Mastered: Graffiti Art
If you were around Birmingham and the Black Country in the early noughties then you might remember a little yellow sticker that used to be displayed surreptitiously on lampposts, toilet doors, walkways, subways and hundreds of other surfaces. The ‘Your Mum Rang’ stickers were by Graffiti artist Chu - his calling card if you like.
It was back in the early ‘80s in Streetly, Walsall, when Chu picked up his first aerosol, can to paint with. It was perhaps an early indicator of the type of work and lifestyle that Chu would have in his adult life that began with trying out a design course in college (he latest just a year), moving on to voluntary work running aerosol workshops in conjunction with Walsall Borough Council Departments Leisure and Education, and looking after one of the Country’s flagship ‘legal’ graffiti sites, the Paddock.
He became Walsall Council’s own ‘Aerosol Art co-ordinator’, but in 1996 decided the freelance life was for him in and set up GRAFFITI BASTARDS COLLECTIVE.
In 2002 Chu became a print/design and events consultant for the World’s best-known graffiti artists, Banksy.
He continues to work and exhibit internationally moving between London, Birmingham, Amsterdam and Barcelona. You’ll see his often tongue-in-cheek works and his 3D pieces at the best street art shows around the world.
Image by Ian Cox