Presenting everything you need to know about the street artist behind Fiorucci's new collaboration, including what street-art means to him...
Raphael's famous cherubs are the signature motif of the Milanese brand Fiorucci. Since 1967, when the brand took to the official American outfit of the times, consisting of “jeans and a tee”, the classic cheeky angels white tee was born.
This combination of classical Renaissance and fashion is what makes their latest collaboration even more fitting. Street artist Endless has adapted the two angels into a collection of T-shirts and skateboard decks, including limited edition denim jackets. Endless has reworked the angel design in the prints from a handmade stencil, with bigger wings all marked out with brightly coloured spray paint. At his recent release event, hosted by Distassi Art, GQ was lucky enough to meet Endless in his mask and get one of these shirts signed with his spray paint. There were also displays of his limited edition canvasses featuring fashion icons such as Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid and Georgia May Jagger all depicted in a modernised Renaissance style. Profits from these canvas prints will go towards the Create Artscharity, which is the UK’s leading charity improving lives through art.
1. Where were you born?
2. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
3. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Be careful who you take advice from.
4. Who is the one person, dead or alive, that you would like to have dinner with and why?
Pavarotti. Apart from being an iconic singer, I think we would eat like kings.
5. Where is your favourite place on this planet?
London. They say if your bored of London, you're bored of life.
6. What is your phone screensaver at the moment?
The generic iPhone one. I have never changed it and never will.
7. What is currently on your playlist?
Black Thought, Miles Davis, Hamzaa.
8. What are your last three Google searches?
1. “Where's my closest Greggs”
2. “How to attach a spray can to a drone”
3. “Will Brexit affect my WiFi connection”
9. What gives you inspiration?
I am inspired by examining how people interact with the world.
10. Can you tell us more about your recent collaboration with Fiorucci?
I collaborated with the fashion brand Fiorucci on a capsule collection of T-shirts and skateboards. I also had some artwork made specifically for the shop on show. For me this collaboration made sense because of the history of art associated with the brand – their previous collaborations included Keith Haring in the Eighties.
11. Which is your favourite art gallery in the world and why?
I do not have a specific favourite gallery, but I love the size and space of the White Cube Gallery in London.
12. If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
I am not interested in collaborating, but if something fits creatively then I have an open mind. For me, if it feels right I will do it, but my main focus is always the art.
13. What does street art mean to you?
Freedom to express your ideas without asking permission.
14. If you could visit any artist’s studio, whose would you visit and why?
I am lucky enough to visit Gilbert & George's studio regularly. It is always inspiring to see how they work and what they achieve.
15. What was the last thing you bought?
Special high-density glitter paint. When I used it, no glitter was visible. That was a bad day.
16. What is your favourite piece of clothing you own?
I am a big fan of Nike trainers – currently the Nike SB Stefan Janoski.
17. What is hanging on your walls at home?
Absolutely nothing. I like my walls blank so there is less distraction from the visual ideas in my mind.
18. What is one staple item all men should own?
A good leather belt. You do not want to be caught short. I have always thought a belt can be used in many emergency situations as well.
19. Who or what is your favourite fictional character?
By Poppy Malby
9 October 2019