Hervé: World-travelling, bequiffed*, mythical creature stickered across the globe!
*totally made ‘bequiffed’ up
This quiffical* little beast Hervé is one of our favourites because, well… look at him!
*made that one up too. Definition: ‘to be awesome, possibly with a quiff.”
He just doesn’t care. He does his own thing, and he always has that same facial expression that’s just so hard to figure out; it’s like total unmistakeable apathy, with just a whiff of annoyance… maybe boredom?… maybe even a light hint of, “I am so done with your shit!“.
Brains goes as far as to say:
I think she hit the nail on the head.
We’ve seen Hervé in Bristol, in Birmingham (at City of Colours in particular), London… on lampposts, benches, railings, walls… this little fella likes to travel around. And he always does it in style. Sometimes he even changes his hair colour for the occasion 😉
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned to you guys before but I really love slaps. It’s a similar notion to the whole ‘artists invading cities‘ thing I write about a lot – there’s something awesome about travelling the world and noticing something that you saw in another city or country… just like Gregos’ masks, or Invader’s ‘Space Invaders’.
I remember nearly all the pieces I see in the street (especially quirky, more memorable pieces like sculptures or stickers) so if I spot it somewhere else… then somewhere else… I then get addicted to following and finding them!
I guess that’s the point right? 😉
So, back to Hervé, and the man behind him.
It’s a pretty recurring theme: Hervé doing stuff.
Herv eating an ice lolly. Herv with lime green hair. Herv surrounded by pink paint splatters. Herv on the beach. Herv in front of some animals. Herv in London. Herv just doing his thang.
Hervé is cool. But his creator is even cooler.
I didn’t expect to get answers similar to the ones I would receive from an artist who creates bigger pieces because sticker art is kind of a different approach to art (or at least the method and the medium are different).
But what I did get were answers that were actually really interesting. I feel the creator of Hervé is quite adept at making simplicity super-interesting. And sometimes (if not all of the time), simplicity really is the most captivating!
SO WHAT’S WITH THE LITTLE GUY? WHY DOES HE HAVE AN ANIMAL BODY AND A HUMAN FACE? …SOMETIMES THE BODY CHANGES BUT IT’S ALWAYS THE SAME FACE.
“Yeah, that’s the character Hervé. I like to switch it up sometimes and change his body; he could be given any body that I want to doodle”.
I asked whether it was his face, to which he replied, “No, it’s not my face, though I have wondered in the past whether artists look like their characters“.
How did you get into slaps?
“I just felt drawn into that visual art world in the street; I think it’s quite primal really“.
DO YOU USE ANY OTHER MEDIUMS OR ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY OTHER ARTY THINGS?
“I doodle; it’s something I didn’t realise how much I missed until I took it up again. I pick up a can of spray paint now and again but the results are awful. I’m not really involved in anything else arty, just as long as I have this small release. It’s good to just forget everything and get into the zone of it.”
WHAT’S THE FURTHEST HERVÉ HAS TRAVELLED? THAT LITTLE FELLA GETS AROUND.
“He’s been further than me! Melbourne might be the furthest Hervé has travelled. Barcelona, Sweden and Portland, OR, were special as I’ve not been to those places yet but he has made it“.
When I asked if Hervé got on a plane all by himself, his elusive creator said, “…Hervé needs accomplices. His hooves would make it hard to go up and down the aeroplane steps.”
True dat. Gotta be hard to be a 3cm high 2D man-creature.
WHAT MADE YOU THINK OF PRINTING HERVE ONTO STICKERS & PASTING HIM EVERYWHERE?
“I was going round places looking for street art and it just sucked me further and further in; that’s what gave me the nudge to start leaving something in the places I was going.”
It’ll be a similar story for a lot of people – starting on the edges and getting pulled in.”
So true – I know I definitely got sucked in fast. It’s so intriguing to see pieces in the street – wondering how and why they got there! And passersby who aren’t particularly into the scene probably wouldn’t even notice they were there, but once you do start to notice it’s like opening a can of worms. So many pieces, so little time!
“I really like the idea of that; noticing this visual language could let others know it’s ok to do the same. Eventually streets will look like rainbows!”
DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR STREET ART FAVOURITES – PIECES OR ARTISTS?
“Agghh, such a tough question! I could fall into the trap of just reeling off favourites all day! The piece Phlegm did inspired by ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa‘ in Bristol (UK) is easily a favourite… in fact Stokes Croft (an area in Bristol, England) as a whole is a magical place.
I get massive inspiration from graff writers. The fills that folk like Beta, Easi and Skem do. Plus the wild pieces that Spore does.
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I’m such a groupie of street art. Much more than being an artist myself, they’re my rock stars/footballers/astronauts… for me it’s these guys: D7606, Jay Sharples, Deeds, C3, Lenny Massive, Shab, Idiom, DrscO, Pang…
I’ve always liked the idea of 50 people walking past something and not noticing it then the 51st person does notice it and digs it. That’s what stickers/slaps are a bit like for me.”
(Everything he said in that last answer is exactly what I think – as if I had written the answer to that question myself… even down to naming my favourite artists! Freaky).
When I told him that that answer sounded like it had come straight out of my mouth he said, “Yeah, I think that’s what the scene does. It pulls like-minded people together”.
That it does.
Hervé, please don’t ever change.