Bue Bue The Warrior
a.k.a. Dave De Rop was born in an artist family. His father and grandfather were both employees of Willy Vandersteen. Dave grew up with comics and cartoons. He was taught drawing from an early age. When Dave was 13 years old he moved with his mother from Antwerp back to Ghent. He spent his childhood "on the streets". He still carries the influence of the hip hop and skate culture. The creative vibe in the scene has shaped his artistic future and recognizable graffiti style.
Bue describes his style as "simple, super recognizable, naive, childlike, positive and with good vibes"
. Rightly so, every person from Ghent is familiar with Bue
's playful birds as now the locals in Puerto Vallarta.
Dave emigrated to Mexico in 2015, on his artistic peak in Belgium. Artists in Belgium are generally paid better than in Mexico. But Dave was never motivated by money alone. To earn money in his new town, Dave opened a waffle restaurant/art gallery named "Holly Waffles".
"Most people who come to eat waffles don't have a clue that the art on the walls is mine. I don't care, I'm not one of those artists who desperately wants to be THE artist. Actually, I don't consider myself an artist, but just someone who draws a lot. Every Friday, other 'artists' also exhibit in the restaurant. "
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