Professor Pigment (or more commonly known as ProPig) has been making quite a name for himself around the city as he continues to create his pieces of ‘positive vandalism’ across Stoke-on-Trent. Now graffiti and stenciling might not be to everyone’s taste but to neither is renaissance art or impressionism, and I for one am a big fan of the way in which ProPig is using street art to draw everyone’s attention to the things that make our city great. After emailing ProPig’s communications team with a few questions in order to find out a bit more about this elusive character, I was delighted to see that they had been answered. Here’s what I found out about the Potteries’ Painter…
Firstly, he tells me that he has always been interested in street art. Using the bus regularly and looking out the window gave him ample opportunities to observe other graffiti tags and in his own words, after thinking to himself “How the hell did that get up there?” he decided he should probably find out. ProPig has been using Stoke as a canvas for about 2 years now and is still enjoying working on new ideas in the studio.
When I asked which of his pieces is his favourite, he gave me two examples. (See photos below) ‘Fortress Britannia’ because it was “fun to put up” (although I’m not sure dangling above the canal by a rope would constitute “fun” for everyone…) and the second piece is ‘Victoria’, which people have made a real connection with as it “reminds people of their own lives.” I think my personal favourite might be ‘Go home Cupid, we’re drunk’ just because it couldn’t have been painted in a more perfect location (Trinity Street, Hanley).
Turning to the question of inspiration, ProPig cited the city’s rich heritage as the main source of ideas for his work as he is “spoilt for choice” when it comes to choosing pieces of Stoke’s history that are worth celebrating. Events in his personal life have also caught his imagination: “We all have the same problems so I find this an effective method of connecting with people.”
Finally, I asked ProPig where he thinks Stoke is headed in the future, and he concluded that Stoke is “definitely on the up” mentioning the European City of Sport title that Stoke has been awarded and the bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
So there we have it, ProPig on his artwork, his inspiration & his hopes for the city. I think Professor Pigment’s positive vandalism is an asset to have on our city streets and who knows, maybe his work will encourage other budding street artists to start trying out their own ideas too. (See Below?)
Professor Pigment’s website: http://www.propig.org/
Professor Pigment’s facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProfessorPigment/?fref=ts