Mega original artworks available

Some Mega original artworks are now for sale on Sergeant Paper website.

Sergeant Paper is a French art gallery located in Paris.
The prestigious Parisian art space hosted my 2012 solo exhibition called I Just Murdered The Alphabet.
They now offer you the perfect opportunity to buy exclusive Mega original artworks hand made and signed.
More about Sergeant Paper gallery.

antton mega original artworka sergeant paper

ANTTON | Original artwork | Silver ink on 180g art paper | 50x70cm | 2012 | Signed | 450€


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More informations about the original handmade artwork ANTTON.

When I drew those original artworks, I was inspired by everything related to the art of drawing letters.
Traditional font design, graffiti, psychedelic movement, hand made sign paintings, and more.

dimitri mega original artworks sergeant paper

DIMITRI | Original artwork | Silver ink on 180g art paper | 50x70cm | 2012 | Signed | 450€


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The texts included in the artworks is a selection of inspiring hip-hop punchlines.
The exhibition was an opportunity to express both my love for art and rap music.

sergeant paper mega original artwork

DARIO | Original artwork | Silver ink on 180g art paper | 50x70cm | 2012 | Signed | 450€


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The art series is part of my Société Des Griffeurs cycle.
I intend to develop this cycle throughout various projects, like the publication I art directed for l’Attrape Rêve.

mega original artwork for sale sergeant paper gallery

JOACHIM | Original artwork | Silver ink on 180g art paper | 50x70cm | 2012 | Signed | 450€


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The nice pictures were taken by the people from Sergeant Paper gallery, inside their art space in Paris. Thanks guys!

I hope that you’ll enjoy the combination of my masked characters, and the inspiring hip-hop punchlines that I drew.
The series offers you the amazing opportunity to buy Mega original artworks, and to offer the perfect gift to one of your loved ones.

BIZMUT
Interview with the French artist

Interview with Bizmut, a talented artist located in the South of France. Art and Ride!

When I was in France recently for my last art show, I met a cool and talented artist based in the city where my mother lives.
We met and had a couple of beers, while talking about our experiences in the art scene.
The illustrator and painter who worked for many brands of the board culture was also about to travel to Bali.
I gave him some advices about the life on the island of gods, and we drank more beers.
More about the French artist Christophe Cabannes aka Bizmut.

Time To Be Wild for the illustrator

Time To Be Wild for the illustrator

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
I’m Christophe Cabannes aka Bizmut, illustrator, artist and graphic designer in freelance, living in Biarritz (France).
I started skateboarding and snowboarding about 20 years ago, and i have now the privilege to mix my 2 passions: art and ride.

Totem for Poney Session with acrylic & poska on wood - 2m x 1,30m x 1m

Totem for Poney Session with acrylic & poska on wood – 2m x 1,30m x 1m

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
My artwork fit between the movements of “New figuration” and “Lowbrow”.
I like representing figurative and surrealist things, with flashy colors and some messages: seeking madness, adrenalyne, truth, justice, faith…
My themes of reflexion are human condition, natural elements, earlier civilizations, esotericism, board-culture…
There is a small feature in my work, i often use forms of black lightning shearing the subject and giving to the work a sense of power.

Dark Angel is the name of a make up artwork painted by the artist

Dark Angel is the name of a make up artwork painted by the artist

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
I think that drawing take a major place in my work: this is the beginning, the based…come after colors, techniq, style…on paper, canvas or computer.
After having spend a lot of time to paint and organize exhibitions, i now devote much more collaborations with snowboarding brands like DC shoes, Billabong outerwear, Electric visual…
In these cases, the only constraints are to use the same colors of their next collections, and to comply with the chosen theme. After i have a total liberty to create illustrations and decos.

Skateboard customized with an hand made painting

Skateboard customized with an hand made painting

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
In my youth, I lived in the middle of the forest and wildlife, and summer and winter, I followed the seasons by going to the ocean or the mountains.
That’s why i love drawing natural elements like mountains, waves, wild animals, vegetation…

Wall painting

Wall painting

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
Ride, music, art, friends, actuality…all and nothing !
I really appreciate the work of:

  • Craola
  • Jeff Soto
  • Jeremy Fish
  • Skinner
  • Broken Fingaz, etc…
Allover design for DC shoes by Bizmut

Allover design for DC shoes by Bizmut

ANY LAST WORD?
I’m working on a new exhibition, something very wild which refers to our past civilizations…paintings and custom sculptures… well, stay tuned !
And big thanks for this interview ! I really like your recent work with all these characters with tribal masks, intense vegetation… I think we are in the same approch : “Back to the roots” !

Live Painted snowboard for Salomon

Live Painted snowboard for Salomon

LE CHIEN A DEUX TETES
Interview with French artists Koa and Mors

Le Chien A Deux Tetes is a new collective of artists by Koa from Sang Noir Studio and Mors.

