Crew: THE CROOKS
City/Country: Bremerhaven, Germany
When did you start writing?
I started my first steps in the 90s- but a special force crushed the scene in my hometown and most of the active writers really felt the trouble. In 2000 i started again and havent stopped since.
What’s graffiti for you?
Its a big part of my life.
I love cover-art, comics and all the crazy 80s stuff. Alot of Influences come as well from the people close to me- like my girl and my good buddy Tomb.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
I moved to the suburbs quite a while ago- because Bremerhaven is a ruff little city – being first only in unemployment and criminal-statistics… The scene itself never came back from the bust in the 90s. A lot of the old guys still hang around but there is not a lot of new kids showing up.
What keeps you still writing?
Despite all the ups and downs- its true love.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
In the 90s there was a vivid scene thanks to crews like SIM and OCB– and for me it was love on first sight.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Im worried my close friends are having less and less time and fun doing big walls.
What do you do when you’re not painting?
I have a regular job, a girl, friends i care about and a house. There is always something to do.
How would you describe your style?
Old-school flavor mixed with calligraphy and a pinch of marvelism.
Can you remember the first piece you did?
Of course! With my buddy Five when we were 13 or 14 on a wall called Oppis Fame. We were writing AST and SAD- at some point older guys showed up and we fled the scene (haha). I will never forget that day.
Yeah. I want to make my girl happy and do a lot more walls. And I want the lottery- first price no share and all.
Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Not really- I always plan my walls upfront.
What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There is no real new generation in Bremerhaven, sadly. But in Bremen are a couple of guys who might have a great future in writing. For me its a little sad that the new guys are all about bombing and style is mostly secondary.
What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The World Wide Web.
Who do you paint for?
For me and the Gang!
What writers have inspired you?
All the big writers of my hometown. In the 90s Sener (OCB) and Deeone (TSC). Later Lans and Nomad. I always wanted to do big colourfull walls.
Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
After a long day on Instagram or a couple of afternoons doing a wall- i get tired.
What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Love and Hate
Spray Paint: Belton Molotow
City: Hamburg – since i have good friends there.
Surface: The skin of a woman
Cap: Trucker cap