Hello My Name Is: Towns

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Name: Towns
City/Country: London, England
When did you start writing? 1999

What’s graffiti for you? An addiction.

Influences? Everything and anything.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? London is a great city, unfortunately graffiti here has decreased over the years.

What keeps you still writing? Other artists pushing the envelope and keeping it moving. Their motivation keeps me wanting to progress my own work and be part of the bigger movement.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? Like most people I saw graffiti as a kid and was fascinated by it instantly. From that point onwards I couldn’t stop, it’s like an addiction. I will always come back to it in some way, even if I’m not doing it I will be looking at it.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I think graffiti generally has gone downhill since 2010, there seemed to be an explosion of innovators at that particular time which was really exciting. The wave of those peoples impact is still being felt today but unfortunately I can’t see any young guns with that level of work for the generations after to be inspired by.

What do you do when you’re not painting? One of my other interests is photography so I’m hoping to make more time for that next year.

How would you describe your style? Advanced toy level.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Yes! Back in 1999. It was in an abandoned factory is South London, it’s been demolished now!

Future plans? Just to keep painting and have fun with it!

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? Yes I do, I change colours and my outline to fit the surroundings a lot of the time. Or I have a few outlines on rotation so I can change it up depending on the location.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? There isn’t really a wave of new writers that stand out to me.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? The explorative aspect of graffiti is the best part of it for me. Just getting out there and finding new spots with friends. Not really any bad aspects of graffiti for me.

Who do you paint for? All the killers and the hundred dollar billers.

What writers have inspired you? Way too many to name.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? Yes, but something keeps it burning inside.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? I hope they appreciate the simplicity and thought process in welding the letters together.

Instagram: @tdog86
Website: www.towns-london.com

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