rules. The graphic design book was distributed in all major networks, and the media reacted really positively.
A year later, a big publisher bought Kink magazine and I became the official art director of the new version of the publication. A few years later I moved to Paris to work on BPM magazine. In the same time my work as an illustrator was growing to the point that I needed an agent to represent me. Later, I stopped working for BPM and joined the team behind WAD magazine. It was a wonderful experience to become the art director of a fashion magazine but my work as an illustrator was really demanding. In 2005 I stopped to focus on my illustrations. A decent internet connection was all I need to work with my customers so I moved to Brazil for a while, before living in Argentina where I stayed there until October 2006. I received a phone call from when my “partner-in-crime” Pierre Henny (the editor of Kink and BPM). He asked me to come and live in Sydney to take the Art direction of a urban culture magazine called Acclaim.

JOACHIM  | Original artwork | Silver ink on 180g art paper | 50x70cm | 2012 | Signedbuy

JOACHIM | Original artwork | Silver ink on 180g art paper | 50x70cm | 2012 | Signed


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YOU HAVE WORKED FOR MANY MAGAZINES

AS A GRAPHIC DESIGN SPECIALIST AND AN ACCOMPLISH ART DIRECTOR, COULD YOU TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE IN A MAGAZINE AND WHICH ONES DO YOU READ?
Magazines are a nice way to show my illustrations and to reach people. Unlike other media such as t-shirts, books or album covers, magazine have a short life. There is a sense of urgency, short deadlines, specific constraints that force creativity. As for the art direction, I usually choose to work for magazines that I want to read it. It’s a simple choice. Working as an art director is very different from my job as an illustrator. As an art director I build a layout that offer a balance between texts and images. I create a visual identity, organize photo shoots, find illustrators, etc.. In France I read Clark and WAD. Otherwise I love the first issues of Vice magazine, Lodown in Germany and Monster Children in Australia are cool too. In USA Complex magazine remains the benchmark for the best of street culture and fashion, while Juxtapoz used to be the best illustration magazine.

poster crossfit bali

IN 2002 YOU CO-PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED THE BOOK CALLED NYC RULES!

THE BOOK DEALS WITH NYC UNDERGROUND CULTURES. WHAT ARE THE ARTISTS YOU LIKE IN NEW YORK? IF YOU HAD TO MAKE A “PARIS RULES” WHO WOULD BE THE ARTISTS TO WATCH?
As for the music I like Lil Wayne but I was really disappointed with Wiz Khalifa. This guy lost his credibility and became a pop clown. If we talk about graffiti I like Neckface but I must say that I have not been back to New York for a while so I may have missed the newcomers. “Paris Rules!” sounds like a good idea, but France is a small country and not everything comes from Paris. People from small towns tend to spend more time and energy for their passions, simply because there are fewer distractions. Anyway Veenom and Koa are visual artists I like. I am a big fan of the graffiti artist HNT, and Zevs probably offer the most exciting approach to graffiti. As for photography I like Wilee and Dimitri Coste. If we talk about music, my favorite hip-hop artist is still Booba.
Anyway, I’m a bitter guy so I would not do a book about Paris because there are too many people I would criticize…

graphic design book NYC Rules!

Internal pages from the graphic design book NYC Rules!

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE BOOKS RETROACTIVE 1 & 2?
Retroactive 1 & 2 are graphic design books. The publisher invited me to do illustrations in the publications and the guy was also the man who worked as a distributor for my book NYC Rules.

MANY PEOPLE SAW THE BOARDS YOU DID FOR CARTEL SKATEBOARD

HOW DID YOU END UP WORKING WITH THEM?
A guy working for Circa and Cartel simply called me. He asked me if I wanted to do a series of pro-models boards for Cartel. My name would be silk screened in gold on the top of the skateboards and I would have a total freedom to work. I could not refused, especially because I knew that the guy was professional.

YOU WERE RECENTLY IN SYDNEY

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU DID THERE?
I was in Sydney to work as an art director for a magazine called Acclaim. While I was in Australia I also took part in several art exhibitions.

Asian girl drawing
Cai Bin is a fun Asian girl I drew for my publication.

