Interview with LOLA the Illustrator

Hey hey! Great news, we’re back with another interview! This time we get to pick the brain of Lola the Illustrator, also known as the Young Vandal.

Lola is a street artist in Brooklyn, New York-and get this, she’s only ten years old! Lola is a total inspiration because she’s not letting anything hold her back-she’s just going for it and I must say, killing it! So keep reading to learn more about her- she’s definitely one to watch!

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Tell us about yourself-where you’re from and what you do.

My name is Lola the Illustrator aka Lola Glass, I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I make Street Art mainly at The Bushwick Collective. I’m an artist, a skateboarder and a drummer.

How did you get into street art?

I was caught defacing a wall at the Bushwick Collective when I was 6 years old.

The curator, Joe Ficalora, saw me and yelled at me but then my mom talked to him and he welcomed me to The Bushwick Collective.

He’s been my mentor since I started, lets me borrow spray cans and introduces me to new artists.

Can you tell us about your processs-scouting spots, what materials you use, what you like to draw.

I often use Kobra spray paint and Molotow spray markers. Sometimes I use acrylic paint for details or background. 

Coney Island Art: Age 9!

My favorite thing to draw right now is realistic portraits. My latest mural on the Art Boat in NYC is two portraits, one of my sister and one of myself.

Lola with her sister and their portraits on the NYC Art Boat

As for the spots, I am very lucky because most of the time people give me places to paint or invite me to do a mural. But I also carry a spray marker (even on vacation) so I can draw anywhere I want.

Can you tell us about your collaboration with London Kaye. We are big fans!

I LOVE London! She is the best. I met her about three years ago at the Bushwick Collective where she used to yarn bomb.

Lola + London Kaye yarn-bomb

Later we exchange art and she gave me the coolest backpack that she yarn bombed herself. It’s my favorite piece of Art! She inspires me to be a better person because she is very positive and adventurous.

Lola at the Buswick Collective

What’s the coolest part of being ‘the young vandal’?

You can vandalize everything!!!

Lola’s art in 2016…made when she was 7!

What’s your dream project?

Make a mural with London Kaye would be pretty dreamy 😉

How can we stay young at heart?

Just keep doing what makes you happy and love life to the fullest.

What advice would you give someone who claims they’re not creative?

You’re wrong! You just haven’t found your style yet. Go to a gallery, museum or the Bushwick Collective and just look at the inspiring art. It might take some time but do it for yourself and it will be worth it. Don’t ask anybody what they think about it. Keith Haring didn’t.

Anything else you’d like to include?

Be a London.

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A very big thanks to Lola and her mom for making this interview happen! I’d also like to tip my hat to both of them for the creative work they’re each doing. Lola is making wonderful art and her mom is supporting and facilitating it in a big way. It’s a really beautiful thing! If you want to check out more of Lola’s art you can find it here and also follow her on Instagram for the absolute latest.

Sometimes we convince ourselves that we’re not _____ enough to follow our artistic dreams but that idea should be ignored.  Each of these interviews prove that it’s as simple as just starting, and then keeping going, and when it’s put that way-it sounds rather easy!

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