Who is Warren Petersen what do you do and where are you based?
I am essentially a visual artist who works in various mediums and through this I have been influenced by diverse movements and cultures. I have relocated to Cape Town and I am tattooing between Sins of Style (CT) and Black Concepts (PE).
You are an illustrator, graffiti artist and a tattoo artist. How would you define your style?
I am fine artist who happens to do illustrations, tattoos during the day as well as graffiti productions on my off days. So my style is kind of like “Baking”
I research and implement various references,influences and ingredients then compose them visually to express a concept or the clients brief. . .I then let that mixture ‘bake’ in the process, where I distort, add or subtract from the original reference or concept and the end result is my ‘style’.
Tell us about Black Concepts?
Black Concepts is a tattoo studio / premium goods store, the first and only of its kind in the Eastern Cape and it was started by myself and DJ Kenichi. The idea came about from us being frustrated from not ‘fitting’ in with the mainstream and having to put our interests and passions on hold, to pursue a frustrating 9-5 job in the corporate industry. We decided to put our passions, interests and beliefs into a business… Black Concepts was the result. Find out more over here:
Twitter: Black Concepts Store
What are you currently working on and whats in the future ?
I am currently slaving away at my solo exhibition which will consist of a collection of oil paintings. Added to that I am also building and expanding on my illustration and tattoo portfolio’s, focusing on pushing my own style a lot stronger now. And in the future I plan to host shows incorporating all the various mediums I work in as well as the sub-cultures I’m affiliated to.
What advice would you give to young South African creatives looking to do what you do.?
Anything worth having or achieving will not be easy to acquire. So if you want something, never stop looking at where you’re heading and be willing to make the sacrifices and take the risks to reach your destination.
Where can our readers find your work?
My website is currently under construction and focuses mainly on my fine art.