Get to know Belgrade’s street artists better. In the interview #4 we are talking with Hope.
Hope is one of the best graffiti writers from Belgrade. You won’t miss his tags, bombs and beautifully structured full color compositions all around the city. But if you visit New Belgrade Blocks on the banks of Sava river you will be able to understand this graffiti artist a bit better. And if you are there, grab a beer, sit on the bench and enjoy the new-old school view.
Check out what he shared with us.
Please, introduce yourself.
I’m Hope from New Belgrade Blocks. Writing graffiti since 1998.
How do you define yourself?
I define myself as a humble guy who is just writing his name, trying to revive the old school spirit that Belgrade once had and trying to have some fun while doing it.
What is street art to you?
For me, street art is anything that has some sort of artsy vibe and it’s out there in the streets. Simple as that. Lot of people don’t like to mix graffiti with street art, or vice versa, but to be quite honest, I don’t really care anymore. I don’t consider graffiti to be neither art nor vandalism. But, really, at the end of the day, I think that nobody really gives a hoot about that stuff. If you like it, it’s fine. If you don’t like it, that’s also fine.
What are you trying to achieve through street art?
For myself, I’m trying to achieve the same feeling I had as a kid, writing graffiti, driving skateboard through the neighborhood, listening to new music etc. Some small stuff like that. It’s sort of nostalgic, but it’s the way it is.
For the people besides myself, I’m not sure. Maybe I want them to take some parts of my work and feel the same way I used to feel when I looked at old school pieces, or stuff like that.
Do you find inspiration in other forms of art? (Beside visual arts)
I do. Music is big part of my life, so let’s say that it has the biggest influence on my work. Maybe even more than some visual arts, or even modern graffiti and street art. I’m not so familiar with graffiti and street art scenes around the world, but I’m more than an encyclopedia of music at this point.
How has street art changed since you’ve started?
It changed a lot, and the main reason for that is because we, as a scene, got a hold of internet, magazines and movies. Around the year 2003. things changed for good. Before that we had some sort of original scene. Now it’s all mushed with genres and scenes around the world.
What do you love about Belgrade’s street art?
I used to like the uniqueness it had before it got big. There was handful of people who used to write something on the wall, and handful of people who supported that. What I would love to see in Belgrade is more space for domestic artists, because, right now I have a feeling that we don’t have enough artists or skills to pull out a murals by ourselves, so we need to call famous writers to help us out. That’s how I see it from my perspective, and I hope I’m wrong.
What are your plans for the future?
I don’t make plans for anything regarding graffiti.
Share with us one inspiring thought.
I’m not sure I have anything smart to share at this moment. Sorry!