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Hello My Name Is: Klik

Name: Klik
Crew: BA, DSF
City/Country: Stockholm, Sweden
When did you start writing? 1993

What’s graffiti for you?
Back then, a way to go from being totally invisible to the one people talked about. Today, something incredible fun in my otherwise quite hectic life.

Influences?
Train writers and bombers. I have always preferred illegal graffiti.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Stockholm has always been hard to paint in but people are doing it anyway. It’s the same with the trains, right now it’s really hard but if you want to do it you can.

What keeps you still writing?
I wanna close a circle, paint at the places where I didn’t paint when I was younger and with the people that i never did it with. And also to enjoy all the positive aspect that comes with graffiti.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
Two of my classmates started to paint and after a while they got me interested as well and then I was stuck.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Hipster graffiti.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Running a couple of businesses and take care of my family.

How would you describe your style?
Simple and direct. I want it to be as brutal as possible.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes, look at the picture.

Future plans?
To slow down a little bit 🙂

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, I like to paint fast on trains and i want to put the piece on the train. That’s when I’m the best.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Travel, eat food (but no hipster food), watch all AIK Stockholm games, take care of my family and walk with my dog.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I’m really impressed, they paint like crazy and are doing it really good, respect!

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best thing is all the fantastic people that I have met and all the weird things I have experienced. Today it is everyone that gives me positive response on things I have done and all the love I’m receiving.
The worst thing are they who are trying to stop us with unclear methods, lies and violence.

Who do you paint for?
Myself and those who wants to see my work.

What writers have inspired you?
First Reson, then HNR, Vimoas, Jama, Skil and Star who had a huge importance for me when I was younger. Today I like Klive, he is my guide and he takes care of me and makes things done. I got really impressed by WOL (Wolume 2 & 3) and FY (Fyboda) and the movies they did. And then Fher, who plays on another level.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
I got extremely tired of graffiti and writers that I didn’t care at all for 18 years. Today I take it less serious and if it’s not funny then there is no reason to do it.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Fuck, has he been out again 🙂

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Ultrawide
City: Stockholm
Markers/pens: Squeezers
Surface: trains
Cap: some fatcap, I’m trying to learn everything about caps now 🙂

Instagram: @Klickba

Hello My Name Is: Omega100

Name: Omega100
Crew: TMBS, GSARF & FAUST
City/Country: Hungarian countryside/Hungary
When did you start writing? 2004

What’s graffiti for you?
A secret society with ordinary people and unusual experiences.

Influences?
Nikola Tesla and Dr.Doom.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Well the town where i’m from is super small, there is no graffiti scene, only pesky people looking out from their windows, wanna know what are you up to. Luckily i moved from there long time ago.

What keeps you still writing?
Seeing other people reaching new levels that i didn’t even know that it existed before.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
Hip-hop culture made me interested for sure, but i never got into it really, until i got to high school and i had my first chemistry class, which was super boring at that moment. So i started to sketch a random word, and it came out really cool, so i decided that i’m going in.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
#vegangraffiti

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Working, and having beers after work, and regretting the beers the next day at work.

How would you describe your style?
I can’t describe it, just trying to make a graffiti piece true to the game all time.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
For sure. I messed up my jacket pretty bad. Got home too late. Mom was upset.

Future plans?
Free energy for the people on planet Earth.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes of course.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
Well if there’s any, rock on!

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The experiences. Both ways.

Who do you paint for?
For the movement.

What writers have inspired you?
I got my first true inspiration from a nearby city, where were a quite big scene, and nobody really knows about it still. From there i can name Yous, Nobs, Kelogs, Sector, Hopa, Chines, Bush, Higs. From now days people like Nomad, Dems, Balko, Urocki, Kosem, Druid, Rota, Pako, but the list can go on until infinite times.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
If i have to paint with a hungover yes.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
“Mammia mia, here we go again!”

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
Any
City: Budapest
Markers/pens: Working ones
Surface: Any
Cap: Pocket

Instagram: @Doomega100

Hello My Name Is: Laia

Name: Laia
Crew: CK
City/Country: Barcelona, Spain

When did you start writing?
I started making tags and sketches in 1999, but until the following year I didn’t do my first piece.