Tips & Tricks

FAVORITE WEBSITES:

Wikipedia, Google and IMDB have changed my life. My site http://www.ilovemega.com/blog/ is probably the best website since porn. Haha!

INFLUENCES:

Jérôme Coste, Charles Burns, and everything around me. Otherwise music plays an important part in my life and my work. I love hip-hop, Afrobeat, soul and old school funk.

Illustration of a masked character in the jungle for ATR I showed to JWA magazine
Illustration of a masked character in the jungle for ATR.

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

To travel and live from my passion.

FOCUS MAGAZINE
In your face

Focus magazine interview Mega in French

4 pages interview for Focus magazine, a french urban publication.
More about Focus magazine.

Kirtimukhas

Kirtimukhas is a graphic reflexion over self-created rituals and simulated heritages

HELLO MEGA, COMMENT ÇA VA À BALI ? LA FRANCE NE TE MANQUE PAS TROP ?
Au moment où vous lisez cette interview dans Focus magazine, je déguste un jus de mangue glacé, accoudé aux pierres de lave qui bordent ma piscine, accablé par une averse de soleil. Le glapissement des geckos concurrence avec un panache mécanique le chant puissant de Wendy Renée que peinent à contenir les enceintes faiblardes de mon Macbook Pro connecté en Wi-Fi. Un client allemand me propose un travail tandis que je termine une illustration pour un magazine de Sydney. Pour peu que l’on prenne la peine de s’abriter sous les larges feuilles d’un des bananiers, la température descend à 30C. Il faisait 30 hier, et le sorcier du village prévoit 30 pour demain. Mentalement, je passe en revue la variété des délices culinaires locaux qui m’attend dans des restaurants à un euro. Je pense manger un cochon de lait tourné à la broche. À 500m de ma maison les ondes azurées lèchent à l’infini une vaste plage dépeuplée, magique, dont vos rêves les plus exotiques ne donne qu’une idée assez approximative. Je pense à la France : j’y ai mon agent (Lezilus), j’y garde certains de mes meilleurs amis, ma famille y réside. J’aime les françaises, leur élégance naturelle me manque parfois.

magazine illustration

The artwork was used to illustrate a double spread pages of the french publication

PEUX-TU NOUS EXPLIQUER EN QUELQUES MOTS CE QUE TU FAIS ?
Mon activité d’illustrateur consiste à trouver des solutions visuelles pour répondre à des attentes de clients hétérogènes. Si les problématiques et les supports sont variés, la passion et la réactivité demeurent chez moi une constante.

POURQUOI “MEGA” ?
Mega calcule le monde en mégabytes et cultive une mégalomanie que cette interview permet d’alimenter. Il garde cependant à l’esprit que la grâce dont il jouie à l’heure actuelle peut s’altérer sans annonce préalable. La vie est un jeu aux accents parfois âcres, et le verlan de son nom –Game- résonne parfois comme un avertissement énigmatique.
En Indonésien Mega signifie par ailleurs Nuage, et si le ciel est une limite pour certains, il n’en reste pas moins un terrain de jeu que j’affectionne. Au risque de me brûler les ailes, cette position stratosphérique ouvre des perspectives sans cesse renouvelées et m’offre l’atout remarquable de pouvoir poser sur le monde un regard différent.
Où et comment as-tu appris à dessiner comme ça ?
À la fin de mon adolescence, j’occupais mon temps libre à peindre les murs de ma ville et les trains de ma région. Mes influences se trouvaient davantage dans les livres de graphisme Suisses et Allemands que dans les fanzines graffiti. Je ne me sentais pas concerné ni séduit par les poncifs Wild style en vogue à l’époque. Je crois que l’on peut dans cette mesure dire que j’étais plutôt new school. Peu à peu, l’utilisation de l’informatique est apparue comme le prolongement naturel et un développement logique de ma démarche graphique, permettant notamment d’ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives au niveau technique, et m’offrant potentiellement l’accès à un public plus large. Conscient que les murs n’intéressent qu’une audience restreinte de writers, j’ai toujours considéré que la publication et la diffusion d’objets imprimés présentait l’avantage de toucher les non-initiés. L’ordinateur est donc devenu le prisme par lequel je filtre le monde qui m’entoure. La pratique constante du dessin aura été mon apprentissage, la curiosité et la passion mes deux maîtres.

