Lush’s debut show at Backwoods gallery in 2010 was met with a mixed response, where the audience was psychologically traumatized and sprayed with a mix of blood and broken glass. Controversy has fueled reputation for the artist who has since gained global recognition for his brutal commentary of street and graffiti art.

 

Who is Lushsux? I ask for his real name: "Mark Walls," he says, laughing. He's given fake names like this to other publications and they have earnestly printed them. Even the BBC fell for it.

 

He prides himself on manipulating the media. It's a game. "I can say I have one leg and people will print it. It's fun. It's cool. But it's scary to think that my minor little story, which is not a big thing in the world, can get printed without anyone checking any facts."