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All Rights Reserved Copyright RAW INC. 2014 Cover art by KALIS/SPZERO76/HAEVI/AKIL/CARL KENZ/PAC DIRTY30/BURN353/PUZO/SQUIRL/SEAMO/MIKE DIE Mr.CYBE/MEKAZOO/LOCH NESS/Mr.KOBO/INTRO Mr.ZERO/DOGFIGHT/SUPER FATCAT/EVOKER TEMPO33/NESTDAFOE/TOPSTUFF/LUNAR JAYPEE/ABJECT/ROCK/RWK/SINNED/SIMITCHELL 455ER/EYE FORMATION/DOLLA and BLINKY Thanks to SPZERO76 & BADDOG WHISKAS and the support of these artists
The Hello My Name Is project, is the famous red and white sticker is brought to life in a full colour book, featuring local and international scale of graffiti and street artists big and small, flexing there skills for everyone to see and enjoy. The challenge was to download the template from the raw website and to design anything they like, with no limitations and with any medium they wanted. By bridging this gap of art and design threw to graffiti and street art, and putting the label of vandalism behind us. Many artists in this book are artists and designers and prominently freelance in there field, with this talent they support themselves threw there art alone, by just giving it a different perspective and spin to it. I hope after reading this book you would next time take a second glance at it and donâ€™t totally dismiss it as a mess. In the end these are everyday people like you and I trying to make a living from what they are truely passionate about. .................
ABJECT/AKIL/AMUCK37/BIGSHOW/BLINKY BOND/BONZAI/BOOGIE/BRUS/BURE BURN353/CARL KENZ/COL/CROAK/DATER DAYS/DEB/DEUZ/DIRTY30/DOES/DOGFIGHT DOLLA/DOZER36/EKIEM/EVOKER EYE FORMATION/FALSO/FISU/GRIS/HAEVI INTRO/JAMAN/JAYPEE/KALIS/KANOS KARSKI/KHAT/KOTEK/LOCH NESS/LUNAR MAKATRON/MAS/MAX13/MCA/MEK MEKAZOO/MIKE DIE/Mr.CYBE/Mr.ZERO MRCZ/NESTDAFOE/PAC/PAKONE/PHEW PHILTH/PIXEL JUICE/PUPPET/PUZO/ROCK ROME/SEAMO/SEN TWO/SIMITCHELL SKORE/SPRAY/SPZERO76/SQUIRL/STAN STIG/SUPER FATCAT/TABONE/TEMPO33 TOPSTUFF/VISUAL SOUL/WATER/WEBS/WUNA and so many more...
Q: When did you start painting? A: I started painting in 1995. Q: Where did your name come from? A: A love of play on words I use my name as a logo, twisting its original meaning because for me, man is a paradox, and if I was named abject it was basically due to my love of beautiful things. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: Big evolution Q: Where has graffiti taken you, and memorable stories? A: Always more far away, ever further. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: UMC, A7, P3P but now UMC, 1.10 Q: What were, and what are your design influences now? A: Humoristic characters, a mix around 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s influences hair cuts, colours, fashions. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s. graffiti wall today? A: No war, just two different feelings adrenaline. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Mtn 94
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I guess I’ve been called a anime, manga style artist but with my graff background I really think my style stands on its own.
I’ve worked for Lucas films, clear channel, fast and furious, and 6 years making porn sites, now my client range from Shaq, 50 Cent, Hoopz, Street King energy drink, Drift Monkey and some more I cant remember.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: Humm not that many, I like working with the RAW guys and my boy 455ER has gotten me in a few shows in LA like Subterranean Heads.
Q: Any funny stories? A: If it wasn’t for graff I was headed for some gang and probably in jail, when tag banging started in Cali, I started working for myself lol.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I was never a crew hopper we started SOA Sinisters Of Art in the 6th grade before I knew what Style Wars was then created BH Bad Habits, we evolved into KBH Kant Be Hustled when I was a senior in high school, I got into NASA and RAW that was my last and present crews.
Q: When did you start? A: Wow man I’ve been a graff artist from the 5th grade when I first moved to Cali, seeing burners for the first time I was hooked. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I used to write a few names and I would get up and get caught and have to change my name. So I started writing Akil no one thought that was my real name anyway so it was perfect.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: These days I just use a pencil, ink pens and a black book, I do the rest in Illustrator so I guess vector is my favourite medium to use. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: The sky is the limit, I try not to limit my blessings and where they come from. I’m working on the Chronic Avengers comic book which as been featured in a lot of medical marijuana books and working on a animation pilot, trying to get it on tv.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: Walking around the city taking photos from 1987 onwards for many years with Shime, Biz, Task, Promise, Buen, Dolby, Dele. Catching trains and getting photos of new peices and just hanging out.
Q: Any funny stories? A: One night we went bombing when Q: Where did your name come from? we got teamed up with a random guy A: I used to hang out with the morley that was drunk and we went walking boys and everyone said I run amuck, and having mates that wanted to bomb down the road tagging with him, 20 was motivational so I got the tag Amuck, mins later to find out he was a off duty cop, that didn’t give a fuck and was it just came about... drinking and was totally wasted drinking Jim Beam he was writing on every Q: What are your influences? bustop ‘sarah you slut’ and we were just A: Mainly just graffiti, I think I’m boring bombing didn’t give a fuck at all hey. apart from that I think about it all the time, paint , paint, paint, thinking about Q: What crews have you written with and new styles, taking photos, and digital write with at present?... photography I’ ve been into this since I was 16, it’s not just a hobby but a lifestyle A: TDA To Destroy All, RA Run Amuck, OMS Only Mad Styles. for me.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Spraypaint and rollerpaint, mostly Molotows, Ironlaks and Razor paint as they cheap and do the trick. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Intricate and semi wildstyles, semetricals, then I chop it up and do some random ones from time to time. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: Trains rock, but I don’t agree with pissy ass shit that some kids do on trains brought to walls, the way I see it is if your a great wall writer you will make a kick ass train writer. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Productions mostly, working on a few exibitions atm.
Q: When did you start? A: I started november 87, the first 3 years I spent taking photos and sketching and gathering what information I could find as there was limited amount of graffiti around in Perth. Taking photos was what got me into painting as I wanted it more and more seeing it so I began painting...
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Cartoon fonts, Funny, traditional colours and simple. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Spray paint, brushes, marker with mixed media. Q: What influences your design now? A: Metallica is the band’s music always affects my work, I always influence by all the oldskool graffiti writer like Blade, IZ, Seen, Dream, StayHigh 149, JA, Cope2 and others. Certainly the last of my friends in the Gembel Urban (Urban Homeless). Q: When do you start? A: I started at the beginning of 2000 Q: Where did your name come from? A: My niece and her friends love to watch WWE wrestling shows on television, if I go to watch with them. They used to often tease me with WWE wrestler figures: the big show, so when I first did the streets began by writing Bigshow. Q: What crews have you written and write with today? A: YORC ‘Yogyakarta Art Crime’, CSKrew, KYE ‘Kill Your Ego’.
Q: Any funny stories? A: I was once arrested for making graffiti on the corner of the city and being on the news make a case for police administration. And suddenly the city of Jogjakarta in the earthquake shaken everyone ran out of the building, power outages and at that moment I had a chance to escape from police station where police officers are still shaken by earthquake
Q: Have you ever been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I had exhibitions together as YK UrbanArt Exhibition, Revolution Drawing Exhibition, Djogdjakarta Slowly the Asia Q: Any memories of graffiti before you street Art Exhibition, Urban Street Art got into the graffiti scene? A: When first moved to continue studying Exhibition Wood Stock, Gang Urban Fest # 1 trash and more in the city of Jogjakarta, I saw graffiti strewn on the corner of the city and I feel graffiti is like a magnet to me. http://bigshow-one.tumblr.com
Artist: ALBER Crew: KTM/BFB Location: France www.alberone.com
Artist: BATZ Location: America http://â€‹tobiasbatz.com
Artist: FOLSM Crew: RAW/GB Location: Australia
Artist: CAMI Crew: FFC Location: Germany
I started doing street art because I got tired of asking gallery owners to put me in their art shows. Street art allowed me to put on my own art shows anytime I felt like it, without feeling weird about pricing or selling stuff.
Q: When did you start? A: I’ve been painting and making art since I was about 5. I started doing gallery shows and street art around 2004. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I got the name after winning an art contest that I cheated on, I entered once under my real name and when I felt that I wouldn’t win I entered again under the name Blinky and I ended up winning the contest. After that I kinda got stuck with the name. Q: What are your influences? A: My influences are comic books, girls, movies, animals and weird stuff that happens in my life. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Fun, Cartoonie and a bit creepy.
Q: What are your favorite materials? A: Acrylic paint and spray paint from Home Depot. Q: Any funny stories? A: Once I was out putting up posters and I had to drop my pasting brush near a tree because I had to go to the car and get my posters out of the trunk. It was dark and when I came back to pick up my brush I felt something mushy and nasty on my hand.
Q: What fond memories do you have of seeing earlier graffiti? A:The earliest memory I have of graffiti is seeing lots of it on the walls of my neighborhood convenience store when I was a kid. Most of it was gang graffiti. Quick tags and stuff like that. No cute and colorful stuff. I grew up in a shitty crime infested neighborhood in LA. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I’m working on my first vinyl action figure with some cool people. From what I know it’s my Monkey character and he is currently being sculpted. I hope it comes out looking cool. Should be ready by sometime next year. As far as exhibitions go I just did a few shows with LAB Art, Monkey House Gallery and Gallery 1988. Going to be doing more shows with those same galleries soon. Hope this interview wasn’t too shitty. LOL
It felt and smelled like dog shit or it could have been homeless people shit, either way it was shit. So I washed my hands with a bottle of water that I brought and proceeded to put up my posters with my shitty hand. Q: Where do you see your art heading? A: Ummm, I don’t know, hopefully somewhere good I’m just having fun with it. www.facebook.com/blinkyoneee
Q:What do you like about street art and why do you do it? A: I like street art because its fun and free for everyone. Putting up posters is a way for me to say thank you to the people that support my art. It’s a way for me to say I’m still alive even though I’m not showing my art in this or that gallery,
Q: Where did your name come from? A: From a German license plate ( BO : ND 197) I saw on the autobahn on my way to a hippie festival. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Any kind of spray can, brushes, rollers, any kind of paint. There is no wrong material, anything can be useful for something. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I remember that I used to be astonished by pretty much any piece in my city as well as the pieces I saw in magazines. Nowadays, I see so much stuff everywhere, especially through the web, but also through many travels.
Q: What are your influences? A: Before mostly 3D styles. Now all kind of styles, typefaces, songs, places, moods and situations...
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: The Clockwork, ZNC Zinc Nite Crew International.
Q: How do you see train graffiti vâ€™s graffiti walls today A: I have never been a train guy, I donâ€™t see the point of painting a train that gets buffed a couple of hours later and taking all the risk. I understand the value of it for others, the adrenaline rush and realness of the game. Train and mural painting are completely different themes of the same melody though. I respect people who are really skilled in both disciplines...
Q: Where do see your art heading? A: Ha! What a question...I have no idea, I try not to think about future too much it scares me.
Q: Any funny stories? A: A Rajastani in India, once offered me his daugther for marriage after I painted the wall of his hut.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I just got back from a festival. a good friend of mine organized in Spain called Cantamananas and consists of a group exhibition in the Contemporary Art Museum in Huarte. In december I will go to Jakarta for a gallery show and mural session that I have organized myself the Berlin X Jakarta Art Jam 2012. Keep your eyes open!
I find myself judging pretty hard about the quality of styles and I find them less touching than I used to. Pieces that I admired way back, now seem boring to me it makes me sad but I guess its the way it goes. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I try not to stick to one style for too long. For me a variation in styles and techniques is very important to keep my art interesting to myself. Its always centered around the letters BOND, but not necessarily readable. Right now, painting feels like Jazz to me a little concept, lots of expression. www.truluv.de
Q: When did you start? A: Around the millenium thing.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I have lots of fond memories about seeing graffiti early on. This question has bought a lot of memories back to me about about my friends, some of them who I haven’t seen for a long time, the things we got up to, jumping trains everywhere, walking the tracks, ect.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I wrote a few names before I settled on Bonzai in the mid 90’s. I wanted a name that suited me.
I guess it’s the whole experience of being young, starting to discover what you are into and getting excited about it, and for me that was graffiti. I just wanted to see as much as I could.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: spray paint.
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Who knows, sky’s the limit.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: haha. I’m not to sure, I don’t have name for it. Q: What are your influences? A: I get influences from all sorts of things from old paintings to a pattern on a stone. There’s lots amazing things out there that we sometimes take for granted and walk past everyday. I take a lot of photos of nature and man made objects to use in my pieces. Q: Any funny stories? A: too many! Q: What crews are you in? A: I’m very proud to be part of Infamous Last Words with Dead, Kak, Epok and Smug.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: I have good friends who only paint illegally. I also have good friends that only paint legally now. I surround myself with positive people and I’d like to think we all have the same amount of respect for each other, and the isn’t a V’s. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I’ve been involved in many collaborations and a few exhibits. I’ve also been very lucky and have had the chance to paint alongside some of my favourite writers and artists.
Q: When did you start? A: I’ve been painting since the late 80’s, on and off, I took my first step to taking it seriously around 2002. Then in 2008 I was fortunate enough to spend a week painting with Nash and Tumki from Love Letters, that was a real turning point for me. Then at the start of 2010 I totally switched up what I was doing and tried to push myself in a new direction.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I first started writing this name since 2009, I wanted to change something in my writing. I visited LA that year and I was shocked by the funky style, and then I knew that I should use much more colors for my pieces. I think the name works quite well with my style. Q: What are your influences? A: Influences just pop up everyday and everywhere. I like the work of many graff different artists MSK, Heavy Artillery or JBCB are only few of them, but I´m also interested in old advertising and good graphic design like Shepard Fairey’s work. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The whole urban art thing has taken such a fast and also interesting way, the Internet opened may doors as well in a positive as also in a negative way and the industry also knows about the possibility to make money with it. This can be good, but it can be fucking bullshit. I love to watch the old movies and books from NYC, and from the begining of graff in europe. It´s so impressing how they worked with those simple, bad and poisonous materials. But I´m stoked about the huge steps graffiti has taken and the unbelievable level it has till now, just think about what´s going on in 10, 20 or 50 years from now.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: SML is my crew since 1997. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Cans and those acrylic markers. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I am not one of those wildstylers, I like simple, clean and funky with some effects that´s my thang. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: There´s nothing better than painting trains and watch them rolling threw .But I like painting walls with a concept or idea where you can take as much time as you want. I hope there are still some dudes painting trains in 20 or 50 years.
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I´ve got a tons of ideas and plans but unfortunately the day has only 24 hours and I´ve also got my girl and my little french bulldog at home and they also want to spend some time with me. I want to go snowboarding, travelling and so on. But one of the main things I have to earn some money to live. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: There are some shows I took part in with different artists in around Germany and with my own solo show in 2012, but there are alot of new things on walls coming with my old and new friends from all over.
Q: When did you start? A: 1994
Artist: SINNED Location: America www.sinnednyc.com
Artist: GRIS Crew: INK/APC Location: Colombia http://grisone.tumblr.com
Artist: FLOE Location: France www.floe-graphic.tumblr.com
Artist: ALEX CHIU Location: America www.alexdoodles.com
Q: Where did your name come from? A: My name comes from a sad story, is in memory of a friend who died, rest in peace my friend. Q: What are your influences? A: My influence is from the classic old school graffiti in NY, but I really like also the old school French. The time now is right to do graffiti modern, with new techniques but always inspired all oldschool.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: My first crew called ARF, but did not last long. I entered in KIDZ nel 2007 one of the first crew of Rome from 1989. Then last SDT Supreme Dream Team, consists of me and my friend Soten. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: When I remember the first time I laugh a lot, I thought to do away with the graffiti two hours after finishing a piece, each time it was the same story. I’m glad now that I never stopped.
Q: Any funny stories? A: There is one in particular, one night while I was painting a subway were discovered by the police, I ran away and was chased for one or two stations. I managed to hide in a man hole and stayed there for a whole day, and when I came out I was so dirty and smelly that I pretended to be a homeless to not be discovered. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I like every thing let me write, sprays, markers, brushes, paints, compressors, everything let me write my name! Q: How would you describe your style? A: I can not say I invented something, because I think that no one invented something from the past 15 years now, but I think I made a journey that led me to this, among various inspirations, travel, etc., I call my style delightful but I leave it to others to judge. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: For me there is no difference, so many people painted many trains but without style, many only walls but with a lot of style, I think we need to find a wild middle and you’re done. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Often I traveled a lot with graffiti, the festival Denmark, Bulgaria, jam in the Netherlands and around Europe.
Q: When did you start? A: I made the first tag in 99 but I started seriously in 2001.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Spray paint and fat caps.
