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Hello My Name Is: DR Evil

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Name: Dr. Evil
Crew: FOES (Ireland) & FLIES (Australia)
City/Country: Dundalk, Ireland

When did you start writing? Ive written my name on everything since a very young age according to my parents, but i first attempted a piece in 1997.

Influences? My early influences were my now crew mates Omin, Kube, Voice and Nesta at the time they were writing SDW crew and were the only other writers in my town. Later when i travelled to Australia, Aeon had a big influence on me, more so attitude wise than stylistically. He taught me about squeezing in a paint and a pint at any available time and to always carry paint. Anyone who has met him will tell you the same. These days AOK, RIS, FMK, TFW, HDA, TFP, PVC, TPG & BOT, anyone who does stuff that when you look at it you can tell they know about flow and it looks like they enjoyed painting it and of course my own crews FOES & FLIES.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? My town has no real “graffiti scene” and I love that, no politics. There is a population of 40,000 people and only has 4 writers including myself. It’s known as “El Paso” because it is a boarder town and a lot of the people who were either kicked out of Northern Ireland or were on the run during the troubles settled here. Lots of smuggling and general bad shit went on here in the 70’s and 80’s but it’s pretty chill now. Look up a book called “Bandit Country” if you want to know more.

What keeps you still writing? I have no set goals for what i want to achieve with writing, it’s just a part of my day to day at this point. I will catch tags and put up stickers everyday and then take the opportunities to paint as they come. It’s in my bones at this point, i will never stop.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? My interest started when i went from Austria to Munich on a train with my Dad in 1997. It was amazing, the tracks were crushed with full colour productions and some of the trains had pieces on them. It still annoys me to this day that i didn’t bring a camera and get flicks.

Can you remember the first piece you did? After i got home from that trip to Munich i went to my fathers shed and took whatever cans he had and attempted a piece on the dressing rooms of the football pitch behind my house. I wrote the word “nice” but it was really bad and my mates all sneered me because it looked more like it said rice.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? People who can do a wild-style piece but can’t do a decent tag or throw up.

What do you do when you’re not painting? After painting my next biggest hobby would be football. I broke my leg last year and i have been told i can’t play anymore but i follow my local team in the League of Ireland and have been going to their games all over the country for over 20 years. Other than that if I’m not working i try and travel as much as i can and of course spend time with my family.

Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? As i mentioned already the scene in my town is so small that only 3 other writers see my pieces. For that reason i put my stuff online or on instagram. I wouldn’t say for me it is super important for people to see it as i find the act of painting the piece the fun bit but i do like sharing the pics to get feed back from friends and other writers all over the world.

How would you describe your style? My style is based off the pieces from the 70’s and 80’s New York Subway era. I try to do my own take on those classic styles. Im more interested in the letters than doing complex fills or backgrounds.

Future plans? One day at a time.

Website: www.getnloose.com
Instagram: @dr_evil
Tumblr: @drevilgetnloose

Hello My Name Is: Aeon [FLIES]

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Name: Aeon
Crews: FLIES, SDM, FOES, DUBL TRUBL
City/Country: I’m from Melbourne, Australia. But I’m living in Barcelona at the moment.
When did you start writing? 1996

What’s graffiti for you? An addiction. Something that I can’t stop doing because I love it. The source of many adventures and my secret double life.
Influences? Melbourne old school, my crews, 80’s New York, funny looking people on the streets, bogans, travel.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Melbourne is a great city to live in and has a good graff scene with a strong emphasis on style and the history of local style. I haven’t been home for almost 5 years and I miss it. But I’m grateful to have had the chance to travel for the last few years going from city to city, country to country and really seeing the world, instead of taking quick 2 week holidays.
What keeps you still writing? It would be a waste to be living in Barcelona and not be painting. It’s an amazing city and a graffiti paradise. But I love the act of painting and would continue to do it no matter where I was in the world.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? Catching to train along the Belgrave line in Melbourne during the 80’s. The tracksides were full of burners, there were a lot of panels running and the insides were bombed. I loved it as a kid and once I started hanging out with writers it was natural for me to start.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Some of my friends aren’t painting as much these days. And penalties for graffiti in a lot of countries are way too harsh.
What do you do when you’re not painting? I cook good food for me and my lady, skate, travel and work in other artistic mediums.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? The most important thing for me is the act of painting. I try to get people to see my work but it’s pretty hard to stand out these days. I give it a good crack. But even if nobody saw it, I’d still paint.
How would you describe your style? Loose. It looks lazy, but I put a lot of thought into it.
Can you remember the first piece you did? Yes. It was in 1996 on the train line near North Melbourne station. I did it with Tusk2, Nurock, Azok and Mag. It was pretty bad. It was so dark I could hardly see anything. But it lasted a few years.
Future plans? I’ve got an exhibition next month with my friend Ponk (HA) at MTN in Barcelona. And I’m also working on some short films, animations and other artwork.

Website: mraeon.com
Instagram: @aeon_fly

Hello My Name Is: OG23 [FLY]

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Name: OG23
Crew: FLY
City/Country: Melbourne, Australia

When did you start writing? Around 2005 maybe earlier?
What’s graffiti for you? Graffiti for me is at this stage in my life my main consumption of time other then my job. it’s something that I really enjoy doing. it is socially great as well as I can travel almost anywhere and connect with people I have never met before.
Influences? I like to think my influences for lettering come from 70’s NYC graffiti era but maybe it’s mainly from people I paint with. now that so many graffiti “styles” are so easy to view on the internet I think that also unconsciously plays into my influences also.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Melbourne city is very busy city and it’s also very culturally diverse, there is always things happening and always something to do. We have a lot of music and arts festivals. for painting it’s great there are a lot of spots and people are generally pretty tolerant and in most areas there is very little buffing.
What keeps you still writing? I guess the encouragement and inspiration from my friends, crew and other artists as well as the desire to create.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? Basically from riding the trains to school when I was young and seeing pieces and productions along the line and also on the trains. The insides of the trains were also quiet trashed at this stage which got me into tagging. eventually I met a few local writers who knew how to paint and I started trying to paint pieces from then on.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Trends come and go I cant really think of any I don’t like.. I think people can paint whatever they want. there shouldn’t be any rules in graffiti.
What do you do when you’re not painting? Working, studying, Hanging with friends and family and painting.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? it’s great to get recognition… but I really only care if my friends see my stuff and there opinions.
How would you describe your style? I mix up of old and new.
Can you remember the first piece you did? hmmmm no but i’m sure it was terrible.
Future plans? I have 2 exhibitions planned this year so i’m woking on paintings for these. also hopefully some more travel after I finish my studies and a lot more painting!

Instagram: @offguts
Tumblr: h-t-n.tumblr.com

OG23 & Skary ‘Pieces of Mind’

As is tradition with the Seasons of Changes shows, the outside wall (of Revolver Upstairs) must be repainted by the artists featured. For the Winter edition of the exhibition, Arty Graffarti was lucky enough to be on hand to film the duo painting the wall and here is the end result.

Rain, scheduling, lack of paint, rain, wind and time was just a fraction of what slowed this production down, but the team got it together and belted out this great join up, from one end of the platform to the next. This isn’t the first time OG23 and Skary have gotten together on one space, with the end result showing. Surveying eyes, maracas, double denim, leopard prints, colour, along with arrows pointing in every direction, it’s all in there, as the Fly Crew members showcase their signature letterforms.