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08 Apr 2021
Street Art with Thai Artist Y, Artist Interview
Fame or Y? (his tag name) is athe street art artist who is one of the members in the Temporary West team. Although he just started creating street arts for 2 two years ago, he standsshines out by usingwith unique wavy details in his work, which reminds people who see his work of a Thai traditional kanok pattern.

Y? Interview




Fame or Y? (his tag name) is the street art artist who is one of the members in the Temporary West team. Although he just started creating street arts for 2 years, he shines out with unique wavy details in his work which reminds people who see his work a Thai traditional kanok pattern. Coming up with two impactful characters which are Thai giants and snakes with colorful colors, his works are so attractive that it will never be boring you. What’s more,​ although his expectation from creating street art is just making people know that this work was created by Asian artists, he has a big goal which is touching the word ‘Top of the world ’ at once in his lifetime.” Let’s explore more about this artist through this exclusive talk.


1.   Why does it need to be “Y?”

“It is a word that I like to say. I like to ask people why why and why? It was started by my dad. He often asks me I observe that every time we begin any question with “why” we receive reasons. It is not the same as “what” and other question words. Moreover, I feel that this question word leads us to know each other more.”


2.   What led you to be a street artist?


“It start in secondary school when I love listening to hip hop. led me to start exploring components in hip hop culture and eventually found graffiti. Normally when people think about hip hop, they think about rappers right? But because I can’t rap, I tr to find something that I can do well in hip hop culture. ecause I’m a person who can paint, it led me to do graffiti. So, to speak clearly, I started doing street art with graffiti and actually I never did art before.”


3.  ou didn't graduate from the faculty related to creating art?

“No I didn’t.​ I graduated from the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Silpakorn University.”


4.   How do you differentiate wh is graffiti?

“Actually, it’s up to the individual's perspective. For me, I differentiate graffiti works through the visions of artists about their purposes of creating street art. For example, some groups of people spray their tag on other people's houses without any permission day by day and claim that they’re vandal. But if those vandal graffiti create more worse? f it looks ugly, creates more troubles, and even communicate message to other people. In these cases, I think we can’t call them graffiti, hey’re just people who like to destroy other people's assets. Graffiti is beautiful in terms of or purpose inside.”


5.   Do you think this kind of medium can efficiently convey your message?

“Normally I do arts through sketches and on walls. I walls are bigger than frames. What’s more, people can access them easily because they’re part of street arts that are created in public spaces for everyone.”


6.   How do you deal with criticism of your artwork?

“I rarely experience any criticism I am quite serious about this issue. I think that if people don’t like my work, although I feel that my work is so beautiful, For this reason, I think that it might be better to be in other formats.”


7.  There’s a lot of pressure on artists to create and deliver new work. For you, does that pressure getto you? What type of pressure? How do you manage those pressures?

“My pressure depends on periods. For example, some periods work, some periods family, psychology, social context, or trends. However, I think that everyone has pressure in his or her own way. Plus, I think that everything in life impacts artists’ thinking process.

Another issue I want to talk about in my own viewThai people discredit rich peopleLet’s saythere is one successful artist comes from a rich familyThai people might think that he is famous because he is rich, he has a lot of money to support himself to continue doing it while poor people need to struggle to create one piece of art. However, for me, I think t depends on people. Whether you are rich or poor, eventually, the ways to success depend on individuals’ skills and ability. Although you are rich you lack skills or ability, you cannot be successful. veryone his or her own problems. orn in a rich family does not mean that you will be easily accepted by others.”


8.  Describe your unique character of work.

“If you ask me what makes people remember me, actually I don’t know. But, normally people sa they remember me the wavy patterns of giant face and snake characters. Maybe they feel that it looks like Thai Kanok pattern. “


9.   Is the wavy pattern which looks like Thai Kanok pattern the way you manage your style?

“Actually, I didn’t intend to keep style. I just feel good when I draw something and see wavy patterns. didn’t expect that people would focus on th part. I expect that people will focus more on the bigger part. First, I start by drawing simple snakes like Gucci snakes that I like. Then, I merge it with Thai giant. After that, I always adjust them every time I do art. What I expect people to think when they see my artworks is that they streetarts from Asian artists hat’s it. y way is cartoon characters such as giant or Ramayana are Thai characters.”


10.   How do you see yourself as an artist?

“I see myself as a beginner who doesn't have that much impact on others. I just started creating street art”


11.   So, what did you do before?

“I did film and scripts.”


12.   creative ideas do not popup as you plan, how you manage it?

“Sometimes I also cannot generate ideas. I think that everyone has his or her own way to force theto solve this problem. The first time I experienced this problem when I a writer and the work due date close I So, I came up with a repeated thinking method. hat is the first idea. If what I draw does not work, just throw it and draw it again hat’s it. If the work has a deadline, I plan how many days I need to finish it.”


