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XETH interviews street artist Hin

Artist / designer:   Hin
Article author:   Charlotte Bradford
Published:   Fri, 4 Oct 2013

Born in Hong Kong, Hin is a London based street artist and illustrator. From an early age Hin was passionate about sports as well as studying Japanese Manga and traditional Chinese watercolours and has been fortunate to exhibit his work across the world including France, Hong Kong, London and Romania.
As a child Hin hoped to become the first Cantonese football player in the Premier league however a terrible knee injury lead to his dream collapsing and his thoughts turning to a more artistic career. Unhappy at school Hin turned to art as a form of expression and through life experiences he came to understand “that one must hold on to their inner child and to persevere, above all things, in order to overcome any painful or traumatic experience while at the same time never to deny any truth of the cruel reality in life. Finding harmony between the two is what he believes one must attempt to achieve”.
At what age did you start to take an interest in the field you work in?
I started drawing since I was 2 or 3 but I pretty much decided it’d be my career since I was 17 when football wasn’t an option no more.

What medium do you most enjoying working in?
I don’t know about medium but working on the street expanded my view of possibilities & more fresh air involve.   

What’s your favourite colour?
Black & white. White contains all colours & black is the contrast. 

What is your favourite cuisine?
My mum’s, and a few other mums’ that I know.

Do you listen to music when working and if so what?
Yes. It varied. I sometimes listen to the same songs over & over again just to keep the same mood until a piece of work is finish.

Name three creatives who have inspired you over the past 10 years?
Bob Dylan, Bruce Lee, Banksy. Also a few outsider artists.
Have you got any exciting projects/commissions coming up in the near future?
A holiday to Sicily. I think the big city life have got to me a little these days, like most working people in the city the most exciting project is looking forward to go away.
Who would be your ideal client for a future commission?
A client can afford to pay well & yet share the same vision & sense of humour as me.
If you weren’t an artist what other career would you have chosen?
Acting or possibly a scientist if I’m better at studying.

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