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Crew: LSD & BTR
City/Country: Toronto, Canada
When did you start writing?
I started looking at graffiti and taking pictures in 04/05. Didn’t start sketching and painting until 2006.
What’s graffiti for you?
Drawing stylized letter formations. Getting to do hood rat stuff with my friends. Hanging out, exploring nature, watching nighttime characters in their element.
Hanna Barbera & Style Wars.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Toronto is a great city. Has every kind of graffiti you could ask for – bombing, piecing spots, track sides, trains, subways. On top of that the buff isn’t as harsh as some places.
What keeps you still writing?
Hanging out with friends, the adventures, creating something.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
My friends in high school did it. After only looking at it for a few years I started scribbling and since then it’s been a problem.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I don’t know what’s trendy. I’m usually a year late.
What do you do when you’re not painting?
Working, playing sports, travelling, exploring and puffing Canadian (read: Canabis) cigarettes.
How would you describe your style?
Fun. Should be fun to paint & fun to look at. When in doubt, throw on a briefcase handle so you can take your style on the road.
Can you remember the first piece you did?
I remember the first thing I painted – would be hard to call it a piece, easier to call it a piece of shit. I remember my first moderately non-terrible piece. 10 years later, it’s still running.
Travel more, spray more.
Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
If needed. Besides raw concrete, I enjoy spots that have varying textures and surfaces – going from a brick wall, over a door then back on brick with a big window – makes it a fun challenge.
What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There are some that have potential. But there is always room & time for improvement. Main thing I would tell them is be smart.
What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Best: Hanging with friends, having good times and creating something somewhat permanent.
Worst: Dealing with idiots
Who do you paint for?
Instagram likes and the sweet dopamine release that comes from them.
Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Already tired of the dumb shit (politics & sour people). Have fun, be smart, spray good.
What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
Enjoy it. Send me bonfire emojis. I hate 95% of things I paint, so any positive response is good.
Spray Paint: Montana
Markers/pens: Sakura Solid Marker
Surface: Untouched Concrete
Cap: Lego Thins