German-born street artist Bond has work sitting in the unlikeliest of spaces. A keen traveller, he takes his spray cans with him wherever he goes, from Spain to Taiwan, and even as far as Ladakh. His work combines typography with graphics as he creates a design around his signature, and embeds it into the environment it inhabits.
Bond’s entry into graffiti was an amalgamation of the many reasons graffiti exists – socio-political awareness, coupled with the need to create an aesthetic moment for himself and those around him. It was the lure of this special lifestyle that kept him there. “I had the best moments of my life while finding a spot, organizing the piece, painting it, taking a picture and then saying goodbye, in most cases, forever.” he says. Not that it’s been all fantastic either. He’s been arrested, searched, beaten up, and spent many days dealing with lawyers and cleaning. Except for Bond, it’s all been worth it.
As for picking his locations, he chooses spots with arrestive beauty rather than mass visibility: “I’d rather go for a big, smooth wall in a Delhi ditch (where visibility is low) rather than a crumbled brick wall at a busy junction. The atmosphere and surroundings are what counts.”
Bond’s graffiti currently can be spotted across North India, especially around Delhi and Ladakh, from his various trips to India in the past, as well as in Delhi’s Shahpur Jat village for St+Art Delhi.
All images courtesy St+Art Delhi and the artist.