How long have you been in the industry and when did you start?
I’ve been in the industry for about 24 years, since 1996.
How did you get into it?
I’m from Slovakia originally, when I started, graffiti in my country didn’t exist.
How did you learn to become an artist?
Graffiti was something really different. We were the first wave. We brought the graffiti into the public.
What’s the most memorable piece you’ve done?
It must be the one by IKEA at the M32. It’s got an old granny riding on a turtle. Everybody in Bristol knows it.
What is your perception of street artists? Are they shunned for what they do or is it becoming more acceptable?
When we started, graffiti was a bad thing, everybody thought you were a bad person. You’re a vandal. It’s changed a lot now. Now street art is very popular.
So would you say the connotations of it have changed?
Yeah, it’s changed a lot, I’ve been in the industry for 24 years, in the last five / six years is when it’s had a big boom and is accepted by the public. Now they see us as an artist and not a vandal.
Have you done any illegal stuff with graffiti?
Yeah. My name is Zase. In English, it means ‘again’. Back in 1997, the police caught me twice in one day. So since then ‘again’. I gave up on that stuff and now focusing more on the art.
Are there any projects you won’t do?
I don’t like doing logos, I won’t do any Graphic design. I used to do it… Or I don’t like doing stuff like if someone told me to do some straight lettering. There’s no art involved in it, so I’m not doing that.
Zase is a Slovakian born, Bristol based Graffiti artist. He has been in the industry for 24 years and boasts a vast portfolio of murals and street art. His most notable piece is a design featuring an elderly lady riding a Turtle near the Bristol IKEA store. Zase’s speciality is 3D lettering and expressive portrait design and carries an arsenal of talents outside of his field of Graffiti such as Graphic Design and typographic work.