Here is an interview where you will learn more about the influences, and working process of the two French artists.
More about the inspiring artist duo Le Chien A Deux Tetes.

Flash Tatoo Set poster by Le Chien A Deux Tetes

Flash Tatoo Set poster by Le Chien A Deux Tetes

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Le Chien A Deux Tetes is a creative collective.
Two heads one feature.
KOA & MORS are two illustrators inspired by the traditionnal tattoo and engraving images from old ages.

Barbarian, detail of a clack and white artwork by Koa and Mors

Barbarian, detail of a clack and white artwork by Koa and Mors

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
We do black and white illustrations with dots and traditional tattoo inking.
We also try to make our illustrations lines as clean as we can.
We make commons illustrations more than making illustration by our own sides for more impact.
We work on fantastic images and symbolism.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
We start by a common reflexion.
After we do some sketches and we do the inking with rotrings and natural pigments.

Salamander, detail of an illustration by Le Chien A Deux Tetes for Cheval Noir Editions

Salamander, detail of an illustration by Le Chien A Deux Tetes for Cheval Noir Editions

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
Principaly by music, tattoo and old engravings.
We don t live in a Norvegian wood with wolves, but it could be fun to try this 🙂

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

  • Durer
  • Dore
  • Escher
  • Bosch
  • Bruegel
  • Sailor Jerry
  • Lyle Tuttle
  • August “Cap” Coleman

Medieval images, paganism, occult images and also dead stuff like taxidermy and curiosity cabinet…

Visual identity for the artist collective Le Chien A Deux Tetes

Visual identity for the artist collective Le Chien A Deux Tetes

ANY LAST WORD?
As KOA has a new born publishing house Cheval Noir Editions, we will publish prints, tee shirts and other cool stuffs.
We have an upcoming exhibition in Berlin for the next year but it s still a secret.

GUILLAUMIT new video
The 1000 People Band

Guillaumit new animated video has just been released

The artist Guillaumit has created a new animated video for his musical project Gangpol & Mit.
I asked some questions to the illustrator, who tells us more about this visual extension of his musical live project.

Guillaumit

Enter the world of Guillaumit

Can you tell us a little bit more about Gangpol & Mit?
We are a duo consisting of a musician and a designer – animator, and we worked together for almost 10 years.
Our schedule is divided between many audiovisual concerts and studio work, expo, books, orders …

What was the concept behind this video?
This video is an online variation of The band 1000 people live concert you can see below.
We wanted to see a large number of musicians, each with its specific identity, and to confront them in unlikely, coherent, and balanced way. The encounters works miraculously for the time of a song.

How did you work on the animation?
We started thinking about this video about 6 months ago. I first created all the characters, then I had fun to combine them together. To animate this little world, I worked with Florian Teyssié, which did about half of the animation work.
The sync work with the music was eventually done step by step, according to the evolution of the songwriting… A nightmare.

What connection do you do between visual design and musical creation with Gangpol & Mit?
We are currently exploring a specific form of cartoon musical that links both. The virtual characters play music, be it in a video like this one, or with us on stage during the concerts. We keep a classical narrative approach in the content or the music. We don’t do, for example, pure abstract sound or graphics.

What projects are you working on nowadays?
With Sylvain we are working on a version 2.0 of the drawing tables.
We want to build furnitures and musical instruments with further interactions between image and sound.
In addition we still have a lot of Gangpol & Mit concerts scheduled.

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!

UGO GATTONI
Interview with the French artist

Ugo Gattoni tells us more about his artworks and his influences in an exclusive interview.

According to me, Ugo Gattoni is one of the most talented up-coming artist of the new generation.
I discovered Ugo’s work recently, through my french representative Lezilus, who decided to represent him too, and showed me his portfolio. I must say that I’m quite impressed by the talent and dedication (it takes a lot to produce such detailed images) of this new comer, and took the opportunity to exchange a few words with this future star of illustration. For me, Ugo is simply the most talented artist I’ve seen in a long long time.
More about Ugo.

Illustration of a tiger head

Illustration of a tiger head

Please introduce yourself
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator from Paris and I’m 23 years old. I finished my studies in 2010 at EPSAA and then I began to work as a freelance directly after.

Artwork of a detailed city typical of the artist slick style

Artwork of a detailed city typical of the artist slick style

How would you describe your work?
It’s quite difficult to say, my work depend of each command of course but in general I attach a great importance to the finition of the product,
I love working with details, always more and more! I want my work to be poetic but also fun; I try to work in both ways.

