October 22, 2013.
If you live in Miami and have never seen the ATOMIK Orange maybe you just have not been paying much attention. It's ubiquitous. It's in the most of ingenious of places. You name it, it's been on it...
AK: What do you write? Are you in a crew?
AT: ATOMIK One. Yes. TSC, 28, B5e, SH & MSG.
AK: In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
AT: Miami. Yes, my work has influenced Miami. My paintings bring happiness and hatred to the viewer. There is direct effect on my art living and working in Miami.
AK Did you go to school or are you self taught?
AT: I went to a magnet junior high school and got a bachelors in graphic design. My work on the street is self taught.
AK: How did you get started in the arts and why?
AT: My family has a background in the arts. When my folks saw my drawing talent they put me in extra art classes. Then they pushed me to apply in the magnet program for junior high school. I pretty much owe my start in the arts to my parents.
AK: How long have you been working in the streets?
AT: Since 1995.
AK: Who or What inspires you the most?
AT: Traveling the world.
AK: What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
AT: Art is not a crime.
AK: Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
AT: Yes. Art is my job. To each his own. In my case it's the best move. Art should be fun.
AK: What are you working on now?
AT: I'm working on my never-ending body of art.
AK: What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
AT: I would like to paint on every continent.
Check out more of ATOMIK'S work at http://instagram.com/atomiko