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Hello My Name Is: Mile

Name: Mile
Crew: MIA & MFC
City/Country: Newcastle, Australia
When did you start writing? Shit, Must be a few years ago now…

What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti is good reason to sit in bushes haha. Also to hang with good pals!

Influences?
I Have many, my main influences at the moment would be; Puke (MIA) and Kid Aero (MFC).

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Newcastle has some good places to paint, the weather here is good also. Newcastle has a long graffiti history and continues to produce some great writers.

What keeps you still writing?
Mray’S good home crooked meals give me the energy to paint! But mainly because I enjoy improving and trying new things!

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I had a mate, when I was young, tell me about the graffiti in Sydney. I thought it sounded cool so I started doing it. I Also heard chicks dig writers!

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Im certainly not a fan of “anti style”. Because I just can’t get down with the fuzzy white highlights!

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I Think about painting, I also do normal people things.

How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is based off New York/Sydney style. Semi public but with a bit of wildstyle.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes it wasn’t sweet! But it was a lot of fun!

Future plans?
Typical answer, travel and paint more!

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
I certainly do! It helps with the overall look of the piece.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I think they are certainly doing good things!

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best aspect of graffiti would be chrome pieces on a tin fence!
Worst would be copping a chase.

Who do you paint for?
The crew, myself.

What writers have inspired you?
Kid Aero has inspired me a lot! He is a natural talent and always comes correct with good letters and schemes to match! Shine, MIA inspires me to have fun with painting!

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Yeah definitely. Seeing a fresh piece keeps me keen though!

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope they would think “yeah nah yeah that’s choice mate!” Nah but seriously, I hope people enjoy it and get something out of it. 🙂

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
Ironlak / Aussie export
City: Brisbane
Markers/pens: Whiteout pen
Surface: Metal
Cap: NYC fat

Instagram: @_milezy

Hello My Name Is: Zarim

Name: Zarim
Crew: LKS & RUA
City/Country: Chiangmai ,Thailand
When did you start writing? 2009

What’s graffiti for you?
Art on wall and I happy to do that. Is not about money. I just want people to see my art work.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Chiangmai, Thailand. There is a lot of things to do here. We have beautiful temple, Mountain a round city in night time. We also have many places for hang out. Here we have about 10-20 of local graffiti writer but always have graffiti writer from other city come to visit.

What keeps you still writing?
Because I happy to see people walking on the street and they see my piece and also I like to meet writer from around the world when they come to visit our city I always bring them to paint it means that I always have new friends.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I like to go party with my crew and looking for a new spots to paint.

How would you describe your style?
My style is latter with many colors and some characters.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes, I think a lot of graffiti writer do the same thing like me. My first piece was on my house wall.

Future plans?
Graffiti artist, Graphic design.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, almost every time when I go to paint I need to think about spot and make a sketch to mix with spot.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I want new generation try to create something new with graffiti.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best things I, always meet new friends. We go out to paint and after that we just make crazy party night, what I don’t like. Is they fighting because some graffiti writer paint over another graffiti writer.

Who do you paint for?
Every time when I go out to paint. I am happy and I feel more happy when I see people like my piece.

What writers have inspired you?
A lot of them but my favourite one is 1UP and MSK Crew.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Some time I tired but this is my favourite. I can paint every day i’m happy to do that.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Impressive, Inspiration to go paint.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
Ironlak
City: Chiangmai
Markers/pens: Pentel, Touch Markers, Uni Paint
Surface: Everything
Cap: Ny fat, ghetto blaster caps and everything

Instagram: @Zarim_street
Tumblr: zarimstreet.tumblr.com

Hello My Name Is: Saez

Name: Saez
Crew: The Strangers, Final Flash, 3GC
City/country: Bordeaux, France

When did you start painting:
I started painting in 2003 at the end of my college years, listening to rap and getting interested in this discipline!

What is graffiti for you?
Graffiti for me is a job!, A pleasure part to every movement. I am passionate about the letter, and its solid foundations, I like the constructions and the work of a master piece! I give a lot of importance to the colors. At each new piece I try to bring a new direction in what I want to do! I draw a lot for that, with a good rap album!