Q: Final words... A: True Love 2 all my homies... ‘Rob Killuminati, Yoe Brava, Fast Flus, Pastillas Mamut, Xur 13, Moreno Martínez, Fonkso, And meet a lot of disturbed people, lived unforgettable adventures, and best Seym, B-Young and Circo Crew 4 Life. of all it gave me a different point of view in life, far away from the normal. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: Circo Crew 4 Life. Q: What were,and are your influences now? A: My influences are graffiti, weed and screwed music Q: Where did your name come from? A: I’ve used a lot of a.k.a.’s in my life but in the end I’m sticking up to Bure because I love the letters, they are the ones which I’ve taken the most of. Q: When did you start painting? A: I started painting around 1999 but it was 5 years ago when I joined Circo Crew when I got really hooked up with graffiti. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: In the late 90’s my town in Lugo was covered in tags and pieces of Yoe Circo Crew, he has been bombing our city since the beginning of that decade, and that was my first real contact with graffiti.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Beautiful letters with infamous tv characters. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s. graffiti wall today? A: Trains are cool if you are looking for an adrenaline shot, in my town there aren’t barely trains and it’s a shame, it’s a pendant subject I’ve got and I think it’s fucking awesome. I also like walls, you just go there with your homies, the dogs, beers & blunts and have a terrific day painting. Then, at night, with the spare paint you go on a bombing/tagging wild ruckus along the city. www.conceptocirco.com
Q: Where has graffiti taken you? A: Since I saw the first pieces in my town, I got a total grip on graffiti. Then everything has been crazy as hell, thanks to graffiti I’ve travelled abroad.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I took my last name and changed E’s to 3’s and an S to a 5. that made my 353. I added burn later when kids I painted with nick named me burn.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I have a clean style mixed with vintage accents. Q: What are your influences now? A: What drew me to graff was seeing the work of Jean Micheal Basquiat in an art history book back in school. Then I found out about artists like Zephyr, Taki183, David Choe, Shepard Fairy and the list goes on.
Q: Where has it taken you? A: Well plenty of funny stories. Once I was painting an overpass with a friend at about 4am we heard someone talking, we look around and don’t see anyone, keep painting. Then we hear it again but louder, we get freaked out thinking it was a cop and start running into the night.
Back in the day I learned about these cats through different people that had pictures of NY train cars as well as some underground art mags. Today my influences are Jeff Soto, Jeremy Fish, Dave Kinsey and others that have made the transition from street to gallery.
We get down the road only to realize that my dumb ass friend butt dialed someone on his cell phone that was in his back pocket, they were yelling for him to answer because it kept calling them over and over. LOL
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I have been doing many shows lately. I see my work progressing and doing what it’s doing. I sell quite a bit and as long as people enjoy my work I will keep showing it and hustling hard.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Vintage 1940’s comic strips, spray paint, stencils, acrylic, and polyurethane. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I have collabed with so many different artists I have lost track. I still do exhibits all over the U.S.
Q: When did you start? A: I have done art all my life, I did my first piece of graffiti back in 88, and I was young but I found a can of spray paint and hit up a freight train parked by my house. It was on after that.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’m from a small mid-west town we don’t really have crews around here, I usually would paint with a friend or a spotter or by myself. I never did it for the fame or to hang with others, I didn’t really know why I did it. I just liked painting freight trains in hopes that my art would travel all over. I wanted to be parked waiting for a freight to go by and see my own art some day.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I was looking for good flowing letters I like and I want to work with. So I came up with Kenz which also sounds like cans and of course every writer is kind of addicted to it like myself. I was kind of bored putting a number behind my name like all the others did so I decided to get a first name, some typical German...Carl...
Q: What are your influences now? A: I guess my life as itself, struggle, loss, lust and logic of the empire, the daily terror of the news and advertisement industry..plus, our streets are grey, and Q: What crews have you written with and the observation cameras are in charge of the city life... write with at present? A: I write AV ‘ArsVivenda’ a one man Q: Have you been involved in crew I founded as I find out it would be collaborations or exhibits? worth to just concentrate on doing art A: Yes I worked with a lot of other artists in my life, I also rep the legendary SCM which is really a big honor for me beeing on different collaborations, I am also down with people who inspired me from doing a lot of exhibitions all over. Been involved to group shows like the Stroke in day one. Munich, the Artbase in Berlin, the art on Big ups to Pore and all the heads just by snow in Austria, and a few others. da way. And I’m workin on my own lil army the LAH Levitate Above Haterz and the slower you move, the faster you die... Peace AV.SCM.LAH.RAW I’m also writing RAW a Australian based crew, peace Mr Kalis... Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Hopefully on a lot more of walls, different surfaces n canvases all over the globe.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Cans for sure, I am addicted to it. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I like to let other people describe it so, what do you think? I just try to be very clean with all I paint. Right now I am just creative with my characters ‘The Devmonz’and enjoying the ride. Q: Any funny stories? A: A lot of funny stories since I started, I guess every writer could tell some all I can say is it took me from the streets to the galleries, that’s a whole lot more I have ever expected, I’m pretty happy with my situation now. www.arsvivenda.com
Q: When did you start? A: I was always drawing on something since I can remember... I got in contact with graffiti in the mid 90s by visiting a hall of fame with some homies. I had no clue about it at all, but when I first saw those colourful pieces and characters, the idea I got to do this became totaly clear so I started working right away.
Artist: ALEKSANDRA MARCHOCKA Location: Poland www.olamarchocka.com
Artist: DOES Crew: HDV Location: Brasil www.does1.blogspot.com
Artist: ILOVETU Crew: Glue Squad Location: Italy http://simoneilovetu.wordpress.com/
Artist: TIC Location: England www.ticillustrations.com
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I started catching tags with the word Cold but really was not feeling the D.
Q: What are your influences now? A: With each work I create new and varied interpretations for the viewer. By bringing the viewer into my work so they can experience not only what I’ve put into the painting, but his/ her emotions towards it as well for me creates a successful work.
Q: What are your influences now? A: ERNI and DELTA pioneered the way for Q: What are your favorite materials? me and then I started watching Daim, A: A lot of my walls are becoming mixed Hesh and Neck. media including paper, acrylic, spray paint and the environment in which I paint. Q: How would you describe your style? A: My work consists of mixing 3d styles But as for spray paint I really only use and silhouettes of my letters. Trying to Montana Black and Beltons, to me accomplish the structure of these layers they have the best pressure system to and then try to break them down, work with and the colours seem to be pushing and pulling of these elements make for very strong markings in my works.
Q: When did you start painting? A: I took my first tag in1993, but really didn’t do anything serious until 1994, those days were a lot of fun! Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The second I saw it, I was hooked! Its an addiction and love that’s hard to explain, there was just is no stopping this. Q: Where has graffiti taken you? A: Graffiti has given me the opportunity to travel and paint in places I would have never thought I could. I’ve made so many new great friends. www.flickr.com/photos/65134851@N03/
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I used to paint with Robots Will Kill, but I wanted to pursue my own thing so I left. The current crews I paint with are KD, MTA, CTO and Wallnuts, these are more a family to me.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: At school, the park and my house.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Modern Classic
Q: What are your favorite materials? A: It always depends on the support.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I started with my school friends in TKF, spent some more names, and now I am very proud to be part of Cumshots crew with some old friends and other newer.
Q: How do you see train graffiti vs. graffiti wall today? A: VS? I think its no different, it’s still all graffiti.
Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: In the same place that now, in the street.
Q: When did you start? A: Back in 2003 with some tags and other typical dirty things, maybe in 2008 I started to take it a little more seriously and so far. Q: Where did your name come from? A: It’s a long history, is about a child’s game. Q: What are your influences now? A: I think everything I see and hear, from the moment I wake, and until I go to bed.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: Yes sometimes, the crew is organizing something and we all had a good time together.
Q: Any funny stories? A: So many funny stories, we take this as a game, so were always laughing.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I often hear people say how clean my style is and the originally colour combos and the dynamic style in my letters. I try to let my Style grow up to build the letters and try to make them readable. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I use everything where colour comes out, and where I can put colour on a wall, canvas and so on. Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: No objectives at this time, but I will see what the future will bring.
Q: When did you start? A: Back in 1994 was my first contact with graffiti, since then I produced sketches and then in 1995 I started with paint with cans and my first letters were DA and a shadow character. I started with breaking and got to know Tome, he was a famous writer in my city and he explained to me what graffiti was all about. I’m thankful that I’ve got to know him and who is till now one of my good friends since, and since 1997 I’ve used the name Dater.
Q: Any funny stories? A: My whole life is a funny storie.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I represent the Love Letters and ETC. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A:I’m working on my first solo exhibit at a gallery called 44309 street/art in Dortmund/Germany. And I will be at some jams in Strasbourg, Netherland, Croatia, France and Germany.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: There is no special reason for that realy, I like the combo of the letters, Nash tells me sometimes I get my name because maybe I love dating a lot of women ;).
Q: Where did your name come from? A: My name derives from my initials, I also liked the ‘Y’ for balance and also for kicking out along the bottom of the piece or tag. The One as in Days One, obviously comes from New York writers putting numbers after their tags, so it is a bit of homage to them as well as it gives you a few extra letters to play around with. Q: What are your influences? A: Graffiti, hip hop, sneaker culture, illustration, typography, graphic design, comics, cartoons, video games, movies, toys, tattooing, pin striping, sign writing, pop art. And from hot rods to low riders to customs are all part of what influences me daily. The urban environment, everything and anything from all walks of life play a big part as well.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: Fondest memories would be finding graffiti and photographing it when I was just starting that adorned the streets, rail corridors and public transportation of the surrounding areas of innercity. Red rattlers, piece and throw up styles, hype magazines, sick trainers, awesome large scale murals in Newtown, the Graffiti Hall of Fame and dope pieces all the way to the city along the lines are also fond visual memories. Q: What are your favorite materials? A: Definitely spray paint at the moment I’m on all things MTN. MTN 94’s kill it for detailed walls, piecing in general and it is my preferred can for super detailed canvas work. When it comes to hand styles I prefer solids, black 20mmls and Pilot silver 20mls. Razor Paint has been doing some good work lately with their solids, sidewinders and their inks and I use them on the regular.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: About 80% of the time my style is fairly public, and based around New York late 80’s early 90’s style mixed with Sydney style from around the same time, it’s normally fairly legible and based on Q: What crews have you written with and letters and the principle that every letter write with at present? must be able to stand on its own as well A: From the early 90’s threw to at present as flow from letter to letter across the FUA F*#@ You All, DBT Dia Bolik Terror, piece. The other 20% of the time it’s a mix SWB Skinny White Boys, BCF Big City up of hard and rounded edge wild styles Freaks, and more recently DCA Deluxe with alot of connections as well technical Custom Aerosol. fills and effects.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: I sort of see it all as one. It is simply graffiti to me and graffiti has many different elements... trains, panels, insides, tracksides, big commissioned walls, hand styles/tags, throw ups, black books, to me it’s all just graffiti and getting up. If I had to differ simply between the two, obviously trains will always be the soul of graffiti. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I want to continue painting with aerosol, as well as developing and continuing to diversify with traditional sign writing, graphic designing, illustration, airbrushing, custom graphics, exhibition curating, event management and photo realistic canvas work. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Previously been involved with group exhibitions such as Sydney Design, Letterheads, No Comply, Streetwise, All City Style, Back Burners, Board Writers, Sidewayz, Platform Festival, EMI Music Art Project, Black and White All In Between, the Hello My Name Is project. Recently I’ve done t shirt print collaborations with King of Nothing Apparel and Notorious and Co.
Q: When did you start? A: I was good at visual arts from a young age and I guess this lead to graffiti and catching my eye around 86-87, I was tagging by 88 under another name and by 93 I was piecing regularly after putting in a good amount of time learning the ins and outs and writing and using paint in general.
Artist: VLOT Crew: Glue Squad Location: Japan
Artist: POGGER Crew: PPC Location: England www.pogger.co.uk
Artist: MIKE GRAVES Location: America
Artist: PHOTOCOYOTE Location: Aliveland www.facebook.com/photocoyote18
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Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Aerosol for wall paintings and acrylic guache and oils for fine art works. I like illustrating a lot in coloured pencils too. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I started writing peeps when I first started painting years ago, then just started writing my name.. DEB not sure why, but it stuck. I like the letters for a girl. To this day I spend more time doing character work is what I am best known for. I started though writing pieces, when I was a little brat but never put as much time into them as my characters which I enjoy much more. And it has turned into work for me now I get a lot of work painting my characters around the place. Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: Hopefully living and working in the states in the next few years to come.
Q: When did you start? A: Being creative? In the womb Iâ€™m sure. Q: Any funny stories? A: Not wearing my glasses too often and tripping over everything I possibly can. Yep Iâ€™m a bad cluts Q: What are your influences? A: Seeing it in the states on a trip as a teenager, this is wear my interest sparked and then..
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Pop surrealism with a vintage twist Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yes have worked on many collaborations and have been in about 80 plus different exhibitions in the last decade or so. A mix of group and solo around the country and around the globe.
For me the graffiti it is especially a story of buddies, that makes for us full of stories remind to us.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: It’s the nickname which my friends gave me when I was young. Q: When did you start painting? A: I draw since my childhood, I began to paint with spray in the middle of the 90s. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The first graffiti are not very beautiful but they are a part of my youth, it is as a first girlfriend, we are ashamed there but she is important for building itself as man. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: With my buddies we have create the FPC crew when we started. Now I have no crew but I am a member of a collective of French artists who is called G KREW with Kräsh 2, One teas, Acet...
Q: What were, and what are your influences towards your designs now? A: The base is the work of Mode 2 and Numero 6, they have enormously inspired me. Today the work of Aryz or still that of the DMV or Blu fascinates me. In painting I like Egon Schiele. Q: How would you describe your style? A: My style is figurative, I realize portraits by trying every time to retranscribe at best their expressivenesses, beyond that, this social message which I try to make pass either by the title, or by the choice of the face. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s. graffiti wall today? A: I have never practised train graffiti, graff on a wall adorned me to be comfortable to realize better things. Anyway I am too old to make graffiti trains. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I use Poscas, Sprays, acrylics and for my canvas I use pen ball. www.facebook.com/%E2%80%8Bdeuz1#!/deuz1
Q: Any memorable stories? A: When I began to be interested in the graffiti I fell on of a wall of DIRE, I had a love at first sight and I said myself: “ I want to make similar! “, everything begins from there.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I use spray paint and Posca markers, but open to use anything else. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I have recently worked with TSC â€˜True Spin Crewâ€™ getting us all back one last time to produce 9 individual pictures based around each member before everyone settles down, another crew I work with is the proud PCE firm Q: What are your influences now? A: My mates
Q: When did you start? A: Started with Dirty30 in 2006 after from completing Uni. Q: Where did your name come from? A: During my time at Uni we had many movie nights, mainly old war movies, Dirty30 was a name I heard form watching them, throughout the years. I kept wanting to change the name but it seems to of stuck in peoples minds making it hard to turn into something else. Q: Where has your work taken you? A: Worked for clothing companies and designed artwork for music artists Such as Phi life cypher, and Dj IQ, but love to produce my own personal work. Nearly got arrested for being a bit bait with a ladder and abandoned house , thats about as funny as I get.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I like to repeat my circular trademark face adding various twists and turns. With the power of communication and networking in this age, I find it interesting to where my creation can end up. Q: Where do see your design going? A: I am optimistic about the future, I get alot of positive responses for what I am doing, I cannot predict what will happen, so I will just carry on. Q: Have you been involved in any collaborations or exhibits? A: I have done many exhibitions in the past and more in line for the present, one I most enjoyed was the Weapon of choice show in Bristol. I love to work in collaboration with other artists but never sell the work as prefer to keep it for myself to look back on in the future. www.dirtythirty.co.uk
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: On canvas I prefer to use acrylic as it gives me the possibility to work small and spend more time on details. For paper I use pencil and markers and for murals I use spray cans. I don’t necessarily have a favourite, it all depends on the surface.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Gradients, fill-in, cleanliness, balanced Q: Where did your name come from? and readable forms, strong lines. My A: When I was looking for a graff name style develops very gradually and I was also trying to make my mark as my improvements are in the detail a soccer player. During one of the of the work, the more refined colour matches I heard someone shout out ‘Hi combinations, the flow and the balance Does, go for that ball!’ and I basically just of the letters. knew that would be my name. Q: What crews have you written with and Q: What are your influences? write with at present? A: Letters are my first inspiration they A: In 2006 Nash and I initiated offer a strong basis from which you LoveLetters, the name obviously refers to can experiment freely and discover our love for letters. The crew is a creative many different forms and shapes. I like collective of European writers, It started to experiment with forms and shapes, with Tumki, Chas, Nash, Does and then I do try to stay true to the basic form. inviting other writers to join such as Dare, The notion that every single person Dater, Ozer, Sean2, Rusl, Biser and Puaks. has a unique hand style that can offer insights into someone’s personal traits is The crew are evolved from graffiti to appealing to me. It enforces my belief creative artists, from graphic design, that the form and shape of letters web design, tattoo and clothing design, embody a certain emotion. photography, gallery exhibitions. During my stay in Australia I joined the F1 crew, I am inspired by energetic writers that that consists mainly of writers, such as push boundaries, such as Toast, Delta Sirum, Vans The Omega and Perso. It and Staynice. I am especially inspired is an honour to be in this crew and it by Dare’s work, I bought one of his provides me with a great excuse to visit canvases and his style never gets old. Australia again.