13.   What do you think about th ?

“If you if I agree with th, agree. f you ask me it true that the majority of artists are stI think it’s true. sentence from Chalermchai, a Thai artist, that ‘If there are people who can do it but you cannot do it, blame yourself first. sk yourself first you are not smart or whether you try less? It does not mean you need to try as much as others did. But it means have an equal standard others.’ ne of my teachers taught me that good work will lead people to understand it by itself I’m confident that arts can generate money. Nowadays there are world artists who are rich.”


14.   How do you make money through your artworks?

“ransforming it a product. I think that Thai market is not big enough. Thai economics , there are a few collectors in Thailand. Some people that they do not dare to buy arts created by arts students who just graduated from art school as there is no guarantee that if they buy those artists work for over ten thousandFor this reason, I think in order to money from artwork, the a significant factor that leads people to believe that you are professional, not just a beginner.”


15.   Wh most of your inspirations come from? Do they reflect your life, environment, or if not, what they reflect? How?

“Most of my works are inspired from my favorite tastes and favorite vibes. I myself Thai giants. But, the time passes, I bored with . I just let everything be free. However, I still have one rule I will do only what I like. If I don’t like it, I will not do it. Also, I will not do something that I don’t know well or just hear about it. I need to do research before I do everything.”


16.   ew technology and the internet a big part of everyone’s life ow do integrate with your artwork?

“I think it is a laborsaving machine For example, , if you want to be an illustrator, you just buy an iPadhat’s it ow you can be an illustrator o one knows whether you draft the works from an iPad or not. In addition, I think that people reject technology. However, if you are not skilled, continue to use it!

I think that technology can help connect people easier. We can have friends from another part of the world. each other's movementsrelease our art works to the public. However, this also means that people might be more careless while they consume arts. Artists might be lazy. But, everything has two sides I still that technology gives us benefits. . On the first day we established the Temporary West team, I felt that I could not catch up with my friends as everyone was creating arts for 4 years before we met. someone also graduated from arts schools, I don’t have even basic drawing knowledge. But, because of technology, everything is easier. It helps me to focus more on ideas than drawing skills.”


17.   Did ovid situation impact your work? If yes,​ how?

“Yes, my work plans are all cancelled. But, actually I think ovid both positive and negative . On the negative side, I think that my past plan. However, on the other hand, I think that t is a good opportunity for people who are preparing themselves something the world changing so fast. For example, people who ha never experienced Zoom need to work through it. emphasize that nothing is stable.”


18.   What is your big challenge being an artist?

“should not be the same. It does not mean that I cannot draw the same thing that I used to draw. t means that I should be more proud of my walls. look at my works and think that hy ? To be clear, my standard needs to be higher. If today it will be normal for me in the future. Furthermore, I need to add more skills .”


19.   What is your goal for your arts? How do you plan to achieve it?

“I have a goal for evrything I do. I just want to touch the word ‘Top of the world.’ I’m a nationalis. I love when Thai people the world stage.Lisa BLACKPINK I respect her so much that she can do all by herself, not through any agencies. people like her is her dancing which is a result of herpractising. She deserve!”


20.   What is your process for creating one artwork?

“the concept. If it is my own work, the concept will come from what I want to do or what I want to communicate in that period. It can be just colors with design. However, if it is customers work, the concept from them and then find integrat between me and . I will pick that point to communicate in my own way.”


21.   Have you ever created graffiti related to politics?

“Yes, I have. There one period I created arts related to politics. However, I do not create art in terms of blaming government or protest as I think it’s useless. I love to create art in conte that people around the world who see it can understand easily.”


22.   your perspective arts and politics?

“I think they are related. Let’s take my experience as an example I started my first career doing film. I observed that the structure of film is always related to politics. Also, I see art as work that talks about our surroundings. ajority of artists love to around them to communicate through their works. Politics is issue in our everyday life. n my own view, I think that art is It doesn't have much impact change things. If you want to change, .”


23.   you see yourself in the next 5 years?

“There are some people that if you want to see yourself in the next five years, just look at the people around you. You will be the same as the majority of people around you. people around me are people who are , I think in the next 5 years I’ll still in the arts society. f you ask me what I expect in the next 5 years, I expect that what I’m doing now will grow day by day.“


24.   Do you have future plans or projects to share with us?

“I have a project named ‘asianwall.’ I’m trying to create one studio for Most of the works will be collaborations with other artists. The main in my studio will be about graffiti but overall iabout people who do arts in Thailand. You can follow this project through Facebook and nstagram named ‘asianwall.’