09. Coys1

01. How would you define Coys1?

Coys1 is the name that all my artwork goes under – stickers,pasted, collages, paintings, streetart all of it.

02. How did all begin? How long have you been with this?

I started about 5 years ago. When I moved to Birmingham I noticed stickers and streetart all over the city.

03. Why do you attaching stickers?

All my stickers are hand-drawn and they can be done at home. It’s a way of getting my art onto the streets in an easy way. 2 seconds and they’re up. Its also a way of communicating with other artists
around the city.

04. An interesting anecdote?

I met liskbot at a live drawing event and he just said to for it – so I did.

05. How do you see the sticker culture? Is there really subculture?

I not sure, stickers are probably thought as one of the least artistic genres under the streetart umbrella. However I don’t agree – all art is a form of expression whichever way it manifests itself. There are some amazing sticker artists out there.

06. Do you considerer this movement like an art? What do you try to transmit with this?

Yes it is an art. As i said it’s more a way of communicating with other artists – one sticker will go up somewhere and before you know it there will be lots more.

07. Anything new in mind?

Well I am always drawing and painting. All my work is hand-drawn. Stickers, pastes everything. At the moment I preparing some work for a show in the summer in Birmingham.

08. Farthest place where do you have gone? Where would you like see your stickers?

The farthest I have been is Barcelona, a city I love. But my stickers have popped up all over the world. Australia , America all over. I used to trade stickers like crazy back in the day. I have black books with some amazing work by artists from all over the world.

09. Some advice for the people are beginning in this art?

My advice I would pass on is something ptp323 said to me in the beginning. Use the best markers you can. Posca – Pentels ( Sharpies are not good for the streets ) Stickers too – 228s, hmni, we have ones in the uk cn22s they all stay stuck once they go up. If you spend time doing them it’s good to know they will be around for awhile.

10. Someone who had been a reference for you?

Well yes there are a few. Liskbot,Johnny vacant, ptp323, setdebelleza, c3, 13skills, mssdcnnctn, iwalkadifferentpath all of who I’ve been on various escapades around the streets of Birmingham. D7606 who has always encouraged me.

11. Whom would you offer next month?

Fokawolf – always hand-drawn and always getting up.

Do you have anyting to say? Greatings and thank you?

If you are thinking of doing it stop thinking about it and start doing it. My stuff was rubbish in the
beginning but I’ve drawn my character thousands of times now and I think it’s improved over the years. There is no right or wrong it’s whatever works for you. Thanks to all who have helped and encouraged me over the years. Cheers coys1.

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