“If you ever saw “Merk Those” shaking up paint cans or mixing paints and starting to work, you might think he seems like your typical, traditional graffiti artist, but the technique, the execution, and the subject matter would have you stuck waiting to see what Merk eventually unveiled. Laterally, his early dabbling and move to share his pallet with a digital format to stay, not only with the times but ahead of them, and to stay fresh while maintaining a certain unique personalization and motif within his work makes Merk anything but typical.”
With roots in graffiti, what made you want to make art as more of a profession and less of just a passion?
When I was a teen just getting into graffiti I read an article about wombat, who I already looked up to from walking the tracks. It talked about his art studio and an upcoming show he was promoting at some gallery, I don’t know like 1991 or something. I never realized there was anything past painting secret graff spots. From that day, I knew one day I wanted to be the artist in the article people were discovering. So I guess before I could control a can I was thinking beyond being a writer. His work also taught me there was so much more than writing your name; his stuff was insane to me. His alien characters, like the ones from the
Doug - Board, Digital, 2016
Bubble, Mixed Media, 18" x 17", 2013