Interview of Sherm a female graffiti artist from Los Angeles. COI Crew in effect.
FC: Where are you from? What’s your background?
I’m from Los Angeles, CA I rep COI crew.
FC: What was your interest in art and what led you to create all those things?
I had creative parents – both were musicians. My dad also drew naked ladies and had nice penmanship, so it was only natural that I would do the same. You don’t think about these things when you’re growing up, it just happens and you gravitate towards it.
FC: How would you define your work and what inspires you?
It changes over time. I try not to define myself anymore and just let things manifest. I guess I am bound to graffiti no matter what though. I can go away from it for a while, but end up coming back to it somehow. There are too many things/people/places/experiences that inspire me, that too changes over time…right now I really appreciate quality tattoos, tattoo-inspired art, Buddhist paintings.
FC: What was your best and your worst creation?
This is a tough question for me; I look back at all my old works and I think they’re all horrible…but it all eventually leads you to your best.
FC: If your style was a music band or a song? Which one would it be?
Haha, that is another tough question. I honestly can’t just pick one.
FC: What’s your worst and best habits?
Worst habit: procrastination
Best habit: spontaneity
FC: What kind of books do your read?
Books with lots of pictures; spiritual, self-help, software, art and graphic design books…
FC: Do you do drugs? Do you need something particular to be creative?
Nope, no drugs for me. Just my imagination. When I was a lot younger though, I thought you needed drugs to be creative.
FC: Do you feel the work you are doing is something that should be preserved or stay transcient?
It would be nice if it lasted, but then again nothing is permanent so I don’t expect much.
FC: Do you dream in graffiti and colors ?
No, my dreams usually reflect what my subconscious is thinking. When I do sketches though I envision certain colors that I like.
FC: What was your most adventurous and dangerous graffiti?
I long time ago I used to be brave and go out to yards by myself, I got tired of waiting for people so I just went.
FC: What kind of reaction do you want your art to arise?
I honestly don’t know, I paint mostly to satisfy myself. It’s an added bonus if people actually like it.
FC: Did you get men easier with your art skillz?
This question no longer applies to me as I am happily married. But before that, I suppose if you’re a girl painting graffiti then you will probably have a few guys worship the ground you walk on; but it’s only because you’re a girl and not because you’re “good”. Becoming good take years and by then you are no longer young and pretty.
FC: What are your favorite spots?
Like food spots or graffiti spots? I can’t tell you because then everyone will know. I will tell you one spot though but it’s long gone: Belmont Tunnel.
FC: What do you think about the european graffiti?
It’s really cool, the styles are so much more loose and experimental, it’s definitely not what I’m used to.
FC: How do you choose your images and where they are placed in the street?
It all depends. I am still fixated on my little overweight bunny. He’s easy to paint because of his shape.
FC: What do you think about hype?
All things come and go…
FC: Name an artist (or many) whose work you respect and admire.
my crew COI, Vyal, Kofie, Axis, Swank, Skypage, Surge, Asylm, Femme9, Siloette, Roxy B. Montoya, Venus (SF), Miss Van, Ozuma Kaname, Gaijin Fujita, Jiro Yaguchi, Mister Cartoon, C.C. Askew, Mike Giant, Aubrey Beardsley, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Jose Guadalupe Posada, Manray, all the unknown artists & designers who created old advertising posters…too many to mention actually.
FC: How would you describe street art and what makes it different than graffiti or would you say it all falls under the same umbrella. Don’t you think it’s totally different?
I don’t know where “street art” comes from, it seems more like a general term that the masses have come up with. Because “graffiti” is such a bad word and has all these negative connotations attached to it still. But I’ve always called it graffiti because that’s what my friends and all those I’ve known who are in this have always called it.
FC: How do you feel about the commercialization of street art in recent years?
I suppose it’s a double-edged sword as with anything that becomes popular, good because there’s opportunities as it becomes more accepted, bad because everyone wants in on it and thinks they can do it. It’s much easier to copy nowadays and claim it as your own original thing…the real talented ones, the ones who gave their blood, sweat and tears are getting robbed of opportunities because companies would much rather pay someone younger & less experienced for a cheap price to copy what they see…sorry I’m just rambling on here.
FC:What’s coming up in the next few months? Show etc…
Who knows? The future is unpredictable.
FC:What’s your real goal?
To love myself and those around me, continue to progress and learn something new throughout my life. Some traveling to paint and visit friends in faraway places would be nice too. I think I work too much.
FC:Any words of wisdom?
Stop talking about it and just do it. Let go of your fears and notions. Oh and save often. This applies to myself as well.