Hello My Name Is: 2Flash
Crew: RTR & CI
City/Country: Auckland, New Zealand & Melbourne, Australia
When did you start writing? 1998
What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti to me is an outlet to escape the pressures of day to day life. Something I can do alone or with friends.
My influences have always been traditional N.Y. letter styles, along with my crew mates.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Right now Melbourne is where I’m at. It’s a great city to live in for both lifestyle and painting. Always opportunities to hang out and paint new spots. Auckland is where I’m from and visit regularly. It was great growing up there with a healthy scene. After it suffered a major all city buff during the rugby world cup, the street scene really died off apart from a few major players. In recent trips back there it seems to be bouncing back. Lots of people doing great things.
What keeps you still writing?
I think what keeps me writing is the fact that I don’t feel like I’ve really achieved all that much. Still a lot of goals I’d like to reach.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
It was just something that I saw around and wondered how it was done. I knew some older kids doing it and followed in their footsteps.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
There’s definitely things I don’t like in graffiti. One of them is how a lot of people seem to be revealing their faces like it’s nothing. Each to their own though I guess.
What do you do when you’re not painting?
There are lots of things I like to do outside of painting… Most of them I’m pretty shit at so I won’t go into it.
How would you describe your style?
A 19 year struggle. In my head it’s classic graffiti but looking back, there’s been a whole lot of toy pieces. Persistence is key.
Can you remember the first piece you did?
There’s a few but I’m not sure which was first. All done with shitty watery paint.
Nothing set in stone right now. Travel is always something I dream of.
Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yes definitely. I rarely even sketch so majority of my work is planned on the spot. All apart from colours. I always plan the scheme.
What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There’s always new kids going all out in Melbourne. It’s great.
What writers have inspired you?
Too many to name.
Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
I’ll take a break to focus on other aspects of life and work every now and then.
What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Inspiration to get out and paint.
Spray Paint: Loop
Cap: Which ever will get the job done