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Hello My Name Is: Pako

Name: Pako
Crew: Street Magic
City/Country: Kiev, Ukraine
When did you start writing? Sketches since 1999, first piece around 2000

What’s graffiti for you?
Friends, fun, passion, graffiti makes me feel forever young! It has become an important part of my life.

Influences?
Art, design, illustrations, music, movies, friends, mood… I think that everything that surrounds me somehow affects me and what I do.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Kiev is the biggest and noisy city in the country, but I like it here, life is constantly boiling. It’s clear that that here is the biggest and most varied graffiti scene.

What keeps you still writing?
While I can move further and develop new stuff, there is no reason to stop!

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I was excited with magic of spray paint on the wall, and fun with designing the letters in the beginning. After all these years nothing changes.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I do not pay attention on shitty stuff. And checking only good shit!

How would you describe your style?
I am working in two directions now, straight futuristic letters and curly creepy stuff. It depends of mood what I will do next time.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yeah, it was “Mars” piece with green alien character, did it with my friends and shitty cans. It was really ugly piece, but I was totally happy with it.

Future plans?
Develop new styles, paint more graffiti, travel and meet more friends.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
For sure, it’s important.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Working, chilling, drawing. But everything is somehow connected to my graff life.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
It’s good that they are. I would like to hear more new names. Of course there is some bad issues with young generation, like everywhere I guess. Stupidity, lack of respect to each other, addiction to internet fame, everyone wants to get everything with no struggle. But there is still a lot of young guys with right attitude.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best thing for me is friendship. Graffiti gives you opportunities to meet new interesting people, who have the same state of mind, and share your vision. The bad thing is that with the age it becomes harder to mix it with your regular life. And for sure health problems because of spray paint.

Who do you paint for?
Definitely there is a lot of people whose opinion is important for me. But in the end I do it only for myself.

What writers have inspired you?
If I’ll start listing I will forget someone for sure. Too many of them!

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Nope.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
For sure I hope everyone is enjoying what they see. But I don’t think about that much. Even if everyone likes my stuff , there always be a couple people who hate it.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana Black
City: Odessa
Markers/pens: Any
Surface: Any
Cap: Original cap

Instagram: @Pakooner
Facebook: @Pakothebeholder

Hello My Name Is: Nico189

Name: Nico189
Crew: NYSF, CSK, NEOINK
City/Country: Milan, Italy

When did you start writing?
I started taking interest in the hip-hop culture in 1996. Approximately 1 year later I painted my first piece.

What’s graffiti for you?
I think graffiti is a positive way of expressing one-self thanks to the infinite combinations that can be found between letters.

Influences?
Anything can have an influence on me, provided that it can strike my chord: an old book, an old-school picture, a walk, my job, chatting with my friends.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
I’ve been living in Milan for more than 10 years now. Milan has always been considered “The house of style” by writers all over Italy. This city has always been a source of inspiration for me, and I’ve always been intrigued by it, despite the fast-paced lifestyle that I’m forced to live here. I was born in a small town in south Italy where you still have a more laid back approach to writing. Writing is something that you share with friends. You have a lot of spots available to paint and a lot of time to paint. But I love Milan anyway, despite all its contradictions: it’s my house by now.

What keeps you still writing?
I’m still connected to writing, because of the passion that comes from it, a passion that I share my old-time friends.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
When I was 15, I liked basket and I got hooked by the American culture. I started listening to rap music, and the tags I saw around my town would catch my attention, so I started myself taking tags with a friend of mine. From that point on, graffiti became a real obsession. I would pour into it all of my energy, my time, and the lil’money that I could get as a teenager back then.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I don’t understand why it’s getting so popular to paint whack graffiti with letters that are painted as to look bad on purpose.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I live a very normal life when I’m not painting. I’m very busy with my job and my family. I’ve just become a father.

How would you describe your style?
My style takes roots from New York wild style. I’ve always tried to hide my letters and build’em up by using loops and arrows. Lately I been looking for something more simple and easy, I use more my instinct to paint, hopefully the result shows a more personal style.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
I can clearly remember my first piece and, besides that, some previous attempt, the outcome of which was dreadful.

Future plans?
No big plans, I just paint when I feel like it. I hope I can travel more, and paint with all the writers I give credit to. As a part of my job, I’m focusing on illustration, and I’d like one day to make these passion to be connected.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
I’m forced to adapt the surface or the spot where I’m painting. If my sketch doesn’t fit into the room available, I’d rather go freestyle with my piece.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
It’s hard for me to label the new generation of Milan writers, but generally speaking I like spontaneity and minimalist approach from many of them. A lot of the stuff I really don’t understand it, but I still feel interest for it. diversity is the forte of this movement.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Graffiti make you see the world from different points of view, they make you share with other people nice, sometimes even extreme, experiences; and they create strong links as a consequence. On the other hand, you gotta cope with narrow-minded states of mind and some writers’ gigantic egos.