China Heights gallery

My screen printed artworks exhibited in China Heights gallery

COMMENT TU DÉFINIRAIS TA “SIGNATURE VISUELLE” ?
“In your face” est la définition de mon style telle que donnée par Richard Solomon, un agent new-yorkais. Je suis obsédé par la pureté des courbes et ensorcelé par la profondeur des aplats de couleurs.

TU AS PAS MAL TRAVAILLÉ DANS LA PRESSE. EST-CE POUR TOI LE MÉDIA LE PLUS ADAPTÉ POUR EXPRIMER TA CRÉATIVITÉ ? TU ES UN GROS LECTEUR DE MAGAZINES ?
Il est clair que j’apprécie particulièrement les magazines en tant que moyen de diffusion de mes illustrations. C’est pour moi la façon la plus simple et la plus évidente de toucher les individus susceptibles d’être intéressés par mes productions. Le magazine est un produit à la durée de vie particulièrement limitée. Il y a une notion d’urgence, des deadlines souvent courtes, des contraintes spécifiques qui forcent la créativité. J’essaie d’apporter quelque chose de plus à chacune de mes parutions. D’une manière générale, je choisis de faire des illustrations ou d’assurer la direction artistique de magazines que j’ai envie de lire, le choix est simple. J’ai longtemps travaillé comme DA dans la presse, notamment en France pour WAD et en Australie pour Acclaim, et je regardais alors beaucoup ce qui se faisait dans tous types de publications. À Paris le seul magazine que je lisais était Clark. Au niveau international j’ai longtemps été fan de Vice (même si le concept tend à s’essouffler), Lodown a perdu de sa créativité au profit de Monster Children qui a bien su calquer et renouveler l’esprit, tandis que Complex reste une référence pour ce qui est de suivre l’actualité des cultures urbaines et de la mode.

TU EXERCES DÉSORMAIS PAS MAL EN FREELANCE… NOTAMMENT VIA LEZILUS N’EST-CE PAS ?
Lezilus est mon agent pour les pays francophones, et je profite de cette opportunité pour saluer la qualité de son travail, la liberté qu’il m’offre, et les portes qu’il m’ouvre. C’est grâce à lui que je peux parcourir le monde tout en restant connecté avec les acteurs de l’industrie de la publicité et de la communication.

drawing of a fat man eating ice cream

RACONTE-NOUS UN PEU LE PROJET AVEC VOLKSWAGEN POUR LE TIGUAN… LA PUB EST UN UNIVERS VRAIMENT DIFFÉRENT…
J’aime travailler dans la publicité. Les commandes sont précises et détaillées et le travail s’en trouve optimisé. J’ai eu la chance de travailler pour Volkswagen, Leclerc, ou encore La Poste, et j’ai chaque fois apprécié le rapport avec les créatifs de cette industrie. Les cahiers des charges sont clairs et très rigoureux, ce qui permet de concentrer mes efforts sur ce que je sais faire le mieux.

COMMENT SE DÉVELOPPE LA CULTURE URBAINE, GRAPHIQUE… À BALI ?
Bali est une île sur laquelle se disséminent trois millions d’individus. On ne peut donc pas parler réellement de cultures urbaines, mais la créativité est en revanche chaque jour présente. Chaque foyer se doit de confectionner quotidiennement de petites offrandes colorées déposées sur un support végétal, en adéquation avec de leur pratique et leur conception de l’hindouisme. Les balinais aiment souvent peindre, dessiner, sculpter le bois et la pierre, avec un talent et une virtuosité technique qui ne cesse de me surprendre. Les cérémonies religieuses sont l’occasion de mises en scène théâtrales et décontractées, dont l’aspect visuel est somptueusement maîtrisé.

logo nyc rules

FRANCE, ARGENTINE, INDONÉSIE… QUELLE EST TA PROCHAINE DESTINATION ?
Je souhaite continuer de voyager afin de pouvoir apprendre de nouvelles langues et me confronter à différentes cultures. Je pense retourner à New York l’année prochaine, afin de m’imprégner de l’effervescence créative qui règne dans cette ville fascinante.

