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Hello My Name Is: Relay 415

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Name: Relay 415
Crew: ID, COM & HA’s
City/Country: Hamburg/London

When did you start writing?
A long time ago, it was the early 90s. During my teenage years graf was something that I would do for a while then take a break and then pick up again. In the mid-late 90’s I really got into it, crews formed and paintings were happening at a rapidly gaining rate to the point that I knew I was in.

What’s graffiti for you?
An opportunity for me to create and express myself as well as spending quality time with friends etc. If the general public had more opportunity to be creative the world would probably be a happier place. But I’ve been painting for 20 odd years now and and have felt different about the culture at various times. I would have said ‘Pure Vandalism’ at one point, ‘Freedom’ at others and now as I’m older it’s a time to still be creative and hang with people that are really good friends along with the chance of meeting new people.

Influences?
60s and 70s design and art, I really like the use of garish colours in that era. On the flipside a lot of the early graff that influenced me was painted in a lot of pastel colours and has a unique effect of its own. The magazines that I used to read in the early years were photocopied copies of Beastie Boys and UP which had a big influence on me then and still do.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
It’s a city with many spots to paint. While it’s a city that is always on the move the style stayed traditional for a long time, at the moment it seems a few of the kids coming up are trying new styles. This blend of traditional and new should make for an interesting future. Now that painting steel here not only can send you to prison but also takes a lot of homework the focus on street stuff has increased considerably which is then reflected in style too. London’s changed though, like many cities worldwide gentrification is running threw it and over the last few years we’ve lost quite a few of Halls of Fame for the wall painters with a few more earmarked to go soon but its made us more adventurous though and we are constantly finding nice spots for a full days painting.

What keeps you still writing?
The need to create things, graffiti is a world away from trials and tribulations of everyday life. Culture is a great thing and graffiti is one of the best, it seems age has nothing to do with it as we can see from the elder writers still at it so yeah for sure, keeps your soul alive whilst dealing with real life.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
As a kid I was always intrested in art and drawing etc, so when I saw pieces and panels that started to appear everywhere all of a sudden it blew my mind. The once boring train rides to school in Hamburg or London and long journeys in the car became something to look forward to. My dad used to drive us to Denmark a lot and I remember seeing the graffiti in Sonderborg and Copenhagen, I remember being surprised as I always thought that graffiti was something that was only done in my city. The different letter and handstyles were amazing to me. I only saw spraycan and subway art until years later and remembered seeing some of the Copenhagen pieces in the spraycan art book in the flesh.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Im not a big fan of stuff that looks too far removed from my idea of graffiti. While a photorealistic eagle or bear takes talent to execute I don’t really see it as graffiti.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Trying to entertain myself with stuff other than graffiti while thinking about graffiti.

How would you describe your style?
It’s a difficult question to answer, I suppose you could say its neo classical graffiti with a psychedelic twist. I am trying to maintain the classic graffiti aesthetic with psychedelic patterns and colours with loads of doo dads layered over it whilst showing elements of the city I come from. Underground productions was the most predominant magazine in my collection as a kid and I like to think a bit of that Scandinavian flavour comes out in my pieces. I like having 2 different colourways in my pieces, generally warm colours on one side and cold on the other, it also gives me the opportunity to experiment with colours which I would otherwise have to wait until my next piece to try out.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes, it was the middle of the day Id racked a white and black sparvar and went to the old second world war bunker at the end of my road. I painted a big white box with “UZI” carved out of it in black, I was approached by an angry old man who asked me what I was doing to which I replied “painting.” I was still really young and don’t think I was completely aware of the fact that what I was doing was illegal.

Future plans?
Travel more and tick some places and things I want to paint off the list. There are still a lot of colourways and patterns I want to incorporate in my pieces.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
I suppose you have to in some cases but I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it to be honest.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
I respect what a lot of them are doing, while getting good paint, photos, spots, magazines etc were much harder when I started a lot of the fun things that were a little easier in my day are a bit harder now.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best: The creative aspect of it. Worst: The Buff, Jail & fines.

Who do you paint for?
For myself as I value the memory and experience. Unless you paint the same outline all the time painting is a bit of a challenge, you can either come away from it thinking you managed execute what you had in mind or you’ve failed miserably. One of my favourite things is when I’ve started a piece terribly and somehow manage to walk away from it feeling that I succeeded in improving it.

What writers have inspired you? OZSkenaPotaRazor, etc are the reason I started writing.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Not really, but if Ive been travelling and have painted everyday I look forward to getting home and not painting for a bit.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope that they see that some colours they thought didn’t work together do, I want it to be a bit a visual “trip.”

