We got in touch with Christopher "Staudz" Stauder, a 22 year old artist from Long Island, New York, USA. He likes to do freestyle graffiti with a twist, utilising not the urban landscape as his canvas but the human body instead. Unlike tattoo and other forms of body art, body painting is temporary, painted onto the human skin lasting for around one day.
Model: Jessica Farraro
1. So Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
I am a self taught artist. I started out mainly in the graffiti art / cartoonist category. Now I currently try to push myself into other forms of art and photography.
2. What made you choose the human body as a canvas?
I moved onto painting human canvas's because I have been getting bored of still walls, books, and canvas's. I can shape my art to show the beauty and curves of the human body at the same time displaying my art to the world. This also allows me to express my photography as well.
3. What are you future goals (both in art and life)?
My future goals as far is my art goes is to fill as many homes, stores, etc with my art for those who admire my work. In life I just hope to be financially stable enough to support myself and my family no matter what I have to do. I am always trying to improve and better my art.
My other hobbies I like to do in my spare time is just to go out and explore new places. The world is a beautiful place and full of life.
4. What artists do you follow and/or admire? (Famous or not)
Growing up I have really looked up to the classic New York graffiti artists Cope2 & Seen. Now with the help of social media I admire Nover, Sone, Sen2, Cortes, Odeith, & Sofles work. They really help me progress.
5. Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to get into graffiti writing or street art?
My advice for anyone who is into the art is just to always push yourself. They're is always room for improvement. Never let anyones words or actions put you down. If you love the art then keep at it! Thankfully I had all of my family back me and pushed me to keep on doing it, and I can't thank them enough.
Staudz is part of a vibrant growing underground niche with artists from around the word creating and sharing body art using the female form that has a contemporary edge influenced by graffiti and street culture.
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