Ugo Gattoni artwork for Caravan Palace

Ugo Gattoni artwork for Caravan Palace

Please share with us your working process
In general, for illustrations, I process like that :
After having defined the concept, I do some quick roughs depending of the brief, more for the composition than for the design.
Secondly, when it looks good to the client, I do another rough, which show the design of the illustration, more detailed..
Most of the time I draw with rotring or graphite so I can’t have so much retakes, it’s why I insist on the validation of the rough before I begin the final step!

How does your environment influence your art?
I don’t know, I like simple things like food, tinker… I like the countryside, nature… I like kitsch things like old wallpapers… Love drawing with texture like wood, marble, so yes, I think that it’s influence my art, of course, it’s a part of me

The Folding Knife

The Folding Knife

Who are your influences?
I have several influences, it goes from classicals like Dali, Jerome Bosch… to contemporary graphic designers and illustrators like Micah Lidberg, Jonathan Zawada…
It’s important for me to have a look on websites like http://butdoesitfloat.com/ or http://www.septemberindustry.co.uk/…
Those are just some of my references, and You can see that I attach a great importance to graphic design, not just illustration

Portrait drawing by Ugo

Portrait drawing by Ugo

Any last word?
Have a look on Nobrow’s books, something quite cool is coming soon 🙂

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.

HONET
Interview with the French street artist

Honet brings French street art at its best

According to me, Honet is simply the best French graffiti artist ever.
I did this interview in French back in the days for a magazine called BPM.
More about HNT.

Portrait of Honet painting live

Portrait of Honet painting live

Vers le milieu des années 80, les premières pierres du graffiti sont posées par des rockers, skins et autres punks dans un Paris aux accents sauvages. C’est dans ce contexte que débarque Cédric en 1989. Pour combler son ennui à l’école, ce jeune Parisien décide d’accompagner quelques amis dans les tunnels du métro pour y peindre ses premiers personnages, goûtant au plaisir de pouvoir “faire des conneries en groupe.” Un an plus tard, la Zulu Nation d’Afrika Bambataa arrive en France. Ce mouvement dont la philosophie est basée sur le respect prend position contre les tags. C’est justement à cette époque que Cédric commence à poser les siens, “histoire de faire chier et de pourrir les murs avec des trucs bien dégueulasses.” Il devient alors Honet, un nom choisi comme une provocation pleine d’humour à une époque où la tendance dans le milieu est aux noms hardcore, de Nique ta mère à Crime Time Kings.

Huge street painting by Honet

Huge street painting by Honet

DES TRAINS AUX MURS
Honet deviendra peu à peu un activiste respecté du “trainisme” hexagonal (l’art de peindre sur des trains, ndlr). Depuis ses premières armes sur la ligne du RER A avec les DKG jusqu’aux métros de Barcelone avec les SDK (crews de graffeurs français), il peindra tous les supports que les voies ferrées d’Europe auront à lui offrir.
Quelques années plus tard, le graffiti explose et de plus en plus d’artistes de la bombe passent leurs nuits à défoncer des wagons. Honet recherche l’originalité, mais sortir du lot devient alors plus difficile. “Lorsque ta peinture n’est jamais qu’une de plus au milieu de 500 000 autres, et que tu es noyé sous une masse de jeunes de douze ans qui peignent dix fois plus que toi et qui apprennent dix fois plus vite, c’est logique” explique l’artiste. En parallèle, il développe donc un nouveau style, plus personnel, plus simple et efficace en abandonnant les lettrages du métro au profit de formes figuratives épurées qu’il commence à peindre dans la rue. Honet devient alors HNT.

Honet street art in Paris

Honet street art in Paris

POLITIQUE ET POLEMIQUES
Motivé par un revival visionnaire des années 80, il détourne l’esthétique communiste pour peindre des Redskins stylisés en noir et blanc, qui seront son premier véritable thème de prédilection. Skinheads proches de la classe ouvrière et du mouvement punk, les Redskins sont traditionnellement engagés dans des luttes anti-racistes. La motivation de Cédric est cependant liée à l’aspect graphique, et complètement apolitique. Il explique : “Mes grands-parents étaient communistes et j’ai baigné dans cet univers que j’ai retranscrit en jouant avec les faucilles et les marteaux à la manière de logos.” Mais si le grand public de l’époque ne comprend pas forcément toutes ces subtilités et se contente souvent de le prendre pour un fasciste vandale, cela ne lui pose pas de problème particulier. “Plus il y avait de vagues et de polémiques autour de mon travail, plus j’étais content” dit-il, “car le but reste avant tout de faire parler de soi.” Cela commence à le déranger davantage lorsqu’il réalise que la plupart de ses amis sont des Redskins qui ont été interpellés par son travail et qu’il est en train de s’enfermer dans une catégorie sociale et culturelle.
Quand quelques années plus tard les jeunes graffeurs arrivent à leur tour dans la rue avec de nouveaux supports d’expression comme les stickers ou les affiches, Honet retourne à ses premières amours et recommence à peindre dans le métro. “Je m’efforce d’être là où l’on ne m’attend pas et de surnager à contre-courant des modes et des tendances” confie-il. S’il lui arrive aujourd’hui d’exposer dans des galeries, cela ne change en rien le sens et la valeur de son travail. Exigeant sur le choix des lieux, il n’accepte les projets qu’au coup par coup, et ne voit dans ce nouveau médium de l’art qu’une prolongation de son activité dans la rue. “Que je peigne dans la rue ou dans une galerie, je ferai toujours du graffiti, l’art contemporain ne m’intéresse pas. Je suis simplement content de pouvoir m’ouvrir à un nouveau public.”

