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Crew: MCK and ATM
City/Country: Brisbane, Australia
When did you start writing? I started writing in the mid 90’s.
What’s graffiti for you? Graff for me is a lifestyle, almost everything i do and everyone i know is related to graffiti in one way or another, it’s the first thing i think about when i wake up and the last thing i think about when i go to sleep.
Influences? NYC pioneers of course, but my main influences are my crew and friends.
Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Brisbane is a small city with a very small scene, with over the top police. If you do a lot and get caught in Brisbane you are probably going to jail.
What keeps you still writing? seeing other writers who push the limits of what can be done is probably what keeps me interested after all this time.
What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? the only thing I don’t like, is these days anyone can do Graff, it’s handed to kids on a platter. A lot of kids now days don’t even know the history of their own citys. Which is a shame.
What do you do when you’re not painting? when I’m not painting I’m sketching or looking at Graff on my phone.
Is it important that people see your stuff and you get recognition? it’s not important if people see my stuff but it is a bonus.
How would you describe your style? I would describe it as easy to read, bright colors, not to serious.
Can you remember the first piece you did? the first piece I did was under a bridge near my house, I used cheap paint and it looked like shit, but it was fun and I was instantly addicted.
Future plans? no future plans, just to keep painting as much as I can and not get caught.
Name: Diare (Space, Peace)
Crew: EHG, Dinma, Muddy fatique, ★♥!
City / Country: Malmö, Sweden
When did you start writing: early 2000’s
What’s graffiti for you: One hell of a force! From simple idea to reality. The more you practice your skill the better the outcome.
Influences: Life man! From the great people around me to travels and passions. I think you get influenced all the time from both negative and positive experiences. You just need to filter the bullshit and turn that real ish’ in to a diamond. I’m a connoisseur of the good things in life. Like a crate digger always searching for that perfect groove… you got to attract your vision. Also shrooms in the forest, sunshine with beautiful’s, feeding yourself what’s good is what influences me.
Can you tell us a little bit about the local scene in Malmö? We have many generations of writers going in waves from the late 80’s. To reflect the scene, Malmö is a small grimy city and it becomes quite tight to fit all these adhd kids in one classroom. Even though we fight and gnarl it’s still cool in the end cause everybody ends up being drunk at the same underground clubs sooner or later. Some knuckles, some high fives – all good! At the time when the City Tunnel (Copenhagen – Malmö connection) opened up and the new purple commuters (Pågatåg) arrived the scene kind of flourished again in a good type of battle between all. Benching you could caught a whole lot of pieces, both from the regional Öresund trains and also all the purple train models that was running at the time. But to much is to much … the train company hired a vandal squad and a lot of writers got burned. Using sensors, cameras etc. That really fucked the scene and it’s almost dead right now. Of course it’s still stuff getting done but you really need to put in work these days and be a lucky prick
Whats most important when it comes to style? It’s all about the do-dats! Be true to what comes naturally in your funk. And of course we are all influenced from originators from the Style Wars-era. Basically I think you need to be versatile and always evolve, take in the old with the new. You got to understand you’re history to make the future funk. So pay homage to those before you then practice and practice more until you master it and then break it down again.. 360 cycle complete.
What keeps you still writing: The journey.. creating unreal real memories. Plus this is a fucking addiction and I’m a letter feen haha!