Q: Where do see your art heading? A: I like to challenge myself and I recently experienced that working on enormous walls stimulates me to push boundaries. Besides that, I would like to build my experience in the gallery context. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: 2012 started off quite well, a few months in Melbourne painting an underground car park with 70 international artists. Melbourne Artfair, several trips to festivals around Europe and a big art project in Italy. Coming up is a assignment in Beirut and Abu Dhabi where I will be painting the outside of a freshly built club together with some of the best graffiti writers around.
Q: When did you start? A: I did my first piece when I was 14 years old, it was a black and silver piece that said Does. My best mates were on the lookout for me a few weeks earlier we founded our own crew, unofficially known as the PRZ crew. We were four typical adolescents acting like little vandals and looking for some excitement.
Artist: PROCESS Location: England www.overgroundarts.org
Artist: CAGE Crew: Sweet Damage Location: Romania
Artist: LELIN Crew: VIXIE Location: Brasil www.flickr.com/photos/lelin_graffiti/
Artist: EROZE Crew: Los Gringos Location: France
Q: When did you start? A: I did my first piece around 1997 but I remember doing a lot of pretty crappy tags before than maybe even as early as 1993. I haven’t painted for a long time now, tattooing, street art and Illustrating have taken up a good few years of my life. Q: Where did your name come from? A: Like every one else in graff/Hip Hop I have had a fair few names over the years, in 2002 I came up with this little white dog cartoon character and started hand drawing him on stickers that I plastered every where. Q: Any funny stories? A: A few years ago I got pulled up by an attractive young female cop for dropping a tag. She confiscated the marker and took down my details, a few weeks later she called me up and asked me to come down to the cop shop to
I was pretty thrown back by this, I took her number so I didn’t offend her whilst I was standing in a cop shop. I left with a weird smurk on my face realizing the situation, I never called her and there was no way I was going to get wrapped up with a cop. Q: What other artists have you been out with, and who do you work with? A: Peak and I used to get out there a fair bit around 2001-2003 top bloke and funny enough has become a writer who I would class as currently having one of the dopest and unique outline styles out.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Hmmm when I’m doing my dog character it’s based on cartooning in the purest form. When I’m doing the Hip Hop styled characters its all about a homage to those old school graff characters from New York, I want people to be able to recognize it as authentic real hip hop, no fake shit. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: A Permanent Black Marker, there’s no substitute for solid black ink. Q: Where do see your design heading? A: To be on a back of a street sign near you, hopefully a few exhibitions, animations and comic books, pretty much keep creating and keep fighting off the suburban nightmare.
At the moment I pretty well just do most my stuff on the solo tip at this point, I do a lot of sticker slapping with Black Cat at the moment and a few other Artists like Kalis RAW and Tora MOC who I’d like to get some things happening with in the future. Q: What are your influences now? A: Comic Books and cartoons were what captured my imagination and made me start drawing. Seeing all the graff around Sydney as a kid made me want to spend the last 10-15 years marking the streets in one way or another. www.dogfightcomics.com.au
pick up my marker. I decided to go in, and I went down to have a chat with her and it turns out there was no drama she just handed me back the marker told me to pull my head in. She said I seemed realy nice and had made her laugh and asked if I would like to go have dinner with her sometime.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I rep AM7 all day and I am down with the Silver Caps. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I mostly focus on characters, the creepier the better and I try to shoot for a bold and clean finished product. Q: What are your favorite materials? A: I prefer spray paint for sure, like Montana gold, Belton, & 94s. If I’m not painting, just give me a #2 pencil or a bic pen.
Q: When did you start? A: I started getting serious about spray paint in ‘07, but I have been doing street art under the name Dolla for 12 years now. Q: Where did your name come from? A: A friend of mine started calling me Dollar Bill after I won his cash in a bet. I just shortened it up to Dolla. Q: Any funny stories? A: I have the worst luck with bees when I’m painting, I was stung 3 seperate times last year. The last mural I painted was right next to a Queen Bee themed mural, so I knew I was doomed before I even got started. Needless to say I got stung in the neck on that one funny as a kick in the nuttz.
Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: Who knows man, lately I have been trying to get out of my comfort zone and I’m trying new things, my street work is changing a bit and I’m leaning towards a more abstract direction in the studio. One of my main goals at the moment is to get into making vinyl character toys. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I have done a number of both, my last solo show was in NY at Bold Hype gallery, I made a bunch of wooden sculptures and my paintings were focused on optical illusions and characters. I am in the planning stages of a large collaboration project, I’m working on wooden blanks of my creep character that other artists will customize. www.dollaone.com
Q: Any funny stories? A: Exactly I have some, one of them was when we were painting in a legal spot and got arrested, its hard to paint in Turkey. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today? A: There are lots of legal and illegal writers all over the world, and day by day its getting pretty increase, I think its the right way to create and to keep the graffiti alive. Q: When did you start? A: Back in 2005 when I was in high school, I saw some pieces in the last page of a magazine which is publishing in Turkey and contains something about street, rock and rap music etc. I decided to try sketching since that day but I have been painting walls since 2008. Q: Where did your name come from? A: Its just a word, I love to see those kind of letters together, I think its a simetric and a strong wall name. Q: What are your influences? A: It was all about the sences I was already trying to draw something, and I started to get interested in typography.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: Fistly we founded the ANR with my best friend from high school, you know the teenage times its totaly uncreative and the crew names starting with your name capitals, now I’m painting in RAW and STILBAZ crew. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: These days I’m just using pencil and pen and getting it vector in illustrator but on the wall I prefer to paint with 94. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I can’t say that is my own style, it effected from some famous writers. But I have exactly my own letters, I’m a letter writer and its semi wild style.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The first times when I was toy I was trying to paint by the illegal way at the nights and it was all so exciting, and then I got caught by police.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I wanted simple, that sounds good and looks good. It took me a while to find it and I tried lots of different variations but this one really is the best out of them all. Q: What are your influences? A: Skateboarding graphic designs and sticker art, music and album covers, poster makers and cartoons from the last century. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today? A: I believe it adds colour and life to the usual grey urban surroundings found in big cities, I’m all for both of them!
Q: When did you start? A: I started doodling on scrap pieces of paper very early on and then later on school desks...
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: 4Q2, FYB, GKCT and LES AUTRES. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Paint brushes, marker pens, spray cans Q: How would you describe your style? A: Simplistic visual language. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I often collaborate with artists from different areas both in painting as well as graphic design, and I exhibit my work whenever I can. I’m taking part in a group show @ myplasticheart NYC at the end of April 2013 and there will be many more shows to follow.
Artist: NOIZ TWO Crew: FFC Location: Germany
Artist: TEAZ Crew: WFC Location: Australia www.teazer.com.au
Artist: 455ER Location: America
Artist: MEONEROCK Crew: GMB/HNTS Location: Portugal http://meonerock.blogspot.com
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Q: How would you describe your style? A: It’s pretty cartoony. I have always loved cartoon characters and I‘m more comfortable drawing and painting them. I dabbled in letters for a short time, but have always known that with characters is where I belong.
Q: What are your influences? A: My current influences are Flying Fortress, Ekiem, Dabs and Myla, Pendleton Ward, Smut Villain, VCJ, Jim Phillips, Grotesk, 123 Klan, Kev Gray, Mike Giant, Jeremy Fish, Dolla, Sean Cliver, Mark Mckee, all of the guys from Project SF, DWS, Robots Will Kill and Army of Snipers.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I really love working with other artists, it can help you see things from a different perspective and come up with ideas. Over the last 10 years, I have had the pleasure of creating work with Ekiem, Dolla, MCA, Eyeformation, 14Bolt, Chris RWK, El Toro, Peet Wollinger, Abe Lincoln Jr., Etips, Kems and all of the members of Project SF.
Q: Where do see your art heading? A: I want to work on larger scale I fell in love with the way the letters went murals and 3D objects. I also am really together and stuck with it. A couple of interested in working on projects that years later I found out there was another people can interact with. A couple of artist from somewhere near Boston years ago I made an 8’ monster that writing Evok, so I added an “R” to the people could climb into thats really the end to make it EVOKER, so people would direction I’m most interested in heading not confuse us. in.
Q: When did you start? A: It’s hard to say, I fell in love with graffiti after watching Beat Street in 1984 and immediately started drawing graffiti based letters and characters right after, but I don’t think I actually started painting with spray paint seriously until somewhere around 1992. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I draw and sketch almost exclusively with a space pen, no joke...I also use Molotow 227 mini markers they fit easily in your pocket, Rusto flat white and flat black classics, Montana Gold, pink Ironlak thin caps, Krink K-71 in black and silver, Krink K-60 mini mop and I have been having a ton of fun lately with the On the Run Glow in the Dark Slimer Marker that dries clear.
I would have to say though, that Vaughn Bode, Dave Kinsey and Andy Howell’s work really has had a huge impact on the work I’m doing still to this day. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: Right now I am a member of the Boston based crew Project SF and the Rhode Island based crew DWS.
I’ve been showing my artwork at myplasticheart, Mighty Tanaka, Famous When Dead, OneWay gallery, Lab Boston, Nottingham Castle and Museum, Fourth Wall Gallery, Wootini, Scion Gallery and on display in the Street Art collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. www.evokerone.com
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I used to write evolve and my good friend wrote evoke. I wasn’t really happy with evolve and one night we decided that if we both wrote evoke we could get double the ups. The two of us wrote it together for a couple of months and then he decided to stop painting graffiti shortly after.
Q: When did you start? A: Like many, I got started rather young... 4 or 5 years of age perhaps? Q: Where did your name come from? A: Eyeformation is derived from images that continuously change formation for the eyes. Q: What are your influences? A: My influence is found in blank space. I encourage neglected, empty walls to reach their full potential with the addition of lines and color. Q: What are your favorite materials? A: My choice of media has always been markers. They are so convenient, so easy to travel with and just all around dope.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I was into Style Wars and early breakdance films. I loved skating and exploring the train yard with my friends. At night, I would pour over 1980s NYC Subway Art Books.
stagnant, where as on trains there is always new work from all over the country rolling by.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: Some of the crew I’ve been associated with are the 3W, UATO and the Def 5
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: In the future I see my work staying true to my style yet evolving in concept and complexity.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: My studio is situated on a freight line, so with out doubt trains are my preference. Walls can seem a bit
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I guess my style can best be described as Soft Art I’m the polar opposite of hard.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I’ve partaken in many collab projects over the years. Speaker Dog, City Birds, Brooklyn Museum and many others.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: False in english, talks about how people today, consciously or unconsciously behave according to circumstances, often without natural personality ‘double face’, that’s how I liked those letters. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing Earlier graffiti? A: The old graffiti, I like that they gave more importance to the lyrics, than anything ‘just writing my name’.
Q: What are your influences? A: Initially only typograficas sources that exist in different estylos second to letters by writers of modern graffiti, much more variety. And particularly Dali, Picasso, M. C. Escher, Seak One, Daim, Loomit, Revok, Saber, Small, Peeta, Flame, Logan etc... Q: What are your favorite materials? A: Spray Paint of course, they follow the markers and paintbrushes as well as classic adentrandome now in the world of digital programs as Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop EI. Now I am proud to say that the best paint and graffiti artists and crews of my country Mexico.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: At present I am not affiliated to any group or artistic collective just write my tag, but yet in the past which was some more equipment to be painted, we were friends in the neighborhood where I live, none of my friends followed in the way of graffiti just me. Q: Have you been Involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: JWMN Mexico, Mexico MOS and various galleries of the Mexican republic as publications in Spain and Los Angeles.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Sources typograficas in evolution, raised to the third dimension, graffiti and descriptive geometry, I do not know! Q: How do you see graffiti train graffiti walls today’s v A: Do not think it’s a struggle, but rather they are complementary more parallel movements. Q: Where do you see art heading? A: There is no limit to what we do, only our imagination. Now the graffiti is everywhere, you just have to get carried away. http://falsoart.tumblr.com
Q: When did you start? A: I started writing graffiti illegal in 2001, about two years after entering the school of architecture at the university in my state, began to interest the Descriptive Geometry and begin to relate in a way to make my letters.
Q:Where do see you art heading? A:I see it hitting hard, at least for me; I like the direction it’s taking. It isn’t spreading as fast as I’d like to but I think it still confident and innovative. I’m pretty sure that when people get to see this they’ll love it.
Q:Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A:Well other than the graffiti crews; I’ve worked with art blogs, clothing brands and art concepts like The Pixel Monster art blog, Victrolla Collective clothing brand, Pernicious Press Magazine, Up In The Sky motion graphics collective. Some books like The Kalis Alliance part 1 and 2, RAW presents Hello My Name Is, and a little mention with Nepo from the NST in the book Frescos.
Q:When did you start? A:I officially started painting my first wall in 2006. Q:Where did your name come from? A:Actually for me it doesn’t have any meaning or sense, but now I take it more seriously and tried to get a lot more good out of it as freelance work also for gallery work and art events. Q:What are your favourite materials? A:I love spray paint on walls, and acrylic con canvas as well. but most of all, I love using the pencil to create what ever is going to be in the production or any designs I would look forward on making. www.fisu1.tumblr.com
Q:Any funny stories? A:Funny stories, well I used to tag a lot back in high school in 2003, just for fun not knowing what was graffiti or a graffiti scene what so ever. But overall each time I paint on a wall is a funny experience each time we paint.
Artist: TAPAZ Crew: DSK Location: Australia
Artist: GUTS Crew: FF/DIA/KRH Location: Australia/America www.growingunderhesurface.com
Artist: TRASH Crew: ONE Location: Mexico httpaemetrasher.tumblr.com
Artist: CRAIG EARP Location: England www.craigearp.co.uk
Q: Any funny stories? A: Back in 2005 I spent two days in jail because I was bombing with some friends on illegal walls. A cop recognised my face from a local newspaper so he let me paint the jail.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: It came from the search of letter structure. I had serval realy bad names before, but I finally stuck with gris and I added One, that is very familiar in the graffti scene. Gris in Spanish means the colour grey, and constantly people I meet always give a different meaning to it. I like it alot and that people unknowing give it a completely new ideas of your name.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with a present? A: INK, APC Animal Poder Cultura, both are Columbia crews, there are members from alot of different countries. Q: How would you describe your style? A: A mix of wild style, organic, 3D and surrealism illustration, Iâ€™m constantly developing my style and so its hard to descibe it.
Q: How do you see train graffiti vs graffiti walls today? A: We donâ€™t have trains to paint here in Columbia and its a shame. But its realy easy to paint walls, people like graffiti because its new and different over here, Ive seen alot on the internet and in movies I see alot realy great artists painting trains, and those guys trying to paint everywere and anywere as much as possible. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: Not too much, I try to paint in the streets as I paint canvases with graffiti.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I was always wondering of how did these guys do those beautiful tags on the walls, and here in Columbia it was very hard to find caps and when I did my first fat cap outline was realy awesome. Q: What are your influences? A: Design, surrealism, cubism, illustration and of course alot of other graffiti artists from all over the world. There is always something that makes you have a new perception of things you do and make them better. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Spray paint, acrilylics, ink, water colours and my Wacom tabet. www.flickr.com/photos/gryavizon
Q: When did you start? A: In 2001, when I was at school I began doing some tags and bombing with my name, but in 2003 I changed my way of seeing graffiti and began to take it more seriously, and I finally found my alias Gris.
Q: Any funny stories? A: I grew up in the former GDR, where there was no graffiti. When the Wall fell in 1989, many West Berliners writers came over to us and have made the first graffiti. We stood in front of it and have asked us,how they can do it. I was immediately infected and wanted to learn everything about it. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: My first crew was DKB and now it’s Creature Ink and RAW. Q: What are your favorite materials? A: I use pencil, paper, permanent markers, spray cans, brushes, acrylic paints and the computer.
Q: When did you start? A: I started in 1994 to make graffiti. Have taken a break in between where I was traveling as a DJ. From 2003 I started stickers and paste-ups to produce. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I got my name at the school. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I think my style is a mixture of comic and graffiti, but I make more charcters than letters. I just love to paint new characters and I always try to incorporate a little joke because life is serious enough.
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I hope I can continue to spread my art on the street and maybe a couple of exhibitions to be able to participate. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: I’ve been involoved in many different events since 2008 Oversized & Underpriced Part 1, 2 & 3 at Hatch Sticker museum. Exhibition with Superfatcat at Hatch Stickmuseum Berlin, Paint Club battle together with Icon73 in Berlin, MonsterCombo in Wien Austria, photo-exhibiton Frühjahrsputz together with many streetartists from berlin and still many more to come.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: The name Intro came out of a few coincidences, I always liked the RO at the end of Syro which was my original tag and was trying to come up with something no one used predominantly. I was flipping through Cd’s and the first track caught my eye which was the ‘intro’ track. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Mostly all my art is done with spray paint, stencils and acrylics. My recent artwork has been stencils and paint splatters. I’m better with brushes these days but I still don’t like them. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: When I was younger I paint with alot of crews, at one time or another I was down with AOB, CYC, TDE, WYS, SBK, CON...which were all bombing crews from Staten island. CYC I pretty much repped the hardest back in those days as I got older and more into piecing, me and a few friends started TDP, around 2004.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I was always a straight NYC graff head, and used to study the masters like everyone else in subway art etc. I went to college to study graphic design, it kind of tweaked my style a bit. I learned more about the theory of design and began to incorporate it more into my work. My later pieces and eventually my street art took a more graphic look without so many graffiti’ish effects and I limited my colour palette a lot more.
