Hello My Name Is: Mind


Name: Mind
Crew: VLOK, ­FIA, ­RT & ­FY
City/Country: Milano/Italy
When did you start writing? Around 1991

What’s graffiti for you? it’s the funniest part of my life, graffiti made me travel around the world, meeting new people and keeping my mind open.

Influences? the NYC old school gave me a lot of inputs but I could tell you that every friend in the graffiti game left me something good and gave me the right attitude to keep on.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Milano is a small city with a strong graffiti tradition. Competition has always been on top cause hundreds of writers had to share the few yards and spots…it was genuine, everybody wanted to push his own style. The situation now is different, it’s pretty wack sometimes. Young people started to snitch and vandal squad grew up so fast. We never had a vandal squad here but now half of the city is under investigation.

What keeps you still writing? I love to play with letters! Stretching, twisting and cutting my name.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? I grew up in a small town near Milano, where a guy older than me painted some pieces from ’86 to ’89. Graffiti was a strange new thing for me, I was excited and so curious, I really wanted to decode that new language and make the first step in that mysterious world.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Talking about styles I use to hate trends because they flatten out all the game and make graffiti looks all the same shit. A lot of writers is melting letters and it’s ok, I like it, but sometimes it works sometimes not… The result is a lot of bad pieces. People has to understand that there is nothing good without a proper study behind it. Talking about folks it’s funny when those street/urban/contemporary/postmodern/whatever artist use their presumed “graffiti past” as a credential for their work today ..it’s not the same game dude, if you really did something in your graffiti career, people will remember it for sure, otherwise you’re just dumb.

What do you do when you’re not painting? Working in my studio to push handmade jewelry. I’m a goldsmith and my work is mainly based on carving graffiti lettering and different fonts to make rings and pendants, then I cast with lost wax technique. I’ have found a new dimension but I’m still writing.

How would you describe your style? My style is changing everyday a little bit, I used to paint lot of wildstyles in the past but I don’t know if I can still call it this way now. Sometimes I prefer simple letters but anyway is always a race between me and me.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Yes it was a small piece, white fill in and black outline, i wrote “one” i don’t remember why!

Future plans? Paint and travel as much as I can.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? Yes, I think that surface and time are aspects you should consider every time you paint.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? I don’t know. Some are good and dedicated, some other are fake. The new generation reflects the modern way of life. NO school is the new school.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? The best part of graffiti is made by friendship, action, competition and good feelings but graffiti sometimes could become a big boring soap opera.

Who do you paint for? Only me. Every graffiti writer got an ego to feed.

What writers have inspired you? Too many to name, I love the NYC golden era and I always considered Dondi as the real master but I prefer to get inspired from good people instead of good artists.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? Hell NO! it’s the only thing in my life that never disappointed me.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? i don’t know honestly..I hope they feel good while saying “omg that’s the shit!” hehehe.

Website: Mindoner.com (only jewels)
Instagram: @Mindoner

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