Evol is a Berlin-based street-artist who came to prominence with his Lilliputtian ghettos he creates by using crazy detailed stencils to paint windows and satellite dishes on to blocks of cement, telephone exchanges, bits of cardboard and whatever else he can get his hands on. We see a miserable bit of concrete and he sees the chance to create an extraordinarily detailed, decaying urban sprawl. Instead of of a long-ass interview, I thought a quick-fire one in the style you get in the back of magazines might be a bit more fun.
What is your most treasured possession?
All the parts of my body, although sometimes I’m not exactly sure if I really
possess them all.
What’s your favourite painting?
A child’s drawing explaining to me how volcanoes work.
What song would you like to be playing the moment you died?
Maybe some Modern Talking or Marillion, that would make passing out a lot
easier, i guess.
If you could paint on any building (from any time), what would it be?
We’re not allowed to paint on buildings.
What’s your favourite smell?
Well I guess… Ah, no, let’s say – coffee.
Spray can or paintbrush?
I was always too lazy to clean brushes, cleaning spray cans is much easier.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Most of it. And the need to do that.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Exactly what I want to tell you right now.
What’s your funniest painting story?
Setting myself on fire while checking the coverage of the paint with a lighter.
Have you ever been arrested while painting?
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Things may be very different than they appear.
Can you dance?
That really is in the eye of the beholder.
Planes, trains or automobiles?
What about bicycles?
How do you get paint off your hands?
Patience. What doesn’t come off by washing, doesn’t while eating.
Who’s your favourite artist?
None, but to quote a friend, ‘It’s hard not to like Martin Kippenberger.’
Where’s the best place in the world?
Where the best time in the world hangs out as well.
How do you come up with your ideas?
If I knew this, maybe I wouldn’t have any anymore.
What’s your favourite music to paint to?
It would change every 5 seconds.
Mulatu Astatke Éthiopiques 4
Tied & Tickled Trio Observing Systems
Slayer Undisputed Attitude
What superpower would you have?
I hate energy drinks.
What’s in your favourite sandwich?
Amongst others? Olives.
Have you ever nearly died?
No, though there were a few opportunities.
What’s the best time you’ve ever had?
It would be really unfair to mention only one.
If you had a million dollars, what would you buy?
If I knew where it came from, maybe I don’t even want to have it.
Who do you most admire?