Street Art Interview: Inkfetish

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Street Art Interview: Inkfetish
On the side of Foundry, Great Eastern Street.
On the side of Foundry, Great Eastern Street.
The mandatory piece on Leake Street, Waterloo.
The mandatory piece on Leake Street, Waterloo.
The offices of Spoonfed.
The offices of Spoonfed.
Village Underground, Shoreditch.
Village Underground, Shoreditch.
Inkfetish is one of many artists to contribute to Cargo's outdoor space on Rivington Street.
Inkfetish is one of many artists to contribute to Cargo's outdoor space on Rivington Street.
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Stockwell
Stockwell

Prolific London street artist Inkfetish (real name Tom Blackford) has decorated walls all over the capital, from Stockwell to Shoreditch. You'll probably recognise a few of his pieces from the gallery above. We put a few questions to the chap.

How did you come-up with the name Inkfetish?

I used to self publish my own comics predominately working in pen and ink. An illustrator at the time, I thought I needed a name to distinguish my personal work from commercial jobs and so the name was born. As it turned out, the majority of work I produce now doesn't have that much to do with ink but the name has stuck with me.

How would you describe your style?

I'd say it was a hybrid of a bunch of my interests, from comics, anime and horror movies to Japanese culture and graffiti, etc.

How long have you been a graffiti artist?

I've been an artist my whole life, but as far as graffiti goes, I was messing around with spray paint throughout my teen years but only started to really push myself into the more creative side of the art form about 7 years ago.

Why do you like painting here?

I don't have an option right now as this is where my work comes from. A warmer climate and a scene with a little more open-mindedness from people would help push things forward, saying that, I think a lot of people have stepped up their game this year.

Why do you think a lot of the top graffiti artists come from London?

It's a big city with a big history but I feel we're still behind a few other European cities in terms of style evolution.

Is there wall in London you would like to design a piece for?

There are a few but I won't give any locations away in case it gives someone else a bright idea!

What's next for Inkfetish?

I'll be really annoyed with myself if I don't get to visit Tokyo soon...that's been a long time on the cards. We'll see....

By Helen Soteriou

Last Updated 19 June 2010