ANIMAL showcases a different street artist regularly in our feature, Scratching the Surface. This week, we profile Damien Mitchell.

Name/Alias:
Damien Mitchell

Decade you were born in:
’80s

City you currently live:
Brooklyn

Drugs or natural highs?
You buyin’, I’m tryin’

How did you get your name?
It’s a clever anagram of my real name: Damien Mitchell

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How does your mother feel about your art?
What she doesn’t know won’t hurt her… That’s a lie, my mother is a wonderful woman who supports my art wholeheartedly.

Are you making a living off your art? How’s that working out so far?
Put it this way, painting your work for free on walls, often times against the will of the building owner, doesn’t afford a very luxurious lifestyle.

Fuck the art world or embrace the art world?
It is what it is. When you take work off a truck or wall and stick it in a gallery, it no longer moves like it does outside. It can’t sneak up on you or take you by surprise. That said, I’m showing some paintings at Lowbrow Artique (143 Central ave.) ~BUY BUY BUY!!~

Do you bring your smartphone into the bathroom with you? Why?
In the shitter I’m all business. I even put it on aeroplane mode.

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Do you ever feel like giving up?
Haha I’m an adult graffiti writer. I gave up on life years ago.

Suggest an artist to follow.
Heesco, Kach Domino, Junky Projects, Doyle, Ha-Ha and everyone at Blender.