The article that started it all. Before this article I had no plans on pursuing a career as a street artist. The Bendigo Advertiser gave me a huge platform to gain attention and an audience very quickly. Things happened quickly after this!
“I was so shook up, I was sitting up at night thinking, ‘oh God, who is this person who is coming into my house?’…so I didn’t really sleep,” – Mr Dimples
Article written by Joseph Hinchliffe:
Street artists in Bendigo are calling for a legal graffiti wall which they say would draw tourists to the city and provide a creative outlet for young people.
Two local paste-up artists said creating a space where artists could work without fear of falling afoul of the law would allow them to create larger and more creative works.
Bendigo already has a legal space for paste-ups in the tourist draw card of Chancery Lane, but a 33-year-old teacher who pastes his drawings onto Bendigo walls under the name of ‘Mr Dimples’ is calling for a bigger, more experimental space.
“The wall I would like to see would cater for any street art medium, so any paste-up, free hand, stencil or junk sculpture artist could use the wall or space,” he said.
His partner-in-art, ‘Marcsi’ – a 19-year-old La Trobe fine arts student – said the wall could attract visitors from out of town.
“It would definitely liven up some areas of town and I’m sure you’d get the tourist who go to Melbourne for street art come up here as well,” he said.
Tourist draw card
Mr Dimples backed that claim up, saying tourists already travelled from as far abroad as Asia to see street art in Victoria.
“Melbourne’s got arguably the biggest street art scene in the world and it would be great to tap into that,” he said.
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