Category Archives: Freights

Hello My Name Is: Ewze

Name: Ewze
Crew: –
City/Country: Midwest/USA
When did you start writing? I did my first piece in 2005.

What’s graffiti for you?
Personal exploration is the entire reason I do graffiti. The challenge of self improvement in how you handle a piece as well as your interactions with writers and situations that arise within it. I haven’t mastered any aspect of graffiti that I mentioned by any stretch.

Influences?
I grew up in a town with no graffiti scene whatsoever. The internet was the only access to graffiti that I had, aside from seeing stuff on freight trains. I liked timeless looking graffiti right away but it took me awhile to understand it. Classic burners always appealed to and influenced me most.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
I just relocated last year. Some of the best writers in the country live here, and crews who have heavily influenced my style have been/are based out of this place. Living here is great, and has pushed me to be a better person and writer. Good food and scenery to boot.

What keeps you still writing?
It makes me happy.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I used to draw numbers in middle school. I’d put flames or clouds around them and naturally it progressed into drawing letters and names. When I was 15 I went to Kansas City and saw graffiti in person for the first time. I went home and started painting almost immediately.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
There is a lot of positivity within my group of friends now. They do a good job of trying to be nice people and writers. That doesn’t exist everywhere. Some writers aren’t as much that way, and can be difficult to be around or to associate yourself with. I’m not always a naturally positive person but I make a serious effort to be.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I’m a father and husband. Being both of those things is way more trying and rewarding than being a writer. I do my best.

How would you describe your style?
Graffiti style graffiti. I try to make unique letter structures and keep it simple in the right ways if I can. Still figuring out what works and doesn’t. Never the same outline twice.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
It said “atom” and was done on the back of a soda plant. I did two pieces next to each other the first time.

Future plans?
Learn as much as I can. Travel and make letters and characters that are better than I can make now.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
My favorite thing to paint is freight trains. Many times this will force you to make letters/background that adapt to where the ridges and numbers fall. I’m very much so a process person so some forced change or direction helps me.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I am barely older than the newer generation, myself. I think that there’s a good chance some of them write for reasons that are different than myself, but diversity is good for everything. Ignorance and poor decision making is not.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best aspect for myself is enjoying the physical act of graffiti. The smells, a cool breeze, and the mission with friends. The worst aspects of graffiti are easy to forget when you’re painting.

Who do you paint for?
My mental health.

What writers have inspired you?
Dondi, Jepsy, Kase2, Pre, Wane, TCI, HM and many others.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
I got arrested when I was a teenager and was spooked for a couple years. I wasn’t tired of it, but I was overly cautious and didn’t paint much.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
That I’m improving.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Yardmaster
City: Chicago
Markers/pens: chisel tip sharpie
Surface: raw cinder block
Cap: yellow universals

Instagram: @ewzedoesit

Hello My Name Is: S.kape289

Name: S.kape289
Crew:
City/Country: difficult to answer
When did you start writing? Between 2002 – 2006

What’s graffiti for you?
Tessellation.

Influences?
Everything I see, Everything I feel – Everywhere I go.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
I don’t shit where I eat. Also just got back from two years traveling the globe so no clue.

What keeps you still writing?
Dedication!

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
First curiosity, later addiction.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Who am I to judge? It would be sad though, if writers who are focusing more on their art as on Public Relations are getting less support from the scene. Style and being up is more important than Instagram Likes. One reason why Graffiti was so unique in the first place.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Enjoying vegan food.

How would you describe your style?
I love variety.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
It makes me smile ☺

Future plans?
The bucket list is long. To be featured in the Spray Daily Monochrome Series is one!

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Definitely. The piece has to fit its surroundings. The spot/surface makes it challenging and one reason why I paint most of my pieces freestyle.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
Is there one?

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The tool itself is the best and the worst. Spray-Cans are so much fun but still toxic as fuck.

Who do you paint for?
Me, myself and I.

What writers have inspired you?
People with a great personality. When it comes to the artistic level, writers who think outside the box, try out new stuff and push in different directions instead of going with the already known classics everybody seems to love the most. I have a lot of respect for every writer you made successfully the transition from a Graffiti Writer to a Fine Art Artist, but the most respect I have for those who made the transition and are still painting steel.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Its necessary to take small breaks to push boundaries.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
How can I send him money?

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: is my favorite
City: those I haven’t been to yet.
Markers/pens: doesn’t matter
Surface: Metal, and surfaces with character
Cap: everything has its purpose

Facebook: Facebook.com/skape289
Instagram: @Skape289
Tumblr: Skape289.tumblr.com