At that time I started talking to Die and Melodreama and we started doing alot of collaborations. I’ve made some good friends along the way aswell. The internet is crazy, I talk to artists all over the world, most of them I’ve never met but everyone thinks with the same state of mind.
Q: Any funny stories? A: Well when I was younger all I got into was a couple of fights and more than my fair share of chases but sure it was fun. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: About 2008 I almost completely stopped writing graffiti. I was just so bored, then about a year or so later, the whole street art scene started to really intrigue me and opened up a door that I never saw with graffiti, a more contextual perspective. I like to think of myself just more as a Graphic Artist. In the Future I want a studio which I can destroy and clean at my own pleasing. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Only about two years ago I did start exibhiting. I lost my job and was realy bummed out, painting gave me a outlet. That’s around the time I started the whole stencil/splash theme. www.thedistortedperception.com
Q: When did you start? A: I knew I wanted to write graffiti, was when I first watched the original Batman movie, with Jack Nicholson. The part where he bombs the museum with all the paint and writes ‘joker is here’ in that awesome purple script, I was probably about 4 years old, I was hooked after that.
Q: When did you start? A: I started in Turin Northern Italy in 1988 by copying the designs of Mode2. Q: Where did your name come from? A: Jaman is the sum of two words Jam ‘as crush, compress’ and Man at that time I played American football, and the nickname I seemed suitable for both.
Q: What are your influences now? A: When I started there was nothing to inspire aside Subway Art and Spray Can art ‘the Bible’, so all we could inspire just from what we saw in the books... today, thanks to the internet, is all different I personally bring inspiration from everything that I like. I don’t have reference artists try not to get too much influence, I hope to be able to create a recognizable style I honestly do not know ...
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I started to paint in 1988 trying to form a group, have managed to create a crew in 1992 with two other friends Zulu and Rico KNZ and since then I never changed.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I still collaborate with various companies trying to improve on project after project. I try to deal with me a little of everything, they could call me today to develop the communication for a new product and tomorrow may ask a tattoo for me is always an interesting challenge.
I founded the KNZ Clan group has undergone many metamorphoses, but today we are in 4, Deep, Hide, Ruas and me so with them we set up the KNZ Creative studio we study imagine solutions, graphic design & illustrations.
We have several initiatives in the program, even if the entire crew is currently focused on the development of Creative Studio KNZ, certainly the most important is the participation in Stroke Air Fair of Munich in Germany.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: It is not easy to describe my style I am definitely fascinated by surreal images. I try to combine all my inspirations with what I live daily, the result can be strange at times a bit gloomy but that is generally much the impact.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I was lucky enough to attend a school that taught me to use different techniques .... from areografo to pencils, today however use mainly acrylic or enamels on canvas and spray on the wall.
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Artist: CRUEL103 Crew: POG/TB/CBM/IRT/BTB/ NOGA/AMP/RAW/MAFIA/BYB/CYA Location: England
Artist: XGUIX Crew: 011 Location: Brasil www.flickr.com/undesign
Artist: SPOOKY Crew: B Boy All Stars Location: Australia
Artist: HORUS Location: Columbia http://xkm1lo.wordpress.com
Q: Where did your name come from? A: Jaypee is just my initials, I used to get called it a lot, so the name has just stuck really. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: At the moment I’m getting on projects on my own, like stickers and paste ups. But over the years I used to collaborate with a crew called TFA when I was in college, one of the writers form that crew taught me a lot about style and colour. So I have a lot to thank him for, big shouts! Another crew I used to write with was called 817 crew. Good times. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I would say my characters are inspired by heavy metal posters crossed with a more abstract organic style. The style was basically born out of my characters just progressively getting weirder over the years and how I use design software. I predominantly produce work geared towards hand printing methods at the moment.
Q: Any funny stories? A: I’ve definitely been chased a fair few times for doing art in places that I shouldn’t have been! Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I would say that ink is hands down my favourite material to use. I think that is because You can produce a lot of effects with ink and there is a lot of inks available like golds, metallics, clear varnishes and white. But I think some of my strongest work was produced with inks. Other than Ink I love screen printing and when I am working on a digital piece I’m always thinking about how that would translate into print. Screen printing is great because of its versatility, you can use limited colours but make really high impact work if you get it right.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I have exhibited some of my work three times now, I exhibited a piece I painted along with many other illustrators in Manchester for a design studios 5th birthday, I had some work in an event called D&AD last summer too which was good fun and a good event. I have collaborated a few times, in the past I have painted with writers and produced illustrations for designers to work with, In the near future I’m set to be collaborating with an independent clothing business called STNDRD in Leeds, which should be good!
Q: Where do see your design heading? A: I feel like I’m only a baby in the creative world really so it is definitely early days for me at the moment. In the future I would love to collaborate with my favourite artists like Dface, Tara McPherson and more. I’d love to paint more but I have got jobs lined up at the moment which will hopefully open up more opportunities for me as an artist, I guess the ultimate goal is to be holding exhibitions with my work, making a living off it and being an innovative illustrator! www.jonnypackham.co.uk
Q: When did you start? A: With me it’s the old cliché, I started drawing when I was very young, probably about 3 years old, there was always paint and art materials around my house as a child so I picked it up early.
Q: When did you start? A: I first started painting 1987 in Sydneys western suburbs and later in 1991 in England. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I’ve had many different name changes but in 1991 it stuck, I came up with crew name ACA ‘A Calous Act’ and then I thought Kalis. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’ve seen a lot of crews come and go, back in 88 I used to write TK ‘Total Kaos’ and later on joined SK ‘Serial Killers’. I started a RAW crew back in 87 when I was at school, only in the past few years started to rep it again but now on a international scale in a lot of countries England, Germany & France.
Q: Where do see your design heading? A: Taking on anything I can from t-shirts again, more stickers, prints and Illustrations collabing along with other international artists like Akil and Haevi, Dog Fight, Spzero76and more... Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: In the past I have been involved in exhibits such as ‘Board Writers’ which as painted skate decks exhibit that went around Australia. And recently released a graffiti colouring book The Kalis Alliance under RAW crew, with still alot of fresh ideas in the works.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I remember seeing Jeno throw ups and TDF tags all over the trains when I was young going into the city on the train with my nan. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I realy cant describe my style, I find myself taking on new influences all the time. I like to keep it interesting by developing my art threw new knowledge and ideas. But overall I do like to keep it clean and fresh but I wish I could say the same for my pieces. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Anything goes realy pencils, pens, markers, acrylic paints, spray paints and Adobe Illustrator work, I’m always trying new elements to add aswell. www.hearusraw.com
Q: Any funny stories? A: I’ve been chased quite a few times painting tracksides in my time over the years, while living in England and Australia. I was asked to go into the city one night as Pots just died a few nights before, everyone had all there paint stashed all around the central train yards waiting for the kill. Somebody puts there head up and then before you know it were all been seen, and everybody started running. In the end there would have been 60+ people hitting trains, so many trains were painted in respect the only thing was painted was Pots, months going on it was all over the tv and radio.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Every materials, I want to use every tools who is near my hands, I do draw, paint canvas, walls, graphism & videos, each media extend my productions and get it rich.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: My style is a mix between typographics & illustration I mix every time organics and urban stuff I try to choose a subject and then I produce about it. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Alot of shows, the next one is in Paris Belleville with OnOff crew.
Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: I don’t realy know...and I don’t care, just looking for new reflexions about what I want to say.
Q: When did you start? A: My first tag was in 1999, but my first real piece in 2003, and then I began in the vandal mode... Q: Where did your name come from? A: In middle my nickname was Chikanos but it was too long to do graffiti, so I tryed it with KNS and some others stuffs and then I keep Kanos. Q: Any funny stories? A: Vandal mode gives a lot of funny stories, but it’s too close to tell them. www.ikanografik.com
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: A lot of different crews, my crew is ODV, OnOff, CBS, GB, CFE and Kabrones etc. Each crew one is a little family, but I paint with a lot of friends who have different crews.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: My first name was Royce, then changed it into Kanzl and from there on to Karski what it still is. Q: What are your influences? A: My influences where all kind of things like yo MTV raps, the black and white photocopies that we use to have before the internet and pictures. These days I get my influences from all kind of different things, it could be a drawing from my son, or a exhibition in the Tate. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I write Simply Rockers, PoP and EVK Q: Any funny stories? A: Loads of stories of course after 28 years. I think a story that will always stick to my mind is a trip to Rio de Janeiro Brazil, my first trip going there I went there for a full month together with my good friend Nase. One day we got asked to paint a wall on the beach for the biggest newspaper in Brazil so they could come by and do an interview with us. So we painted the wall with some friends from Brazil and had a great day and next day we where front page news there. That morning we decided to go back to the wall for another paint.
We picked our spot, checked the colours and just about to start when a police car came driving down the bike lane next to the wall and stopped, the police got out of the car and came up to us. Without saying a word they threw us against the wall and starting searching our pockets. When they did not find any money on us or drugs, both with a gun pointed to our head they forced us into the police car.
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Well I see that graffiti art is more and more excepted but in Holland there is still a long way to go compared to South America or other European countries.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yes of course I have, I did shows in Brazil, Argentina, USA, Africa and different countries in Europe. At the We had a hard time communicating moment I‘m working on a huge project they were talking was in Portuguese, in the Middle East for the Royal family they where so drugged up that a normal there. conversation was not possible at all. I think they kept us for about half an hour, that felt like 6 hours and then decided to drive to the hotel to check our passports and let us go, but I still love Brazil. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: All that brings color...but yeah spray paint is still number one. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: It was so pure and most people just had there own style, without all the copy paste styles that you see these days. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I’m developing my style non stop, so it’s kind hard to label it with a style. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: Well it’s all good to me, I love to see a fresh burner on a train or subway, but I can enjoy a good wall as well. I think I prefer writers that did both. www.mooiemuur.nl
Q: When did you start? A: I started writing graffiti it was 1984, and the first years I just did tags only and maily just drawing on paper. I think it was 1986 when I did my first piece in the small city where I was living back then.
Artist: WINKSTYLE Crew: DFA Location: America
Artist: BKOPF Location: Germany
Artist: ME Crew: RAW Location: America
Artist: SPOK Crew: ZTM Location: England
I always liked animals and specially cats and I realized I had many common points with this animal, because the cat is in many houses. It was an interesting idea, so I did some research and found an Anabolic plant which had the name of ‘quat’ or ‘khat’ it was the perfect combination of the cat the shadowy aspect of my works and my old pen name.
Q: When did you start? A: I started in 2008 at the end of my art school program in Saint-Etienne, and then I moved to Strasbourg and began my activity as free lance under the name ‘Khat faktory’. Q: What Influences your art? A: I thinks music is an important creative influence and to take an example, I would say people like Amon Tobin around this Afex Twin, Chris Cunningham for video clip, Tim Burton, Nicholas Di Genova, the serigrahs “Le dernier Cri” and all my artists friends!
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I don’t know I follow my cat I’ll see I hope I will be an artist full time and make exhibitions or anything which enrich my work. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I’ve done collaborations with friends, and also been involved in exhibits in Strasbourg, and in store of furniture design Ligne Roset, street art events like Perffusion. I’ve been nominated for the Artaq Awards, and for a sketchbook project for the Brooklyn Art Library.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A:I regularly worked and will work with Adrià Fruitos, Monsta, Russ or everybody who wants to work with me, but I work alone the most of time. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: For the materials I use a lot of Posca, especially for my paints and volumes, paint, spray paint and a kind of cardboard and felt tip. Q:How would you describe your style? A:I’m interested in many things, using several mediums like cinema, motion picture, video clip, illustration, manga, painting, volume. www.khatfaktory.com
Q: Where did your name come from? A: When I was younger I signed my designs as Kane which was my nickname at school but I decided to not sign my designs any more. A few years later I was developing my work, and it was obvious to me to use a pen name again like a symbol which could group all my work I was creating.
Q: Where do you see art heading in the future? A: You can always check my Facebook for regular updates...
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I mainly like to use the bomb to the walls, I only use acrylics on my canvas. Q: Have You Been Involved in collaborations exhibits? A: I’ve participate in exhibitions in Paris and Monaco, otherwise I do some Jams when time permits.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I work in the letter and the 3D scene from the beginning. But today I am active in my gaps are the characters.
Q: When did you start? A: 2006 truly Q: Where did your name come from? A: My blaze is short for KO Boxing Technique from the “knock out” ... Q: Any funny stories? A: When I started, I am reminded of an evening where it was vandal parties on several highway. When climbing the fence my friend got stuck up when the cops stopped at a red light at 10m. So we ran away and when we realized we hadn’t been seen, we turned around and we attacked a block ... This was our first release. www.tsfcrew.com
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: At first I started by creating a crew with my little brother, the REN crew back in 2001, and I then later I joined the TSF crew in 2007. Today I am also apart of Los Gringos crew.
Q: When did you start? A: I’m actually self taught and have been drawing since I was a child and the only training and qualification was an A/S level at College. Since then I’ve just been doodling everyday.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I usually use pen and paper but do expand into the digital realm at times. I love experimental with paints and Spray cans especially when creating murals and pieces for exhibitions
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I guess the name came from my upbringing in Scotland. I spent around 4-5 years growing up Glasgow since I was 2. The name Loch Ness was chosen because at the time I got back into painting I was working for the council, I was put stickers up etc around the city and didn’t want them to know it was me.
Q: What are your influences? A: Inspiration can come to me at anytime or in random places. I live in Bristol which is a great place to discover new art and Artists. I can just step outside my flat I’ll be surrounded by great graff pieces by incredible local artists. I also get inspiration from music aswell, especially music from the 60’s and the psychedelic era. Whenever I start a project or commission I will always have music playing very loudly in the background, from Led Zep, David Bowie, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I would describe my work as free flowing, psychedelic Art. It’s quite strange, quirky but can be dark at times
2011 went reasonable well for both of us, we started building up work and creating more murals around Bristol and our collective won Secret Wars at Upfest 2011, that really helped raise our profile. Since then other artist such as Paul Monsters, Dom Williams and Bill Giles joined the collective in 2012. We’re still doing are thing in and have had several exhibitions around the UK and one in French Pompidou centre. Q: Where do see your art heading? A: Hopefully there’s alot bigger things in the pipeline but can’t disclose anything just yet. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yeah, I always like collaborating with artist I admire. Hopefully one day I’ll have an exhibition with collaborations with other artists. I’ve been involved in several exhibitions especially around Bristol, but have had other around the UK. And abroad in Barcelona and France.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’m actually part of a little collective called ‘Cretin’. All our members are Bristol based so its always great meeting up and having a paint jam. I actually met and started Cretin Collective with SPzero76 who I met at a group exhibition at Weapon of Choice in 2010. We spoke about the possibility of working together in 2011 and it basically went from there.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I enjoyed painting both letters and characters from the beginning and I still do so. I don’t think my work belongs to any particular style group, I like to play with forms and not to stick to any rule. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: Trains are fun for people who love adrenaline rush. Walls are fun for those who prefer to work in peace. When you grow up you just paint for the sake of it, there is no need to be obsessed with
illegal graffiti and diss legal painting like some do, most immature youngsters who will forget graffiti within a year or two. Q: What are your influences? A: Everything around me, mostly travels, people, books and music. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Same direction where it’s author is heading, unfortunately I can’t predict the future yet. Work of a person is like the mirror, if you’re happy it’s gonna be seen on your work. If you’re self-confident, it’s going be reflected as well. By looking at a lot of works I think one could say what kind of person did paint the work.
Q: When did you start? A: 1989 Q: Where did your name come from? A: A game from 80’s computer Spectrum, Lunar Jetman Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: Classical pieces of late 80’s and early 90’s in Europe, CMP, Swet, Mode 2, Delta, Loomit and also different originals like Futura from the States, Merda and Puzler from Australia. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I started YCP back in 1992, I’m also in Blackout from Croatia, GBF from Germany and Hope Box crew. www.lunar75.com
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Pencils, markers, acrylics, spraypaint, any interesting surface, from paper to brick wall.
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Artist: DIME Crew: CSC/FBA/RAW Location: England flickr.com/photos/dimeone
Artist: ESTEO Crew: LBC Location: www.esteo.org
Artist: APASHE Crew: ABS/FWT/SP Location: France www.fotolog.com/apashoner
Artist: Mr.KLISHE Location: Mexico
Q; Where did your anem come from? A: Mike is from my parents, Maka is from them too and most people know a Micheal or a Macca, so Makatron is some kind of extension and I guess a nickname from being like a machine in sports teams. I used to tag variations around town, and I grabbed the website name back in 2003 I think it did have this deeper meaning about duality and man v’s machine and nature v’s nurture, but these days I dont really feel like I wanna even shag robot cyborg women Bladerunner.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I usually use a mixture of aerosol can and acrylic buff with rollers and brushes, I like combining the two and using each one in a way the other one can’t be used.
Q: Where do you see your art heading? A: Well my main aim in life is to have fun, so travelling is fun and painting while travelling is awesome, freedom is essentail for me. So art is an extension of these goals and the more I put into art in my life the more I get out, so I want to push my art into different lands and make a mess in different places.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: Yeah, my favourite collaborations of this year are this orange pumpkin fruit thing with Dem189 from france, painted in Melbourne, and the boat rooftop in Rio Janiero, painted with Smoky from Brasilandia, Sao Paulo. I was in a exihibition in Sao Paulo recently as a part of a graffiti event, and I’m planning a show in November in Melbourne.
