Hello My Name Is: Ponk [HA]

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Name: Ponk
Crews: Heavy Artillery
City/Country: Bristol (then), Barcelona (now)

Influences? Paris TCF, Feek TCF, Aroe HA, Sickboy Graffiti in general, friends and family.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Barcelona is so enveloped in graffiti its almost impossible for it not to enrich your life, even if its something you don’t do. Its everywhere, and its one of the main reasons I decided to move here, even though the scene has changed so dramatically over the past 10 years. There are still endless abandoned spaces right in the heart of the city and the overall feeling towards graffiti from the inhabitants is positive, as well as the wonderful south European mindset that if it isn’t your property then it isn’t your problem, which makes for beautifully bombed streets.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? It was my second injection that really got me hooked. After vistiting Bristol in 97 and seeing the mind blowing productions painted by EKO PARIS XENS and ZIML then the same year was a huge jam in Bristol called Walls on Fire. Nearly all the most well known writers from the UK were there and they put in the work.

What keeps you still writing? Striving to become a better writer.the fun and enjoyment the freedom and escapism from the drudgery of everyday life.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I think following any trend is a dangerous road to take. Its sometimes hard to not follow these cool fads. but I think being true to yourself and your own path is something that should be at the heart of any sincere writer.

What do you do when you’re not painting? Think about painting, skate, spend time with my family, enjoy the city.

Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? I guess its at the heart of why everyone paints, or does any type of art at all. It may not be an immediate recognition that they want as their goal, but I think deep down they want to be somehow appreciated for what they do. I want other writers to see my stuff and appreciate it. How would you describe your style? classic, anomalous, tight, loose. Movement is key. Can you remember the first piece you did? yea, In a damp alley in East London, with my cousin.

Future plans? Forthcoming exhibition with Aeon FLY (stay tuned) which has been fun collaborating together on. And thanks to you guys, putting out my website (blog) on the interweb, of the majority of my pieces over the past couple of years since I’ve been here in Barcelona.

Tumblr: ponkha.tumblr.com
Instagram: @ponkha

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