Influences:
My influence is diverse, the work of friends but also the style of “BACK TO BASIC” New York style or East Coast United States late 70’s early 80’s, As well as the style school of the capital PARIS 80’s! I like all styles and approaches.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti?
Life in Bordeaux is very pleasant, the graffiti scene is not very large but very varied, very different styles and rich! everyone knows more or less each other, with his pioneers and these new generations! Bordeaux is MIAMI!!

What first interested you in graffiti and how did you find yourself on this track?
I arrived in the graffiti like many artists, teenager I was listening to rap, there was graffiti in the clips and in the hood next to my home! I took a passion for drawing and his universe ! since then I have not dropped the case! What trends do you see now in the world of graffiti that you do not like? Graffiti has evolved in 10 years, we are all federators of this evolutions! the media, the galleries and fashion contribute strongly. I have no point of view, everyone is free to give the direction he wants his art! Today a graffiti that you did this afternoon, we can see it at the other end of the planet the same evening with all these networks, crazy!!!

What do you do when you do not paint?
When I’m not painting, I’m working to make a living!! the graffiti does not make me live, I live for him for the moment!!

How would you describe your style?
My style is classic, I am oriented on simple bases, big letters A good big lettering, and a dynamic background, I give a lot of importance to the work of my colors that I apply!

Can you remember the first piece you made?
Yes, a graffiti I had done in a abandoned house not too far from where I lived, with some DIY bombs that I found on my left during a year when I was in high school! At that moment I fell in love with this practice and what it brought me!

Future plans?
I do not necessarily have future plans, I want to continue painting. To make bigger pieces, to work still more my letters and the bottom of my pieces!! It suits me for the moment!!

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, I choose a lot of my pieces according to the place! When I arrive in front of a wall, I immediately think about the atmosphere that I will be able to give, the colors and the energy that I will give it, make it living!! The place often gives me a lot of energy depending on what it releases!

What do you do when you do not paint?
I work!, I have a job that takes up a lot of my time, I work in the trade. Monday to Sunday!! every afternoon free for my paintings is calculated!!

What do you think of the new generation of writers in your city? It is essential, I’m always happy to meet the youngest in the field, and I love to exchange with them between fans!

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Surely this side “egotrip” which is too much premium on the human, but next to that, this same side is necessary! It is important to remember that this is only graffiti and that one practices for love at the base. To make graffiti is a wealth for the one that does it, it brings us an equilibrium that we have not elsewhere! This work that we are trying to evolve leaves that it costs so much motivation, this incredible energy that we develop around it! It’s something strong! Finish a beautiful wall of lettering with these pals under a sunset with a good beer in hand, there is nothing more beautiful!

Who do you paint for? I have long painted for others, in group. getting older I began to paint more and more alone, and I realized that I took pleasure in doing it. Do not have constraints, work what I really like the direction I want! I like to prepare me big walls and to finalize them. these moments help me to bloom artistically !!

Which writers inspired you?
Many artists inspire me, first my friends, I like the old American timer Shank, Ces, Yesone etc. The German scene is his king of lettering, many French are very good too!!!

Can you feel tired of graffiti?
Never!! I love it too much, for what it brings me and for what gives for him!!

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Let the one who passes say “bingg, good job”. Beautiful lettering, good combination, beautiful colors, big energy!!

FIVE FAVOURITES
Spray paint: Montana Black
City: bordeaux
Markers/pens: Squeezer
Surface: A good big smooth wall 8×4
Cap: Original Cap!!!!

Instagram: @Saezrock_strangers

Hello My Name Is: Mabel

Name: Mabel
City/Country: são paulo, Brasil
When did you start writing? End of 2014

What’s graffiti for you?
A very meaningful part, a lifestyle, a door to eternal possibilities.

Influences?
God, friends.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
São Paulo is the fourth most populated city in the world. Consisted by its huge buildings, traffic, chaos and many people hungry for freedom of expression. São Paulo has a collection of great artists, known as the capital of graffiti in Brasil. Combined by a lot of graffiti, São Paulo is highlighted by pixation. The scenary is very crowded, there are a lot of people willing to express themselves.

