Spray-cation in Detroit with Sheryo, Yok, Daek and Fecks.
The Yok and Sheryo paint a few vehicular murals during their residency at Superchief Gallery Los Angeles.
Name: Sheryo & Yok
Crew: 3rds / thirds
City/Country: Yok is from Australia, Sheryo is from Singapore, we’re both based in New York now.
When did you start writing?
What’s graffiti for you?
Y: Night time pleasures
S: fun time all the time
Y: South East Asia, temples, god’s ceremonies, costume, weapons, wood carving, masks, pottery, Ramayana, NYC, fast food.
S: Reg Mombassa, South east asia, laying at the beach, plants, temples, masks, cartoons, pizza, folklore, crushing dry leaves
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Y: Life in Brooklyn is lot’s of fun, we just moved into a new studio in an area that has a lot of bombing and murals, so inspirations is all around us.
S: big city, big hustle, small girl, big walls!!!
What keeps you still writing?
Y: I wouldn’t say i was much of a writer, but i keep painting cos it’s fun.
S: Me neither, i just paint my weird characters onto walls because it feels awesome
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
Y: I was more interested in the character side of the graffiti’s, i grew up watching cartoons and reading mad magazine so i would love to try and paint my own versions on the characters I grew up watching.
S: Some cool boys brought me out painting and i loved it so much. It felt really free. I wasn’t painting as much till i moved to cambodia and met Yok and then moved to NY. When we got together all we wanted to do was paint all day all night together and then go get beers after.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Y: I love where it’s going people are going bigger and bigger, it’s cool to see artists pushing each other.
S: Leave your twitter instagram hashtags out of your piece dude. its just weird!!!
What do you do when you’re not painting?
S: At the beach, or bugging out over plants in gardens, having a beer or a coconut drink.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition?
Y: it helps me to pay some rent and keep on painting.
S: yup. but most importantly, we paint because we love doing it. we’re not into being rich we live simple lives and love what we do and want to keep doing it.
Can you remember the first piece you did?
Y: Yes i painted a 3 headed character at the back of an old factory with AYEM crew, on a stinking hot day, it was lot of fun, my piece was crappy, but i enjoyed using spray paint for the first time.
S: I painted a chicken, i cheated it wasn’t all spray paint, some of it was house paint…
Y: Keep painting, keep traveling, keep having fun. Trying to do what i love for as long as i can.
S: Have fun all day everyday!!
Named by Complex Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Street Artists to Watch in 2013”, Sheryo is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Singapore. She has collaborated with fellow artist The Yok on various murals, having spent the last half of 2012 traveling and painting in different cities. We speak to her about her art and transatlantic travels.
FatCap : What inspired your move to Brooklyn ? How did you get started on painting walls all over New York ?
Sheryo : I met The Yok and he suggested I move to Brooklyn, I’d always wanted to live in New York so I just went for it. When I first got there no one knew my work, my first wall was at 5pointz thanks to Meres ! Lois from Streetartnyc saw me painting and took some pictures, and from there I started getting more and more walls.
Read the whole article by Peishan Chen for FatCap here: www.fatcap.com