The artist’s ink from street to skin.

In the mid-1990s in the suburbs of Paris, the artist known as FUZI, along with the UV crew, pioneered a form of graffiti art that became known as Ignorant Style. "Ignorant" for its refusal to respect boundaries -- or even other graf writers, whom UV would bomb over without pause. Less a stylistic approach than "a state of mind," FUZI has said, it's about "not giving a fuck about others and creating without rules or restraints." 

Visually, FUZI's style was always distinctive: built from interlocking, strongly contoured figures, often with with comic emanations, recalling Keith Haring's graphic kinetics and the willful perversion of R. Crumb, or the attitude of West Coast rap littered with the iconography of prison tattoos. Actually, it was not long before the Ignorant Style made the transition into tattoos, and that soon became another field where FUZI made a distinctive mark.

Early FUZI marks — on the inside, outside of cars and and sliced into their upholstery — are recorded in Ma Ligne, a monograph of his early works from 1996-2001 on the train line Paris St-Lazare to a banlieue to the far west of Paris. Along with collections of his tattoo designs, his numerous productions include clothing screened with his signature designs, the comic book Por$ha Martini, and a surprisingly reserved green handmade book, Quartiers Gitans de Perpignan (Gypsy Neighborhoods of Perpignan), 2015, which assembles his photographs of vernacular wall art from Roma enclaves in Southwestern France.

"It's art and it's not so serious," Fuzi said. "It's only for life."

Images by Sam Nixon.

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