TU PEUX NOUS PARLER UN PEU DE TES ACTUALITÉS ?
Je termine les pochettes des prochains albums de DJ Gero et de Tom Fire. Un magazine Australien publie un article sur mon quotidien dans son numéro de décembre, et en France j’ai quelques doubles pages qui sortent dans divers magazine en Janvier. Je consacre mon temps libre à produire une série de sérigraphies destinée à être vendue dans la nouvelle boutique Sergeant paper de la galerie parisienne Issue. Une version mise à jour de mon site www.ilovemega.com vient de sortir, et je désire faire de ma passion mon travail aussi longtemps que possible. Je vais tout d’abord finir mon jus de mangue.

Video interview in French

Video interview of Mega (in French language).

When I was in France last summer, I was interviewed and filmed by Lezilus.
In this video interview, we talk in French of course. We have a nice conversation about my life in Bali, my future art projects, and my love for illustration.
You can now discover the result of this exchange.
Enjoy this cool, strange and surreal video.

The interview was filmed at the Jardin Des Plantes in Paris by the talented Émilie Pigeard.
Feel free to learn more aboutLezilus, the agent who represents my artworks in French-speaking countries.

The video interview was filmed in the forest.

Lezilus filmed the video interview in the forest.

CONCEPT MAG
Mega interview in Indonesian

Concept mag interviewed me in Indonesian for their graphic publication.

Big interview for the summer issue of the number 1 graphic design magazine in Indonesia, Concept mag.
Once again the interview is in Indonesian.
Here is a transcription of the article written by Concept mag, after an interview done during my exhibition in Jakarta.
I was the main article of the issue of this Indonesian art publication.
I also did the artwork for the cover of the issue.
More about Concept.

BERHARAP INSPIRASI DARI DEWA BALI.
Begitu cintanya seniman Perancis ini. Pada Indonesia dan Bali hingga ia rela mengikuti tata cara hidup masyarakat di desa tempat tinggalnya. Mega mengaku tidak memiliki agama, tapi dia senang menggambar Dewa-dewa yang dipercaya oleh masyarakat Hindu Bali, seraya berharap mereka akan menurunkan inspirasi bagi dirinya.

Cover for Concept magazine Indonesia

Cover for Concept magazine, the biggest graphic design publication from Indonesia

MENGAPA ANDA BEGITU TERTARIK DENGAN INDONESIA, KHUSUSNYA BALI?
Sebernarnya semua daerah di Indonesia buat saya sangat menarik. Baik itu Yogyakarta, Bali, ataupun Papua. Semua wilayah Indonesia bagus dan menarik untuk dipelajari. Menurut saya tidak akan bukup seumur hidup untuk bisa mempelajari semua wilayah Indonesia dengan kebudayaannya, warisannya serta bahasanya. Saya sangat suka dengan Indonesia.
Bayangkan saja, ada banyak sekali suku yang ada di Indonesia yang sebenarnya berbeda-beda. Semuanya berbeda, bahasanya, budayanya, warisannya bahkan juga genetikanya. Tapi semuanya masih bisa percaya pada satu negara. Bisa bersatu dan bersama dalam satu negara Indonesia. Apalagi orang Indonesia ini tersebar dalam pulau-pulau, seharusnya sulit untuk hidup bersatu dalam satu nation. Buat saya ini sangat mengagumkan sekali, ada satu nama Indonesia untuk ribuan budaya yang berbeda. Itu sebabnya saya tinggal di Indonesia.

BERAPA BANYAK KARYA ANDA YANG TERINSPIRASI OLEH INDONESIA, KHUSUSNYA BALI?
Wah kalau untuk itu saya rasa sulit untuk menjumlahnya. Karena segala hal tentang Indonesia saat ini telah masuk dan menjadi bagian dari diri saya. sehingga dalam setiap karya saya selalu terdapat unsur Indonesia khususnya Bali di dalamnya. Karena saat membuat karya saya selalu menggalinya dari pengalaman pribadi yang pernah saya jalani. Jadi semuanya menyatu. Baik yang dari Indonesia, Eropa, Amerika Selatan, semuanya mempengaruhi karya-karya saya. Seperti bisa dilihat dalam karya saya yang bertemakan warrior.
Secara pribadi, saya memang sangat menyukai topeng, saya suka pada motif-motif tradisional. Jadi ada yang mengatakan bahwa warrior yang saya buat itu sebagai budaya Bali. “Waah itu pasti warrior Bali karena Mega tinggal di Bali.” Padahal tidak juga. Karena saat membuat artwork tersebut saya tidak pernah meniatkan untuk membuat warrior Bali karena memang ada unsur Bali di dalamnya.

