“Kid Acne began painting graffiti at the age of twelve inspired by its infinite scale, colour and immediacy. Applying the same DIY ethos to the rest of his output, he spent his teenage years creating underground fanzines and releasing limited run 7′′s on his own Invisible Spies imprint. Nowadays, his work can be seen throughout the globe – in wheatpastes and rap-sprays from New York to Azerbaijan. His signature style of illustrations have furnished products for the world’s leading brands, while the man himself continues to paint epic slogans in sub-zero temperatures… And he still has acne. ” – via KidAcne.com
Here for his debut RUN we are excited to showcase Twins available in 4 variant prints from UK artist Kid Acne. Read on as we Kid Acne gives us the RUN Thru on his debut RUN, talks past and present influences and his upcoming show at the C.A.V.E Gallery in Los Angeles.
1xRUN Thru Interview
Twins by Kid Acne
1xRun: Is the original still for sale?
Kid Acne: No.
1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?
Kid Acne: Early 2012.
1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Kid Acne: This image is part of an ongoing body of work exploring the imagined world inhabited by my STABBY WOMEN characters and their belief system. Also, I have my next solo show coming up at C.A.V.E Gallery in Los Angeles from June 30th – July 23rd.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Kid Acne: I was thinking about what kind of pictures the Stabby Women might have on their wall. Perhaps of their ancestors or of past expeditions or something. Somehow, this image seemed to fit the brief.
1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Kid Acne: Not long.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Kid Acne: It’s the 1st piece of work I’ve made with an American print house + a limited run of them are hand-finished.
1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?
Kid Acne: Buy it if you like it.
1xRun: Describe these prints in one gut reaction word.
Kid Acne: raw.
1xRun: When did you first start making art?
Kid Acne: I’ve made art for as long as I can remember. My brother and I used to draw comic strips when we were kids. We’d cast ourselves as superheroes fighting crime and whatnot. I started painting graffiti and making fanzines when I was 12 and learned to screenprint when I was 15. It’s been steady rolling ever since.
1xRun: What was your first piece?
Kid Acne: My first graffiti piece was in 1991. It’s said ‘graffiti’ and had a marker pen outline. It was pretty awful. The first piece I exhibited was in a group show 1996 in a show called Graffiti Bastards. I screenprinted my artwork on tissue paper, layered and collaged with spraypaint on canvas. I still like that one in fact.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Kid Acne: When i first got into graffiti I was most inspired by SOLO ONE, a local writer who was up everywhere. He took me to do my first tracksides and taught me a lot about painting on a larger scale. He also took me to the graf jams in Selly Oak, Birmingham where I met national and international writers such as Jon One, A One, Sharp, Part 2, Chu, She One, RCF, Stormie, Dreph. The list goes on. That really opened my eyes and by the mid 1990’s I met Mode 2, Futura, Delta and realized how important it was to have your own style. From 1995 onwards I’d say that’s what I’ve strived for most – to have my own style.
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Kid Acne: I would say I’m still inspired by the same people I was back when I first started. My brother has been a big influence on me as well as my close friends. I also admire the work of Quentin Blake, Ramm:Ell:Zee, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta. I like people who have their own take on things and don’t follow trends.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Kid Acne: I can’t work without music. I’ll play anything so long as it gets me in the right mind set. Compilations and mixtapes work best for me. I highly recommend anything by CHERRYSTONES. He’s always got a very good selection.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Kid Acne: I’m happy to paint with anyone who has their own style and a positive outlook.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Kid Acne: Same as above.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Kid Acne: It was a canvas by EINE. Yes – I still have it.
1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Kid Acne: A piece by HORPHE.
1xRun: What else do you have in the works?
Kid Acne: I’m working on a short animated series due for broadcast later this year. I’m also making some music again after a 6 year hiatus. Other than that – more exhibitions, fanzines, prints etc…
1xRun: Where can people find you on the internette?