In April 7-9 the Yellow Jam occurred in Roncadelle, Brescia, Italy. Numerous graffiti writers from various cities in Europe and Italy such as Berlin, Hamburg, London, Rome, Naples, Perugia, Florence, Bologna, Milan, Verona came to paint! Among the participants where the JBCB Crew, Heis, Fanta, OAS Crew, Secse, Flecso, Horso197, La Franz & Overspin.
Name: La Franz
Crew: I have no crew.
City/Country: Rome, Italy
When did you start writing? 2004/2005
What’s graffiti for you?
Fun times with friends, working on letters and style, relax.
Everything that surrounds me can be an inspiration.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
Rome is where I live for some years. I was born in Naples and raised in a small city between Naples and Rome, and that’s where I start to paint. We were not more than 3/4 writers, so we had a lot of walls, and after 12 years there are pieces still last. Rome is totally the opposite one. Is bigger and graffiti scene is huge. There are many legal walls, but pieces last few days. It’s a pity to make a good piece, spending colors and time, and see it crossed in a few days by a chrome piece. But this is the other side of the coin in big cities like this.
What keeps you still writing?
The continuous “dissatisfaction” of my pieces and the awareness that I could do better.
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I was 15 when I approached to the Hip Hop world through some of my best friends. There was one of them who already paint, and every time I saw him painting I’d become increasingly interested in colors, letters and shapes. I was also attracted by the idea to leave an anonymous mark in the streets, so I started with throw-ups and street bombings in the highest spots for the first few years.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
Too much internet and not enough personality. There is an overall trend to copy letters rather than working on that and find your own style.
What do you do when you’re not painting?
Working, sketching, and when I don’t spend money to buy spray, I spend money to travel.
How would you describe your style?
Simple, colorful and cartoony.
Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes! It was terrible ahahahah! It was on an abandoned rough wall, I was not familiar with spray cans, and most of the color was absorbed by the wall.
Keep painting, drawing and traveling.
Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
Always! Every different spot/surface can give me a different inspiration.
What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There are a lot of writers with skills and potential, also in new generations, but the quantity is generally preferred to the quality.
What are the best and the worst aspects of graffiti?
Writers. They can be amazing people or total assholes. Good letters don’t make good people.
Who do you paint for?
Only for me and for my mental relaxation.
What writers have inspired you?
It could be a very long list, but the first ones who inspired me were Smash, Kent, Atom and Cantwo.
Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Never! Sometimes I feel tired of writers, but never of graffiti.
What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I like when my stuff makes people smile and surprises them.
New fresh video showing graffiti writer La Franz paint two walls for the Hard2Buff video series, check it out!