EP 124 : AKUT
"They covered the gallery with wood panels and we made big indoor murals"
In the late 90s Akut together with two friends formed a crew that would become one of the most influential crews in one of the largest art movements in the history of art. It sounds like an insane statement to make, but the fact is that Akut and the MaClaim crew were expanding the boundaries of what could be done with a spray can and inspiring countless numbers of artists who would later go on to form the beginnings of the new muralism and urban contemporary art scene. In just 4 years they managed to introduce a level of photorealism into the graffiti scene that hadn’t been seen before and even had a hand in designing one of the most popular and respected spray paint brands in the world. In 2004 Akut transitioned into a new chapter of his career when he linked up with fellow german artist Hera and formed the powerhouse duo Herakut which quickly became one of the most respected and sought after names in the urban contemporary world. With high profile gallery shows and landmark murals across the globe and a 20 year career under his belt, it was an incredible honor and pleasure to sit down with Akut in his Berlin studio for a coffee and a chat.