What can I say about a guy that fills his essentials 6 x 9 with mostly tools of his trade as opposed to fashion pieces? Well, for starters I can tell you that one look made me want to read the article. Second, noting the specific tools, you could readily tell what you were in for, but nothing specific – only adding to the intrigue. In truth it would have been nice to see what Alexander Farto wears on the regular, but I’ll let his set speak to his passion as opposed to what he wears while he’s engrossed in it.

So why do they call this guy Vhils? Pretty simple actually. Formerly a graffiti artist, his handle (tag, moniker, what-have-you) was Vhils – the 5 fastest letters he could draw without breaking a line.  Born in the outskirts of Lisbon in a town that had been affected by 1974′s Carnation Revolution, Vhils grew up surrounded by socialist propaganda murals and advertisements from a developing capitalist society that “sold dreams that never came true.” Such imagery was plastered atop each other, developing layers of social systems that shared different beliefs. Trading his spraycan for the drill and tools you see above, Vhils started dissecting posters and walls, carving out portraits of locals that were affected by the surrounding changes. That became his medium and these are his essentials.

  • Cai Guo-Qiang (book about an artist he admires)
  • JR Unframed (book by a good artist friend of his)
  • Montana Spray cans and heavy duty mask
  • A Makita II and 18v drill as well as a hammer for taking walls apart
  • Box cutters and pencils to add creative touches
  • A sticker from UnderDog – his studio
  • A pack of smokes
  • A cannon EOS 5D and an iPhone 5S to stay mobile and capture the moment.


Essentials: Vhils | Hypebeast.