hindu perspective

This is my own artistic take on the human being from an hindu perspective

APAKAH ADA KARYA YANG MEMANG KHUSUS BERTEMAKAN TENTANG BALI SEPERTI BARONG ATAU DEWA MISALNYA?
Ada, seperti yang dipamerakan di Salihara. Walaupun temany “Madu dan Racun”, tapi karena saya tidak lahir di sini dan tidak ada spesialisasi di bidang politik. Maka saya membuat karya tentang Barong dan Rangda. Pesannya adalah, ada yang positif dan ada juga yang negatif. Saya harus membuat yang bagus untuk menggambarkan yang yang posiitf, namun saya harus respek pada yang negatif. Selain itu, saya juga menggambar Dewa dalam kepercayaan Hidu Bali karena mungkin saja mereka mau membantu saya supaya saya bisa mendapatkan inspirasi dalam hidup saya.

KIRA-KIRA SAMPAI KAPAN INGIN MENETAP DI BALI?
Kalau itu saya tidak tahu, saya tidak suka menduga-duga ada yang terjadi di hari esok nanti. Saya tidak bisa membuat proyeksi yang jauh, siapa tahu besok saya mati, harus kembali ke Perancis den meninggalkan Indonesia. Tapi minimal untuk tahun ini dan beberapa tahun ke depan yang bisa saya bisa predikisikan, sepertinya saya masih akan tinggal di Indonesia.

BAGAIMANA PERKEMBANGAN ARTIS-ARTIS INDONESIA MEURUT MEGA?
Bagus sekalih, sangat bagus. Mungkin masih ada yang malu-malu merasa bahwa kemampuan artis Indonesia masih berada di bawah orang Amerika atau Eropa atau belahan lain di duania. Tapi sebenarnya itu tidak betul, karena siapa saja bisa bagus yang penting kerja, kerja dan kerja terus. Apalagi saat ini ada media seperti majalah Concept dan Babyboss yang bisa memberikan dukundan dan informasi bagi komunitas artis-artis Indonesia dan generasi yang lebih baru.

DI FACEBOOK ANDA BANYAK ARTIS MUDA INDONESIA YANG INGIN BELAJAR PADA ANDA. BAGAIMANA TANGGAPAN ANDA?
Saya rasa saya masih terlalu muda untuk menjadi seorang guru tua yang bantu-bantu semua orang. Jadi sebenarnya buat saya sendiri itu lucu sekali. Tapi saya memang suka berkomunikasi dengan siapa saja. Saya pasti senang jika ada orang yang suka dengan karya saya. Biasanya saya jarang berkomunikasi, karena ketika di rumah saya hanya sekali ke luar, sebagian besar waktu saya dihabiskan untuk bekerja saja. Baru ketika saya membuka Facebook atau ada pameran seperti ini saya bisa berkomunikasi dan mendapatkan feedback tentang karya saya. Tapi saya ingin jika ada yang mau berbicara dengan saya, dia juga memberikan sesuatu untuk saya. Dia harus memberi tahu namanya, tinggal di mana, membuat karya apa, dan berbagai informasi yang membuat saya tahu tentang dia.

