Did you expect the reaction you got from the Hong Kong authorities and Armani?
No, actually, I didn’t anticipate their reaction. I used a water-based paint that can be removed with the proper cleaning materials, but no one in Hong Kong seems to be equipped to clean it. That is why it is just covered up right now. And unfortunately, the $850,000 price that is being requested for damages is the estimated price for the entire building’s wall.
How was the arrest? Were you treated respectfully during detainment?
The Hong Kong authorities did treat me well. They did not put me in handcuffs or make me uncomfortable. I was detained for about 24 hours and will have a court hearing in Hong Kong.
Have you ever been arrested for creating street art before?
Not really, nothing like this. Oh, once in Paris I was. I was outlining shapes of shadows on the street in chalk, similar to the idea of bodies being outlined in chalk.
Do you plan to create any more street art in Hong Kong while you are here?
His piece depicting burning people in Room 233 at the Comfort Inn in Maine where the terrorists of September 11th stayed before attacking the World Trade Center (only seen under UV light) has caused some controversy.