Who do you paint for?
For myself, no doubt. I just follow my desires and passions. And I’m happy if people are able to feel them and appreciate them.

What writers have inspired you?
Phase2, Kase2, Dondi… so many from the New York school of style, you name them. In Italy, PWD/CKC styles. Rae has always been a point of reference for me and my pals from CSK crew. I owe them so much, they’ve always been a source of inspiration for me, they’ve made me look at Trani as a little New York city.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Sometimes I get tired cuz I find it monotonous, not spontaneous. But it’s part of me by now, it’s like a drug. I need it, cuz it helps me escape from routine. Plus, some sort of competition between writers always makes me be on the lookout. When I see a burner, I feel like painting better then that, I feel like I wanna create something mind-blowing.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope people can feel the energy i put in my paintings… That’s all about it.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana Cans / MTN
City: Milan
Markers/pens: Anything
Surface: Anything
Cap: Skinny Pro

Instagram: @_nico189

Hello My Name Is: Iwok

Name: Iwok
Crew: PMB & The Strangers
City/Country: Rodez, little town next to Toulouse.
When did you start graffiti? I started graffiti 15 years ago.

What’s graffiti for you?
Passion and color therapy, all persons need color in their life!

Influences?
My crew mate and some graffiti writerz around the world but it’s difficult to name only a few.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Rodez is a little city, it’s difficult to meet lots of writers. Just my crew mate. But in Toulouse we have some graffiti writerz, old school, new school, and lot’s of spot for share walls.

What keeps you still writing?
Passion and a part of my life, I need graffiti!

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
It’s difficult, I think It’s when I met Rpes, Bar and Dsek at school (my family crew)! We were young and carefree. We were always in the street, but there were nothing to do in Rodez. We did some tags, and it’s quickly became a passion, like a drug!

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
With internet I was able to discover many interesting writers, but some shit to! Some people see graffiti like a commercial opportunity, and didn’t do that with passion. I’m not interested by 3D style or “ignorant” style, but I don’t judge the writer if he do that with passion!

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Enjoying my fam, my darling, my cat!!! And share some great moment with my friends.

How would you describe your style?
I think I have not found my style yet, I’m in perpetual evolution and I alwayz need to question myself. But if you want a definition I said “wild style with moderation”.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
No sorry, but I remember my first spot with my crew mate, a big factory in my city, lots of big wall!!! In this time we were free!!!

Future plans?
I’m creating some collections for futures personals expositions. My bro RPES lives in San Francisco and in 2018 I’ll present my work for the first time in US! I hope to have opportunities…

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes of course! I like virgin spot for direct trace, and if it’s a big surface I do a big piece!

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I think with internet they do graffiti for followers not for himself. Just one or two writers in my city do that with passion.

What are the best and worst aspect of graffiti?
Sharing is the best aspect for me! All meetings are enriching! And I think the worst it’s when you do that just for fame and money!

Who do you painting for?
For myself, and sometimes for my family! Since 9 years ago, I’ve always dedicate my pieces for my darling VAN!

What writers have inspired you?
Lot’s of writers!!! My crew mate. And some big artist like Kemr, Taste, Akume, Brus, Love Letters

Can you ever fell tired of graffiti? 
No never, Graffiti it’s a part of myself.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope people see the passion and my implication in my work!

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
94
City: Montpellier
Markers/pens: alcohol pens and Posca
Surface: All surfaces
Cap: Hardore fat cap (orange)

Instagram: @iwok_1

Hello My Name Is: Skill

Name: Skill
Crew: Aerosolkings
City/Country: Antwerp, Belgium
When did you start writing? I started in the summer of 2001.

What’s graffiti for you?
To me graffiti is absolute freedom, an escape from daily life. When I’am painting i’m totally zen, then nothing else comes to mind.. Leaving the painted spot with the feeling a day was well spent is what I do it for.

Influences?
When I started I checked loads of magazines, but I know the first writers that caught my attention were Kesy, Dare, Can2.. and lots more of those classic styles.. These days the guys around me influence me the most, but also comic books have their share.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Antwerp is quite a small city but life is good here, it’s a nice place to live. Graffiti over here has grown in a way that it becomes more accepted by the community, you see more graffiti-art in the streets of Antwerp city than ever before. Some districts now have graffiti-tours and they seem quite succesfull.

What keeps you still writing?
The passion for graffiti no doubt!

