Street artists are notoriously modest folks, typically meaning they don’t much like having their face splashed around on photos, videos, police blotters, or Simpsons episodes. They’re also usually more nocturnal than a garden mole with a bad case of prickly heat. Which makes them sort of mythical, like the unicorn, a really non-high school girl kind of unicorn, letting their work be their PR guy, staying up late so we don’t have to.
If you’re a fan of Invader, the French street artist that festoons city walls with 8-bit Space Invader lovelies all over the world, which I happen to be, then you’ll like this video which gives a shit-ton of insight into his method, ninja installation technique, and creative process without ever revealing his super-secret identity. It stars Invader’s gaunt hooded figure first putting together his tiled plaques then garnishing the tenements and landmarks of Paris with dozens of blocky little invading creatures we’ve come to love, letting the viewer tag along like it’s Take Your Kid to Work Day.
Filmed over the course of “one night” during the Winter of 2011, this movie invites you to hang out for a plastering session with the persona non grata street artist. Totally worth the 13 minutes of your life.