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint:
 German Montana & Ironlak
City: Hamburg
Markers/pens: Silver uni paint px30
Surface: Steel
Cap: Belton standard cap & NY fat

Instagram: @relay_ha_id

MONOCHROME 026 – NOREZZ

In this episode of MONOCHROME we feature Austrian graffiti writer NOREZZ who paints a fresh metro tunnel.

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FILMED BY: The Schwarfahrer

MONOCHROME is a series of graffiti videos, all with a black-and-chrome feeling, by Spraydaily.com. Simple short videos featuring one writer and three cans in each episode. One chrome piece on one clean wall by one selected graffiti writer for each episode.

Hello My Name Is: Norezz [COM]

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Name: Norezz
Crew: COM Crew & GOL Stars
City/Country: Vienna, Austria

When did you start writing? early 2000

What’s graffiti for you? Freedom in society

Influences? I think its a little bit of everything which is happen every day. I enjoy my life cause I got the best family and friends!

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? My hometown is Dresden, Germany. I would say there is a small but a very creative graffiti scene. I think the important writers from there are the guys from RTCFAQN.C.C, SOX23erBKACTHKIBG and FOO Crew. They really reclaim the streets. After years i decided to go forward and move to another city. At the end I aground in vienna. Now its the point of my life and I really enjoy it. Vienna is much more than Dresden. A bigger system, more people from all around the world and more subculture. I would say its a really friendly city. There is no crime as like as in Berlin or Paris. Vienna is also a good starting point for traveling. You can go in all directions very easy and cheap. The graffiti, which impresses me isn’t from the locals. I don’t wanna say that vienna don’t have good writers but it’s not my taste. There certainly really active and productive writers. For me the best writers in vienna be called ChiFuryMrokNedNudgeSiorStace and the guys from WE ARE and TD2F. Here is a lot of space to have fun!

What keeps you still writing? It’s like an addiction. I waste a lot of time to do this shit, for me it makes sense to do it again and again and again… It’s a big part of my life . It is an everyday evils such as eat food, drink, have sex and sleep.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? When I was 10 years old, my cousin made a tagging with a marker on a current case. It was really ugly (hahahaa..), but from this point my career started. Then I met Slider from THE BANDITS. He teached me and I learned a lot about technique, colors and style. After years of painting classic styles with 3D Blocks and arrows and a many stupid connections I decided to write a new name. I have freed myself from wild-style and tried some next level shit. Story continues…

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I don’t like writers that don’t evolve by themselves but say to me that I painting “antistyle” or something like this. I think the modern full-color wild-style looks like a plate full of Spaghetti. Many young people are not interested in the history and rules of graffiti…

What do you do when you’re not painting? Sometimes I go to work, sometimes I sleep, sometimes I drink and go for Party. Don’t think to much about the future.

Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? In this time yes. Before I paint Norezz I paint a lot of other names and I don’t show it to anybody, maybe some pictures in some Magazines but I don’t send the flix to them…

How would you describe your style? My style, I like fresh colors. I try to use simple letters and bring it to life. It’s a mix of graffiti between 1960 and 2015. I only use original cap and fat cap. The other mainstream bullshit I don’t care.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Oh yes, I don’t know!  I was 11 years old and I painted with an orange MTN Hardcore, which I found on the tracks, on the wall in my children room. My father exploded and it was also my first bust.

Future plans? To keep healthy and see more of the world.

Facebook: @norezzfromhere

Hello My Name Is: FuryOne [COM]

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Name: FuryOne
Crew: It doesn’t matter what’s the name of your crew, cause my crew is “Crew ohne Mitglieder_COM” (engl.: Crew without members)
City/Country: Halle/Leipzig, Germany

When did you start writing: Since 2011 I spent a lot of time for doing graffiti. Many years before I enjoyed and loved this shit, but my influences were very limited and my motivation was small. I waste my time with “important things” of life and now I live.

What’s graffiti for you: Standard cap, Passion, Experience.

Influences: BEFORE: Halle/Saale, East Germany, Block 769/2, reunification 1989, Berlin, SHEK, skateboarding, Leipzig, Friends, HBS, IMR, ESFamily, PCrew, Overkill Magazine, YO MTV Raps LATER: Vienna, FRIENDS, Family, RosyOne, Travelling, Norez from Nowhere, People, Musa71, GhettoBlasters, Italian graff.

Quantity vs quality: Quality!…closely followed by Quantity.

What keeps you still writing: I still learning english.

Future plans: To leave Europe and to live with my man Norez and my son in brasilia on the beach…

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