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World-Graffiti Interview: PaperMonster

October 13, 2010
I am excited to share one of my BEST and FAVORITE interviews to DATE!! Recently, I sat down with World-Graffiti (HERE) to talk about my work. the current state of the art world, techniques, paint types, what to expect from PaperMonster in the future and a whole ton of other topic. I was really able to tap into all of the things I want everyone to know or learn more about. You can catch the entire interview for yourself at the following link and check out some excerpts from the interview below:
Thanks to World-Graffiti for a fantastic job!!
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Via World Graffiti:

WG – Where do you draw influence from?

PM – I don’t directly draw my influence from one source. I think as an artist you have to create what you want. There are pieces that I make that you will never see because I don’t think they say anything about me growing as an artists. The whole goal is to grow and push your own self yet at the same time you need to know what is going on around you and learn from people around you.

If you don’t feed off the creative vibe around you and use it in a productive way then you will never run out of ideas. REPETITION KILLS. I can NOT stand people who repeat the same image over and over and over. Always the same, no evolution, no new ideas!!! I HATE IT. People get really tired of that and it is what is killing the urban art and gallery scene. It is just bad news overall.

You see more and more galleries just use the same artists who do the same exact thing and the entire scene just needs new life. The same goes for magazines. Over and over you see the same artists and that prevents any new talent from gaining exposure and recognition that they rightfully deserve. It is super sad and one of the main reasons people are not buying magazines. Why,when I can see something new every day online since you have not for the past 2 years.

For me I see it this way; If I wanted to have a quick way out of course I could just repeat a stencil 100 times but what does that say about me and about the time I put into what I do and consider a profession.


Via World-Graffiti (HERE)

WG – Did you always combine the stencils with the collage stuff or did it develop over time?

PM – It was a major evolution process from the very beginning. The collage work has just become this huge chaotic mess of newspaper, textured paper, comics, money, paper from Tibet, and a bunch of other elements that I collage together.

In each painting I always put something that you can connect with immediate, whether it is you see Spiderman, Ninja Turtles, Ren and Stimpy, Robocop, etc. Once I create that connection then I develop a whole story within the painting so one you are sucked in to the painting you can explore on your own.

The goal now is to take that experience and develop it to something that is stronger and allows the audience to go through more emotions.



NOV 2009: Unequalled Magazine PaperMonster Interview

November 18, 2009
Unequalled Magazine (HERE) recently sat down and talked with PaperMonster for their latest collection of artist interviews. I had the pleasure to chatting with Ben Warwick, editor of Unequalled Magazine on a huge range to topics including; stencil art, the commercial value of urban art, accessibility and role of technology, as well as some future plans for the end of 2009 and 2010. You can catch some snippets of the interview below and you can read the full version of the interview at the following link:
Unequalled Magazine’s PaperMonster Interview
Info Via Unequalled Magazine::
Q. You describe yourself as a stencil graffiti artist, would you like to expand on this description to help negate any preconceptions a reader may have.
A. “…..We may be considered vandals but our intentions are to express ourselves, motivate, inspire, and continue a movement of beauty and skill that will outlive our generation and future generations to come….” Fore More Visit (HERE)

Q. Graffiti art as a whole has become more commercial and globally accepted in recent years, how has this affected your approach to your work? Has commercial possibilities completely over taken any initial philosophy/passion that drew you into graffiti art?
A. “….It would be great to be paid thousands for projects and collaborations but my name (PaperMonster) is worth more than any check I could ever get for any project. It lives after I die and after I stop painting. It is a very delicate line we walk when as artists we want attention and recognition but the quality and innovation of our work has to be consistent….”For More Visit (HERE)

Q.You appear to welcome the possibilities of new media platforms/technology, for example the wallpapers you created for increasingly popular smart phones, will fans of your work be able to enjoy more of this in the future or was this purely an exposure move?
A. “I think the whole concept is about accessibility. I want my art to be as accessible to people as possible…..”For More Visit (HERE)
Visit PaperMonster’s Interview at Unequalled Magazie Part 1:
Visit PaperMonster’s Interview at Unequalled Magazie Part 2
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GizMag Issue #4 feauting PaperMonster Interview

February 19, 2009
The fourth issue of GizMag (HERE) has just been released featuring a great interview of PaperMonster and many other talented artists. .The 4th issue contains 86 pages and includes artwork and interviews of Matias Vigliano, Anna Anjos, Dave Hughes, Laura Serra, Shona McQuillan, PaperMonster, Yoko Furusho and Charrish Ferguson. Download yourself a copy over at

Thanks to Geert for all of the wonderful work.
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RECAP: Interviews feat PaperMonster (Carmine Magazine and Phawker)

February 8, 2009
PaperMonster has recently just been featured in two fantastic interviews. The first is through Carmine Magazine ( and the second for Phawker News ( Carmine Mag covers topics including my process, motivation, and upcoming projects while Phawker has in depth coverage of the “Cut Copy” stencil group show currently open at T & P Fine Art. Check out more info below::

CM: What kind of an environment do you need to create in and what does your workspace look like (pictures welcomed)?
PM: My work environment is one word “CHAOS.” There is paper everywhere! I sit in the middle of the room and I create a circle where I can reach all around me and grab any supplies I need at any time. I choose everything I do very carefully and there is an entire mindset of controlled chaos. I love creative environment but it is a huge problem to clean up. After I finish one painting, I start the entire process all over again.

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From Phawker
“You’ll find Papermonster at the show tonight repping his work and T&P Fine Art. ”I believe that T&P Fine Art is an incredible venue with no limits. They are bringing the best of the best to the public and you can really see that they want to showcase new things that will inspire and bring something unique for the public at large. This stencil show is their way of demonstrating the variety of styles and subjects within stencil art as well as between stencil artists throughout the world and it is an opportunity that you do not want to pass up. I will definitely be there for the opening with a massive amount of free stickers to hand out to everyone I meet or walks through those gallery doors.”

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