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In the run up to the forthcoming El Haloef Kingsday event, we had a little chat with the designer of the memorable flyers every year.

Who are you, and where are you from?
Raphaël Bartels, Amsterdam

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
I design and illustrate stuff, pretty wide range, I love lettering and being involved in the process of making animation. Besides that I have 2 young kids, a beautiful girlfriend, a van and a caravan in the woods that needs a lot of maintenance. And I like preparing food.

How did you start with graphic design and art direction?
When I was little I think I wanted to make comic books. But never had the patience to finish a story. Growing older I got more interested in other graphics; graffiti, music artwork, logo design, lettering, posters, animation and illustration.

Where do your El Haloef flyer ideas come from?

Haha, they come pretty random. I guess they're mostly inspired by 60's psychedelic rock posters with a little 90's skateboard graphic vibe? And Robert Crumb has always been an inspiration.

What is your favourite visual at the moment and why? (art, photography, videos)
I can't stop watching this guy JungGi Kim's drawing videos. Crazy detailed ink stuff directly from his head onto paper without sketching or whatever.

What is your best power piece at the moment? (clothing, collectors item etc)
Hmm... Ask me again in a few weeks, I'm in desperate need of new power pieces. I do own a vinyl copy of John Coltrane's 'Olé' though, a real powerful piece, great sleeve graphic.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend others?

Lately I've been listening to a lot of African, Brazilian and Arab vibes, (Antal/Eaglemen/Orpheo/Mo on RLR). And I'm reapreciating the darker Italo recently, a guy named Rob. And today I feel like Ray Baretto with 'Acid'. Must be spring or something

Where can the people see more of your works?

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