SEJAK KAPAN ANDA MULAI BERMINAT DENGAN DUNIA GRAFIS?
Wah itu sudah dimulai sejak saya kecil. Saya ingat, dulu ketika umur saya kira-kira 10 tahun, saya mendengarkan musik lewat tape. Saya senang merekam dan membuat cover untuk rekaman saya dengan menggunakan gambar-gambar yang ada di majalah. Beberapa heri saya asyik memilih-milih gambar, memotong dan mencoba beberapa komposisi yang baru. Kemudian ketika berumur 16 atau 17 tahun saya mulai membuat graffiti di tembok dan di kereta api. Ketika membuat graffiti saya tidak suka bila ada aturanaturan tentang gaya atau teknik. Kamu harus ini, kamu harus itu waah saya tidak suka yang seperti itu. Karena buat saya ini hanya cat di tembok dan ini aktivitas yang ilegal. Aktivitas yang seperti itu harusnya ya memang tidak ada aturan khusus.

CONCEPT MAGAZINE
Mega article

Concept magazine wrote a huge article in Indonesian about me

Warrior bertopeng si “bule ndeso”
“Masked warrior from the village’s gringo.” Huge article in the biggest graphic design magazine magazine in Indonesia. I love Indonesia, I love Concept magazine, and this is one of the best article I ever had. So if you can’t understand I feel sorry for you, because you should learn this beautiful language…

Sosok lelaki bertopeng menggunakan sweater dan membawa tompak nampak mendominasi karya-karya Mega. Kadang kesatria ini nampak membawa pisau atau terlihat mimiliki tanduk yang panjang, Sepintas lalu, karakter warrior ini mirip seperti Aborigin, sementara di karya lain terlihat seperti Indian Maya. Namun Mega, sang pencipta karakter ini, mengaku kesatria tersebut bukanlah gambaran dari suku mana pun. “Itu berasal dari dalam diri saya sendiri. Tapi Anda bebas mengatakan bahwa warrior itu berasal dari daerah tertentu,” ujar artis asal Perancis ini.

motorbike-cafe-racer-illustration

Pertanyaan seputar inspirasi yang melatarbelakangi Mega menciptakan karakter tersebut memang banyak beredar. Tapi satu hal yang pasti, sang warrior bubahanya selalu muncul dengan seraut topeng yang unik. “Karena saya tinggal di Bali, banyak kawan-kawan saya yang mengira bahwa karakter tersebut berasal dari Bali,” lanjut Mega. Selain kesatria bertopeng, Mega juga menggambar perempuan, serangga, ganesha, garuda dan beberapa karakter lain yang dibuat dalam gaya realis. Senima vektor ini memang sangat tertarik dengan berbagai macam debuduyaan dan bahasa.

Painting by Mega

Concrete jungle part. 1

Dalam berkarya, seniman generasi baru ini kerap berpindah tempat. Menurut pengakuannya, ia telah menghabiskan sebagian hidupnya untuk berkeliling dunia demi mempelajari kebudayaan-kebudayaan yang dianggapnya baru. “Saya orang yang senang belajar bahasa. Selama ini saya saya berkeliling dunia karena saya senang mempelajari bahasa-bahasa baru,” paparnya di sela acara diskusi dan pembukaan pameran seni vektor bertajuk “Madu, Racun & Negriku” di Serambi Salihara, Jakarta Selatan, pada 28 Mei lalu. Mega pernah menetap di Argentina dan Brazil untuk mencicipi kebudayaan masayarkat Amerika Selatan tersebut. Dan sekarang walaupun -untuk jangka waktu yang belum ditentukan- tinggal di Bali, Mega rajin menggelar pameran karya-karyanya di berbagai negara.

mixhell album cover

Cover for DJ duo Mixhell

JATUH CINTA PADA INDONESIA
Bari Mega, berkeliling dunia dan mempelajari kebudayaan berbagai daerah memberinya sebuah pemikiran baru dan inspirasi. “Saya tertarik dengan budaya, kuliner, dan agama. Saya tertarik dengan mereka punya enrironment dan pendidikan. Dengan begitu saya berharap mendapatkan sebuah pemikiran baru di luar pemikiran umum orang Perancis yang selama ini saya ketahui,” paparnya. Setelah puas bersinggugan dengan negara-negara berbahasa Latin, baik di Eropa maupun Amerika, antusiasmenya kini terjuju pada Asia. “Saya tertarik untuk mempelajari bahasa yang tidak ada kaitannya dengan bahasa Latin. Atau saya ingin mempelajari rumpun bahasa Sanskrit, saya pikir pasti bagus sekali,” jelas Mega.

