“My name is Kasper Alsing and I am a medical student, bike/skateboard enthusiast, freelance illustrator, and muralist based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
To describe my odd combination of interests I have to introduce you to the two different parts of the human brain.
The left side of the brain, also known as the left hemisphere is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. Furthermore, it takes the main responsibility of performing logical tasks such as language, mathematical skills, and analytic thoughts.
The right hemisphere coordinates the left side of the body and executes more abstract tasks such as three-dimensional understanding, creative thoughts, artistic skills, and music awareness.
Using both hemispheres is my personal key to a healthy and happy mind.
What I like most about medicine is the possibility to get insight into the human body, help others in need or through research to have a chance to improve health.
Science is often very strait forward where we search for an answer to a given question. And if you don’t know the cause to a patient’s disease, you need to investigate patterns in symptoms to find the most suitable diagnosis and following treatment.
In contrast to the very fixed way of thinking in the field of medicine, what I love about painting and drawing is the freedom to create whatever comes to your mind. Having the opportunity to break loose from a stressful time and vanish into another dimension where only your fantasy sets the limits.
As an illustrator I typically make black and white drawings characterized with a graphical fine line. My images do not have a repeating theme or character, but are more like imaginary snapshots or ideas I try hold on to and illustrate.
Usually, I do not have any deeper thoughts or political statements with my drawings, but I hope to poke to the inner childish fantasy we all have, which often is hidden away by our busy professional lives.
The more resent years I have been part of a mural art crew called Green Finger Crew, with my good friend Tore Gyllenborg. Making wall art has been giving us chances to paint at festivals such as Roskilde Festival, TED, Northside, and even get abroad.
Many people have knowingly been asking me if I would choose either to follow my creative mind or being a doctor. But for me it is not a question about choosing one over another, but more a question finding a balance in between.
Coincidentally, while trying to connect creativity and medicine I became a part of the world’s first research center and treatment clinic of tattoo complications at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen. My motivation is through research to create more attention to the many problems people experience in short- and long-term after getting a tattoo. Hopefully more regulations and laws will come in the future – not to illegalize tattoos, but in order to protect the customers.
You can find more of my work and daily content on Instagram at @kasperroeghat”