Hello My Name Is: OG23 [FLY]

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Name: OG23
Crew: FLY
City/Country: Melbourne, Australia

When did you start writing? Around 2005 maybe earlier?
What’s graffiti for you? Graffiti for me is at this stage in my life my main consumption of time other then my job. it’s something that I really enjoy doing. it is socially great as well as I can travel almost anywhere and connect with people I have never met before.
Influences? I like to think my influences for lettering come from 70’s NYC graffiti era but maybe it’s mainly from people I paint with. now that so many graffiti “styles” are so easy to view on the internet I think that also unconsciously plays into my influences also.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Melbourne city is very busy city and it’s also very culturally diverse, there is always things happening and always something to do. We have a lot of music and arts festivals. for painting it’s great there are a lot of spots and people are generally pretty tolerant and in most areas there is very little buffing.
What keeps you still writing? I guess the encouragement and inspiration from my friends, crew and other artists as well as the desire to create.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? Basically from riding the trains to school when I was young and seeing pieces and productions along the line and also on the trains. The insides of the trains were also quiet trashed at this stage which got me into tagging. eventually I met a few local writers who knew how to paint and I started trying to paint pieces from then on.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Trends come and go I cant really think of any I don’t like.. I think people can paint whatever they want. there shouldn’t be any rules in graffiti.
What do you do when you’re not painting? Working, studying, Hanging with friends and family and painting.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? it’s great to get recognition… but I really only care if my friends see my stuff and there opinions.
How would you describe your style? I mix up of old and new.
Can you remember the first piece you did? hmmmm no but i’m sure it was terrible.
Future plans? I have 2 exhibitions planned this year so i’m woking on paintings for these. also hopefully some more travel after I finish my studies and a lot more painting!

Instagram: @offguts
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