Ketertarikan itulah yang mendorong pengagum Guy Debord (penulis, pembuat film Perancis dan pendiri grup Lettrist International) dan Louis Ferdinand Celine (penulis asal Perancis) ini memutukan untuk hijrah ke Indonesia. Walau mengakui keindahan wilayah Indonesia lainnya, Mega memilih Bali sabagai tempat tinggalnya di Indonesia. Bagi pria yang senang tampil dengan celana selulut dan sepatu sport ini, semua wilayah Indonesia badus dan menarik untuk dipelajari. “Menurut saya tidak akan cukup waktu seumur hidup untuk bisa mempelajari semua wilayah Indonesia dengan kebudayaannya warisannya, serta bahasanya.”

masked character

My masked character exhibited in the art space

Mega baru begitu mengagumi Indonesia. Ia mengaku heran melihat banyak sekali suku yang terdapat di Indonesia dan terbesar di banyak pulau, namun bisa hidup berdampingan dalan satu negara. “Bayangkan saja, ada banyak sekali suku yang ada di Indonesia yang sebenarnya berbeda-beda, bahasanya, budayanya, warisannya, bahkan juga genetiknya. Tapi semuanya masih bisa percaya pada satu negara. Bisa bersatu dan bersama dalam satu negara Indonesia.” Inilah salah satu alasan yang membuat Mega mimilih tinggal di Indonesia.

Menurut Mega, ketertariknya pada upacara dan akat kebiasaan masyarakat Bali banyak memberikan inspirasi baginya. “Saya tertarik dengan upacara agama Hindu yang buat saya sangat bagus, maka saya membuat karya tentang Barong dan Rangda,” imbuh Mega. Selain itu, freelance illustrator bagi beberapa perusahaan ini juga menggambar Dewa dalam kepercayaan Hindu Bali. “Karena mungkin saja mereka mau membantu saya supaya saya bisa mendapatkan inspirasi dalam hidup saya,” selorohnya.

Ketika ditanya tentang berapa banyak karyanya yang terinspirasi oleh Bali, Mega mengaku tak bisa disebutkan dalam angka. Menurut Mega, Bali telah merasuk ke dalam kehidupannya. sehingga dalam setipa karya yang ia hasilkan selalu mengandung unsur Bali di dalamnya.

autobiz mega auto advertising illustration

“SAYA BENCI BULE YANG SOMBONG”
Di Bali, Mega tinggal di sebuah desa -desa dalam arti sesungguhnya, bukan desa wisata- di kawasan Nusa Dua bagian selatan. Ada kisah menarik di balik keputusannya untuk menetap di desa. Ketika tiba di Bali, Mega sempat merasakan tinggal di kawasan wisata yang didominasi oleh wisatawan mancanegara, tapi ia merasa tak nyaman dengan tingkah lalu para turis tersebut. Menurut Mega, orang-orang asing yang ada di Bali terlalu sombong dan seolah selalu inggin tampil layaknya selebritas.

“Buat saga itu aneh, mereka ingin menjadi terkenal di dunia yang sangat kecil. Bali ini kecil sekali,” ucapnya serius. Alhasil. Mega memilih untuk menjauh dari komunitas orang asing dan tinggal di Desa Sawangan, sebelah selatan Nusa Dua, dan ia sangat menikmati tempat tinggalnya yang baru. “Saya belajar bahasa Indonesia. Tidak perlu ikut kursus, cukup mengobrol dengan warga desa. Saya juga ikut ritual agama Hindu yang biasanya mereka lalukan setiap pagi di pura kecil yang ada di depan rumah mereka. Walaupun tidak beragama, tapi saya juga membangun pura kecil di tempat tinggal saya,” ujar Mega sambil tersenyum.

Di Desa Sawangan, Mega menaku merasa terbebas dari ketidaknyamananya terhadap turis-turis asing, karena memang nyaris tak ada turis asing yang hilir-mudik di desa tersebut. “Kalaupun ada ya mereka tinggal di hotel,” ujarnya. Mega pun tak takut jika dianggap tidak modern atau kere, bahkan ia tahu ada juga dari turis-turis asing yang mencemoohnya. “Saya tidak mau dekat-dekat dengan komunitas turis bule. Saya tahu mereka juga mungkin melecekhan saya seperti mengatakan, ‘Waah itu Mega bule yang ndeso.’ Tapi saya tidak masalah karena justru itu bagus buat saya. Saya benci bule yang sombong,” ujarnya.

