- By lr on October 30, 2014
Crew: PRNA & TUFF
City/Country: Milano, Italia
When did you start writing? More or less 7 years ago.
What’s graffiti for you? It’s a game of unreachable satisfaction that leads to continuous apparent evolution.
Influences? My influences come from the good days in New York mixed with some Northern European funk cartoons, and of course my crewmates inspire me every day.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Shit but good.
What keeps you still writing? Love passion and being surrounded by some of the most talented graffiti artist of the world. My family.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? When I came to my Home town I was 16 and straightaway I started spotting tag stylers around the blocks. I did my first tag in 2007. I stopped in 2008. Restarted in 2010 and since then I’ve more or less always been at it.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I think nowadays graffiti are more standardized via Internet. Unfortunately because of this you see the same pieces all over the world. You’ve got to do crazy shit to stand out.
What do you do when you’re not painting? Get high, work, riding my bike and eat Chinese.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? I’ve never used the web to spread my name but I must admit that before summer I discovered through friends Instagram and now I’m a bit of a nerd.
How would you describe your style? Flat two-tone negative funky stuff. For now.
Can you remember the first piece you did? 2010 with another name.
Future plans? Get high, paint, produce, get high, work with my crew mates, get high, collaborate with my bro from Southfresh on our line go check out all the stuff on the website www.Southfresh.com
- By lr on October 26, 2014
Name: Askew One
Crew: TMD, MSK, SUK
City/Country: Auckland, New Zealand
When did you start writing: 1993
What’s graffiti for you? An outlet, a form of expression, something I did to define myself as a young person.
What do you do when you’re not painting? I’m a full time artist so when I’m not painting I’m doing stuff related to painting.
How would you describe your style? My graffiti is a balance of loose gestural painting, organic but at the core pretty traditional letter structure.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? Growing up in Central Auckland in the 90’s, everyone seemed to have a tag. It was synonymous with being young in my city.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? To be honest, that was a major motivator in the beginning but nowadays graffiti is quite personal for me. I still like to share it but recognition isn’t the motivator.
You been painting for a long time, is it the same feeling now as before? No it’s really different. you have to keep evolving for it to stay fresh.
What is your favorite city in the world and why? I love Detroit, LA & Papeete in Tahiti a lot. I also think Sydney in Australia is great.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I would say the current trend has gone much more towards bubbly hip graffiti that’s not so technical or rendered but I wouldn’t say I dislike it, it’s just not how I tend to paint. Things always go in cycles.
What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? There’s a ver new crop that are becoming visible now, they’re all pretty good man. I don’t know a lot of the current generation but just glad to see graffiti come back to life in my city after the council really crushed it for the past 4 years.
Future plans? Just keep on my journey, I make art full time as I mentioned and there’s a lot in the way of studio and large outdoor work that’s really calling me right now. That’s why graffiti has become more of a release, a way for me to switch off and just feel rather than over think.