Hello My Name Is: Ryos


Name: Amjad aka Ryos
Crew: 7$
City/Country: Lausanne, Switzerland

When did you start writing? My first spray action was when I was 14yrs but it was a street art action in my school yard (I draw an European flag because it was the time where European community was build and it was a question about should Switzerland be part of it or not). Then I started to sketch letters on paper around 1998 and my first real graffiti action was one or two years later.

Influences? My influence when i started was straight my crew and the graffiti that were on the train lines of my city. There was also a few magazines and VHS tapes that we had in our hip hop studio that we build with other friends. And nowadays i try to be inspired by everything else but graffiti, when you wanna find new shit that hasn’t been done, you shouldn’t look too much what other writers do…

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? The graffiti community in my city is pretty ok i guess but I’m not really part of it because I really like to paint alone or just with my crew. But none of them live in my city anymore. I mainly paint alone. I’m really lucky civilian people like pretty much graffiti and it’s possible to paint good walls that have never been done before or find abandonnned building. We have a lot of Hall of Fame even if I don’t paint there anymore because I hate when beginners go over me with the only excuse that everybody is allowed to paint. We also have a lot of new jacks that do this “ignorant style”…with no style….

What keeps you still writing? First of all I really love to see my name written in big in the city!! and also the fact that I discover new things every time I paint and I can feel the improvements piece by piece and there are still so many things to learn and try to master…i’ll never stop something i enjoy doing so till then i’ll paint again and again.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? It’s funny, because of Instagram you can see what other writers do all the time and you can see people starting to do the same background, fill in or whatever stuff… it’s normal to be in influence by what you see… but the goal is to try to flip it to make it your own.

What do you do when you’re not painting? i love many things so i’m always busy doing something… first of all I am a b-boy so i’m thinking about breaking all the time and I travel to lots of b-boy jams around the world…. i’m also playing basketball in a team and checking every Stephen Curry’s game. Doing tennis table tournament. Playing with my daughters. And going on vacation where i can surf big waves.

How would you describe your style? My style or the style I’m trying to create is… classic with a twist of funky electro magnetic style.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Of course, the first piece I did was illegal… i was waiting for the opportunity to go paint and when my friends asked me i was super exited. it was a streetworkers box about 6 meters long and 2.5 meters high. Everybody did one side of the box and i didn’t see what my friends where doing and they did small pieces… and I did a top to bottom, end to end RAS (I had no clue about size calculation)…. I’m really happy I have the picture even though it was pretty wack.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? I always see the big picture when i paint so i project myself from where people are gonna see my name and try to make the best out of it.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? there was maybe in the past but with my state of mind right now , there’s no more bad aspect of graffiti.

What writers have inspired you? Style Wars documentary was the greatest source of inspiration for me (i still watch it once every 6 month). The writers that have inspired me are straight up my crew, specially KidKash with who i painted 90% of my pieces the 10 first years, he’s a great teacher that was cool enough to paint with me even when i was many level under him. Serval, was more a psychological motivation. He was really hard on me and told me i was wack (which was a good motivation for me) till he told me what i do started to look like real graffiti in 2012.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? I’m always tired of graffiti when I’m doing my fill in… but once its done I’m excited again.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? I hope that people I care and people I respect as writers (pioneers and others) really think I carry on tradition of the art of writing alive and that my letters are fresh and funky.

Spray Paint: Ironlak for their coolness and support, Pilox for their challenge, Montana Cans for the control
City: Lausanne Kuta (Bali), New York & Napoli
Markers/pens: Sharpie
Surface: Virgin walls
Cap: The classic yellow high pressure one (don’t know the name of it).

Instagram: @bboyamjad

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