Honet graffiti

Honet graffiti

NEW WAVE ET ETHNOLOGIE
Plus que dans les musées ou dans l’art contemporain, Cédric puise l’essentiel de son inspiration dans la musique. Il se retrouve dans l’ambiance des années 80 “où écouter du punk et du rap revenait à la même chose et où les skins étaient encore des racailles de banlieue.” Dans les années 90, il découvre les premières raves et le mouvement hardcore. Et raconte : “Je suis fasciné par ce phénomène qui consiste à se regrouper autour d’une passion commune pour un genre musical et à essayer de retranscrire cela dans des codes vestimentaires particuliers. J’ai toujours été un véritable fétichiste du vêtement. Je me reconnaissais dans le mouvement des free parties avec ces gens qui étaient habillés comme moi en treillis et avec ce côté illégal dans les forêts la nuit. Je ne me retrouvais pas dans le hip-hop et les baggies XXL inconciliables avec la pratique du graffiti.” Aujourd’hui, même si Jean-Pascal a porté un jour un tee-shirt Honet sur le Prime Time de la Star Academy (véridique !), ses influences se situent dans la New Wave et dans l’électro influencée par les 80’s, avec des labels comme Gigolo ou Leitmotiv.
Il aime fréquenter le microcosme parisien branché des dj’s et des soirées pour mieux en comprendre les attitudes et les codes vestimentaires. “J’ai toujours aimé m’immiscer dans des petits groupes sociaux pour les étudier et les analyser. C’est chaque fois une nouvelle aventure, comme un voyage avec la frontière qu’il faut réussir à passer pour ensuite arriver chez l’habitant et découvrir ses us et coutumes. Ensuite je retranscris ces éléments dans ma peinture.

Honet wall painting for an exhibition

Honet wall painting for an exhibition

“NOUS SOMMES TOUS DES EUROPEENS”
Honet ne fait pas du graffiti français mais du graffiti européen. Il a toujours beaucoup voyagé, explorant les moindres recoins de l’Europe, arpentant les dépôts de trains ou les galeries de Barcelone à Bratislava. Les nouveaux acteurs de la discipline qui commencent à apparaître dans les pays de l’Est sont pour lui autant de sources d’inspiration et de motivation. “Chaque continent a une identité propre, des États-Unis qui représentent le passé jusqu’à l’Amérique du Sud qui possède sa propre culture et donc un style vraiment particulier. En Europe il y a énormément de styles et pourtant les frontières restent floues car les gens voyagent beaucoup et parfois il est difficile de savoir si quelqu’un vient de Hollande, d’Allemagne ou de Suisse.” Il découvre lors de ses expéditions une ouverture d’esprit et une acceptation qu’il ne trouve pas en France où les gens restent encore majoritairement fermés à la nouveauté. “Un de mes combats de toujours est d’essayer de faire chier ces gens sectaires qui ne croient que dans le passé. Une de ces personnes est d’ailleurs venue me voir un jour pour me dire que j’avais “détruit le graffiti à Paris avec mon style chelou”. Je crois que c’est un des meilleurs compliments que j’ai reçus…” Ne cherchez pas Honet là où vous l’attendez, il n’y sera pas !

Honet artwork printed on a bag

Honet artwork printed on a bag

KOA
Art direction for L’Attrape Rêve fanzine

Koa take control of an art publication.

For the third issue, the art publication Attrape Rêve asked the French artist Koa to take care of the art direction.
This publication brings together various artworks, and is available in a limited edition in a couple of shops in Paris, from the Centre Georges Pompidou to La Galerie du Jour to the Palais de Tokyo. Hurry to get yours.
Mega will be the next one…

Attrape Reve cover by Koa

Attrape Reve cover by Koa

L'Attrape Reve gives Koa total freedom over the art publication

L’Attrape Reve gives Koa total freedom over the art publication

Double spread pages artwork

Double spread pages artwork

Feel free to check the video presentation of the publication.