Enlightened – SagarSeptember 9, 2016
Human Suffering – by Reeti AgarwalSeptember 14, 2016
Nikhil a renound graffiti designer of India belongs to a middle class family, born and brought up in Mumbai. He was into an art college initially and was persueing his interest in commercial arts until he realised that graffiti is what he wants to do. Thus he couldn't cope up with the college and graffiti at the same time and so got dropped out from the art college and since then he is totally representing graffiti from Mumbai and freelance in graffiti at the same time. Graffiti holds special significance as one of the elements of hip hop culture. And so just like modern day, professionals are recognized by not their actual name but a different nick name which they choose for themselves. Nikhil says, "Basically I represent my name 'Rez one' every where I go , it's like a street name , every graffiti artist must have a street name , that's how you represent your city." Nikhil is not alone and infact he has a graffiti crew with 5 members in it. The crew name is DIS aka Doing Insane Shit! Apart from representing his name on the streets Nikhil has done a lot of commissioned work for cafe,restaurants and cake shops. He also took part in live painting for brands like alto comic con Mumbai and Pune , and opium, it's an eye ware brand , 2 years back he was also invited to Delhi street art with crew mates Zake and Stak2. He also painted live for quicksilver at one of their stores. Never the less he recently painted for a brand called 'Planet Superheroes' at their store. When asked about his experience with WAF at one place during the interview, Nikhil said that, "It's been a beautiful visual experience , seeing so many art colours at one place." One of his biggest concern is that there are no graffiti can manufacturing companies in India. And so the cans are imported from Germany due to which the price goes high thus graffiti becomes an expensive hobby to follow. Nikhil includes to his concern that, "Right now we buy one can for 500 bucks , so if I am doing I Rez peice It might take me 13 to 15 cans , so it becomes expensive." But he is very much satisfied and confident with his work that now he has opened up a new studio for his work as he mentions it in his own words that, "My future plan is to boom graffiti in India and make graffiti supplies available in India. As graffiti needs proper graffiti spray cans so we are planning to do it through opening up a studio and by spreading the word through workshops etc. Later on comes the supplies. For instance getting proper graffiti markers , acrylic markers , inks , nozzles , cans , etc to India." Nikhil and his fellow mates believe that once people know where to get the graffiti cans from that too at a lesser price will make this modern and breathtaking culture of graffiti boom automatically. WAF wishes Nikhil the best of luck for his new studio and distinct aims and hopes that he not only enjoys the journey ahead of him, works with full zeal and zest but also reaches his destination with immence success and his hardwork being paid off!
Nikhil a renound graffiti designer of India belongs to a middle class family, born and brought up in Mumbai. He was into an art college initially and was persueing his interest in commercial arts until he realised that graffiti is what he wants to do.