When someone thinks of the word graffiti, they’d usually associate it with unruly artists who vandalize the streets. But times have changed and street art has been an important medium in political and social movements, as well as a representation of youth culture in certain communities. If you think about it, good street art captivates and stops you in your daily hustle, but really good street art can help cement your place in the art world. The likes of Banksy and Shepard Fairey have proven just that.
Bringing it back to our own streets, we see the likes of Jappy Agoncillo and his colorful art inspired by music and comics. If you frequent Pasig and BGC, you’ve probably seen one of his creations. There’s one along C5 Northbound Libis area too. Aside from painting the street walls, his works have also appeared in Globe Wanderland, Satchmi, Bench, and SM Youth.
As part of Axe’s Project You campaign, they’re holding an Axe Masterclass featuring Jappy Agoncillo on May 26. He will discuss how to achieve success in the street art world, and more. But for now, we interviewed him over email to get to know his process and inspiration.
YOUNG STAR: When did you learn that you wanted to illustrate full time?
JAPPY AGONCILLO: I wanted to be a full-time artist around my last year in college. I took Legal Management as a pre-law course in DLSU. Towards the end of college, I needed to make a choice as to what I was going to do after. So I chose my profession now.