ZOUCH – How old were you when you painted your first wall and what motivated you to do so?
REN – Nice try! My motivation was a trip to NYC in 1980.
ZOUCH – Does graffiti have a cultural significance beyond that of the obvious artistic merit?
REN – I think you have this question backwards. Graffiti has an obvious cultural significance. The debate is about its artistic merit.
ZOUCH – What separates graffiti from vandalism?
REN – The eye of the beholder.
ZOUCH – How does Canadian graffiti rate on the international scene?
REN – At this point in my career, I’m just concerned about “my area”. Local is of more interest to me, and I don’t really know or care, how Canadian graffiti “rates” globally.
ZOUCH – As a graffiti artist, what are your views on censorship?
REN – Censorship is a tool to prop up a society’s morals.
ZOUCH – Beyond other artists, what influences you and your work?
REN – Patterns in clothes, letters and designs in media. I guess people or things in my environment that catch my eye and inspire me.
ZOUCH – What gives you sudden inspiration to paint?
REN – Good weather.
ZOUCH – What is your ‘dream wall’?
REN – The NEXT wall!
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