GR: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live.
MS: I'm a 21 year old full time street artist, I'm living on the Gold Coast at the moment but tend to move around a lot.
GR: Inspiration / influences?
MS: My arts mainly influenced by Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Stuff like Frank Frazetta and Rodger Dean, as well the street art community I'm part of.
GR: How did you become interested in working larger scales?
MS: I guess it was just the logical step and a way to keep pushing myself. It allows you to incorporate a lot more detail with less effort and gives you more room to to do expressive strokes. I dream of going much bigger.
GR: Dopest band(s) at the moment.
MS: I love real corny rap like Lil Wayne and Kanye what can I say in my defense it gets me going :)
GR: Night owl or early bird?
MS: Bit of both, I sleep a lot.
GR: Favorite alcoholic beverage.
MS: Gin and juice, or a good scotch.
GR: You have $8 left in your wallet, what do you spend it on?
MS: That would suck, I would probably buy some weed and commiserate about my financial situation.
GR: How did you come up with the characters you paint?
MS: I started painting with continuous lines in the street to allow me to paint quickly and keep my strokes nice and thin. From there its been a gradual evolution.
GR: Anything new happening in the life of Shida?
MS: I have a show opening the 8th on the Gold Coast at Comb Art Space. Facebook event here for more info. And I'm getting ready for a world tour consisting of South East Asia, the US, Brazil and Europe.
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All original images via flickr