Hello My Name Is: Tabloid

Name: Tabloid
City/Country: Melbourne, Australia

When did you start writing?
I started bombing insides in the 90’s but didn’t really start painting until mid 2000’s.

What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti is more than just a hobby, It’s a part of who I am and I can’t imagine life without it in some form or another.

The older I get the more I’m influenced by early graffiti from all around the world. Stuff that is more about style and less about technique and effects always appeals to me.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
I think Melbourne is a great city to live in, its a bit too cold in winter though. There’s a lot of commissions and street art here which I don’t really care for but there’s also a lot of graffiti which is good.

What keeps you still writing?
Like most good things in life it gets more fun the better you get at it, so as long as I feel like I’m moving forward and I’m still having fun I’ll keep writing.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
Older people around me that I looked up to were doing it and that’s what started it for me.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
People fronting online trying to act like they are something that they ain’t. Also people using social media to ride other writers cocks to work there way into the “scene” or whatever the fuck they are trying to do… I hate that shit!

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Not a lot. Just the usual things, chill with friends and generally try to stay out of trouble.

How would you describe your style?
Mostly a kind of straight letter style, sometimes with simple connections.
I try not to follow trends, I aim for a more classic simple look that I hope will stand up over time and look as good (or bad) in 10-20 years as it does today…..Hopefully!

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes. In an alley way behind my local shops, all I really remember was it was big with simple letters and a lot of purple. Needless to say it was terrible.

Future plans?
Try to sketch more and some travel would be nice.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
I think you always have to adapt your piece to some degree if you want maximum impact. Especially at non permission spots you usually end up going off script for some reason or another.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There is definitely some hungry young writers in Melbourne and some guys that bomb a lot which is always cool to see.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best: friends and fun times.
Worst: cops and stress.

Who do you paint for?
Myself and my peers, I’m not painting for joe public!

What writers have inspired you?
Coming up definitely DMA, PBP & CW crews inspired me a lot and still do. And these days with the internet there are so many others, however Dmote is one guy that always stands out to me. His letters, characters and colour schemes blow me away every time.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Maybe after doing a shitty piece! It doesn’t last long though because then I feel I need go out to try and redeem myself.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
What anyone else thinks and feels is really non of my business.

Spray Paint: (if I’m paying) Kobra & Loop is good value here.
City: Tokyo
Markers/pens: mini mops/Artline 210
Surface: Glass, tiles or steel. Gloss paint on any non-porous surface is my favourite.
Cap: NY Fat

Instagram: @_tabloid_

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