Complex: Mr. Brainwash—nicknamed by some as the art world’s Borat—is one of your mentors. Some say he’s fake, while others don’t respect him for biting off the style of artists before him.

Alec Monopoly: Yeah, I think he gets criticism because he’s not a trained artist, but people don’t realize that he’s had a lot of history with street art. He’s been so involved in it as a filmmaker. I mean, his work can be kind of kitschy, but he’s helped me a lot. He’s given me really great advice. You know, he tells me to stay true to myself, and that I really need to forge my own lane in this industry.