What keeps you still writing?
A hungry for evolving, knowing people, traveling, painting different platforms, to know other cultures, and as graffiti interacts in people’s lives anywhere in the world, I use it as a tool to communicate myself with people, and to talk about what I believe in.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I studied in a suburbs school, where there where many crews of pixers, and that somehow, was one of my first contacts. I have Always had contact with art in my home, my mother was always drawing and that somehow caught my attention. When my father passed away I broke up a relationship and decided to start painting as a way of distraction, I bought some spray cans and invited some friends to come with me. After that day, I realized that thing would make me feel alive, and it was as a therapy for me.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
There isn’t any trend that I dislike. Graffiti is free and I believe that each one is adapted in such a way that suits you.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I have a job, I use to study and to go to church every time I am in my free time. I am always with my Family and friends. This is very important for me.

How would you describe your style?
I believe that I am in this search still, I can’t define anything for now. Just that graffiti for me is totally free, there is no definition. I always like to try new colors, different letters, new characters, I believe it is an endless evolution.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Disappointed with myself, it was really frustrating. Lol.

Future plans?
Yes, I want to go back to Europe and paint some other places in America, get to know more writers and understand the scene and the system of each side.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, each place is a challenge.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I believe that I make part of this new generation, but always excited to see new people painting, specially women.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
People who I have the opportunity to meet and share what I believe motivate me. Graffiti has taken me to places I have never imagined to go. Meet people around the world that I would never meet if it wasn’t by the graffiti. People I admired and I had the opportunity to paint and they received in their houses and treated me as a member of the Family. People with distinct universes to share something so intimate and ephemeral that is what we paint. The negative side is that graffiti is moved by ego, and that attracts people with bad intentions and that makes you to be always alert to approximations.

Who do you paint for?
For me, for the others, graffiti can change somebody’s day, be it for whom sees it or for whom paints.

What writers have inspired you?
My friends from graffiti, people who are my companions are my greatest source of inspiration.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Tired of people. But never from graffiti.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope people remember who I am and the whys I do that. And what made me to write and that I can motivate them to do what they believe so that is possible to change somebody’s life. Graffiti is a tool that can change people’s life, art can change people’s life.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
Montana Black/Loop Colors
City: Barcelona
Markers/pens: Krink
Surface: Metro/trains
Cap: NY, fat, needle

Instagram: maabeelm

Hello My Name Is: Polly

Name: Polly
City/Country: Rhein-Ruhr, Germany
When did you start writing? First piece around 2010

What’s graffiti for you?
A hobby, lots of fun plus an activity that helps me switch off my mind, once I start painting I forget about everything else. Annoying thoughts just fade away for a second, that’s pretty cool.

Influences?
I like children’s paintings because they’re so naive and honest, the CoBrA Art Movement, Philip Guston, Ed Ruscha, Sterling Ruby, Ida Ekblad, David Ostrowski, funny Typo, cartoons, comics and some old school New York stuff.

What keeps you still writing?
The feeling of freedom, fun and being a kiddo forever ! 🙂

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
My very first boyfriend was doing graffiti and very quick I was like „okay I wanna do that too!“. Over the years I had a lot of low activity phases. Now is a pretty active one and I hope it’s going to last for a while.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I think trends are a matter of taste, they change all the time, I don’t even follow them like I couldn’t even tell you something that’s trendy atm. I put my focus rather on stuff that I do like and that I’m interested in.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
I have a 9 to 5 job in an office in the creative industry, so I spend half of my life in a chair, very classy hehe. If I’m not doing that, I visit museums, eat fries, spend time with people I love, travel and look at even more art.

How would you describe your style?
Happy, childish, readable, sometimes trashy.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
I painted my very first own piece at a legal spot in Berlin, it was snowing, freezing cold and I was the only person out there, but maybe it was better like that, the thing was a koddel anyways hihi.

Future plans?
Get a goat.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best is, the feeling you have when you do it! Share my hobby with the one I love, meet cool people, make new friends. Worst is, the consequences that can occur.

Who do you paint for?
Me and my Mama.

What writers have inspired you?
Blade, Backe, Bamboo, Barto, to break the B situation, Saeio, TAJ crew, Checker170, the people that I go out with and my man as he is always motivated and motivates me.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Yes of course, very ambivalent feelies sometimes.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
„Oh, how suppi klasse!“ 

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes, I have to. As I am not very tall, I adapt my background to the train model that I’ll be painting.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
Loop Colors
City: Lisbon, Naples
Markers/pens: TippEx
Surface: Steel
Cap: Standard Cap

Instagram: @Nasuppiklasse