The vibrate imagination of Street Artist Kenji Chai
“The world is my wall” Kenji Chai
A dreamer, a graffiti artist, and illustrator are just a few words to describe Kenji Chai. Passionate about graffiti, art, tattoos and travels, Kenji Chai believes in no boundaries. Born and raised in Malaysia he grew up with an interest in cartoons, comics and storybooks that inspired his artistic imagination at an early age. Having the influences of different artworks and pop culture helped him to create characters that were vibrant where he shared them through graffiti and street art. His unique style made him stand out in the scene for he believes in no limitations when it came to art.
When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in street art/graffiti?
Back in 2008 when I started to get bored with my graphic design routine job, I wanted to try out something different and graffiti came to mind. It took me back to what i was passionate about when i was a child drawing on desks.
Where did the name come from?
Before I used to go by the name Black Fryday, then I decided to go back to my nickname Chaigo
What gave you that initial push to be a street artist?
I enjoyed painting in the streets and share my joy with the public.
How do you describe the style of your pieces?
Fun, funky and vivid.
Which artist is your biggest inspiration?
Many artists inspired me but the ones that stand out the most were Aryz, Seth and Nychos.
Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your artwork?
Japanese and American cultures influences me mostly because I grew up with TMNT and Dragon Ball Z.
What are your sources of inspiration these days?
Most of my inspiration comes from movies and traveling.
What do your pieces usually focus on?
Basically positive vibes and nature.
What is the riskiest thing you have even done?
We were tagging in Thailand and got caught, luckily we escaped.
Are you generally satisfied with your finished pieces?
Yes, because I enjoy every moment while painting.
Does music play a big role while your working or do you need a quite environment?
Music plays a big role while working on a pieces, the beats help me focus and get into the flow because without music I would easily get distracted.
If you do listen to music while working what is the one track that would usually be on repeat?
I love rock music, usually the track I listen to would be Limp Bizkit – Rolling.
Where are your pieces usually located?
Mostly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Do you find it difficult to do your work in the streets?
It is important to me to have permission to paint since i love to paint murals on high public walls where people could appreciate the piece.
Have you had any problems with authority because of being a street artist?
Yes, like many artists, we would get busted by authority or receive warning.
Do you have a formal art education?
Yes, I studied graphic design.
If yes, do you feel that you benefitted from it?
It didn’t help as much, its the passion for art that keeps me going.
Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborations?
I don’t mind either, but I mostly paint alone.
Have you ever collaborated with other artists?
Yes I have in Malaysia and other countries that I have visited.
What do you see as the future of street art / graffiti?
Graffiti has been around for a very long time and by each day more people are getting interested in this style of art. Different artworks and artists are appearing every day, it is just like Hip Hop it will never stop growing.