02. Sketch Rat

01. How would you define Sketch Rat?

I would define SketchRat as a creative creature with a mind for mischief

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

I think it all started at 15 when my sister told me about stickers and how it was another form of graffiti. Since it is easier to put stickers up than throwies, I stuck with it. I’ve been SketchRat since I was about 19 and from there I started to take street art seriously and it eventually became a huge part of my life.

03. Why do you attaching stickers?

Thats a good question! People always ask that and I never have a clear answer. They’re many different reasons to do it, I do it because I love it. I love seeing stickers in my city so I started to create my own and I also like to see the art I admire in the streets. There’s also a sense of freedom in stickers and street art. To put something up for everyone to see regardless of permission

04. An interesting anecdote?

Hmm I’m still new to the game but it’s nice when I’m out for the night and people, usually somewhat drunk, will come by and get excited to see me with stickers and ask me for some. I love sharing my art and when it makes people happy, it makes me happy

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

Oh yeah there’s a sticker culture for sure. It’s a culture made up of a bunch of artists from all walks of life who love to create and collaborate together. I think because stickers blur the line between street art and graffiti, you get many different kinds of people, art, and styles, which is something that fascinates me. We’re a little world that is always building and improving and it’s one that most will never know or understand, but we enjoy it anyways… almost like we’re addicted to stickers

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

Yeah I definitely see it as a movement. As in street art and graffiti, it’s an art form that is for everyone to enjoy and understand. Its different than most art forms because what we are expressing is clear to the audience. If it’s a rat character with a marker that’s what it is, no deeper meaning behind it. That’s what I love about street art: it’s for everyone. I guess we’re showing the world another side of art

07. Anything new in mind?

Hmmm I’d love to just grow as an artist. Do bigger posters, stickers, pieces and eventually start painting walls and murals.

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

I haven’t gone too far with my stickers but i’d love to travel the world and get my art and many other artists up in different countries.

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

I’d say to the people starting out, don’t worry about making it big or joining a popular crew just worry about your art and getting up, the rest will follow. Keep working hard to improve yourself first…and have fun with everything

10. Someone who had been a reference for you?

I have a lot of artists who inspire me, too many to name. I really appreciate the ones in my city. The_Forge_Fury, Urbanninjasquadron and Hey_apathy are my biggest inspirations. They’re so nice so supportive and so talented. I feel lucky to know them and have grown so much from meeting them

11. Whom would you offer next month?

Im calling for two people because I can’t choose. The first one is The_Forge_Fury because he was one of the first sticker artist I met and he introduced me to a bunch of new artist and he continues to inspire me, and because he’s a really nice person. The second one is Icecreambuds because he inspired me to start making stickers and was there to support since the beginning.

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

Thanks to street art and graffiti…it’s a crazy world and I love being apart of it!

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