Hello My Name Is: Lacks [CKR]

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Name: Lacks
Crew: CKR, B.K.F.F
City/Country: Hellsinki, Finland
When did you start writing? 1997

What’s graffiti for you? Letters.

Influences? 80’s music and Berlin graffiti.

What keeps you still writing? It’s so much fun!

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? In the area where I’m from there were many writers in the late 90’s. Seeing tags when going to school and meeting some guys who were also interested of graffiti got me started. In those years it was like all the youngsters had some kind of tag, of course most of them stopped pretty quickly. There were many nice hall of fames near my area so it was easy to find nice pieces and get inspired. I formed my first crew in 98 with three other guys. Now two of them are dead and one turned into a snitch, so I’m feeling that I did pretty well.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Internet loud mouthing. Seeing photos in net is cool but all the commenting should be forbidden.

Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? Of course it’s nice if other writers see my pieces and like them, but it’s not my main goal. I don’t have any blog or Instagram and I don’t usually send any photos to magazines. If my friends and crew mates see & like my pieces and if I’m happy how my pieces turn out, then i’m satisfied.

What do you do when you’re not painting? Party and listen punk rock.

How would you describe the graffiti scene and the climate in your country/City? It’s getting worse every year, at least if you check the quality. Too many toys and too much talking on the internet that makes even the old guys look like toys. All the legal walls are mostly fucked up and you only see good pieces if you know the right places. When I was young, you weren’t supposed to paint in the hall of fames unless you already had the skills, now days those have come practicing grounds for the toys and that’s just wrong.

If you wouldn’t have started painting graffiti, what do you think you would have been doing with all the time? Maybe I would have use much more time and energy on education and working which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all. If I have studied as hard as I did sketching maybe I would have become a rocket engineer or whatever.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? No, but many times I feel tired of graffiti writers.

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