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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? 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.”

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

Hello My Name Is: Pref

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Name: Pref
Crew: ID
City/Country: London, UK
When did you start writing? In the early 90’s

What’s graffiti for you?
Fun with letters.

Influences?
Graphic design, typography, music, modern art, graffiti, TV series, Travel, Work, Friends, Family, my girlfriend and my dog.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
For a young person growing up and into graffiti, London has everything. It’s a massive city with a lot to explore. Big train and subway networks, streets, Walls, abandoned buildings, nightlife, major art galleries, and a long history in the culture. It’s very easy to take it all for granted.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
When I was 11 I bought Spraycan Art at a local flea market. It gave me the key to understanding the tags and pieces I had been seeing from the bus and train window on my journey to school. I was already into skateboarding, skateboard graphics and Hip Hop music and in a way, all these things have the same subversive, D.I.Y spirit and attitude as graffiti. I think for a lot of creative people of my generation already into those types of things, graffiti was a natural progression.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I think people have become lazy when it comes to ideas. Graffiti is a strange parallel: in some ways it is something creative but in other ways there are prewritten rules about what your work needs to look like. In my opinion those rules and ideas are there to be broken and played with. But for some it can be a free pass to either copy whatever everyone else is doing or just do the same thing over and over, forever. People are into graffiti for lots of different reasons, and that is what makes it so great. But I think for me it’s more important to try to push what you do, go on your own journey with your ideas and try to create something new and original. These are the things in life that inspire me most.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Mostly working.

How would you describe your style?
Layered words and letters.

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yeah it was in the middle of the day with a friend looking out. Stopping and starting every time someone walked by. I wish so badly I had a photo of that.

Future plans?
Just to have fun developing my work and enjoy wherever it takes me.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Yeah definitely. It’s essential to get a good photo of the piece as this is often the only record I have of it. Considering the choice of colours and placement, the best spot for photo angle, where the sun will be shining at the end of the day, etc etc. It can be magic when it all comes together. Nothing worse than doing a nice pice but getting horrible photos of it.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There is a thriving London scene and a lot of kids focussing on getting up which is great to see. The explosion of the Shoreditch street art scene has pretty much turned the whole of East London into a hall of fame. There are mixed opinions about painting permission pieces around there but in a way, it has also given illegal graffiti a new lease of life as you can get away with painting pretty much wherever you want. This culture is spreading to other parts of the city too.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best aspect aside from the creative process is the friendships and experiences it can bring. The worst is probably the sacrifices you have to make to give it the time and the money that it requires to get any good at it.

Who do you paint for?
Ultimately I paint for myself.

What writers have inspired you?
Growing up my favourites were (in no order of preference – that would be too difficult): Petro, Diet, Teach, Crock, Drae, Shek, Elk, Staks, Dune, Pabs, Rate. London style masters and true pioneers in my world. Have to also shout out Hore, SHK, he mentored me a lot when I was young. These were my heroes and idols in the early magical years.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I hope people want to stop and look. I hope they enjoy working out the wording and I hope that those people are not just graffiti writers. Most of my work is simply about making the effort to create something new, Hopefully I can inspire others to do the same.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: 94
City: Amsterdam
Markers/pens: Posca PC.1M Bullet Shapet 0.7mm
Surface: Raw concrete
Cap: The Kak One cap and Pink Dot fat cap are the only two caps I use.

Website: prefprefpref.com
Instagram: @pref_id

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