Tokyo, Such a big city and train system attracts graffiti writers from all over the world. This short film captures a small part of the subculture and gives you an insight into the world of a graffiti writer.
One of Melbourne’s most precise style writers putting together another smooth piece beside the rail lines he honed his craft across. A long time member of the influential SDM Crew, Askem has been painting over the many regions of Melbourne, Australia (and beyond) for over 15 years. Compiling these many years of experience, along with a clear-cut colour palette and a restrained quality of execution, his body of work is appreciated by those with an appreciation for design and traditional graffiti.
Crew: SDM & ADN
City/Country: Melbourne, Australia
When did you start writing? Around 1998
What’s graffiti for you? First of all its a creative outlet but also a way to relax and unwind (most of the time).
Influences? My influences are my crew and the people i surround myself with mostly. Also the pioneers of the scene both locally and internationally, a lot of those early styles seem so timeless..
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Melbourne for me at the moment is a very relaxed and accepting place that has a great variety of styles for it’s size.
What keeps you still writing? The endless pursuit of trying to create that timeless piece..
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? Catching the train with my mum when growing up, this would have to be one of my earliest memories of first noticing graffiti and wondering how and who would be doing this.. I never fit into team sports, my friends and I started listening to a lot of hip hop, then one thing led to another, and we were all doing graffiti.. Then all my friends all grew up and I was left to find my way..
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Generally I try to keep an open mind about these things and not let them bother me too much..
What do you do when you’re not painting? On my bike or working..
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? When i was younger I think it seemed more important, but it was also a lot harder to get recognition, these days everything is way more accessible. It doesn’t really matter so much anymore, because if people choose to see my stuff or not I will still be painting.
How would you describe your style? I guess generally I just try to be bold & clean..
Can you remember the first piece you did? Yes, I remember standing back and being happy with it at the time, then going back the next day, analysing it a being really, really disappointed with myself..
Future plans? Just try to keep pushing forward and also travel some more, that would be nice.