Bojidar Simeonov is one of the iconic Bulgarian graffiti artists. Leaving his work to speak instead of him, he have done some very nice artwork for “Rainbow” comics magazine and scenography for “Richard the third”, but he is mostly known through his street art. He rarely gives interviews and therefore I am so happy he gave one for Tattooverse. Here it comes.
Who is Bojidar Simeonov and what kind of person is the man behind your artwork.
Bojidar Simeonov is the passport alias of Bozko, and who is behind my work is not in my competence.
How did you started with drawing? Was the graffiti your fist passion?
I do not know when I have started and never have stopped as far as I remember. For sure it was way before I have heard about graffiti, but they were revolutionary for me and are still in the foundations of everything I am doing.
You did some artwork for comics magazines, some scenography, had your own art exhibitions. Which one of all forms of art you like most?
I do not categorize my artwork so I can say which one I like most. Everything comes from one source of inspiration and the form of expressing it does not really matters.
The inspiration is all around me. It would be so much easier if I only knew where it is coming from.
Street art. I read somewhere that the city and its streets are your environment. How do you choose what and where?
I love the city because I believe that art requires social environment. The way I am choosing my locations is pure practical.
Which is your favorite work?
The upcoming one.
Most of the graffiti artists had problems with the law because of the way and locations of their art. Did you ever had problems like these or you are trying to make sure you have everything in place before you start.
I have done very few illegal things that could have caused me any troubles. My priority is the end result of my work rather than the act of vandalism so as much legal the things I do are the better.
A lot of people in Bulgaria are complaining that they do not earn enough as artists in order to be happy. Do you think that it is difficult to be artist in Bulgaria?
I don’t believe that it is more difficult than in any other country. It just requires some flexibility.
Some people do sports, other live cinema or a good book with nice coffee. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well, all I have is spare time because I do not feel my artwork as some sort of obligation but so I can answer the question – I like to travel.
A lot and different.
Not so much.
We live in a digital era, surrounded by all kind of gadgets and with access to almost everything we want to know. What are the positives and downsides of this?
I cannot take a side in this. It is yet to be determined.
Nope. I don’t have any.
I had some ideas when I was younger, but I am very glad that I have not brought them to live. I like it very much as a form of art and from esthetic point of view, but I prefer to see them on the other people.
I don’t like the word career when it is up to art, but if you could choose would you do something different than what you do now.
No, I would not. I am still wondering with what I have deserved the luck to do what I love.
Are there any new projects that you want to or planning to do?
I always have projects in my mind, but I don’t like to create expectations and I am trying not to talk much about that.
What advice would you give to the young artists?
Regardless of what they do to keep doing it in a way that brings them satisfaction. The other thing, of course is to do a lot of work.
My last question is about you. What would you advice yourself if you can get 10 years back in time.
I would not give myself any advices. I’ll just sit down with myself and have a beer.
During my online research I found this interesting short video of Bozko in action done by A.S.M.A and I am sure you’ll love it.
Bozko is at http://bozko.eu