City/Country: Auckland, New Zealand
When did you start writing? I messed around tagging with my buddies in my school years, then pieces came early 2000’s.
What’s graffiti for you? Manipulated letters applied to a surface of your choice
Influences? Anything and everything can be influential – from vintage cartoons to a label on a bottle of beer
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Auckland is home, It’s a fast growing city. The scene is not what it was five or six years ago. Almost everything got buffed and the council stayed on top of it. It was sad to see history get wiped out. Things are ticking along nicely now, people still stay busy and we have a good community here.
What keeps you still writing? Graffiti provides an escape from the grind of the boring/stressful everyday life. Painting graffiti takes you to places you would usually never go to and puts you in unique situations. No matter what the situation – I find it relaxing.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? For as long as I can remember I was totally intrigued with graffiti. I guess it all started seeing my friends’ get up. There were a couple of dudes at my school Ryvs and Romes when we were about 10 or 11 who were actually pretty up considering their age. Seeing regular new stuff in my area from the likes of Agent, Addict and Phat One helped. About the same time we had a group of older dudes come and paint some walls at our school as part of a youth program or something along those lines. It’s a bit faded but if memory serves me correctly Merk was involved and maybe Some of THC’s, a couple of years on and most of my buddies had tag names.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I don’t necessarily dislike anything, it’s easy to see when things are forced and you can tell when people stick to their natural progression.
What do you do when you’re not painting? I tattoo for a living and hang with my lovely lady.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? Graffiti is all about getting people to see it, so yes I like my stuff to be seen. The recognition is nice I guess but it’s not the reason behind my painting.
How would you describe your style? I like to try keep things traditional yet a little loose at the same time. Also I try too strip things back and have nothing unnecessary ….although I get carried away at times.
Can you remember the first piece you did? Yes. I painted hunched over in a tiny tunnel some of it may still be there. I remember having to paint almost entirely with my thumb because my index finger would cramp up.
Future plans? Keep on keeping on and represent to the fullest.
The Danish crew Dua Boys has not wanted to loose their opportunity to participate in our Versus project. One piece made between Money and Spare is enough to show how their style looks when applied with Luxor Yellow from the Hardcore 2 series. All of this in a quite absorbing video.
After collaborating together on a handful of small scale canvases, Milan’s Nemco and Melbourne’s OG23, recently worked on a larger scale version of their popular pieces. Utilising some buckets of paint, ladders, aerosol and rollers, the duo finished this ode to the technological retro (in the space of one day), to produce a piece that takes you back to future. Arty Graffarti was one hand to see it all take place and this is the resulting video, enjoy!