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Hello My Names Is: Wegas

Name: Wegas
Crew: FAST DRIPS, ORG, DRAS
City/Country: Leipzig, Germany.
When did you start writing? Pretty late, probably round 2005

What’s Graffiti for you?
My daily life. It affects everything I do. The people I’m hanging out with, the places where I’m going for vacation, even before I move to another city to live there for a while I’m thinking about how it is to paint trains there.

Influences?
Dirty Handz 1 & 2

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Right now I’m living in Barcelona. Life here is good. Sun pretty much all year long, always a reason to drink beers and many friends from all over the world coming to visit. Leipzig is different from that, way smaller. 500.000 people are living there. After Berlin it’s the city in east Germany with the biggest and most active graffiti scene. Few very famous writers are from there, and the city is painted everywhere. A big thing are huge chrome pieces in the streets. It was like this before I even started painting myself and it’s still like that.

What keeps you still writing?
The goals I always set myself. New spot, new system, some mission that maybe nobody has done before. I always need to do stuff and can’t stand myself when I don’t paint in a long time, so I just need to paint to calm down.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I started writing in school, when I was 14. I was living in a smaller town outside of Leipzig. There was not really much to do. I remember going to the big city as often as I could and just riding around with my bike and taking photos of all the pieces I could find. I had so many. I started painting my own stuff, but then after 2 years I stopped for a while. It was my punkrock youth, I was interested in other things. Then I found my way back to graffiti when I was 20 and since then it has been with me all the time.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Jealousy. There is so many people talking shit behind other people’s back, which they haven’t even met before. Everything is only about having the biggest dick nowadays. It’s very unusual to get honest respect from other writers.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
The last 3 years I did nothing else than that. I was traveling all the time, had no apartment, just living the “Gipsy Life”, only painting, painting, painting. Right now I’m more chill. I really enjoy not having that pressure in me that I have to go out every night. If I’m not out painting my life is kind of normal, I would say. Working as less as possible, going out to drink, and spending my time with the few people that are not totally annoying me haha.

How would you describe your style?
I would probably say it’s kind of “basic”. I’m painting metros most of the time and there you don’t have time to do crazy wild styles or whatever. I like that my pieces are readable for everybody and try to make it recognizable with colors or same filling effects, even if I write different names from time to time.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
It’s kind of sad, but I actually don’t. I have pretty bad memory in general. Same with my first train. I try to have everything in photos and have a well-organized archive, but there also I have no idea about the first one. Besides that, I’m sure that if somebody would show me a train I did during the last 10 years, I could definitely say where and when I painted that one.

Future plans?
Going to places I’ve never been before. Europe is kind of boring now. There’s not much left I’m interested in.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Sure. I think everybody does. In Copenhagen for example where you have that fucked up footstep on the S-train, which is totally shit to paint over, I try to make my letters fit, so I have to paint on it as less as possible.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best for sure is that you get to know so much people. I have been in so many places, so many different countries, and almost everywhere you meet friendly writers that are motivated to help you out. Some of them became really good friends to me. The worst part is that it catches you so much. Even if you know you have to go to work the next morning, there’s still something inside of you that keeps you sitting 4 hours in a metro tunnel, just to wait for the perfect moment to put your 15 minutes piece there.

Who do you paint for?
Only for myself. I’m old enough now that I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. I don’t care. Of course I like if I get positive feedback from people, and I also publish a lot of my stuff on the internet, but that’s just a small part of it. If I wouldn’t enjoy it anymore I wouldn’t do it. It’s not like I have to paint a lot because people expect that from me.

What writers have inspired you?
My friends and crew mates. I think it’s the best when you inspire and motivate yourself in your own little circle of friends. Like pushing each other forward and developing your style together with them.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Maybe feeling tired of other writers, sure. Graffiti is still interesting for me, every day.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I want people to know my name I don’t really care if people like my panels or not, style and taste is different for every one of us. But if people know my name, like “yeah that dude did this and this crazy stuff”, that’s cool.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana Black
City: Copenhagen & Marseille
Markers/pens: Tippex
Surface: Steel
Cap: Pink Fat

Instagram: Forever_X_Vacation

Hello My Name Is: Z.Rock

Name: Z.Rock
Crew: AGLC & VDS
City/Country: Madrid, Spain
When did you start writing? End of 2001

What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti is my day to day life, the thing that removes me from the reality and crap that surrounds me (including shit from within graffiti)

Influences?
Cinema, comics, classic illustrators, top writers, friends… every day brings influences that I never imagined before!

