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Jakarta Post

Creative Smarts: Natural Beauty

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 17 2016   /  12:56 pm

Not everyone can say their job is like being a superhero, but for Quint that’s exactly how his work makes him feel. The mysterious Bali-based street artist has been stealthily spreading his message of love and beauty around Indonesia for the better part of 15 years. With roughly 500 pieces under his belt, it’s not uncommon to walk around the streets of Kuta and Canggu and spot Quint’s women crouching in corners or dancing on walls.

“I always try to make people happy,” Quint said. “I feel like a ninja who goes out at night to try to save the world. But the difference is I don’t want the police to know about it because, to them, it’s illegal.”

Like so many street artists in Indonesia and around the world, Quint hides his identity. He strategically blocks his face in photographs and, when asked, he will often say his full name is Quint Essential. Armed with ...