After seeing a few lovely, curly Delete tags around Shoreditch & Hastings, and the stunning piece in the Brighton Lanes, I tracked him down on Flickr. He offered a great selection of pieces, reflecting the wolf and swallow motives of his street pieces – February’s artist was chosen!
Sheep in wolf’s clothing: Spray paint and ink on reclaimed wood. Signed, titled and dated (14/12/09) on reverse. 35 x 48 x 1.5cm. Edition of 1.
Email from Delete 03/03/13
“I worked out the other day that I’ve been cutting and painting with stencils since 1980! Initially I was inspired by CRASS and it was mainly political slogans – stencils were a way to get more words on the wall more quickly than using a marker. A lot of things changed for me when one of my friends played me a tape of Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” in 1982: I always said that punk got me writing on walls but hip hop made me a writer. I’ve been doing graffiti on and off ever since, sometimes freestyle letters and sometimes with stencils. In the last few years I found that I’d made my stencils so complex that I ended up having to paint legal walls because it took so long to do (which was the exact opposite of why I was doing them in the first place) and I went back to writing letters just to get up. Now I’ve got that out of my system a little bit I’ve got a few new ideas clunking around in my head and it’s time to get back to work on some new stencils.”