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Madrid has a great history, there have always been great writers and the city is literally covered with throw-ups, tags, pieces…. Madrid never sleeps…. It is pure stress!

What keeps you still writing?
Relaxing on the sofa checking out the photo album after each piece and hooking up with good mates at the next spot!

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
When I was a kid I had my first contact with graffiti in the house of a family member and I started to get interested in everything I saw in his sketch books, photo albums and the walls I passed by in the streets. One day I did my first tag in a (horrible) electric blue and since then I have always wanted to learn more and to really get to know this world…. and now I’m still addicted to each and every stroke of the can.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
The lack of respect for other writers.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Sleep.

How would you describe your style?
Alive.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
A silver throwie with an orange outline… very ugly… hahahahaha.

Future plans?
Non-stop traveling and painting!

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Almost always, I don’t look for the easiest spot but one that will have a sweet photo at the end; I can’t resist a dope environment as a backdrop to my pieces.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
Too much hunger to paint and not enough time dedicated to the black book.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best: Friends and experiences
Worst: Egos and envy

Who do you paint for?
For me!

What writers have inspired you?
Mast, Know, Rage, Reso, Revok …

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Yes, not of graffiti itself but the shit that surrounds it.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
When they feel something that they write to me and we’ll see if we can connect.

FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana Black
City: Vitoria
Markers/pens: Uni Paint – silver and black
Surface: Virgin bricks
Cap: pocket cap (original cap)

Instagram: @zz.rock

Hello My Name Is: Nako

Name: Nako
Crew: No crews in the classic sense, but I have a little thing going with partner in crime “The N Words”
City/Country: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
When did you start writing?
I started writing in 97

What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti for me is a creative outlet, something to clear my mind of stress and forget about everything except for my piece.

Influences?
Growing up close to Vancouver in the late 90’s was great, the city was crushed and there was always a ton of shit to pull inspiration from. So I would say I was influenced by the city.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Surrey has grown a ton in the last 10 years but prior to that it was shithole of drug abuse and gang violence. It’s a big city area wide but a pretty small scene. It’s fun aside from a few other cats I have the city to myself.

What keeps you still writing?
A lot of things keep me involved, first off I’m passionate about painting and constructing letters, it keeps me away from the bad influences of drugs that are pretty rampant and I have lost almost my friends to it. Plus it can never get old if I’m constantly trying to one up myself and progress my style with every piece. 

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
My first real exposure to graffiti was “The Source” magazine. I’d always flip to the last section first to check out the graffiti feature. Then I saw that 2 dudes from Vancouver had made the feature ( Virus and Dedos ) and hoped that one day I could be in the back of the Source. 

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
 hate what’s happening on North American freights. With all the exposure given to freights these days you got mad kids with no business painting trains, painting trains. Going over legendary monikers and peices from dudes that have passed away and endless sidebusting and disrespect. I waited a good 10 years before I ever attempted trains for a reason.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I don’t do much to be honest, work kicks my ass and most of my free time gets devoted to painting. If I can I’ll hit some trails and go for a hike in the woods. 

How would you describe your style?
My style would probably fall under the classic category, I like to try and follow the script the subway writers of NY laid down, legible styles letters, chunky 3D, and cool cartoonish backgrounds.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Lol yup. The first piece I painted was in 1997, clover green, emererald green safety plum and ultra flat black Krylon. It was fuckin’ terrible.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
I don’t sketch and don’t usually have a plan until I get to the spot and survey the situation. I need a feel for the surface the space and depending on my mood and the colors how I will structure my piece.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
Like I said there is a pretty small scene here, so I’ll use Vancouver, which to me is dominated by the vets. There is a lot of young kids banging that new “my style is no style” type of graffiti, not a fan. If I can’t read your shitty throw up I don’t give a shit about how much I see them, they still suck.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best thing for me about graffiti is the experience, I can look back at a piece from 10 years ago and know who I was with, what the weather was like, what we shit talked about and so on. The worst thing is ego and politics. People are so segregated into their little cliques here, it’s getting better now but for a period no one got along, nothing stayed up long before getting dissed and it was kind of embarrassing.

Who do you paint for?
I paint for me. Period. I don’t push crews, dick ride or claim to be shit. I just love painting.