What’s graffiti for you?
My best friend and my worst enemy.

Influences?
If I was a person with many influences I wouldn’t be painting the same thing for the last 20 years. hahaha.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
There is a lot of movement and a lot of tourism and that also brings many different styles. In my city, you pick up a stone and you get 30 graffiti writers.

What keeps you still writing?
Painting is my best disconnection from the world and my way of discharging energy. There are people who do yoga or boxing, I paint graffiti. I haven’t experimented yet an activity that makes me feel the way graffiti does so I will continue painting until I get tired.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I started making sketches with my name to give them to my friends at school. Later on, watching The Fresh Prince on TV I realised I wanted to buy sprays, due to the main scene where he shows painting a wall and is caught by the police. That day i bought my first cans.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I do not like this tendency of extra garbage style. I like dirty pieces with a trash style, but there is a tendency for exaggeration that only makes me think that those people do not know how to paint. I also do not like the super admiration towards that style. I would like to know if those people are capable of making a clean piece.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I work too much..

How would you describe your style?
Under my eye, pieces are like people’s faces, some are good looking, some are not that attractive, some inspire truthfulness and other don’t. Basically, you fall in love with ones and others horrify you. I try to make my pieces look like those chubby cute humans you’d like to cuddle with them 24/7.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes, it was in a river in the town of a friend. It only had two colors (light grey and light violet, horrible) and you can imagine how it was ….

Future plans?
Work less and paint as much as I can. Travel as a way of life doing what i like the most. Feeling free is the main idea.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, obviously…!

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
When I was young it used to be respect to veteran graffiti writers, a respect that i can’t see nowadays. We had a non scripted rules that we had to follow and now a kid can come and cover a full color piece with a nasty shitty silver. This is the new generation that grows in my city.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best I get doing graffiti is all the adventures I have had lived, I actually live and the future ones. That involves traveling, sharing experiences with friends or alone and the knowledge of how far I can go.
The worst part is the jealousy that people has to each other. By the act of painting, people feeds their ego and can even harm others thru a nonsense battle searching to be recognized as the best, ridiculous.

Who do you paint for?
I paint for me, to fill my albums with nice new stuff 🙂

What writers have inspired you?
Mainly my inspo comes from the old tapes of trains covered by pieces from WUFC, SDK, etc……. I also get inspired by the first New York graffiti writers.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
I’m tired of the world that surrounds graffiti, not of the action.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I don’t really hope anything because as I said before I do it for me, but what I would be happy to know is that they get that good energy I put on every single piece.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
I don’t publicity brands that do not pay me hahah.
City: New York
Markers/pens: Krink
Surface: Metal it’s my favourite but is the one I less paint on.
Cap: Pocket

Instagram: @iamlaia

Hello My Name Is: Hemsk

Name: Hemsk
Crew: NHR
City/country: Gothenburg, Sweden.
When did you start writing? 2008/2009

Whats graffiti for you?
A very fun way to express myself and my creativity, it’s also friendships and very addictive. It’s always on my mind in someway.

Influences?
Always think this is hard to answer but definitely old school graffiti, and i’ve always liked graffiti from Denmark. But i often hear i have a New York inspired style too which is probably correct!

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Gothenburg is Swedens second largest city, i’m born and raised and i really enjoy living here. At the moment i think the graffiti scene is thriving. I think it feels more active than in many years, which is very fun to see! Theres a lot of talented writers with great styles.

What keeps you still writing?
Mainly because it’s so fun, but also when i see improvements in my own style, that keeps me motivated.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
All my life i have been drawing, when i was younger i could be painting everything from cars to dinosaurs haha. I’ve always been creative, and when i started a new school in 2008 i met some classmates that introduced me to graffiti, and from there it kept going.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Too much “anti-style/hipster graff” or whatever it’s called. For me a good style is most important. But thats just my opinion!