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I went to art school in 1998 in the city of Antwerp (I used to live outside of the city), there I saw the first graffiti. Things became serious when I met some classmates who were already into graffiti and showing me pictures of their pieces on walls and trains. From that moment the graffiti-bug caught me.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
You cannot deny that the internet got us all influenced, now we almost get an overload of styles while it seems the whole world is into graffiti and by that you see lots of the same things, styles and effects that seem to be ‘adopted’ by many writers…

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Of course there is the daily job, spending time with friends and family, sketching, planning the next edition for Meeting Of Styles Belgium.

How would you describe your style?
Tight and clean, balanced but never the same, I like to change and try out new things. Same thing goes for the characters.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
It was in september 2001, next to the train line close to Antwerp, it was a wall covered with some small trees and plants. The first half hour we mashed down a bunch of trees to make the wall visible, then I painted my first piece.

Future plans?
Hope to travel and visit more awesome places.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, depending on the detail I planned to do. But I do love old dirty walls as much as new and smooth one’s.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
It is hard to say, because I just don’t know most of them in person, but I can tell you they improve faster these days than we did! I hear the older generation still’ saying how good things were back then, I do not have the need to do that, I rather like to exchange some knowledge with the younger generation.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best thing for me is that the possibilities are endless, and the fact that a spray can is actually an amazing tool, and gets more and more improved so that everyone with his own purpose has a perfect use to it. The worst aspect to me is still’ the lack of respect, writers who choose to crossover pieces they cannot burn. Some of them do not seem to understand that quantity is not equal to quality…

Who do you paint for?
Just for me, myself and I..

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
I don’t think so, I rather get tired of the people doing graffiti. Graffiti is everywhere and it became impossible for me to not check out graffiti that comes along my path.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope they like it of course but also realize that there is a lot of work and passion involved. You love it or you hate it I guess…

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Montana Black
City: New York
Markers/pens: As long as they are juicy I’m good!
Surface: Love them all
Cap: Green Skinny Lv1

Website: www.aerosolkings.com
Instagram: @Skill_ak

Hello My Name Is: Fear

Name: Fear
Crew: GBS
City/Country: Bucharest, Romania
When did you start writing? 2002

What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti is a way of life for me and a way to express myself without rules. Nobody can stop me 🙂 I do it from the heart, I’ve been doing it for a long time and I love it very much. It’s my culture and my lifestyle.

Influences?
German and french style.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Bucharest is not my hometown but I’ve been living here for over 10 years. It’s a big city with a lot of opportunities. Everything that happens in Romania happens here: hip hop, breakdance, graffiti, techno music, parties, people and the rest. There’s a lot of graffiti in the city but there are only a few people who are dedicated and do good quality style constantly.

What keeps you still writing?
What keeps me going are my friends. I share this passion and crazy ideas with them.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
The first time I came across graffiti I was in the 5th grade I think. A girl brought a magazine to school and going through it I found a page covering 2pac “live by the gun die by the gun”. I remember copying that picture again and again, over 100 times. Then I started drawing it from my head and the kids at school wanted me to do it again for them. The rest is history 🙂

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
A lot of copy/paste. only a few writers are OG today.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I like to hook up with my friends and bike around the city every day looking for spots to hit. I don’t like abandoned spots because I want the people to see what I paint and to make the city look different.

How would you describe your style?
Simple and strong. nothing complex, just a simple way to define the letters, colors and shapes.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes. That happened in 2001 in an abandoned building, when I was a child. After 2002 I started drawing in front of my block and moved on from there. I tagged the streets one by one. I love tagging everywhere.

Future plans?
Graphic designer. t-shirt series. and lots of graffiti.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Nope. I stopped drawing sketches about 4 years ago. Everything I paint is freestyle. I let it flow and re-adjust if I don’t like it. But I like to tag every surface.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I’d like to see more energy and creativity from the young generation but I don’t see anything new or special. Kids these days are just happy to do random throws and tags and that’s it. You aren’t often surprised by a kid doing something cool. the movement here is not as strong as other places. Sad but true.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
BEST: The best thing is connecting with a lot of like-minded people from all over the world, not just about about graffiti but in general.
WORST: I don’t like the “copy/paste” style.

Who do you paint for?
I paint for myself most of the time but if people like my art then I’m happy to have shown them a different kind of art 😉

What writers have inspired you?
Many, but i like Dero TFP, Dez One, Sel One, Kegr, Twist.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
yes, sometimes I get bored. But in the morning when I wake up, the first thought that comes into my mind is “hmm…where do I paint today?”.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I’m happy to put some color in the grey-ness of the city and maybe I make other people happy too.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Loop Colors
City: Brussels
Markers/pens: Pentel, Uni Paint, Edding 950, i like industrial markers 🙂
Surface: Everything
Cap: Standard Cap and New York

Instagram: @Dizzy_That