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A Madrileño's Urban Art
By Misty Thomas
In my online searches for like-minded artists, I found Spidertag, a refreshing talent in the ever-changing world of street art. As street art becomes more popular, graffiti artists are starting to become a dime a dozen. But the Madrid-based Spidertag is different—he's funny, sarcastic, and even brilliant.
Spidertag had always dreamt of becoming a superhero, and he found that, in a way, art has allowed him to achieve that dream. For as long as he can remember, he wanted to make art. He started doing graffiti around 2000, but didn't become Spidertag until 2008. Thanks to the Internet, he gained almost instant popularity all over the world, from Berlin to New York.
As an avid reader of comic books growing up, Spidertag was inspired by the superheroes in their pages. He has been called street art’s first superhero because of his Clark Kent level of mystery. We never see his face and he likes to work on his art alone and at times where no one can see him. Spidertag says that abandoned walls and places in general also inspire him: “Like a spider building its web, I look for the best places to create my geometric webs.”
Spidertag creates his art by using a hammer, nails, and pure wood. Sometimes he will use spray paint or others types of paints, paper, and photographs. He likes to use a variety of materials and not just the stereotypical street artist’s selection.
“I'm very proactive and I produce as much I as can," Spidertag wrote in an email to Quail Bell. "That's what matters. And the quality of my artwork. I'm interested in developing new stuff, experimenting more, and keep on doing the streets.”
When we talked about his recent fame and popularity, Spidertag said, “It’s nice that people or the media like your job. But it’s not the most important thing. What matters is the artwork. What makes me happy is finding spots and to creating my geometries. I love art as a natural human expression. What I like about street art is the freedom to take what I want out of any structure. I do not feel that I am famous. David Bowie is famous.“
Whether Spidertag feels famous or not, he has earned a lot of appreciation from many people, including mine. Check out his work scattered across the web: