GRAFF TV is a series of graffiti videos capturing the style and techniques of some of the best and most interesting writers around the world. From simple new school styles to futuristic 3D-burners or playful naive pieces. Follow the process from sketch to finished piece, all cut down and compressed to three minutes episodes.
In this episode of MONOCHROME we feature graffiti writerS.kape289, 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.
Name: S.kape289 Crew: – City/Country: difficult to answer When did you start writing? Between 2002 – 2006
What’s graffiti for you? Tessellation.
Influences? Everything I see, Everything I feel – Everywhere I go.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? I don’t shit where I eat. Also just got back from two years traveling the globe so no clue.
What keeps you still writing? Dedication!
What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? First curiosity, later addiction.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Who am I to judge? It would be sad though, if writers who are focusing more on their art as on Public Relations are getting less support from the scene. Style and being up is more important than Instagram Likes. One reason why Graffiti was so unique in the first place.
What do you do when you’re not painting? Enjoying vegan food.
How would you describe your style? I love variety.
Can you remember the first piece you did? It makes me smile ☺
Future plans? The bucket list is long. To be featured in the Spray Daily Monochrome Series is one!
Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? Definitely. The piece has to fit its surroundings. The spot/surface makes it challenging and one reason why I paint most of my pieces freestyle.
What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? Is there one?
What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? The tool itself is the best and the worst. Spray-Cans are so much fun but still toxic as fuck.
Who do you paint for? Me, myself and I.
What writers have inspired you? People with a great personality. When it comes to the artistic level, writers who think outside the box, try out new stuff and push in different directions instead of going with the already known classics everybody seems to love the most. I have a lot of respect for every writer you made successfully the transition from a Graffiti Writer to a Fine Art Artist, but the most respect I have for those who made the transition and are still painting steel.
Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? Its necessary to take small breaks to push boundaries.
What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? How can I send him money?
FIVE FAVORITES Spray Paint: is my favorite City: those I haven’t been to yet. Markers/pens: doesn’t matter Surface: Metal, and surfaces with character Cap: everything has its purpose
S.Kape289 is painting a graffiti piece in Americas Finest City. But not everything is gold and green when you have a look around East Village. Four quarters make a dollar at the end of the day for many people.
I am happy that FLAME™ PAINT sent me some cans in order to try them. FLAME™ is being distributed by MOLOTOW (they are well known and need no introduction). FLAME™ PAINT is being produced in Europe. The company is producing spray paint for quite a while now, they know what they are doing. I painted with all different kinds of spray paint during my travels, with one conclusion: You should be able to paint with every can, because the quality of the paint can’t help, if you have no style.
Certainly quality does matter, you just have to compare graffities of the 90s and these days. I think Europeans are quite spoiled regarding good paint for an affordable price. I like to use good material, it’s much more fun to work with and you have less negative surprises.
Talking about quality paint there are some things that really matter to me: Paint should be safe, so fuck toxic ingredients. It should cover well, on every surface. The output system should be easy to control, no matter what temperature it is.