Tuesday, November 24, 2009

October 2009: Mr. Lexotanil in Athens

I love the pioneering spirit behind street art. More and more, I'm realizing that contrived paths and following orders aren't really for me. I don't know where I'm headed in terms of career, location, or anything of that nature, but I'm getting more comfortable with embracing that "whatever happens, happens" attitude. Each person I interview represents these "true to yourself" ideals, and Mr. Lexotanil is no exception. Making the leap from small down Greece to studying at a major university, he's doing what he loves and I couldn't be happier for him. He writes:
"I did my first graffiti in Ioannina, Greece, in 2002. But it wasn't until the beginning of 2007 that I decided to seriously take up street art and thus became who I am today. Street art entered my life and never left."
"I started painting alone but now I paint with my crew, 'ANUS'. I prefer working in isolated spots."
"I was mainly doing traditional graffiti pieces til 2008. In the beginnings of 2008, I left Ioannina (my hometown) and moved to Athens to study photography and audiovisual arts. That was when my ideas about painting in the street changed very fast. Since then, I've done my best to make my own style and I attempt to reflect my thoughts in my art."
"This period I am trying to improve my skills, develop my personal style and create things that will mean something in the future."
Σε ευχαριστώ, Mr. Lexotanil! For more photographs, check out his Flickr.

1 comment:

  1. I love what you did because I've been practicing the traditional graffiti by my own at the same time I have been learning a lot, specially when I come across websites like this one, it's an amazing post. Absolutely. 23jj