In a short period of time, Astro ODV has developed a distinctive, identifiable style, with clean, colourful ribbon-like seraphs adorning his letterforms. We caught up with Astro ODV recently for an insite into the mind of this French wildstyle technician.
ILG: When did you start being a graffiti writer?
Astro: I started getting into graffiti a little more than 10 years ago.
ILG: What got you into writing graffiti?
Astro: I always liked drawing and sketching since a was a little kid and in the Northern suburbs of Paris where I grew up, Graffiti was all over the place. Some of my friends were already into tagging and one night I went with them and that’s where I started my first tags.
ILG: What are you first memories of seeing graffiti?
Astro: Before I started tagging when I was like 11 years old, I spent a lot of time outside in the streets, walking around with my black book, re- copying other writers walls.
ILG: What/who directly influences your style and flow?
Astro: Certainly my best friend Esty for the writers and Alfons Mucha for his art etc.
ILG: What crews have you written with and write with at present?
Astro: My crews are ODV, SPC, DKA and Cabron Crew.
ILG: What writers are doing it for you at the moment?
Astro: The whole GBAK crew from New Zealand, VANS from Australia, GARY from England, DOES from Brazil
ILG: Any major projects in the pipeline?
Astro: I prepare my exhibition in the beginning of 2012 and I will travel to paint on an international base.
ILG: What is the best piece of advice you have been given along your journey?
Astro: Certainly my friend DESI who always taught me in doing pieces properly.
ILG: What is the best piece of advice you can give to up and coming writers, still trying to find their feet and direction?
Astro: My advise is to paint for passion and to practice a lot….If you paint a lot you will certainly evolve in your proper style! ( Give the paint, and the paint gives you back)
I would like to thank all members of my crew (ODV), my friends, my girlfriend, my sista Loca and all
the peeps who appreciate my work and you Nexus!!!!!
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