As a boy, Den’s first attempt at street art was essentially through tagging and graffiti which he predominantly enjoyed for the adrenaline rush – he remembers it as a game of “cat and mouse”. In those days he feels tagging stemmed from a desire to defy authority more than a conscious interest in street art. Nonetheless even then there was calligraphic research and aesthetic promise in his tag-signatures. Spending most of his youth hitch-hiking across his native France and other parts of Europe, Den has always considered himself quite the globetrotter, tagging became a means of leaving a trace of his passage behind him. It would become the perfect opportunity for him to interact with his environment, his surroundings, and the local inhabitants.
Den End was living in an CHRS shelter when he started seriously dedicating himself to the development of this art. In 2015 he started his first social media network (Facebook) to touch a larger audience. Soon after came his first exhibition in Lozère which inspired him to create and exhibit in other cities in Brittany such as Brest. As opportunities presented themselves Den decided to follow his dream of moving to Paris. Montmartre had always held a special place in his heart and in his mind as a historic hub of artistic creation.
Den is a very private person, he strongly emphasises his wish that people focus on his work and not his background or personality. He is known for often wearing a mask in public, even during the hot summer months, as a way of distinguishing between the person and the persona. In many ways Den End’s experience is reminiscent of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The self-taught artist attracted attention with his graffiti work and postcard compositions, features his work on jackets and skateboards. His outsider graffiti style compelled Scharpf to instigate a collaboration. Who knows where he’ll go next.