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Hello My Name Is: Raws

Name: Raws
Crew: Super Bad Boys, Officials
City/Country: Berlin, Germany
When did you start writing? 2004

What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti means a lot to me! Because of graffiti I could manage to travel a lot all over Europe and maybe one time around the world.;) To make it short: graffiti for me is creativity, friends, traveling, collecting, fun, work and struggle.

Influences?
I get my influences from everything around me. Graphics, films, advertisement or arts are just some of my influences. I love abstract works by artists like Picasso, Kandinsky, Richter or Lichtenstein. When it comes to graffiti/urban art, nowadays I love works by Pantone, Dems, Pose (MSK), Does or Kaws, because they managed to do the next step apart from classic graffiti styles. Stylewriters like Chas, Soten or Dejoe are also Writers I am impressed of. And for sure all my friends around me.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Berlin is one of the most important cities, when it comes to graffiti. We have so much illegal and legal graffiti, that influences my works. Crews like 1UP or BerlinKids are just some of the worldwide famous. What is interesting for me, is the fact, that we have so many different styles in the city. The life in Berlin is very hectic, stressful but also nice and relaxed. Especially the summer in Berlin is amazing!

What keeps you still writing?
Haters. 😀

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I think the fact, that it is illegal but creative. Nowadays it is the searching for the perfect piece.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I don’t like that there is more and more a separation between the illegal and legal graffiti (especially in Berlin), because some people think legal graffiti is not “real”. For me everything belongs together and I have big respect for the hardcore writers.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Sports, working as graphic designer and video producer.

How would you describe your style?
Graphical, clean, abstract, versatile.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Oh thats hard. I think there was one with a friends. After tagging the whole night, we painted a piece on the backsite of a transformer plant, which wasn’t seen by anyone, because it stood in the middle of a forest. 😀

Future plans?
Find my own way of painting abstract paintings on canvas. And for sure a lot of traveling!

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I don’t know if there are many new writers. When I started in my circle of friends graffiti was really hyped and everyone was tagging. I think graffiti is more like a special thing these days. But I am not into the young guns business. Sorry.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best: Doing the details at the end of spraying a piece and to come back at home and see what you done that day. And sure, the time with friends.
Worst: Haters, bad talking in the game about what writer X did last weekend and why writer Y is painting with writer Z…. blablabla..

Who do you paint for?
Myself and the girls. ;D

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Tom says: “Oh thats a good style, the colors are amazing and look at the cleaness!” and Niko added: “I like the idea of that abstract look and how he arranged the forms and letters.”. Both are very happy. Tom sends money to Raws because of that awesome piece.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana Cans/ Montana Colors
City: Berlin
Markers/pens: All4One
Surface: Raw wall, abandoned places
Cap: One fatcap and one skinny cap.

Website: Rawsone.com
Instagram: @Rawsofficial
Facebook: Raws

GRAFF TV: OJEY80

This episode of Graff TV we feature graffiti writer Ojey80! For more from him go here: Instagram.com/ojey80

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PARTNER: www.molotow.com
FILMED BY: Stereo one / Chosen Few
MUSIC BY: Nevalie – Kaytranada

GRAFF TV is a series of graffiti videos capturing the style and techniques of some of the best and most interesting writers around the world. From simple new school styles to futuristic 3D-burners or playful naive pieces. Follow the process from sketch to finished piece, all cut down and compressed to three minutes episodes.

MONOCHROME 053 – REDS

In this episode of MONOCHROME we feature graffiti writer Reds, check it out!

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FILMED BY: Tyme One
EDITED BY: Blackbookpictures
MUSIC: Pistol Pete
SPONSOR: Montana Cans

MONOCHROME is a series of graffiti videos, all with a black-and-chrome feeling, by Spraydaily.com. Simple short videos featuring one writer and three cans in each episode. One chrome piece on one clean wall by one selected graffiti writer for each episode.

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