Hello My Name Is: Rust86


Name: Rust86
Crew: FM
City/Country: Melbourne, Australia / Pesaro, Italy
When did you start writing? 2003

What’s graffiti for you? A good means for exploring colors, forms, people and places.

Influences? Flow and curiosity.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Melbourne is a dynamic melting pot of people, sub-cultures and good vibes – a laid-back city in which graffiti burners and bombings are blended in the everyday life as much as coffee is. A very stimulating place to be and loosen the strict graffiti attitude I developed in my hometown in Italy.

What keeps you still writing? Flow and curiosity.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? Graffiti scene in my small hometown has been very active since the late 80’s thanks to Italian pioneers and true kings such as Noem507. Seeing those burners on the tracksides and in the drainage sewers made it clear that graffiti was the thing to do.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I don’t like the lack of consistency behind a lot of stuff I see; I don’t like writers following fashions for the sake of being part of the mainstream trend of the moment per se. An annoying by-product of graffiti becoming socially acceptable and mainstream I guess…

What do you do when you’re not painting? I listen to terrible music and shoot hot basketball hoops.

How would you describe your style? Between the 70s and the 90s pretty much everything has been done in graffiti; however style keeps evolving and doing something interesting / different now is “post-graffiti”. My style is uneasy and controversial for those who don’t understand this concept or simply don’t have an open mind / a solid background. Despite the composition of my pieces can appear loose, it relies on a strict and critical elaboration of letters, color schemes and elements. I am keen on studying the relevance of the different semantic elements of a piece. This is pushing me to simplify my pieces to the roots in order to balance every element with the others and give a balanced piece. Trippy shit.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Whack mega-colored-3-D production.

Future plans? Whack mega-colored-3-D production.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? I adapt the formal solutions, but I tend to preserve the overall structure.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? As a spontaneous sub-culture, graffiti connect people with a similar attitude and give you a pass to discover extra-ordinary people and places. As a spontaneous sub-culture, graffiti can make you lose the connections with the outer world. And graffiti don’t make you rich.

Who do you paint for? Myself.

What writers have inspired you? I’ve always been a graffiti nerd with the passion for quality – way before I started pushing the buttons behind Ghetto Full Moon. Sources of inspiration were Noem507 and Wigs; THE and FMK; Keith Haring and Yes2, Northern Europe and the Land Down Under. However it’s important to distinguish formal inspiration and critical inspiration; I’ve had the luck to meet great writers and great people – such as Nemco, H2Oe, Og23 and Sage just to mention few – that have inspired me in developing a critical vision towards the attitude and language involved beyond the formal outcome.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? After every piece.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? “Fuck that’s fresh!”

Instagram: @Rust86_

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