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Hello My Name Is: Twesh

Name: Twesh
Crew: 3A, Heavy Artillery (HA), Upsetters
City/Country: London, England
When did you start writing? 1996

What’s graffiti for you?
Ah difficult one already, I think graffiti writing technically is more discipline, a language.

Over the years I had many influences, some coming from outside the graffiti world, but mainly from classic New York golden era in the 80s.

What keeps you still writing?
After quite a long time as a writer i started asking myself this question quite a few times, still no answer.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I always liked graffiti in my city and I always thought I would never be able to do something like that! The quality for the styles was incredible and for being a small city I rate it as one of the top places in Italy at the time for style writers (mid 90’s). At the time I was 15 yrs old i was dj-ing funk, soul and breakbeats in house parties in my city and that got me in touch with breakers and writers and the hip hop community. Having met them made me decide to give graffiti a proper go (as i was just tagging and doing the toy stuff) and now I am still here, not dj-ing anymore unfortunately.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I’m ok with any trend really. Before the internet there was still people that where trendsetters like SDK, WUFC or TWS or INC Crew from Amsterdam. I miss the fact that the identity and style of a city is now disappearing. What I mean is before the internet people used to influence each other in real life (therefore there would be trends that explode just in one city because that was the only comparison they had), as there wasn’t that many mags either. So you had the London style (with the chunky funky letters), or the LA style (with the calligraphic and cholo influenced style) or the Berlin style (with the craziest stretching of letters). I miss this, now people can more easily access to graffiti worldwide and the Style of a city is unfortunately disappearing. Now if you want to know about a famous writer you just search it on the internet, and that research will place an impact on you, before you had to go to the hall of fame or the train station and the styles you see will place an impact on your future pieces.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Get on with the normal human life.

How would you describe your style?
Tweshyfied New York Style.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
This is really something I envy from people such Zoer from France and Delta for example. I guess the fact that I mostly have a classical new york structure of the letter makes it more difficult to interact with strange wall shapes. I really have to work more on this side of things as it really amaze me how certain people tackle walls in a very different way based on the shape of it.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There is stuff i really like and stuff i like less, like for all things in life. I guess with London sometimes the line between street art and writing gets blurred making strange to identify writers from graphic designer to sign painters or street artist. I like the work of Oust, Inuk and Salem in London because in a way they are maintaining the Classic London letter structure but with a very fresh twist.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Unfortunately there are quite few things that i do not like about graffiti, one of those is When the ego mix up with illegal actions this can fuck up with your brain, and you can easily become a narrow minded person. One great thing is that over the years i traveled Europe and world painting and having crazy cool experiences with cool people i met just for a few hours to hit a yard or painting trackside. Graffiti made also my life in London much easier when i moved here as it was quick to meet people/writers which then became my very good friends also.

Who do you paint for?
In the name of GOD! lol

What writers have inspired you?
Too many to mention, but my crews(3AHAUPS) are the top people that inspire and push me the most, and then TWS with DreamDare and Toast back in the 90s; meeting them and painting Basel trackside with them was a massively inspiring experience for me that made me realise how important graffiti was in my life.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Hope this will ever happen.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I do not want to upset people with my graffiti so i think that everyone likes it. I really see graffiti writing as a language that needs to be decoded and studied for being appreciated, so in general opinions from other writers is what i am more keen to hear; general public will always see my pieces as an abstract painting.

Spray Paint: Anything
City: Basel (Switzerland)
Markers/pens: Anything
Surface: Metal
Cap: NY fat cap

Instagram: @tweshone


In this episode of MONOCHROME we feature graffiti writer Ponk, check it out!

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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: Relay 415


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.

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? OZ, Skena, Pota, Razor, 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.”

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

Hello My Name Is: Ponk [HA]

Ponk_HMNI_Insta-PUFFName: Ponk
Crews: Heavy Artillery
City/Country: Bristol (then), Barcelona (now)

Influences? Paris TCF, Feek TCF, Aroe HA, Sickboy Graffiti in general, friends and family.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Barcelona is so enveloped in graffiti its almost impossible for it not to enrich your life, even if its something you don’t do. Its everywhere, and its one of the main reasons I decided to move here, even though the scene has changed so dramatically over the past 10 years. There are still endless abandoned spaces right in the heart of the city and the overall feeling towards graffiti from the inhabitants is positive, as well as the wonderful south European mindset that if it isn’t your property then it isn’t your problem, which makes for beautifully bombed streets.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? It was my second injection that really got me hooked. After vistiting Bristol in 97 and seeing the mind blowing productions painted by EKO PARIS XENS and ZIML then the same year was a huge jam in Bristol called Walls on Fire. Nearly all the most well known writers from the UK were there and they put in the work.
What keeps you still writing? Striving to become a better writer.the fun and enjoyment the freedom and escapism from the drudgery of everyday life.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? I think following any trend is a dangerous road to take. Its sometimes hard to not follow these cool fads. but I think being true to yourself and your own path is something that should be at the heart of any sincere writer.
What do you do when you’re not painting? Think about painting, skate, spend time with my family, enjoy the city.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? I guess its at the heart of why everyone paints, or does any type of art at all. It may not be an immediate recognition that they want as their goal, but I think deep down they want to be somehow appreciated for what they do. I want other writers to see my stuff and appreciate it. How would you describe your style? classic, anomalous, tight, loose. Movement is key. Can you remember the first piece you did? yea, In a damp alley in East London, with my cousin.
Future plans? Forthcoming exhibition with Aeon FLY (stay tuned) which has been fun collaborating together on. And thanks to you guys, putting out my website (blog) on the interweb, of the majority of my pieces over the past couple of years since I’ve been here in Barcelona.

Tumblr: ponkha.tumblr.com
Instagram: @ponkha