Behind the spray can with Cloakwork
Cloakwork an illustrator by day and graffiti artist by night is well known for his unique style in the streets of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia because of his creative imagination. His name “cloak” usually used for hiding and “work” related to movements makes it the most suitable name for his profession as a graffiti artist for having to do most of his work at night hidden within the dark.
We at Kingdome had the pleasure to get to know the person behind the Cloak
1.When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in street art/graffiti?
I have always been a rebel child, going against all the mainstreams. During my student life as an illustrator, I thought of do something extraordinary and I found it in graffiti!
2. Which artist/s influenced you?
Definitely Low-Bros from Berlin!
3. What style is your work?
Positive vibes. Recently I’ve been developing a style called ‘Illustresstor’; a style that evolved to match my role and personalty by using Photoshop and Illustrator tools, to make the graffiti feel as if it is ‘alive’.
4. Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?
The 90’ America Cartoons & Skateboard.
5. What is the source of your inspiration these days?
Everything. from people around me to daily issues.
6. What do your pieces usually focus on?
Focus on characters, happiness, colorful, positive yet humorous.
7. What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?
Climbing on billboards and graffiti on them!
8. Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?
Definitely. Every piece I put a lot of efforts and passion into it.
9. Do you listen to music while working? Or you need a quite environment?
Usually no. But I don’t mind listen to musics and also I prefer to talk while working graffiti with friends to make it sound no serious.
10. Where is your work usually located?
Everywhere! Corporate offices, cafes, restaurants, walls, under the bridges but not forgotten the streets.
11. Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?
When I first started out, I found it difficult as I took so long to sketch the shapes that I wanted, I always worried that someone might mistaken my intentions for vandalism. With loads of research and practice, I’m much faster than before. Now people can recognise that it is a nice graffiti and not vandalism.
12. Have you ever had any problems with authority because of your work?
I think authority have problems with me because they don’t know what is graffiti, they just know vandalism and they’re quite stubborn to understand more.
13. Do you have a formal art education?
Yeah, I’m majoring in Diploma of Illustration.
14. If YES! Do you feel that you benefitted from it?
In college I learnt to develop techniques, drawing skills and compositions. With what I learnt in college and on my own, I dealt with various artistic genres that go further than the clearly defined field of graffiti.
15. Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?
Most of the time I prefer collaborate with others, the more the merrier.
16. Have you every collaborated with other artists?
Yup, a lot. There are quite numbers to mention.
17. What do you see as the future of street art / graffiti?
Graffiti in Malaysia is still stagnant in grey area and I hope by sharing my artwork, I can inspire, enlighten and bring joy to my friend despite all negative things that have been happening in this country.
18. How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?
To be honest, I wasn’t sure about the photographers/bloggers scene, therefore I got no comment on that.