HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I’d say my style is mix of classic clean graphic illustration with elements from nature and architecture and a bit of surrealism. Most works are mainly aesthetic compositions, but I sometimes try to sneak in some classic symbolism.
WHAT DOES “OFF THE WALL” MEAN TO YOU?
A 1979 record by Michael Jackson, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough! No, I believe it’s a term used by early skaters to describe the moment they’re airborne and thus going off the wall. For me it’s more important to get stuff on a wall, but that is a whole different story ;)
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INSPIRATIONS?
It may sound a bit soft, but I find a lot of inspiration in nature and its countless shapes and forms. But also in the exact opposite; big city architecture and it’s geometrical logic. I’m also a bit of a sucker for cars, planes and machinery made in the ‘60s and early ‘70s.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PAIR OF VANS?
I think it was a pair of navy blue Authentics or Skate Lows, I’m not sure to be honest.
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE REACTIONS TO YOUR WORK?
Today people usually express themselves with emojis, so if I get some thumbs up, smiley, big smiley, heart, 100, clapping hands and a double beer, I’m happy.
IF YOU COULD DO A COLLABORATIVE PIECE WITH ANY ARTIST, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Oh, there are a few! First of all, there’s Charley Harper, an American illustrator who made loads of work during his career of highly stylized nature paintings that still look fresh today. Another is Kawase Hasui, a Japanese artist that made woodblock prints. I admire the way both men work and the way they put so much effort and subtle details in their artwork. But for a collaboration these guys are way out of my league, so I’d rather work with someone with a completely different skill, like making ceramics, clothes or packaging, and combine forces to make something unique.
WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE WORKS YOU’VE CREATED?
The artwork I made for the Vans Downtown Showdown is still something I’m super happy with, the large mural I made for Brouwerij Noordt in Rotterdam and the size 66 slip-ons are also both keepers.
WHAT THINGS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR 2017/2018?
I’m planning on winning the lottery big time! Then find a nice house near the forest or the sea and spend the rest of my life painting and travelling with my wife and kids. I’m a pretty easy guy.