Paining canvases isn’t as much fun for me as walls but I still enjoy it, taking abit more time or working on a smaller area. Generally with a wall or canvase, I’m trying to do all of the main part in one session, I get whatever feeling or idea out of me in one go, and maybe another day re-look at it all and work it a little bit more.... Q: What are your Influences? A: Animals, nature, music, female forms, piano, beats and art from many friends or course. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Hmmm....weird, freaky, loosey gousey but stil tight in parts. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: Everfresh melbourne
Q: When did you start? A: Everyone starts in kindergarden, so art has always been a part of my life, but graffiti I started as a teenager and art professionally early in my 20’s, and I guess full time since I was 27.
Q: Whats are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The first magazine I can remember was the12oz Prophets, with an article about Pixacao in Brasil and how committed they were to their art form.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: My really first crew was CSP, which turned into ACC today with Mel, feustay, Disk etc. Then I entered TER, a posse I still represent but my main crew is SGT.
Q: When did you start? A: I got lucky to start graffiti in 1993 with Q: What are your influences? Olivier Megatone, Shuck2 and Loop A: I was passionate by drawing, so P19. I was 15 and in those days and old school was really above all. For a kid as I, Mode2 was one that I followed mostly. hanging out with kings was the very best way to build strong graffiti basics.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: The most I do is realistic characters, we can do everything with spray cans with a little technique. That’s why I love painting we can do whatever your imagination can create. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I do alot of characters and in general when it comes to my graffiti I create faces and entire scenes, I don’t use brushes or posca…spray paint is my 5th element. Q:Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: The thing we do with my crew SGT is to travel and paint in Barcelona Montreal London… every year we organize a road trip.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I got my first paid work, it was rare to ask someone so young to paint an entire nightclub. So I thought I could earn money with graffiti awesome, so at the age of 24, I decided to be a real graffiti artist and live off this hobby. At school my alias was Master M, so I turned it into Mas and now I’m a part of that second generation of French old timers. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I like to paint with ironlak cans but there’s a little in France so I most paint with Montana 94 and Molotow Belton. http://masmex.free.fr/
Q: Any funny stories? A: Not long ago I was painting on a not really legal wall, with my headphones in and music was loud, I turn back and there was 3 cops staring at me. I started to pack my cans in my bag thinking I was going to the police station, but they told me ‘No keep goin, it’s huge, it’s been 10 minutes we’re looking what you doing it’s awesome’ It was a funny situation !
would like to achive. Rather, the feeling that I have experienced, should be called an admiration.
and more stylized and decorative, I’m trying to add to my works bright open colors, use fluorescent paint.
Q: Any funny stories? A: Funny stories often happen with my traffic ticket. A couple of times I took the tickets a month earlier than necessary. Recently, in a distant city, on my exhibition, I lost my return ticket on the train, and as soon as I rushed to the station for a new ticket, one guy brought it to me from a nearby bar.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: My first graffiti crew called “13”, so and I tagged my real name plus the name of crew. After that such combination of letters and numbers become associated only with me. When all guys leave the crew I decided to keep this tag like my nickname.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I never liked an idea to be bind with some crew. My start in graffiti was in the crew of my city, but it was a small period of time. I love to make productions and collaborations, there are a lot of writers with whom I am pleased to draw, it allows me to share experiences and have a good time, but still I feel myself like an individual artist, that’s why I paint most of the time alone.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today I never painted the trains. A: It’s not popular and not developed in my city. I keep in mind to try it one time. I like interesting and thoughtful works and it absolutely doesn’t matter where they are made - on the walls or on the trains. It just so turns that exact graffiti-writing often amazes me. In general, I’m more focused on creativity than on the graffiti battles.
Q: What are your influences? A: Most influence I get from my travels, when I see new things, new culture, unusual landscapes and architecture. I can say also that success of other people gives me creative energy. And, of course, my beloved daughter is the source of my inspiration! Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I’ve been on graffiti festival in Moscow, just in the beginning of my graffiti’s career. Festival participants have had a really big experience in graffiti and it gave a certain level that I
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I like what I do in the moment, but I don’t make a high level rank for myself. I just really love what I do and I trying to do my best.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Now I concentrated on canvas and and I’m wondering to work with acrylic and spray. I like to combine different materials, achieving the desired texture and color. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Basically, I paint portraits, it’s interesting for me. There was a time when I was fascinated photorealistic style. Now portraits are becoming more www.max13.ru
Q: When did you start? A: I graduated from art school when I came to graffiti, so I wanted to develop my professional skills somehow. I’m lucky because I met local guys who also had doing graffiti and we could paint together. I start with the sketches for a long time before painting on walls. Only in time when I could earn some money for the cans and the real graffiti paint comes to neighbors towns we start to paint pieces. Therefore I made my first canvas in 2004.
Q:What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I remember a field trip to Boston when I was in elementary school and seeing some stuff along the way there on the highway and then throughout the streets, which I thought was kinda cool seeing, I grew up in the country you didn’t really see this anywhere.
I was realy into Mad magazine, Heathcliff, Dennis the Menace, Old Peanuts cartoons stuff like that I used to copy them as good as I could, then as One real clear memory was seeing this you keep going you start making up your beat up old black van with the words own guys that’s what I did and still do. Lemonheads crudely sprayed big on it in bright yellow spray paint all the kids were Q: Where did your name come from? crackin up on the bus after seeing it cuz A: The name I work under MCA, is just we knew the candy not till years later did my initials no big crazy story behind it, a I think back of that and realize that was lot of folks thought it was a Beastie Boys the bands van. reference, it didn’t come from that. The Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti name Evil Design originated from what walls today ended up being my first t shirt design an A: I dunno I am still a fan of messy, image of the mugshot of the legendary rough, dirty graffiti so I don’t follow the Paul Reubens made up to be the devil huge walls and stuff maybe as much Q: How would you describe your style? as I should apart of me still likes seeing A: Messy, goofy, funny, fast. ‘Metallica sucks!’ scratched into a park bench more than some graff I see on Q: What are your influences? walls, when characters are used along A: Well, I’m influenced by a lot of things with letter forms and are done well, if I had to give a partial list it’ll include that is my favorite style whether it be on that little old guy that was Benny Hill’s a sticker, a train, a wall or a bathroom side kick, Mr.T, Shaft, Dolemite, Rip Torn, door. Superfly, Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds, What’s New Pussy Cat, Deputy Q: Where do see you art heading? A: All over the place, I don’t know if it Dawg, The San Diego Padre’s Chicken, is just because I follow art, but it seems Marty Scorscese, Junk Yard Dog, J.J. Jackson, Mr. Green Jeans, and Dr. Hook’s like it is creeping in everywhere these days when you see that Kaws will have a Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk, and I balloon in the Macy’s Thanks giving Day could go on and on... parade, you know things are runnin wild.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: To make pictures with Pencils, Uni-Ball pens, Sharpie paint markers, Montana Spray Paint, any Flat Black, Faber Castell Pitt pens, rubber stencils, to make pictures on plywood, rocks, bristol board, Xerox paper, the sidewalk, t shirts, sticker paper, labels. Q:Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: My most on going collaboration is with Ryan Maguire we formed Destroy You Co. in 2005 and so far have done three shows under the Destroy You name. Destroy You in NYC in 2005, Destroy You in Boston in 2008 and Destroy You in New Bedford in 2012. We also have done a bunch of other shows together in Philly, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and LA. Our styles are very different, but work well together and we share a similar mind set as far as work ethic and what we are trying to do with our art so it’s been good.
Q:When did you start? A: I started drawing when I was a little kid, I used to draw with my grandfather and that just got me into it. Ever since I have been stealin pencils & scraps of paper to draw on.
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Artist: DADO Crew: FCE/EAD/FX Location: Italy www.imdado.com
Artist: PUNKROBOT httpalxdr71.tumblr.com
Artist: MIMIC Crew: PAM/PCM Location: England
Artist: TVKILLZ Crew: TVK/Osveta/AM Location: Germany www.tvkillz.com
Q: What are your influences now? A: From the very beginning upon me made impression Atom, Kent, some European styles. Now it Delta, Zedz, Dems, Kofie, Aske, Slak. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Geometrical simple forms, using which I make letters.
Q: When did you start? A: I have started to draw in 2004. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I took this name from the hero of one computer game, him called Big Mek. Q: Any funny stories? A: At school one guy has come to our class and has involved me in all of it, In the past 7 years and till now in one command with alot of amusing stories.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Aerosol, platens and brushes. Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: I study as the graphic designer, I think to connect the future with it. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yes, but only in local projects, I didnâ€™t participate at large exhibitions.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I have started to draw in command NBC and I remain in it till now.
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Q: How would you describe your style? A: I can say my style is clean, bold and cartoony.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Paper, pencil combo, later I clean my work putting it through on the computer.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: I participated 2 exhibitions, a paper toy show at Milk gallery and Istanbul street art festival. Both were with my cardboard mechas. Also I did a collab with Timrobot in 2011 while I was in Berlin for Pictoplasma festival.
Q: Where do you see your design heading in the future? A: Weâ€™ll seeâ€Ś as for the past and the present you can always check my website for more artwork.
Q: When did you start? A: At 2007 when I decided to design toys just as a side project, back then I was designing fair stands and furniture. Q: Where did your name come from? A: Mekazoo stands for mechanic zoo, I was trying to find an alias that sounds good but at the time, with some meaning to it. Q: What are your influences? A: I love old cartoons alot. Alot of my influences are sci-fi, video games and pop culture. www.mekazoo.com
Q: Any funny stories? A: Well not yet but most of my stuff have some fun flavour in it.
Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: Hopefully I can get my ideas transfered into toys!! Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: I try to collaborate with artist all over the world but so far love working with my friends the best. like Melodreama, Jos-L and Chris RWK
Q: When did you start? A: Back in 1993, but back then I wrote Lobo, I didn’t start writing Die till 94 Q: Where did your name come from? A: It’s a very long story, but lets just say I dont remember? Q: Any funny stories? A: I don’t have many fun stories... I’m boring! Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: AFF, HFS,TA, 1134 and RTH Q: How would you describe your style? A: Robotic! Q: What are your favorite materials? A: Pens!!! Esp blue Bic pens! www.flickr.com/photos/misterroboto
Q: Where did your name come from? A: My name Mr. Cybe has no deeper meaning, in the beginning I didn’t stick to a name I liked the combination of the letters and so it became my tag. After a while I wanted to change it but too many people already called me Mr. Cybe or Cybe. Today I’m in a love-hate relationship, but since I almost only paint characters it’s ok, and without this name there won’t be the Cybirds. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I guess I’m not really a crew person, I mostly work on my own so I don’t really represent a crew just the Cybirds thing, but it’s more a project than a crew.
Q: When did you start? A: The first time I noticed graffiti was around 1999/2000, I was travelling on a train and I was really fascinated where these big paintings came from. I had no access to internet at the time so I started to buy magazines about graffiti and then I started my first sketches, I first started to buy cans around 2003, and really started to paint was in 2005.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I guess everyone says that? my style is a mix of comic and vector, combined with dirty lines. I used to paint strictly clean characters with straight cut lines for a long time, but I noticed it’s not the right way, because the characters lose their flow they have on the rough scribbles. Now I do a mix of clean lines and also dirty ones. So my characters look much better than just clean or complete dirty.
Q: What influences your work? A: I guess everything, people I see, music I hear, movies I watch. Everyday our brain gets so much information from different things, I can’t control what influences me. As a designer it’s a big inspiration for me I don’t do characters and stuff like that at the office only sometimes, but that’s good. If I spent the whole day drawing and vectorizing characters I would probably lose the fun on characters. Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: If I should be honest I have no idea, I just go on doing my thing and see where this will lead me I can’t say, but some things I’m planning. Finally release a new website with my artworks and a nice design, visit a few people to paint together and there are even some empty black books waiting for sketches.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I really like sketching and scribbling around with different pens I have no favourite it changes from time to time, sometimes pencil, roller ball or liners. I also like working on the computer and doing vectors and digital stuff. www.cybirds.de
Artist: ORES Crew: Lâ€™Altrome Location: Italy www.flickr.comphotossklerores
Artist: MISTER MEN Crew: DFA Location: Australia
Artist: YONE Crew: SMF Location: Switerland www.123quatre.blogspot.com/
Artist: NITE OWL Location: America www.niteowlstudios.com
Q: Any funny stories? A: There is a lot of funny stories during travelling and paintings but to much to just choose one from them. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: The first crew I wrote was ARK and after the SCD crew in my hometown but the crew I’ve been representing from 2001 the CFS crew. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Biomechanical psychosocial dark and scary sophisticated, humorous love and hate madness all at the same time. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: First of all the spraypaint of course, but I like to use acrylics if I’m working on a canvas. Q: When did you start? A: I’m drawing since my childhood but I first painted on a wall with a spraycan in 1994. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I wrote many different names in the beginning from 1998 I started to write Channel Zero It was easy enough to write it as a tag, but to long for pieces so I just painted Zero and put a thicker Channel tags above the pieces. After a while I just left it but I wanted to use a more unique name because I thought the name Zero maybe a bit popular so then I became the original Mr.Zero.
Q: Where do you see your art heading in the future? A: Put it on a wider range of materials or example on paper, screen, t-shirts, rusty metallic stuffs, cardboards, canvases, concrete or anything I can put it on. Q: Have you been involved in any collaborations or exhibits? A: I had a few group shows together with my crew mates in the past, I do a few group expo’s together with other artists in foreign countries and I’ve had a solo show in 2010 in my hometown.
I’ve always loved the dirty and that unfinished cheap look of that movies, but there so entertaining in their own funny way. I always try to get the look from the movies in my pictures, and another great influence is Dave Crosland, I love his stuff.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I guess it’s kind of a littles wild and a little anarchastic, kind of the opposite of a clean vector design. Q Where do you see art heading A I’m not that kind of a big planner I just see what comes around. Q Have you been involved in any collaborations or exhibits A I did a few collabs of course with the crew, but right now I’m kind of busy and havnt got much time as I would like.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The first memories I got where from Herakut, Super Fat Cat and Haevi styles, and there absolutely dope artists and Q: When did you start? I’m still glad and feel a little blessed that A: I really don’t know when I started I think it was about 6 years ago, and some I can call Super Fat Cat and Haevi my crew mates now. of my friends started earlier. At one time I visited them there, and I was blown Q: What crews have you written with and away by their stuff and wanted to join if write with at present? they let me. A: I didn’t write in any crews early on, I mainly just wrote my own tag. I guess Q: Where did your name come from? the last time I wrote with other crews was A: The name is actually me real name about 2 years ago. In the last 3 years my without the letter A and U. I’ve never art has turned more to stickers and other been very creative in giving myself facettes of street art, Creature Ink is my names but as it turned out that was not first and only crew until today. such a bad move. Since people made all kinds of names of it like Merch, a Q: What are you favourite materials? french accentuated Mèrgè, Minister A: That’s a hard to say I like to draw with Merch, Merch Merch and so on. so markers, arylic, water colour, ink and I guess it just became some kind or digitally as well. running gag. http://creature-ink.blogspot.com
Q: What influences your work? A: I get alot of my influences from horror and b grade movies, I grew up with bad movies like Braindead, Friday the 13th, all that Italian Giallo stuff and expolitation movies and so I guess you’ll find many influences of that in my pictures.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: Thats a strange story. I first started using the word Nest back in 1998, I picked the name by its letters, which suited me perfectly. Dafoe is actually built by two words ‘da foe’. Foe is supposed to be the short version of my old street name Foetus. And Foe is also the name of my toothy character. Q: What are your influences? A: I don’t think I can exactly say what is my influence, everyday life, people, stories, materials, architecture...the streets in general. Neither the technique, or the material are depending on any rules or limits just free thoughts and acting.
Q: Any funny stories? A: There are a few, most of them about having really near distance to the cops, but to our luck we never got busted that hard. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: It’s not that important to me, which crew or writers I’m working with, if the mood and vibe is right with each other, there are no barriers. In general I’m very open to every artist who wants to collaborate or visit my city. In my opinion the basic idea of hip hop and graffiti is to travel and visit other artists to have a good time and to exchange and expand my own horizon. So lets see what happen next. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Spraycans, pencils, markers, acrylics, calligraphy brush on any kind of surface walls, canvas, stickers, posters, vinyl or steel.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I’m working in different kind of style fields, from time to time I‘m more into stencils or letterstyles. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today? A: Its constantly evolving faster and faster, the main ingredient is train graffiti in my opinion. I really respect those, who still sneaking out at night and working next to the rails time by time. But on the other hand its intersting what happened over the last years. The can systems and paint getting better and in that fact the technique and skills are growing with it, the possibilities to paint big walls are everywhere and permissions for that are given more and more. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I can’t tell you that exactly.... I just hope people like my ideas and style, and I can give them a good feeling with it. Just try to develop my art and expand my mind. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Over the last 5 years there were a few collaborations and I had the chance to exhibit my art regularly and reach a wider audience, maybe over the usual interested street art community, and that is pushing me further and further, its a good feeling to see that its worth to put that much energy and devotion in it. www.flickr.com/nestdafoe
Q: When did you start? A: As I can remember, I always had fun on drawing since I was a kid, but I started with graffiti in 1995. Inspired through the Hip Hop culture I wanted to be part in the graff element and since that time I`m really into letters in every way.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I was over whelmed by seeing graffiti as a kid, I loved the shapes, the fresh shiny colours it was so fascinating. But in my little home town we didn’t have the opportunity to get in contact to it, so it took a while for me to find a connection in the street scene. But in generally graffiti in the early years seems to be more a fun thing, now the development in graffiti is so extreme, its more business and taking part on the money market.
