ABOVE website + questionnaire
So ABOVE updated his website.
Not only does it look good (the homepage has a pic of his workspace which of course I like) but I found something else pretty interesting. I went to the shop and was impressed. Try going and buying his work. First, there are limits according to quantity and location. Interesting. A little atypical from artists who want to sellsell. But the ballsy part comes when you try and purchase you run into this little gem:
Everything Has A Price, But Not Everyone Can Buy
I’M MORE INTERESTED IN PEOPLE THAT HAVE PERSONALITY, FEARS, HUMOUR, GUILT, AND OPTIMISM TO NAME A FEW WHO CAN APPRECIATE MY ORIGINAL ARTWORKS RATHER THAN SOMEONE THAT HAS SOME MONEY BUT LACKS A GENUINE INTEREST IN MY ARTWORKS AND WANTS TO BUY THEM JUST TO RE-SALE THEM LATER! ”
Uhm… Mr. ABOVE? That’ not how you go about making money kind sir.
Then he has the chutzpah to make you fill out a questionnaire before he decides if you are worthy enough to buy his work.
The Purpose Of This Questionnaire Is Not To Isolate You Or Make You Feel Judged, We Are Not In Court!!
It’s Purpose Is To Make You Check In With Yourself And Think More About Your Interests And Life.
99.6% Of Everyone That Has Filled Out This Questionnaire Says They Enjoyed The Process and Thinking About Their Life And Who They Are.
I’m A Curious Person And I Would Like To Know You And Where My Future Sold Artworks Will Be Hanging.
Cut, Copy, and Fill Out This Questionnaire As Best And Honest As Possible.
Then Send It Back. *Please Be Patient, I Travel A Lot And Will Eventually Get In Touch. My Reply Usually Takes Between 3-9 Months And I Do Make A Point To Read EVERY ONE!
How old are you,where did you grow up?
Where do you live currently, and How do you make your living?
Do you enjoy your job(s)?
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
How do you Measure Success?
What are your favorite color combinations? why?
If you had $10 Million Dollars (if you do what do you do with it) what would you do with it?
Describe A Past Personal Challenge And How You Were Able To Rise Above It.
How long have you known of ABOVE’s artworks?
What would you do if you had 6 months to live?
What Original Artworks From ABOVE are you interested in purchasing?
What is your definition of the word INTEGRITY ?
What Things In Life Make you Happiest? Do You Persue These Things Diligently?
What Is 1 Thing You Want To Do Before You Die?
In Helping Others, How Does A Person Help Himself In The Process?
If You Could Change The World In Some Way, What Would That Be?
What is one of your biggest Fears in life? Why?
When was the last time your left the country you currently live in? Where did you go?
What is your Favorite city in the world you have ever visited? Why?
What was your least favorite city you have ever been to? Why?
If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Any Thing else you would like to say?
I mean how many artists do you know care enough about their work, putting principles over profit, to do this? I reaize or guess some haters may pretend this is elitist, but fuck them.
If you pay attention to this blog you know he is one of my favorite artists, and he continues to reinforce the reasons why. From philosophy to execution to intelligence. Check out the site, it’s worth it. From his worldwide travels, to different campaigns, and explanations, it is all there and worth the visit.
I am posting this pic because I usually post fliks or videos of his signs or paintings, but wanted to shouout his photography skills as well. They are on the site too.
He’s about to unleash his flavors down under, and I wish him the best of luck.
(Sidenote: Here is one of the more intelligent pieces I have read about street art, from ARTnews.)