For the past few years we have documented and loved Minty’s street art. Plastering the streets of Brighton, I bet you would have seen a piece of two, they’re hard to miss. We were fortunate enough to be able to ask him some questions. Enjoy.
Minty, tell us about yourself? Where are you from and what lead you to Brighton?
I am an American Street Artist originally from Detroit but have been living in Brighton for the past few years. I was living in the States before moving to Brighton looking for a change of life.
Anyone in Brighton would have seen any number of your wheat paste ups. We have quite the photo collection. Why wheat paste ups as your medium?
Wheat paste because it’s versatile. Its cheap. I can take as much time I need to prepare a piece. Its easy to carry it can be folded up and put in my pocket if needed. I can travel abroad with piece. All you need is paste brush and Art and you are good to go.
Do you have work to sell? Would you want to be part of a more traditional gallery exhibition? Is this for pure love?
I do have work to sell through my website mintystreetart.com. That’s a tough question. Part of me loves to go to galleries and look at art in the traditional setting so that’s always an option. Another part of me wants to exhibit art in a more interesting and entertaining way. I’m trying to figure out how to combine the two in a way that I would enjoy. Of course this is for pure love. Art is a huge part of my life and it’s something I am constantly thinking about. I can’t imagine my life without being able to put up art in the street.
What is good street art to you?
Good street art to me is any street art. My preference is more toward the unusual.
How do you pick the streets to showcase your work? What’s the most popular spot? (We love the Middle street showcases, as our office is on it)
I pick streets that have no real character and have lots of dry walls. Streets that don’t get hit by the buff squad often. Streets that seem to accept my pieces. As I add more and more the streets starts to develop an energy and some character.character of its own.
The Simpsons are playing a new role, how do you choose what characters you like to show? What makes you create what you create?
I choose characters based on my own taste. I make things I like to see when I am walking the same streets. I don’t think I can put into words how I create what I create. Things just come into my mind and make whatever the idea is. Sometimes I will see a sweet spot. I will then start to think what would work in that spot. Just adding a piece of paper to a wall takes a negative empty space into something people will notice and get positive vibes from.
What’s the riskiest thing you’ve ever done when it comes to street art?
Its hard to say because I don’t really see any of it as Risky. My view of what is legal and what isn’t is pretty clouded. Its a good feeling being able to interact directly with the environment you live in.
Have you travelled to other cities and pasted any art?
I have traveled to a few cities for art. Amsterdam Paris Berlin London Detroit Chicago I will be traveling much more in this up coming year so that list should double.
What’s in your future?
I have some amazing things planned for the near future. I love to create but not just artwork, It transcends into making my own clothes jewellery and furniture. I also have some plans to do some large walls so should be pretty sweet.
Please may we see your workspace?
That’s a tough question. my studio is in my flat so its a very precious environment to me and bringing in people is not always something I love to do. I will consider it however because you guy have showed me a lot of love and its really appreciated.
Here are some of our Minty documented works 🙂