What writers have inspired you?
Considering one of the all time greats lived around here when I was coming up, and had the price page to study his pieces in person, Virus was a huge factor, also crews like WCB and PB killing all aspects of the game back than, them as well.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
I only feel tired of graffiti when I see how petty it can get. People need to check their egos and just have fun.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope people appreciate the effort I put in. It’s easy to take short cuts on a peice, I think it should be a puzzle to try and solve. Like why does this look that much nicer than other graffiti? The little things, the details. I take pride in not missing a spot or carving out my first outline for an hour to fit it all together smoothly, and different than I did the last time.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana 94
City: I don’t travel so I would have to say Vancouver by default
Markers/pens: Sakura streakers
Surface: raw concrete
Cap: NY Fat

Instagram: @can_action

Hello My Name Is: Otur

Name: Otur
Crew: WLC
City/Country: Sweden
When did you start writing? 2000

What’s graffiti for you?
A creative way to stay away from everyday life, to see and feel shit.

Influences?
Everybody that keeps on going.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Right now I live in Stockholm. Its a beautiful city surrounded by water, crazy atmosphere with three rival football teams, and people painting all the time, everywhere. At the same time the best thing is to get out of here and spend time in the woods.

What keeps you still writing?
The pursuit of happiness.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
My father is afraid of flying, but still traveled a lot back in the days. So we always took the train, where from i could se paintings all over. And ever since a kid I’ve appreciated bridges, train tracks and abandoned places where i saw graffiti and found spray cans.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Nothing really. More tags and less hashtags i guess.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Im in the streets skateboarding, watching fotboll or spending time in the wilderness with my crew. Im also into making film and photos.

How would you describe your style?
Some kinda elephant trunk that never ends. I adapted a quick style pretty early since Im from a town where its colder than hell most of the year.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
For sure. They had some black and silver cans on low price at the gas station, so me and a friend went to pick some up. Then we painted inside an old warehouse. We got chased and had to smash a window to get out.

Future plans?
Except keeping it real, I want to keep traveling and make more film and exhibitions.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Always. I find the spot, imagine the painting, see the photo and then i paint.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There are a lot of really good styles, specially on the trains.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
All the places you get to see and the people you get to meet. Bad part is all the concern it might cause my loved ones.

Who do you paint for?
I believe everybody paints for themselves.

What writers have inspired you?
TH, NRC, F-UPS, FAME. The Brikkgraff generation.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Very much so. Im not really interested in graffiti. I enjoy surroundings, environments and mostly paint by myself.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
It’s always nice to put a smile on someones face, but to be honest i don’t really care.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana black
City: Luleå
Markers/pens: Uni paint
Surface: Old rusty freight trains
Cap: Level 1 and Astro

Instagram: @Guldvittring

Hello My Name Is: Hungr

Name: Hungr
Crew: LSD & BTR
City/Country: Toronto, Canada

When did you start writing?
I started looking at graffiti and taking pictures in 04/05. Didn’t start sketching and painting until 2006.

What’s graffiti for you?
Drawing stylized letter formations. Getting to do hood rat stuff with my friends. Hanging out, exploring nature, watching nighttime characters in their element.

Influences?
Hanna Barbera & Style Wars.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Toronto is a great city. Has every kind of graffiti you could ask for – bombing, piecing spots, track sides, trains, subways. On top of that the buff isn’t as harsh as some places.

What keeps you still writing?
Hanging out with friends, the adventures, creating something.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
My friends in high school did it. After only looking at it for a few years I started scribbling and since then it’s been a problem.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I don’t know what’s trendy. I’m usually a year late.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Working, playing sports, travelling, exploring and puffing Canadian (read: Canabis) cigarettes.

How would you describe your style?
Fun. Should be fun to paint & fun to look at. When in doubt, throw on a briefcase handle so you can take your style on the road.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
I remember the first thing I painted – would be hard to call it a piece, easier to call it a piece of shit. I remember my first moderately non-terrible piece. 10 years later, it’s still running.

Future plans?
Travel more, spray more.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
If needed. Besides raw concrete, I enjoy spots that have varying textures and surfaces – going from a brick wall, over a door then back on brick with a big window – makes it a fun challenge.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There are some that have potential. But there is always room & time for improvement. Main thing I would tell them is be smart.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best: Hanging with friends, having good times and creating something somewhat permanent.
Worst: Dealing with idiots

Who do you paint for?
Instagram likes and the sweet dopamine release that comes from them.

What writers have inspired you?
Dudes in my crews and non-crew spray friends. Other crews & writers: NSF, VTS, HM, TCI, Jurne, Opium, Dmote, Dondi, Rusto. Several others I’m forgetting at the moment.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Already tired of the dumb shit (politics & sour people). Have fun, be smart, spray good.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Enjoy it. Send me bonfire emojis. I hate 95% of things I paint, so any positive response is good.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana
City: NYC
Markers/pens: Sakura Solid Marker
Surface: Untouched Concrete
Cap: Lego Thins

Instagram: @lifeseemsdull