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DR. MARTENS SPEAKS TO CYRCLE

We caught up with LA artists Rabî and Davey of Cyrcle as they finished a new piece for our Dr. Martens Studio City Store to talk all things art, and inspiration behind their latest piece. 
 
You can also watch them create their piece in the video below: 
 
 
 
Tell us about the artwork you did for our Studio City store:
We dove into 70’s – 90’s punk culture. Propaganda, attitude, flyers, music; all the good shit. After much deliverance, we stripped things down to make it less literal. We found a simple yet layered concept more directed towards Los Angeles and the chaotic climate of our time. The aesthetic of the piece stayed true to the flagrant process in which art and music were made in those times: dirty, bold, and executed without regret. Print. Cut. Paste. COPY. 
 

Rabî and Davey of Cyrcle with the artwork they created for Dr. Martens Studio City. Photo Credit: The1point8.
 
 
When and how did you form Cyrcle, and what keeps you working together?
We’ve formed Cyrcle on 10/10/10. After working with each other for a long time on various other things, we decided to create something new built entirely from our experiences in life and the art world. It was true to who we were and what we wanted to say. That’s what made the foundation so strong. This combination of mutual truths in our message is what keeps us together. We’re like the marriage that stays together for the child, LOL. Plus, we love each other. 
 
Rabî and Davey of Cyrcle with the artwork they created for Dr. Martens Studio City. Photo Credit: The1point8
 
 
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Rabî: My Cat.
Davey: Coffee. 
 
Rabî and Davey of Cyrcle with the artwork they created for Dr. Martens Studio City. Photo Credit: The1point8.
 
 
What music are you listening to when you’re working? Name three tracks you can’t get enough of:
For this piece: The Dead Kennedy’s – California Uber Alles.
In life we’re all over the place. Asking for three top tracks is like asking for your three top grains of rice in your stir fry. 
 
You’ve done plenty of huge murals, is it ever intimidating to work on a canvas that size?
Every wall brings new challenges, big or small. Always scary, always intimidating. It’s all about being as prepared as possible, but then letting your faith take you the rest of the way. 
 
Rabî and Davey of Cyrcle with the artwork they created for Dr. Martens Studio City. Photo Credit: The1point8.
 
 
And finally, what does Cyrcle stand for?
So many things. One of the main things is the symbol itself was inspired by Alchemist’s symbol of the Ouroboros; one of the oldest mythical creatures. A snake eating its own tail, a self sustaining being that gives not and takes not, said to have the meaning of infinity. The ambiguous “Y” in Cyrcle is just that, ambiguous, and to make things less about “I” and more about “YOU”. But as much as we try to define it it, it’s in constant revolution, and it’s meaning continues to change as we grow. 
 
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