Hello My Name Is: Bob


Name: Bob
Crew: No, i was in a crew before but it ended and since i’m more into having good times with different peoples. Crews are always a « us against them » thing. My idea of an ideal crew would be a big one reuniting my area, representing the french-fries, the red-bricks, and the everyday people, not a super-heros-squad fantasy.
City/Country: France, North, 59, Lille.

When did you start writing?
I started writing more than 15 years ago, around 1999, when i was a child of the 90’s french rap and hip-hop movement.

What’s graffiti for you?
First it was all about letters, sketching, keeping the heritage alive. Then fame started to enter my mind, street-bombing, getting up, pushing my crew to the biggest, the baddest. And after, till’ nowadays, it’s all about painting, pleasure and fun. But it always had been a friendship thing, being together and acting wild!

Comics, cartoons and logos are my biggest influences for the last few years. I began to buy more and more comics, not a specific era or style, it’s very motivating. I see the work of drawers like Franquin, Poirier, Bakshi, Mauricio, Hergé, Pound, Picsou Magazine, all the belgian schools, Quick & Flupke, and i want to be like this, able to draw characters and make them say everything i feel. But it’s classic, that’s what i read when i was 8 years old, so it’s just a normal cycle. I’m also interested in what is called Ignorant Style, the graffiti we all used to do as young kids, the « BOB », « NTM », « SOS », remind me the essence of it, the beginnings, the school-tables, school-toilets. I remember my schoolmate Tony drawing a gun and a cannabis leaf on the class blackboard, we all ended up in the principal office!

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
There is a lot of things to do in my city, it has a very industrial past, so there always has been a lot of railways, abandoned factories, small streets, etc. But after 15 years of walking and zoning those streets it’s hard not to do the same thing twice or more. So i love to discover new spots, new possibilities of seeing my city under a new eye. Like every city, graffiti is not legal yet and people are not all loving it. I remember the streets full of tags late 90’s, and today everything is quickly buffed, something has changed with it, so you have to adapt your graffiti everyday.

What keeps you still writing?
Friendship! If i was alone i think i wouldn’t paint that much. It’s really something you share. I deeply love drawing and paint, so if i’m not out there writing i’m at home sketching, drawing. Even if i always feel young and new, i’m in this game for a long time now and i like to show that i’m still loving it, i’m still trying to be better and new, so i try a lot of things, i play like a kid. I would love to put the focus on my hood, we always have been less mediatized than Paris, Marseille, Lyon or even other little cities, but we have plenty of dope writers.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I was like a kid in front of the graffiti of my city, thinking that it was what i wanna do later, be a King like those guys in the street, taking the spots and killing the game with style. I can always remember the first names that killed me, tags and blocks from Sleek or wild styles by Isham or Keyz, throw-ups by Naste… those were some of my first references in graffiti.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
It’s a bad thing to loose time hating, so i prefer to stay concentrated on what i like and enjoy everything life can offer.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I try to work around my passion. I do workshops mainly with kids, drawings, stop-motion and motion, decoration. The kids keep my mind and my style fresh with their innocence!

How would you describe your style?
A bit of classic a bit of toy!

Can you remember the first piece you did?
It was a red-black-white piece. I don’t have a picture but in my mind it’s my best piece ever, highlights bigger than the outlines and the whole piece not bigger than 1m wide! I should have stuck to that!

Future plans?
No plans on the moon but graffiti, fun and travels.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, now even more than before, when i see a wall i try to find an idea that will fit best with the environment. I like to incorporate details or colors i see in the surroundings in my piece. Picture of the finished wall is very important too, so i try to think about it before. I think that’s one the big difference with the old-school graffiti approach, we think about the picture as it’s our only memories sometimes, so it’s important to have a nice one.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Yes, it’s like every other passion the main ingredient is to share it and renew it. It’s ups and downs but more ups than downs!

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope they find it cool and surprising, if somebody is happy for a minute when he sees my piece it’s won.

Spray paint: 94 for clean pieces, Motif Bitumen for silver outlines and Auto-K Spray-Set for street-tags.
City: Saô Paulo, Escaudain, Wambrechies.
Markers/pens: Paper Mate Flair M.
Surface: As long as it’s vertical it’s cool.
Cap: Stock cap, skinny cap and Pink Dot Fat.

Instagram: @303sosntm

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