Eventually the constabulary got a hold of me and started causing me alot of grief, I couldn’t understand it I was out being so self motivated and productive treating my painting like a real job while others were turning to drugs. Over time my interest in graffiti lead me to discover and come to truly appreciate many other creative fields such as fine art, illustration, design and typography. Q: What are your influences? A: I am influenced by so much these days. In terms of graffiti and street art, I suppose by European styles. I am also influenced by a lot of folk art and design. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’ve written with afew crews over the years, primarily Double Murder Suicide. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: These days I love painting fine art with acrylic and watercolours. I still love spraypaint and ink, as well as using digital mediums.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I have written many names over the years. They generally just come to me. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I vividly remember noticing a tag when I was about 5 years old. I asked an adult what it was and who had created it and the adult didn’t have an answer for me. This first sighting has stayed etched in my mind forever and is one of my few remaining early memories. In the mid 90s I got older I begin spending more time at a local skatebowl, the surrounding buildings were being painted at least once a week. The appearance of the beautiful pieces was the closest thing to magic that I have ever experieced. I can remember the smell of the fresh paint and marvelling at the huge, colourful masterpieces that magically appeared overnight.
meaning of this action and decided that I would re-apply a new piece over the top. Again it was covered, now my tags were getting crossed by one of the writers that I respected the most. Eventually we crossed paths, and realising the innocent nature of my mistake Dooser gave me my first real outline and some much needed coaching. Many years later we would rep the same crew. unfortunately he is no longer with us however my friends and I make sure that he still gets up. RIP Dooser. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: These days I focus on fine art and design. Even if I paint with spraypaint it is unlikely that I will paint traditional graffiti
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I very rarely paint pieces these days, If I did I would describe them as being unconventional and a bit euro. Q: Any funny stories? A: As a youngster I was captivated by the pieces of Dooser ATK. I eventually decided that I would attempt a real piece I was determined for him to see it. So I figured that the best way to achieve this would be to paint my piece on the wall that I had always admired his pieces on. That was a big mistake, I returned to discover that my piece had been covered. I was unsure about the
Q: When did you start? A: I have been making art from as early as I can remember, I became interested in tagging around 97. And I experimented with my first piece in 98, it was a mess, I was so devastated and I didn’t attempt again until 2002. It was also a hideous mess but this time I fell madly in love with the activity and I became obsessed with painting, and would go out most nights.
Artist: PSY Location: America
Artist: ESKY Crew: ATC/PWF Location: Australia
Artist: SHIROI USAGI Crew: RTD Location: Australia
Artist: KEZ Crew: LCF/SPT Location: Iceland www.graffiti.orgkez
Q: What are your influences now? A: Digital artwork influenced from graffiti styles & lettering. Q: What are your influences now? A: Starwars as a kid was always on the brain plus a lot of animation, my favourite graffiti artist now would be Bates. I’m influenced by tattoo styles and lettering, old style logos and custom typography. Q: When did you start? A: 1985 Q: Where did your name come from? A: I needed a 3 letter name tag to go with another friend & writer called Don. Something quick to put up as a tag when bombing. I saw Don write his tag quick so came up randomly with Pac in 1987. Had several other tags from 85 - 86 like you do as a kid starting out.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Only the Duster UA show in 2010 London and 2011 Amsterdam. And I’ve have had a photo published in a graffiti book called All City Writers with a photo I took of Don and Fued ITC jumping off a train in London in 1989. The photo was also used in London Handstyles as well as popping up Ch4 graff documentary ‘Graffiti Wars’ aired in summer 2011 about Robbo v’s Banksy drama.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Macbook Pro. Pen and A4 paper. Q: Where do you see your art heading? A: I’m no good at predicting the future I just hope people would still be wanting custom artwork.
Q: Any funny stories? A: I got to meet Duster UA & enjoy times in London 2010 & Amsterdam 2011 at his shows hosted by Don UA. Got into trouble as a kid bombing and racking paint when I was a teenager but later in life had odd opportunities where I was paid to create digital graffiti artwork for commercial products in Taipei, Taiwan while I was living there several years ago in the ‘naughties’. www.trevorlution.com
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: United Artists
Q: How would you describe your style? A: old school and illustration
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: ORC was my first real crew, now I represent C29 since 1999
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I want to travel and paint more
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Lately I collaborated with Morten and Q: What are your favourite materials? Erson, Finbar, Liliwenn, Djalouz, Wen2, A: I love all materials to create Meyer, Moner, Arnem, Shire, Wer, Bush, something but my favorite is the spray painting because you can do something Asar, Jone and next with Bomb K. big quickly and it s so addictive.
Q: When did you start? A: I started to tag in 1988 and 1991 for the graffiti Q: Where did your name come from? A: I looked a fast word with three letters which is not known, and I was always a fan of the statues of island of Paques and as my style of personage looked like it in the begining, I chose Pak. Q: What are your influences? A: Life and travels, old school lettering, comics, manga and movies. Q: How do you see train graffiti vâ€™s graffiti walls today A: I like both, one is more centered on the performance the other on artistic quality.
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Q: Any funny stories? A: A lot with cops in differents countries
Q: Where did your name come from? A: It derives from my nickname when I was at school Pita. I started practicing writing it on my desk and then decided to transform it into Peeta, just because it was more graphically interesting to have ‘EE’ rather than just ‘I’. Q: What are your influences? A: I have mostly taken inspiration from industrial design and architecture. One of the people that have influenced me the most is Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi female architect that has always shocked me for her uncommon use of shapes and volumes. Then, between graffiti writers, the pioneers of 3D writing Delta and Daim.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: When I paint on walls I mostly prefer Belton and Montana cans. My canvas are, instead, painted with airbrush. Finally, for my sculptures I have almost ever worked with PVC. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Towards a never ending research aimed at improving and enriching my works. My studio art, canvases and sculptures, has allowed me to enter the world of galleries and mingling my style with contemporary art. This is something very important for me, who have always learnt and created inside the exclusive world of graffiti art.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today? A: As two separate worlds that are keeping on walking away the one from the other. Anyway, even if I consider train graffiti scene, especially in Italy, as very slimmed down, it is a pleasure for me to still see painted cars around. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I have been involved in a lot of shows and graffiti jams and performances over the years. Previously I held solo and group shows around Europe, America and Asia, amongst numerous other representations.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: My first approach to graffiti dates back to a trip to Barcelona I had in 1991 when I got impressed by the big murals I saw in the city. Then, back to Italy, I’ve started noticing graffiti along Italian train lines, especially the one that goes from Venice to Trieste. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I am writing with Paduan EAD since 2000, with the FX from NY since 2002 and with the RWK, also from NY, since 2006. www.peeta.net
Q: When did you start? A: I got the inspiration to paint my first piece on a small town, not far from mine, in 1993.
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Q: Where did your name come from? A: My best mate used to write Fuse, I liked the word but didn’t like the letters, when he changed his word to Kage I started to write Phew. The word Phew doesn’t mean anything to me, it’s the word I decided to write when I was 13 and have stuck with it. Q: How would you describe your style? A: My style will always be developing. I like sharp, clean, and balanced letter forms that flow and have interlocking letters that support the each other. Q: What are your influences? A: I am influenced by the huge amount of skilled graffiti artist’s worldwide. The different styles and techniques keep pushing graffiti art to the next level, it just keeps getting better. This keeps me interested and motivated to keep going. Q: Any funny stories? A: The places and situations that I have put myself in just to do some graffiti I would never take back. So many good stories and memories have been made. I will never forget one night my good mate Geso couldn’t hold it in, he was carefully pushing a stool out his backend onto the trainline when a train comes out of nowhere in his direction. The running style he had going with a poo hanging half out off his ass I will never forget.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I have always and will always rep AA crew-Aersoul Artists, Alphabetical Architects, All Areas. I was introduced to this crew by Wei2 a legend in my eyes and shown the ropes of the scene. I also write with 47’s, 3XL and CDK. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: Catching the train as a kid are where my fondest memories of earlier graffiti come from. There will always be certain tracksides I will never forget about and tags that I would see everyday that still stand to this day. These memories are so clear I can see them when I think about it. I’d have to say seeing a Jiesk panel roll into Strathfield one day while jigging school would have to be one of my fondest memories of seeing graffiti when I was a younger. To this day it is still one of my favourite panels.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yeah, I have been involved in a number collaboration exhibitions over the last few years. Definaltely the highlights would have to be the Artlab Project and the Black and White All Inbetween show. I had the oppurtunity to hang a piece of my artwork next to some of my favourite graffiti artist’s I have looked up to for years. I am always keen to be involved in exhibits and collaborations, it gives me that push to do something.
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I have always been passionate to live my life being creative. With the mix of design and art I have been able to expand into more areas to express myself. I can see myself being a part of a collaborative design/art/creative sudio. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: My two favorite materials are Aerosol and Acrylic, I like to work with acrylics onto raw surfaces like wood or metal, it creates a good contrast. I also enjoy using ink on paper for intricate work. www.all-areas.com.au
Q: When did you start? A: I started writing in the year 2000.
Artist: DEST Crew: TCC Location: Switerland www.dest.ch
Artist: WEAL Crew: R2F Location: Switerland www.wilo-one.blogspote.com
Artist: MASER Crew: LEC/RK Location: America/Chicago
Artist: Mr.ONETEAS Crew: Los Gringos/711/NMI ZERO/065 Location: France http://galerieactuel.com/articles_537_ en.html
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I Wouldn’t. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I try not to predict the future and take each day as it comes but I would like to paint more beautiful goddesses and more girls, and to paint more walls, make more tee’s and go more places and meet more people.
Q: When did you start? A: I just didn’t stop Q: Where did your name come from? A: Well my christian name is PHILL I just lost an L and added a TH. When I was a kid my mum found some manga shit I did and said it was filth haha and I draw a lot of girls so people make there assumptions and shit but to be honest it just worked for me at a time I was doing a lot of live art events and needed a more dramatic name than Phill Blake. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: It has never realy crossed my mind.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’ve painted with NFA, RMS, Brum6, 48 and more and I’m in Neveready, my crew, but I also rep Wonkey, Treacle, UTC, Viva Sativa who are all family. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yes I don’t go for gallery shows but I have just done group show with Subism. I paint with N4T4 lots and will continue to work with him and build neveready as a force in visual love spreading world wide.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: When I was a kid my mum took me to a park in coventry and I saw graff, I liked it but didn’t know what I was looking at when I think I was around 13 years old. I was realy into war hammer and reading comics and spent hours in the local library looking at and trying to nick comics and white dwarf mags then one day I found subway art in the same section and that was that. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Pencil and paper, black ink on white paper or smooth wall but most of all spray paint and a wall. http://phillblake.squarespace.com
Q: What are your influences? A: Art all sorts of art well good art proper visual art not the shit they have tried passing off as art over the last 40 years ,the real art in my opinion is to be found in shoe boxes full of graff photos comic books and illustration. N4T4 has influenced me massively over the last 5 years.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: Yeah I had quite a few shows here in my town in Berlin and elsewhere and hopefully more will come. There where also nice collabs with Rusl on his liquid project, Silkscreen-printing with SoulStudios, SNNC collabs, Arte in Comune in Italy and many more.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: My first crew was AMC. We did quite a lot in the past, but unfortunately my mates stopped, moved to other towns or At the moment I’m part of an ongoing whatever. Actually I’m part of IC and my project called Archigraff, which will be a founded crew FF ‘Friendly Fire’ with Panik great one, I can’t wait for that. One and Mos Elf.
Q: When did you start? A: My first impact with graffiti was in the 90´s when i moved to germany with my parents. After seeing the film Wild Style I was infected and wanted to try it out. My first real attempt was I think 1992.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: In short words I would say low-brow graph. I like to give my characters a surrealistic, mystical touch, mixed with different influences and sometime a fictional story Q: What are your favorite materials? A: My main love is the Spraycan, but I also love sketching and work a lot on paper, trying to mix different technics. I also do canvas works with acrylics, and last but not least i m trying to keep up with the times and do digital pieces for printing.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I used several names in the past, cause I was more interested in trying out different letters. 7 years ago I started focusing on characters and I was looking Q: Where do see your art heading? A: Hard to say at the moment because for a name that fits with my style. I love to do so many different things, I’m still dreaming of animating my Pixeljuice is the title of a book written by Jeff Noon. He s one of my favorite autors characters, maybe thats the goal who knows. and his way of thinking influenced me a lot, so i decided to use this name for myself.
Q: Where has it taken you, any funny stories? A: Funny stories? way to much to mention all, graffiti is always fun and thrill hehe
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I don’t desribe my style.. you do Q: Where did your name come from? A: It came later in 84 when I was developing Hip hop culture, and the name suited my dance style I had then. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: Sometimes it just reminds me of how much some new kids dont know about their history but also I feel that they will come to the same point in their lifes and then they will maybe understand my view and they will start looking back. I see the circles all the time, I mean the oldschool is the first school for some people and that oldschool feeeling is changing from year to year.
Q: What are your influences? A: Wow thats a big question for me cous I’ve been doing this for so many years and my life changes and so did my influences but from the early influences was ofcource the NYC subway. Today I’m working with a totally different spectrum of influences, life and my own stuff is a good source.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: I don’t see it as vs just fun have no time thinking in those terms. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I don’t know, but I hope I can follow. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Wuaaaa many many many.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’ve been involved in a few crews and Q: Have you been involved in some big names classic NY crews, but collaborations or exhibits? my fokus is right now on. A: I had 2 solo shows in 2012, I’m looking forward to have a show in England one Q: Any funny stories? day. A: Eh..
Some people say the things from the 90s are oldschool, and maybe they will later on see that my circle is abit a head from that. But right now I’m just to much fokus a head and the past is just a good memory with lots of love and fun. I have to much inside me that must get out right now. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Whatever I feel for.. www.puppetindustries.com
Q: When did you start? A: I started with just writing my name in busses 1983. I was writing a short version of my real name never had in mind to be a writer or any artistic future thoughts.
Q: How do you see train graffiti vâ€™s. graffiti wall today? A: I see it as the same, the old school and a handful of new school cats represent. Train nor wall both are awesome in my eyes. Q: Where has it taken you, any funny stories? A: Graffiti has shown me that it speaks in different mediums and methods through out the years.
Q: When did you start painting? A: I started painting in mid 1998 Q: Where did your name come from? A: I came up with the name back in 1997 known to be a puzzle, complex and unsolvable at times hence Puzo Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A:The intricacy of each artist and how tid bits have evolved and adapted to new outlooks and methods. Makes me wonder and admire work put into it. Q: What are your influences? A: Back then Katch and EV now my influences are aimed at some french artists. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Pilot, microns, pencil and modded pilots.
The impact it has on my life is always transforming no matter what I paint or draw internally it has just made me better at expressing myself. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I write for abstract agents or in other words A2 Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: I feel my artwork will thrive overtime and some were along the time line of an artist I will reach a point to where it feels right. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Hawaii rooted. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: Iâ€™ve had quite a few collaborations and submitted work to a few galleries and shows/events around the world. www.flickr.com/puzo
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Artist: JEREME Location: America
Artist: SHIONE Crew: S2K/OTC Location: Bulgaria www.flickr.com/photos/shnedsgn/
Artist: DESTA Crew: DCA Location: Australia
Artist: EBENHOLZ Location: Germany www.ebenholz.showitsite.com
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: Well I painted with BI3, and nowadays I belong to VRS, one of the most representative crews in Guadalajara and Mexico. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: In the streets, but in galleries too, or maybe I will be more involved in toy design so I could do my own characters, I will never stop painting. Q: When did you start? A: I started when I was 13 I was in junior high school and I used to read graffiti pieces and tags around my neighborhood. Q: Where did your name come from? A: My real name is Roman, letter R has been very atractive for me so I chose rock just because I like how it sounds, if I could write my real name without any with the police I would do it. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I dont like to put labels or being trapped into a style, I usually paint characters based on cartoon with some realism, kind of handmade illustrations.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I really like to work with spraycans, for me thats the best way to do my artwork, its quick and I like the details you can get with spraypaint, anyways I enjoy myself if there is a pen and paper, I draw where I can.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I remember when I was young I used to see some tags and pieces from Peque and Reten and I said someday I’m gonna do something better than them and suddenly without realizing belonged to their crews. I also remember that old friends told me that they didn’t have fatcaps so they had to modify the agency caps, sometimes I went to the supermarket to steal the caps of deodorants because I wanted to put fat tags. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I have participated in lots of graffiti events here in Guadalajara and some of the rest of Mexico, I’m working in my first solo show, I have appeared in the newspaper, magazines, even in the index of Jalisco plastic artists.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: I like both of them, I think that graffiti on trains always going to be quickier works, when you paint on a wall you have all the time in your favor, so you can make a bigger effort in details and things like that, I like pieces on trains but I preffer a wall.
