I read somewhere that you first started showing your art on the streets because you were in love with a woman?
Yeah, in the beginning, I put my drawings up around the area where the woman you mentioned lived. I loved her a lot. She was my girlfriend at this period and I wanted her to see it.
I am more interested in 'poetry' rather than 'street art'. Here in France, street art can be be an expression of style, money or fashion – it's cool just because it’s on the street. Fashion, hip hop, graffiti – I don’t come from these worlds. I just like to walk and put my feelings on the walls, like poetry.
And what did she feel when she saw your art for the first time?
She loved it a lot. I put my drawings near her house because I wanted to make her smile a lot and be happy. I like to surprise people I like by pasting my art in the area they live. If I can make them smile then that’s great. I have a lot of beautiful stories like this so you can say I am a happy person. Well, I am happier than I was once.
You don’t say you’re an artist. So what do you call yourself?
I don’t like to say I am an artist. I just say that I draw. A while back, I started listening to punk again. I like its simplicity, its freedom, its sense of equality. I'd like to make a living from my drawing, just my drawings – that would be a perfect world for me. Not being rich, but being free.
Your first exhibition at Le Houla Oupes, in Paris, sold out in under an hour. Why do you believe it was so successful?
It was more like 30 minutes – so strange. I think it went well because it was a surprise for people to meet me. When I first started, I didn’t sign my work. Then I did and it changed everything because people began seeking me out and writing to me. The show was the first opportunity people had to see who I was and not just my drawings. So many came, around 300 or 400.
What is it about street art that you like so much?
I think the street is a place where you can show what you do to everybody not a specific person or place: straight, gay, young, old, punks, people from the underground and erotic scenes, the rich and privileged, they all see it. To be able to express myself and share with people what I do, that's what it's all about.
Photography and Interview by Cheyenne Tulsa