KERJA, KERJA, DAN BERKERJA
Mega mengaku mencitai dunia grafis sejak kecil.Slah satu hobinya adalah membuat sampul kaset kompilasi yang ia rekam sendiri. Untuk membuatnya, Mega mengorbankan majalah-majalah untuk kemudian dugunting dan ditempel hingga menjadi sampul kaset yang unik dan berbeda. “Beberapa hari saya asyik memilih-milih gambar, menotong dan mencoba beberapa komposisi yang baru,” ungkapnya. Setelah beranjak ABG, hobi grafisnya disalurkan melalui grffiti pada tembok dan dinding kereta api.

Satu hal yang unik, Mega tidak mau diatur ketika membuat graffiti karena menurutnya graffiti adalah kegiatan yang ilegal yang mengenal aturan. “Saya tidak suka bila ada aturan-aturan tentang gaya atau teknik. Kamu harus ini, kamu haus itu, waah saya tidak suka yang seperti itu. Karena buat saya ini hanya cat di tembok dan ini aktivitas yang ilegal. Aktivitas yang seperti ini harusnya ya memang tidak ada aturan khusus,” jelas Mega.

Selain giat berpameran, Mega juga sering terligat sebagai freelance illustrator dan art director di banyak media massa grafis di berbagai negara. Ia banyak terinspirasi oleh buku-buku grafis terbitan Jerman atau Swiss yang membuatnya berpikir membuat karya untuk majalah dan publishing lainnya. “Saya lihat buku-buku tersebut bagus sekali dan saya pikir saya juga harus mencobanya. Dari situ kemudian saya mulai membuat-buat majalah dan publishing.”

NBA wife artwork
Do you remember the NBA players wives I drew for Complex? Here is another artwork with the nice NBA wife and her 2 kids.

Kendati sudah banyak menghasilkan karya, Mega mengaku masih belum tahu apa yang menjadi ciri khas dari setiap karyanya, karena menurutnya hal terpenting adalah menghasilkan sebuah karya yang terbaik. Meski begitu, Mega sebagai seorang seniman tetap memiliki ciri khas dalam karyanya, yaitu pemilihan warna. “Jika untuk media seperti t-shirt atau kain, saya suka memainkan satu warna saja. Tapi jika untuk majalah atau media yang sejenis biasanya saya akan memainnkan banyak warna,” terang Mega.

Ia mengatakan, karakter masking warrior juga laya dianggap sebagai salah satu karya yang identik dengan dirinya. “Jika Anda melihat ada artwork tentang warrior di tengah hutan yang menggunakan topeng dan membawa tombak atau pisau, itu pasti karya saya. Warrior itu pasti karya Mega,” terang Mega.

Mega tak memiliki resep khusus untuk membuat sebuah karya yang bagus. Menurutnya, yang harus dilakukan adalah berkerja dan berlatih. “Kerja. Untuk bisa menghasilkan karya yang bagus harus berkerja, berkerja, dan berkerja. Dan jangan ingin menjadi artis karena ingin kaya atau ingin menjadi selebritas. Lebih baik menjadi kaya dari karya yang banyak daripada kaya dengan uang yang banyak,” paparnya dengan mimik serius. Kekayaan memang sepertinya bukan hal yang penting bagi Mega, karena buat dia, ketika meninggal, manusia tidakakan membawa uang atau harta. “Jangan terobsesi dangan kekayaan, tapi harus terobsesi dengan karya. Jika berkarya melalui hati dan jiwa yang benar maka akan menjadi sebuah karya yang bagus. Yang penting berkerja, berkerja dan berlatih terus,” lanjut Mega.

Sebuah pemirikan yang bagus walaupun sangat sederhana. Rasanya aneh mendengar hal seperti ini keluar dari mulut orang bule seperti Mega. Ya, Mega memang bukan sembarang bule, karena ia bule yang “ndeso” dan kreatif.