Q: What are your influences? A: I guess my influences are comics and cartoons, I really like to create characters and to imagine that they have their own personality, I like Nychos, Rime, Os Gemeos just to mention few of them.
Q: Where did your name come from? A:In a history class book at school in Rochester, New York. Q: Any funny stories? A: At this point I’m able to do any type of art without feeling that I havn’t paid my dues, I have met many people, even people that they said they was me... haa haa. I guess my name is popular to some, I’ve done shows from West coast to East coast and painted with some real fresh people. Q: What crews have you written with, and write with at present? A: Crews.. TCK, RK and RAW are my current crews, and in the past I’ve been in a few crews.
Q: When did you start? A: Around 1985-86
Q: How would you describe your style? A: It changes I try not to have a certain style I want to keep growing, I think its best when someone from the outside describes my style or styles... Q: What are your favourite materials? A: By far Griffin shoe dye second to aerosol. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: If I’m bless Japan or mainly over seas or Europe Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Currently I’m involved with a Seven Knights clothing company, and I just finished a collaboration with Montana for my first video called Art of War with exhibits I get a lot of support from Crewest Gallery in Los Angeles.
For Canvases I like to incorporate cardboard and found objects, stickers and antique paper that I collage and mix with ink, acrylic, oil and aerosol. I’ll use anything and everything at my disposal, I also work digitally on a regular basis mainly using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Q: When did you start? A: I started drawing when I was old enough to hold a pencil. My father was a Musician & my Mother was a phenomenal artist who received a fine art degree. In 1991 I moved from Albuquerque to a small town outside of Tulsa. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I was heavily into skateboarding and Hip Hop and these influenced me even further into trying out letters and drawing more urban characters and I was writing all kinds of words just trying to get a feel of letters, I started writing CMO I liked the sound of it, but not the letter structure. So, I changed it to the phonetic spelling SEAMO.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I’m exhibiting more these days, creating new illustrations, t shirts and I plan on getting into screen printing and possibly tattooing. Vinyl toys are another love of mine I’m hoping that medium will take off soon, I want to push my art as far as I can and never stop learning new techniques.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: My first exibit was in LA, I was asked to show some work for a large group show in 2007, and since then I’ve been involved in many others in the states Q: Any funny stories? A: Graffiti and art saved my life it brought including New Mexico, Arizona, NYC. I’ve also shown work in galleries overseas, me back from the dead. By the end of mainly in London and Belgium. my teens I was hooked to the gills on Opiates, eventually art took a back seat I just finished up a show in Louisville & I’m and I stopped creating for over 6 years. gearing up for several more this year. I’ve Being a junkie is a full time job Moved to also collaborated with a few artists such Louisville, cleaned up and graff became as Robots Will Kill, Billi Kidd, Mecro and others, with plenty more are in the works. my new addiction, I picked up where I left off but it was like starting over from scratch. I’m constantly learning and trying new things.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I was first in AKA, a local crew, they showed me the yards and I met some international crews like GBA and 2VK. And a few years ago I hooked up with Q: What are your influences? A: I try not to have one style I like to think another crew from Chile called FK. AKA broke apart a while back, but I’ve my work is constantly evolving all the time and I don’t like to do the same style painted with alot writers from other crews lately, Time Constraints, Family etc... twice, I get bored easily. www.flickr.com/photos/seamo_art/
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Mops, Pilots, aerosol and stickers. And with drawings, I’m a fan of Pencil ana a ballpoint pen, Microns, Copics and lots of Sharpies & Prisma Color markers.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: Train graffiti is transforming into wall murals because they last longer. Train graffiti gets buffed to quickly and sometimes you might not even get the chance to see your piece. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’ve been down with MAD from P.R. TATS Crew, Now I’m with my crew 4-BURNERS. BWS, MTA.
Q: When did you start? A: I started back in 1986. Q: Where did your name come from? A: The name SEN TWO was a colaboration of 2 friends of mine and myself. They said that I would have 2 kids and from there the name SEN TWO was born. Q: What are your influences? A: I saw two graffiti artist’s SLICK & HEX from L.A. back in the days when I was a young man.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Spray cans,markers,arcrilycs, and can’t forget a pencil & your black book. Without that you can’t create your art work. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Simple style but clean & sharp. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: From here to the White House if they let me. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yeah. I’ve done a lot of galeries, I’ve been to France, Spain, Mexico,Russia, and many other places. Right now I’m working with ScrapYard.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I didn’t know much about graffiti, but I did like the format of how it was done, plus back then it wasn’t as technical as today. We used aerosal cans.
Artist: EKDO Location: England httpekdo.tumblr.com
Artist: VIEONE Crew: W247 Location: America
Artist: TASK Crew: 95 Location: Belgium http://colinjc.wordpress.com
Artist: RIOT Crew: OSK/ZNC Location: Germany http://streetfiles.org/flint-riot-murdoc/
Q: Where did your name come from? A: Its simply I wanted to get a simonmitchell dot com but nothing was available but simitchell was, so I thought I shall go for that and ever since then people call me Si except my fiance who hates calling me Si. Q: What are your influences? A: I guess my main influence is Looney Tunes which I watched non stop, comics like Tank Girl and anything thats cool to me. I would also say alot is Punk and Ska music, but most music really except poo music also I guess friends and family also influence me, heck mostley everything influences me :) Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I’m massively into MTN 94’s I’ve tried loads of paint but 94’s are just amazing, otherwise I like acrylic paint and markers. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Stooooopid a bit random but I like drawing it.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I first saw some graffiti when I was about 7, I nearly pooped myself it was all mysterious and people that did it where naughty and kind of worried me scared, and I guess it hugely excited me. It stuck with me and I can still remember the feeling and the mystery, but I found it so dam cool I think at that point I started thinking about painting on walls. Q: Any funny stories? A: I was at Uni studing fine art, one of my teachers said to me, he didn’t like comics and he said ‘I don’t like graffiti and to be honest find the work to be wothless’ that bugged the hell out of me. I mean who was he to be honest I didn’t respect him he was a fine artist teaching fine art which kinda means you have to be shit at drawing/art but be good at coming up with shit stories to make the crap you produce interesting.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: I prefer the legal walls, the rushed train feel is getting dated when you see people rocking walls so amazingly, what is being achieved by some graff artists is mind blowing. The illegal stuff just makes it harder for real graff artists to paint. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I’ve started to work with some of the coolest Graff artists in the country Spzero76, Loch Ness and Squirl, there 3 of the coolest guys, I have also done some things with other artists and it really helps when you have a metal block bouncing of others always seems to help.
Obviously this is me reacting to the twat who pissed me off, anyway when I had a chance to see his art in an exhibition I couldn’t turn it down, so I went along and wow!!! the stuff he did was so awful made me so happy I went up to him and said ‘I don’t like fine art, I don’t like what you do and I don’t like you, your a fucking C#*T’ Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Over the last year, its been popping up on tv and in loads of magazines so I’m hoping it carrys on that way. www.simitchell.co.uk
Q: When did you start? A: My mum would buy me dot to dot books when I was 3, I would do an entire book in about 1 day, after afew she started buying me paper and pencils, I would draw everything especially Star Wars I watched all the time on video. I ran out of paper and started drawing on the walls and that carried on until I left home, and my parents just caved in and let me paint my bedroom when I was about 12, so I guess thats when I started.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I’m not sure, there were alot of great writers with similar letters that I was buzzing off at the time... Cash, Scarf, Scan1, Spraze, Crash, Cazbee, Coma, Set3, Ceaz lot’s of S’s and C’s, which became Score and more often these days Skore. Q: What are your influences? A: It has to come from somewere, I always find time to sit down with a peice of paper, I almost auto write, fling my wrist and create a couple of loose shapes, and work it up from there. At the end of the day I always like to take it back to the essence, with the graffiti I fell in love with from NYC 1982 repackaged, tweaked and presented with as much swag as possble.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I would spend endless days travelling around remotest places in London as a 14-15 year old kid. Its quite amazing the type of places you’ll end up just questing for graffiti, is like a treassure hunt following the lines of tags like clues, how the times have changed, it was like a magnet, I was drawn to it. Young kid for the suburbs getting my ghetto fix, from 1985-1992 London was everything, after that the magazines arrived and we realised we were part of some bigger picture, things died a little but we all kept on then the internet came along and everything changed again.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: They havn’t been invented yet. The uncloggable cap would be amazing, so would a opaque yelllow, but otherwise I will use anything. Coming from a so called old school background I have used every nrand under the sun including suede dye paint, flower dye Q: What crews have you written with and sheep dye paint. Price is always a anwrite with a present? factor, I’ll buy whatever the best buy is at A: Crews to me at my period of longevity the time, I’m not cool with using anything are historical, its friends, connections, other than free hand spraypaint. moments in time and allegiances. I have no interest in joining a new crew with a Q: How would you describe your style? bunch of forty year old guys. It’s abit of A: Regimented loose, who knows...I like trying to recapture your lost youth think style comes from everything from and liek watching fat 40 year old bboys approach, technique, mentality. Its in tracksuits two sizes too small. I have certainly not all about letter structures, my allegiances TRC, DV, DFM, BKS, SIN Its a whole essence of somebody that but there all stepped in friendships rather comes through when you look at the than forced groups. finshed piece.
Q: Any funny stories? A: Too many, being out at night brings its own stories, from stumbling across shagging couples, homeless people, very drunk people, trackmen, other writers, cleaners, police, driver’s, treading in shit, falling in streams, mud, ditches, getting caught on fences and ripping clothes, losing shoes, walking miles, getting soaked, walking some more, freezing, sleeping rough, paranoia and more paranoia, bullshit stories, exuses and lies, ufo’s and ghostly apparitions. Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti on walls today? A: Painting trains is a young mans game, I did it for many years and loved every minute, I’ve been there, done it and bought the t shirt and multiple criminal records later. It mentality keeps graffiti alive and interesting, without trains would be like stamp collecting or flower arranging, it is the heartbeat. Q: Where do you see you are heading? A: I don’t, when I do it well I enjoy it, love it even. When it aint happening it aint, I dont force it these days too much its me. In many ways its my identity, stand me in front of a wall and strange things happens, I itch. An overpowering urge still surges through me to capture it, dominate it own it. My arm will be doing an imaginary dance in my mind, the movements that spell out my life in sweeping strokes and endulgent flourishes. www.flickr.com/skoretrc
Q: When did you start? A: Summer of 84, Beat Street, Subway Art, Breakdance the movie...what a summer
Q: Where did your name come from? A: Snub means to disagree and ignore, I disagree with so much, too much to say, so instead I’ll ignore. Q: What are your influences? A: It comes from all angles, mostly comic books, I don’t really read new ones, I rather refer to the ones I grew up with like 2000AD and ABC Warriors obviously, but also Deadline and Crisis. I’m inspired by other Graphic Artists and Typographers too, movies, books and the lyrics in music, a phrase or sound can spark a visual image in my head. Snub is my alter ego, a vent for my frustrations, think I would go a bit mental without him, or maybe I’m mental with him?
Q: Any funny stories? A: You had to be there, trust me you would have of pissed yourself. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: GW Grafik Warfare, we used to paint together all the time, it gets harder to find the time, but we all still meet in groups, the annual Paint & Beer event in Amsterdam is a GW event really, we usually end up at the same paint jams anyway. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Graphic, dark, angry...I know my work isn’t always the friendliest to hang on your wall, to be honest I’m not doing this for you, I’m doing it for me. I’m leaving my mark, creating work I like, work that reflects how I feel, if you like it that’s just a bonus.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Metal and paint on metal, flat smooth walls are nice but nothing beat a wall with some history. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Currently I’m working with metal, burning it, twisting it, generally messing it up. And searching for new techniques and materials, the Snub machine rolls forever forward. I want to travel more, paint even bigger walls in exciting locations. I’ve got a head full of ideas, just hope I have time to get them all out. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Constantly, exhibitions all the time, I need to work on some more collaborations.
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The scale, and the idea you can paint something so big so quickly, seeing someone cover a wall in colour so quickly was a eye opener for me. Early memories are weekend trips to London with friends, BMX parks, cheap beer, listening to the Beastie Boys and with the smell of paint fumes in the air. www.snub23.com
Q: When did you start? A: I’ve come into street art from a totally different perception than most. Graphics of all styles have been the core of my life since I can remember, photography, printing, model making and painting etc... I’ve worked in many areas but the spray can has been a constant since the mid 90’s.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I painted Spray, because this was my first Throw up I ever done. It was the first day when Look and me started doing Graffiti and I just had no better idea than Spray. Q: What are your influences? A: Graffiti, Cartoons, Comics and many more. Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: On the one hand it was a good time, and on the other hand I am happy that I donâ€™t paint like I did years ago. Q: Any funny stories? A: One day Look and me wanted to go painting in an abandoned brewery and we met some weird people and they told us to leave, because they wanted to make a sadomasochisitc porn. We left and cancelled our plan to paint and tried to find a nice spot to watch this funny event to unfold. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: My favourite material to paint with is the spray paint and my favourite surface to paint on is concrete and sometimes metal.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: My first crew was DMCUETG Da Masta Crew United Enter The Globe. Later on we painted heaps of other toy crew names but our first serious crew was OR Ohne Reue and No Remorse. Now my present crew is TG The Gang. Q: How would you describe your style? A: My most recent style is a kind of character style, I try to combine letters with characters or parts of characters and sometimes mix it all up with a little story. I try to keep the letters simple so that everybody can read them, and still underlying them with some details.
Q: How do you see train graffiti vâ€™s graffiti walls today A: Graffiti on trains is more an adventure, and if you paint on a legal wall you can take your time and enjoy the day. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I hope that I will have enough time in future to paint and develop my style. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I had my own exhibition in Melbourne at the beginning 2012 with my friend Snez from Paris. Before that I put some stuff at collaboration exhibitions in Berlin, Hamburg, Chemnitz and Amsterdam.
Q: When did you start? A: I first started when I was 15 years old in 1997 and my friend Look and me we did our first throw up on a garage, and put our first tags on the brand new school building.
Artist: Mr.KOBO Location: England
Artist: FLOW x VEANS Crew: TWE Location: France www.twecrew.com
Artist: SLOT Crew: Sweet Damage Location: Romania
Artist: Crimson Cisa Location: Netherlands
I still had a fear of the spray can though and although I helped create a big graffitti event I didn’t actually paint myself. Q: Where did your name come from? A: The name SPZero76 came about in stages, I initially wanted to be Solo after Han Solo back in 1998, but I heard that was taken. At the time I was living in a shared student house in room 0 so my tag became Solo Productions Zero (Talent). Or SPZero, but when I came to get my first email address, spzero@hotmail was taken spzero76@hotmail wasnt though so my tag became ‘SPZero76’. Q: Any funny stories? A: Hmm! Funny name stories? Everyone gets my name wrong still today! I get SP, SPZero and even got SPZero27 the other day, If I was born in 1927 I’m not sure I would be painting the same stuff. I think thats as funny as it gets! Q: What are your favourite materials? A: When painting walls I love spray cans with Posca outlines, on canvas I use a lot of acrylic, emulsion, spray cans and Poscas sometimes.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: I’m not really with any crews although I am with an Urban Art Agency, Soulful and I’m affiliated with several urban art galleries, Weapon of Choice, Upfest and ThreeNine as well as running my own art project Collaberation Nation which features over 100 artists from all over the world. Q: What are your influences now? A: I grew up reading comics so they were a massive influence, especially the art of Jamie Hewlett. Now I’m inspired by so much and so many artists I’m not sure where to start. The artists in Collaberation Nation inspire me, especially as you have to draw on their work and collaborate with them.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Loads, running Collaberation Nation has seen me work with a lot of amazing artists and do loads of Collabing. Over the summer I competed in Secret Wars and won, at Upfest Festival, for team Collaberation Nation, alongside Loch Ness and Squirl which was the scariest Collab to date as it was infront of a crowd of hundreds. Over summer I had an exhibition with Loch Ness as well as featuring in Weapon of Choices, Upfest, ThreeNine, Drawn In Bristol Group Shows. In December Collaberation Nation has its first exhibition and in January I’m exhibiting with ‘Squirl and Loch Ness’ at the Upfest Gallery. I need more time to paint!
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Someone described my art as Dark Disney which I really like. I do like to draw and paint real woman, which end up being quite comicy along side strange cartoony characters. Q: Where do see your design heading? A: I’m currently working alongside a lot of great companies, and getting involved in a lot of projects. I’m not really sure where things are going. I find that I’m being commissioned to create art in my style more and more nowadays, so I guess people are starting to like it www.spzero76.com
Q: When did you start? A: I’ve been drawing since I was a kid but initially got into the urban art scene back in the late 90s, back then I was too scared to actually go out and paint walls.
I try to develop as many different styles as possible, as I get bored really easily, and I like feeling like I’m learning all of the time.
Q: When did you start? A: I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, when I used to scribble all over the walls at home. I went on to study sculpture, but always kept up the drawing for my own pleasure. Q: Where did your name come from? A: Squirl comes from the hill billy way of saying squirrel, but is also defined as an ornamental flourish or curve. It started off as a way of branding limited editions or originals under Red Squirl as a separate entity to more mass produced work or merchandise under Grey Squirl. To be honest I just like the sound of it, saying it, and the letters look nice next to each other.