What do you do when your not painting?
Right now i’m studying full time. Besides that i hang out with my girlfriend and our dog, friends and family. Sketching/watching series and so on.

How would you describe your style?
Probably some sort of semi-wildstyle, lots of focus on the letters and popping colour schemes. I like to experiment with new letters, i get bored when i repeat things too much.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes haha. It was one day after school me and a friend went to a nearby water tower and there i made my first piece, i can remember it was red. Unfortunately i don’t have a photo.

Future plans?
Paint more, hopefully travel more and in someway have a job that’s creative.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes when i get the chance, i enjoy adapting pieces on for example a small wall, i tend to think of new connections and how to place the letters differently to fit the whole name. It’s fun!

What do you think of the new generation of writers in your city?
Hard for me to answer because i don’t personally know anyone younger than me writing. Most people i paint with are either my age or older. I know there are some good younger bombers tho. Like i said before the scene feels more active now which hopefully generates some new abilities!

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
For me it’s very meditative, relaxing, creative and extremely fun. You get to meet new people and you always got graffiti in your head. I can’t think of any other “hobby” that would take up as much time. But i enjoy that! Bad things, maybe the attitude amongst some writers. Tends to be a lot of negativity and trash talking at times.

Who do you paint for?
Myself and my crew.

What writers have inspired you?
There are many. Dome, a legend here in Gothenburg, one of my all-time favourite writers. That probably goes for most writers from here haha. I can also remember that i early noticed Bates and Smash137 in some books i got when i was still a toy, and got very inspired by them. Now in the latest years through instagram i have been able to find many more. The list would be very long but i’ll name a few: Agens, Jurne, Kems and Appear37!

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
I don’t think so, of course i can be tired at some parts of it at times. Especially sketching, it comes and goes for me but other than that i have no problem finding the inspiration and motivation to keep on!

What do you hope that people will see and think when they se your stuff?
I hope i can inspire some people like i have been inspired by others. I want to be recognised for my letters and style!

FIVE FAVOURITES
Spraypaint: Montana Black
City: Copenhagen
Markers/pens: Uni Paint PX-30 for tags and Posca for canvases.
Surface: Raw concrete
Cap: At the moment, Lego cap.

Instagram: @hemsk031

Hello My Name Is: Dask

Name: Dask
Crew: Blade Runners, ACR, STC
City/Country: Athens GR
When did you start writing? 1994

What’s graffiti for you?
Back in the days, it used to be more like battle for us, now it works as psychotherapy!

Influences?
When I started writing, Bez from Netherlands had just visited in Athens. So the first pieces I fell in love with was his. Also a writer from Greece, Rek79. These two writers are still my basic influence and my mentors. But now with social media you can see styles from all over the world, there are many good writers out there. So you can inspire from here and there.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Athens is a great city for graff tourism right now, because of financial crisis nobody gives a shit. Lots of bombs, but not enough style writing!

What keeps you still writing?
Because of my full time job as a tattoo artist, I wasn’t so active for some years. But through graffiti I found again a way to do stuff for me and not commission. Also the trip of innovation of the style an make letters fit together.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
First pieces I saw were at my school from the twins Ante & Kerts. Later I realised that I love style writing and that’s how the journey begun.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Writers care more about effects and colors and not that much about lettering and innovating their style. I don’t have a problem with that, but it’s not my cup of tea.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Tattooing, music and drinking some pints of lager!

How would you describe your style?
Bladerunning at the Astro-ship Central Railway.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Of course I do. Scrap cans, toy letters, no skills but a lot of fun!!!

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Sometimes is nice to fit your style in the spot, but I prefer totally black background for my space environment!

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
As everywhere there are good and bad things to see, but I like to see that the city never sleeps.

What writers have inspired you?
Everyone who try to do his stuff with his piece without losing respect to the original form of the letters.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Physically yes haha!

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope to make them want to buy some tickets for my intergalactic trip!

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
Montana Black / Flame Blue
City: Berlin
Markers/pens:
Surface: Concrete wall
Cap: Montana Level 1

Instagram: @y0url0caldrunk