Interpret the name, artwork, or lifestyle anyway you please. However, the fact remains that Give Up has made staggering strides for Houston urban art. Conventional ways have been challenged, and the streets are the battleground. Take it or leave it. Give Up is here to stay.
Many thanks go out to Give Up for the following interview:
1.How long have you been doing graffiti art?
wrote graffiti for a few years, then took a break for a while, then started doing 'give up' in 2001.
2.Are you formally trained in art or self-taught?
self taught. learned screen printing in high school art class and turned it into something I could do at home. never had any schooling after that.
3.Why did you choose the name 'Give Up'?
'give up' was never meant as a name or a moniker. it's just a phrase that has come to act as a stamp or signature to identify a piece of work.
4.What do the characters in your art represent?
that changes from piece to piece. and even depending on moods can change from the idea to the finished product. or even within the same piece change with time.
5.What is the significance of the razor blade in your art?
that can change within events or particular pieces as well. what it started as and what it is today are exactly the same and also completely different. at times the razor is the point, and others it's simply a signature.
6.Why are a large portion of the characters you portray women characters?
I love women. depending on the mood or theme or direction of a piece a female figure may be the most appropriate route aesthetically or visually.
7.What message are you trying to get across with your art?
I don't know that i'm trying to convey a message at all, but rather present a feeling.
8.What upcoming shows, if any, might you have in the near future?
I have a solo show at Domy in Austin running currently until march 11th. a show in Dallas at the end of may. and i've been talking with an artist/curator friend who put some of my work in a show in Minneapolis about doing another one there.