Q: Any funny stories? A: My work’s taken me in a lot of different directions. The funniest thing about my work at the moment, my son saw a time lapse of me painting a big wall piece and is convinced I’m actually that fast and when he goes to nursery he scribbles like a lunatic, saying “daddy paint fast video”.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I’m always involved in an exhibition or collaboration as it’s what keeps the work fresh. I work with Soulful Creative, and Collaberation Nation quite a bit these days, which is refreshing as up until this year I’ve always kept myself to myself, and worked in quite a solitary way. I get a massive amount of inspiration working with some great artists, and feel I always need to up my game whenever I get together with them.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I love my pens and paper more than anything really, I can access them in any situation. I use, Poscas and spray paint for larger pieces, and have recently started spending a bit more time experimenting with the Wacom to develop my Adobe skills. Q: Where do see your art heading? A: I just hope to continue to improve, and learn by working with other people. I am lucky enough to be able to spend most of my time doing my work as a living. To see some of my characters animated really well would make me very happy. www.squirl-art.com
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I take a lot of inspiration from comics, graphic illustration, street art and children’s art, so my styles probably a bit of a strange mash up of all of that.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: Just took the name of my favourite sci-fi book hero from these times. Q: Any funny stories? A:No funny stories, I’m too serious. Q: What crews have you written with & write with at the present? A: 4 Roots Q: How would you describe your style? A: Semi wild impressed by German school. Q: What are your favourite materials you like to use? A: Cans and caps
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s. graffiti wall today? A: Train graffiti consists of 99% of pure shit, street graffiti consists of 90% ugly shit. Something like that, it’s doesn’t matter what did you choose train or wall, if you are going to paint do your best. Q: Where do you see your art heading in the future? A: Never realy think about it, I just stay true, and don’t call it art and don’t care about it! Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A:I have been apart of many collaborations, but only one exhibition,
Q: When did you start? A:I started painting back in 1997
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I remember walking through the underground car park every afternoon on my way home from school where the York, Bustin Loose jam had taken place in 1988. I would spend an hour just taking in all the details of every piece there, I was gutted when it was buffed about a year later.
Q: When did you start? A: I first started tagging with pens and paint around 1987. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I read the book Stig of the dump by Clive King and took it from there. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: ESC, TVI and still writing with HDS. Q: Where do you see your art heading in the future? A: I have just recently started at university as a very mature student studying graphic design, we shall what happens if by any miracle I manage to graduate.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: It has to be paint but I still enjoy just sitting down with a stack of paper an a nice sharp pencil.
Q: What are your influences? A: I would have to say Subway Art and Spraycan Art were my main influences, I read them cover to cover everyday back in the 80s. Nowadays I get influence from my wife and kids, it may sound a bit corny but they are my biggest fans and biggest critics, if they didnâ€™t like my work I would not be painting now.
Q: Any funny stories? A: One day I was painting with Cage One, when a lady walked by she started chatting to us and mentioned that she was a teacher at the local school and that she was on her way to work. About an hour later she returned with about fifty, 7 - 8 year old kids and asked us to do a show and tell for them. Let me tell you this, little kids do not ask the easiest of questions to answer. www.stighds.co.uk
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I will let others make up there own mind on that.
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Artist: WEENO Crew: MW Location: France
Artist: EKONS Crew: 40HK Location: South Africa ekons.tumblr.com
Artist: OFSER Crew: IKS/95/DPTK Location: Belgium www.lediptik.weebly.com
Artist: KRIPES Location: Australia www.pervertedpixel.com
Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: Art is an important part of my life and it would be for ever!
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: With my SFC Character we founded the Crew Creature Ink to show how good handstyle stickers and other custom stuff could be.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: My favourite collabs are with my crew members but over the years Iâ€™m glad to meet several great people to collaborate and took part in many streetart exhibitons worldwide.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: My style isnâ€™t a graffiti-based urban entertainment handstyle. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Markers & spray paint.
One solo-show in my hometown, but my main focus is better to work on the streets, than hanging around in a white cube...
Q: When did you start? A: I started as a classic graffiti artist in 1989, I painted wall,trains and other stuff for 20 years. Then I did a brake and thought about another concept for my creativity and created this character Super Fat Cat Q: Where did your name come from? A: Pushing it hard with stickers, paste ups and installations just to repeat the message Hello my name is. www.creature-ink.blogspot.com
Q: Any funny stories? A: Every tour and every piece of work tells it own story. I have to write a book for my own.
Q: Any funny stories? A: One night my friends and I were checking the yard and after being sure Q: Where did your name come from? that everything is usual no problem to A: I was just looking for some letters enter the yard, when we arrived next to which I like, and I choose the ones which the train and about to start to paint three stands good together than my name of security guards jumped outside from ‘tabone’ came out. insight of the train and we all run to the diffrent ways and than we all escaped. Q: What are your influences? A: The original graffiti, I mean the roots of On that night we tryed to do two trains, graffiti where it all started in early days of we had to escape but on the fourth New York, also some old and new styles attempt we did paint the train and of Berlin the vector design principles, everything was ok, we got the photos taste in old school traditional graffiti. and went back home. I got home and realized that the shout out which I wrote Q: What crews have you written with and was wrong, I accidently wrote ‘happy write with at present? birth date’ instead of writing ‘happy A: I was member of some crews but birthday’. So back to the yard early in for me A.C.A.B All Crew members Are the morning before the train get in to the Bastards. traffic and to correct my mistake. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Caps, cans, rubber gloves like most of the writers I guess.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: I dont know how I can describe my style, I let my style to describe me.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: They both have different challenges, you can’t compare a legal master piece with an burner panel piece, I just write my name and I dont care if its legal or illegal, I only care about graffiti and my style. There are writers doing amaizing pieces on trains absolute burners and some just ruin the trains. You can do amazing stuff on legal walls, and in the same way do very bad pieces on legal walls aswell, so its not about legal or illegal for me its all about good pieces and bad pieces. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Art is a well known word for me, I really dont know what art really is, but I do know that I’m a writer and I’m writing my name in graffiti on the wall and I don’t care if its art or not.
Q: When did you start? A: I’ve been writing since 1996
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Q:When did you start? A: Started tagging in 97, before then it was shit like ‘I woz ere’ or etching my name. When I was younger I was always bombing and in trouble. Graffiti was my life and still is, in 2007 my character was born, I drawn him up using computer and from that day I was printing him off and blamming him as much as I could. Q:Where did your name come from? A: The old Apple Macs we used at college would automatically save your work as Temp0. Which I think stood for temporary file 0.
Q:What are your favourite materials? A: I do a bit of everything, some days I’ll hop bus to an area I’ve never been and walk the bus route into town just slapping stickers. When I do posters I have a broom and a bucket. When I go painting I use 94 for piecing and good old car paint and Under body seal etc for dubbing. Can’t beat aluminum for fill, stone chip black and a car plan white for a clean track side.
Q:What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: My word there are too many to mention, back in 2002 I had my own crew called KBZ Killa Beez, Krazy Bastardz Q:Where do see your art heading? A: For now I just want it on the streets. I’m and so on. not down for exhibiting work and making I was joint founder with a writer called money. I get lots of offers to do projects Mesh, but these days I represent PHD etc but I’m honestly not in it for that. I Propa Heavy duty and PSA Pussy think perhaps when I’m in my 30’s I may Stabbaz, INS It Never Stops, NHS Nasty consider doing a few jobs but until then Habbits, FKS Fresh Kreations and AC its laces fastened, hood up, head down, All City I’m usually out painting with boom boom. members of NFA No Fucking About or 48 which is an anagram of Toy Fighter. Q:How would you describe your style? A: We have a thing called Brum Style, they’re chunky letters with crazy fills. I’ve kinda developed my own style letters from that. With my Tempo face I keep it iconic, nothing too complicated.
I don’t wish to speed up the progress of designs, the more simple it is the more I liked it though so I kept it. 33 is a number recognisable it becomes. When I do thats been haunting me since 2004, I push the boat out and do something don’t know if its a good thing or not but I crazy though people think I’ve done a thought fuck it, throw it on the end. Later collaboration with someone else. I just to find out tempo33 is a speed. Shit gets grin and give them the middle finger. weirder all the time.
Q:What are your influences? A: These days my influence is my youth, I beat the bus routes, and the buses. With large scale posters on the canals, tracks and on roof tops and even trains. Just going all city, I do street art but how I do it is next level. I don’t want to be seen as just another sticker artist.
Q: When did you start? A: I Started making stickers after studying a little graphics at School and then getting myself an old Power Mac computer. Soon after that I got a job in a print shop which had easy access to everything from small to large format at a realy low price. Q: Where did your name come from? A: I used to make stickers under a different name, as I didn’t want to associate that name with my bombing name. So a couple of years past and decided to go with what I originally was writing. I added 5 more characters to my name making it Topstuff! That then caught on well for me. After a little while I made a logo/icon sticker, which could be associated with the name, which is a lot easier slapping up rather than bombing especially in daylight.
The funniest story I have is going for a paste up with a mate, which was looking out for me in the early morning. After a little while he needed to go for number two’s. He had to squeeze between 2 buildings and let one rip with newspaper for wipes. Q: How would you describe your style? A: Alot of my friends would describe my style being perverted. And I’d have to agree. I also have a little twist of lettering and pixilation.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: I only really work with digital as I have mostly everything I need on the computer. Programs and shit loads of colours and I also keep in touch with a couple of friends in the print shops where I previously worked in so every now and then I can sneak in a few low priced prints. Q: Were do see you design going? A: I have a few designs in the back of my mind that I need to bring out into the daylight. I’m the best at putting things off, life’s too short so I have to pull my thumb out and wake up...More stickers to come, less perversion and some mixed media work involving silk screening with photographs and more serious stuff that I’ve been holding off for years now.
Q: Any funny stories? A: Nowadays I have been meeting people online. Which is really a good as being from one of the most isolated cities in the world you can sort of get stuck with what you have and don’t have. Nothing really funny to tell as I usually go out alone.
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Artist: CRAZE Location: Australia www.crazeco.com.au
Artist: GEKO ONE Crew: WATS/GAP Location: Germany www.gekoone.de
Artist: JUICE FOOZLE Location: Germany www.juicefoozle.com
Artist: PSYCO Crew: ZRCS Location: Germany
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: Seein bitches and ho’s just throw paint around… nah, I’m just goofin. Seriously though, my earliest memories of graf, as I call it, are not of any one train or piece… but a random memory of overall energy. The mystery of all the swooping intertwined lines had me mesmerized for sure. All the intense angles, colors, and tight freeformed lines really made a lasting impact. Something about seeing the power of the written word chopped and stylized riveted me!
Q: Where did your name come from? A: My art name is just a combo of my legal name and exploring my bloodline from Panama. I do at times go by Visual Soul cause writing my long ass Latino name out can be obnoxious at times. How did my Visual Soul name come about? Shit man I dunno, too many drinks and listening to Redman & Method Man on repeat could be to blame. Ha ha. Q: Any funny stories? A: Oh sure. Names are changed to protect the guilty from charges of debauchery. Ha ha, so a while back a friend of mine earned the nickname ‘uncle rusty’ after he passed out face down after a mammoth paint session. And well, us being great friends… we paint rolled his bare azz cheeks with Rustic Red.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: My style is often times described Q: What are your influences? as beautifully disturbing and I have A: Oh man, must go classical right off the equal desire to express myself with cuff, Francisco Goya is by far my favorite thick lines, organic textures, splatters, pure painter. Then there is Gauguin, and and typography. Flat out I am more of course Picasso for his raw ferocity and concerned with the immediacy of visual devastating bravery. I saw Denny Dent communication than I am with the paint live once and that split my wig in exact replication of forms with traditional two, so he is right up there along with volumetric shading techniques. many others. Oh yeah Ralph Steadman is unreal, Ed Sorel, Seymour Chwast, Q: What are your favourite materials? and Keith Haring. I would mention some A: Anything that dries quickly. I’m super modern names, but few things are more impatient at times and my need for repulsive than a male groupie. So I’ll speed dictates what I use and lean keep those to myself. towards. Golden acrylic paint fluids,
paint markers, and of course spray paint. But I‘m much more into brushwork for control than I am into being a street purest. Have really been into screen printing these days. Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Shit if I know. I can tell ya this much though, art is limitless and I am excited by all the modern materials developed from polymers and such. Your question has many facets, as I make a distinction between those that create art and those that consume it. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Does a bear shit in the woods… ha ha ha, hellz yeah I’ve been involved and curated many collabo’s and exhibits. I truly dig the energy level and spontaneity of group collaboration and strive to make one-on-one collaborations occur more and more these days. I am always in exhibits, it is like a drug to me, hooking me in and pushing me to create something that I otherwise would not have. If anyone is interested in seeing some of my collabos, I filmed a few in a time lapse video on my site for posterity.
Q: When did you start? A: First really picked up a brush in 1996, that paint chip replication in Color Theory class does not count. So then I messes around for a few years just finding out what and how to paint. Then really dove in full tits in 2003. Ever since then I’ve been hustling trying to develop myself in this art game.
Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti walls today A: Both are good for different reasons, without style neither will give the right impact.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: A couple I’ve written are TSA and VW. Since about 2004 its been all about Warfare Crew.
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: Lots more pieces, travelling to anywhere I haven’t already been and the places I have. Seeing my graphic design and art on clothing, skateboards, snow boards etc.
Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Molotow’s for pieces, Tana’s, Pilot Pens and Solid’s for bombing. I also Airbrush and do the occasional canvas with Poscas and water colour.
Q: When did you start? A: Around 94 I dropped my first tags, a few years later I got a black book and started sketching outlines. I rocked my first piece in 97 at a basketball court wall in Balmain with a few Krylons and Dulux.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Sydney Style, Public, Ny Style one of those
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: Yes, Alpha to Omega 2010 at Mays Lane in Sydney with Spice, Dream and Teaz was one I wont forget. I also co-curated the Back Burners show at Sydney Lo Fi 2011 with Dboe WFC.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: I remember one night covering pieces of paper with tags trying to come up with a name that had a good meaning. Water had the right letters wasn’t to obvious and seemed to get noticed. Q: What are your influences? A: Graffiti letters, music, books, my crew and other writers such as Swet, Ces and Bates. www.waterone.com.au
Q: What are your fond memories of seeing earlier graffiti? A: The first tags and names I saw when I got into it and the mystery behind how its done and who does it.
Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: My first crew was ESC Expression Sans Condition with Luis, we did a lot of bombing. And then DF5 Da furious five, BS Both Side, with Nesta from Grenoble, SP Serial Painterz with Boher from Paris, and LCF Le Cercle Fermé with Reso from Toulouse.
Q: Where do see you art heading in the future? A: Graffiti is a part of me, I ‘ll always keep painting. I don’t know how it will evolve. Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exihibits? A: Yes, a lot of collaborations and exhibits in many countries such Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Canada, Usa…
Q: When did you start? A: I discovered hip hop culture in 80’s with breakdance, and I started bombing in 1988. Q: How did you come up with your name? A: For 2 years I used different names, and in 1990 I picked out WEB’S, which is made up of my favorite letters. At that time, there was no relation with internet. Q: What are your favorite materials? A: Spray paint, brushes, computer...
Q: How would you describe your style? A: Today, my style is 3D dynamic, wild and biomechanic.
Q: Where did your name come from? A: It’s funny because I actually don’t know, it came out of nowhere... I liked the sound.
Q: How would you describe your style? A: It is hard to describe my style, I try to be all around as much as I can. For letters I try to make wild style and for characters I surf between realism and graphic style.
Q: Where do see you art heading? A: I hope it will get better and better in the future. I don’t feel stuck in a bubble and I am hungry for more day after day, I just want to develop my style and learn from others.
Q: What are your fnd memoires of seeing earlier graffiti? A: I used to see graffiti in my hood, and I felt realy inspired, and I liked it the first time I saw it and I knew this would be my thing.
Q: Have you been involved in collaborations or exhibits? A: I have made some collectives exhibitions and a lot of jams. I like jams very much because it gives me the oppertunity to meet new writers from different horizons and it is also a way to exchange with others. It is an essential part of graffiti.
Q: What are your influences?; A: Everything I see is an influence, I’m very interested in other countries culture Q: How do you see train graffiti v’s graffiti and I like to use different cultural symbols wallstoday A: I love and respect both, they are two for my characters. different practicals but still reach out at Q: Anyfunny stories? the end. A: I would say that my whole experience in the graff scene was epic, meeting drunk people in the streets who come up and talk to you is pretty usual, most of the time they are very funny or not. Q: What crews have you written with and write with at present? A: FPC is the first crew I was entered, I was also part of several crews like SP, and my family the NTC crew, SGX who is actually a small crew of girls. I’m also in Coin Coin Crew, a crew composed entirely of plastic ducks...no jokes. Q: What are your favourite materials? A: Spraycans for walls, and when I make a canvas which isnt that often, I use acrylic paints and Poscas. Generally I make my sketch with criterion and a black pen.
Q: When did you start? A: I got interested at a very young age, but I did my first piece in 2001, and since 2005 I feel alot more active, I paint regularly.
Artist: ENIGMAREGIS Crew:Gluesquad Location: Italy
Artist: FANTA Crew: TSM Location: Germany www.wildfanta.com
Artist: CASPER CASPERONC Location: Netherlands
Artist: Mr.FIRES Location: Australia
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