We’ve been following the street art of @Trevni for a few months now and asked him to give us a little background about his character.
"My character has been developing over the course of six years, even though I only realized it and started drawing him four years ago. I was doing a research paper and came across a portrait of a random old man who was smiling ear to ear with his two front teeth missing and wearing glasses. The old man’s name was Ivan and there was a brief description of how he had so many misfortunes in his life including family and health issues, yet always seemed to keep a smile on his face. This really resonated with me and I was inspired by the photograph and made a realistic black and white drawing of him that still hangs in my room today. I started putting up work on the streets four years ago and came up with my character named "Navi," Ivan backwards which ties to Trevni, the word invert inverted. Navi has similar physical attributes to Ivan including his glasses, mustache and smile/teeth. The four eyes, glasses, triangle, and green skin color are all symbolic of me and my goals that involves my original inspiration from Ivan’s view on life.
Ive Always been very attracted to art that has a deeper meaning behind it but is left vague enough for everyone to find what they can relate to. For my character I chose to have a triangle in front of his brain as a reminder to always keep positive. Some people may relate to it differently but I find the triangle to be like an arrow pointing upwards. Having three sides and points shows past, present, and future and I want to embrace all of them while keeping focus on the future. The arrow reminds me to look up and to find the best of any situation, which isn’t always easy to do. I believe that as long as you’re happy nothing else really matters. I incorporate triangles in to a lot of my art as a common ground for people to find themselves and connect more to my art.”