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Hello My Name Is: Rath

Name: Rath One
Crew: UPS, COD, 3A & KMS
City/Country: New York transplant.

When did you start writing?
I started practicing in 83, more interested in the drawing aspect of it as thats what I already did during school hours anyway. Bubble letters were my go to too impress my class mates, my war drawings with tanks and planes really only hit with a very limited crown of classmates. From there I started getting up a bit here and there. Starting with markers, then short cuts cans (they were little mini cans for model painting). And did my first outside piece on 86.

What’s graffiti for you?
Graffiti, as in Style Writing, is the styling of letter forms; with the aim of fame in one or more of its myriad forms.

Influences?
My biggest early influence was better graffiti; Dondi, Skeme, The Chrome Angelz to name a few, and local Boston Writers of the 80s, Remote, Jester, Srone, Sway, Mass, Sick, Kon. After a long while I realized writing becomes too self referential if is only inspired by itself. So now I take inspiration from my surroundings. Graffiti is essentially the combining of shapes and shapes are all around me. Whether its physical objects, or negative spaces, our world is awash in color and shapes. My policy is: steal to own not to borrow. So I make an honest effort to own what I make. If I see something I like, and it makes me think I want use it, I try and reverse engineer it to its basic elements, to learn what it is and why it works and then try and reinterpret it. I was taught that if you cant re-explain a concept in your own words you don’t really get it.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there?
I moved to my current city when my daughter was born, specifically to get out of the city and add a little calm room to breath. So life in my city isn’t bad, and its mostly getting better slowly. I live close enough to NYC that most writers do minimal dirt here and still primarily target the the 5 boros.

What keeps you still writing?
I haven’t done a master-piece yet.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
Older friends put me onto the concept. I think I was drawn to the visual excitement of graffiti, but also as a kid I wasn’t too stoked on adults setting the agenda. I gravitated towards activities that were independent of adult rules; BMX-ing, skating (oh so poorly), wandering around late at night when most people are enjoying sleep. Graffiti was pioneered in large part by kids, with no adult rules.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I think the trend I see that I don’t like is Im getting older and participating as actively as I would like to be is getting harder.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Creative life and family life are hard to juggle so when I’m not painting I’m worried about not painting enough while also being a family member, when I’m painting I’m doing the reverse. I like to do family stuff, work on the house, play some Xbox and make NON graffiti artwork.

How would you describe your style?
I try and create dynamic pieces, that take the space they’re in into account. I want to provide the right balance between visual harmony and dissonance, so your eye can move through the piece without getting bored by repetition whilst not being overwhelming by extraneous elements. My style goal is to continue to grow. Forward ever Backwards Never!

Can you remember the first piece you did?
Yes, the first piece I did on private property said ELF, I did it on my middle school, in Newton MA. I snuck out of my house walked to school, shook as hell. Sketched the letters in chalk, which I laid on super thick which caused some issues of the paint not sticking to it. Because I’m a terrible criminal when I was done I decided it would be a good idea to stash my bag with my left over paint and my sketch book so if I got stopped on the way home I’d be evidence free. Well my simple ass went back the next day to retrieve my shit and it was gone! FUCK ME, I was pissed at myself for weeks. Toys doing toy shit.

Future plans?
Letting the world know there should be more of me.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
“dominate your space”
@Rime_Msk

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
As an old fart I think my input is mostly useless. When I was a kid all the adults around me lamented at how things were better back in the day; for various reasons. I think as you get older at a certain point your ideas get less fluid and become more set and immovable. Weather I like the new generation or not they’re gonna do their thing. I never really had a mentor; which made writing a struggle to get information and technical skills; so my wish is for the younger generation to seek counsel with older writers to at least keep a connection between style eras and histories.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
The best thing about graffiti to me is: it can teach you work ethic, goal setting, follow through, and discipline, all valuable life skills and under the guise of good fun with some real danger to make it feel realer than a classroom lecture.
The worst thing about graffiti to me is it can get away from some people, and add to, or increase the pace of ones self destruction.

Who do you paint for?
“I’m not a biter, I’m a writer for myself and others, I say a B.I.G. verse, I’m only Bigging up my brother Bigging up my borough — I’m big enough to do it I’m that thorough, plus I know my own flow is foolish So them rings and things you sing about, bring em out It’s hard to yell when the barrel’s in your mouth”
– Jay Z

What writers have inspired you?
Im inspired by a lot of writers for various reasons. I like versatility, dedication and risk. If you demonstrate any of those qualities you’ve probably inspired me in one way or another.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Only with the politics. But I can never be tired of drawing painting letters, its an infinite universe of potential if you get bored its probably because you’re a boring person; free your mind and your hands will follow.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
That’s a tough question. The easy answer is; people, as in writers, I hope they see a writer who’s dedicated to the craft. People as in civilians, I hope they can get past ‘graffiti as a negative and enjoy some color on an otherwise mundane surface.

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Molotow
City: Any city the police are easy to bribe and don’t like to shoot black people, so NO favorite city.
Markers/pens: Molotow one4All
Surface: Raw concrete
Cap: I’ve always loved the Fez;

Instagram: @Heavylox
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Hello My Name Is: Twesh

Name: Twesh
Crew: 3A, Heavy Artillery (HA), Upsetters
City/Country: London, England
When did you start writing? 1996

What’s graffiti for you?
Ah difficult one already, I think graffiti writing technically is more discipline, a language.

Influences?
Over the years I had many influences, some coming from outside the graffiti world, but mainly from classic New York golden era in the 80s.

What keeps you still writing?
After quite a long time as a writer i started asking myself this question quite a few times, still no answer.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track?
I always liked graffiti in my city and I always thought I would never be able to do something like that! The quality for the styles was incredible and for being a small city I rate it as one of the top places in Italy at the time for style writers (mid 90’s). At the time I was 15 yrs old i was dj-ing funk, soul and breakbeats in house parties in my city and that got me in touch with breakers and writers and the hip hop community. Having met them made me decide to give graffiti a proper go (as i was just tagging and doing the toy stuff) and now I am still here, not dj-ing anymore unfortunately.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like?
I’m ok with any trend really. Before the internet there was still people that where trendsetters like SDK, WUFC or TWS or INC Crew from Amsterdam. I miss the fact that the identity and style of a city is now disappearing. What I mean is before the internet people used to influence each other in real life (therefore there would be trends that explode just in one city because that was the only comparison they had), as there wasn’t that many mags either. So you had the London style (with the chunky funky letters), or the LA style (with the calligraphic and cholo influenced style) or the Berlin style (with the craziest stretching of letters). I miss this, now people can more easily access to graffiti worldwide and the Style of a city is unfortunately disappearing. Now if you want to know about a famous writer you just search it on the internet, and that research will place an impact on you, before you had to go to the hall of fame or the train station and the styles you see will place an impact on your future pieces.

What do you do when you’re not painting?
Get on with the normal human life.

How would you describe your style?
Tweshyfied New York Style.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface?
This is really something I envy from people such Zoer from France and Delta for example. I guess the fact that I mostly have a classical new york structure of the letter makes it more difficult to interact with strange wall shapes. I really have to work more on this side of things as it really amaze me how certain people tackle walls in a very different way based on the shape of it.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city?
There is stuff i really like and stuff i like less, like for all things in life. I guess with London sometimes the line between street art and writing gets blurred making strange to identify writers from graphic designer to sign painters or street artist. I like the work of Oust, Inuk and Salem in London because in a way they are maintaining the Classic London letter structure but with a very fresh twist.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti?
Unfortunately there are quite few things that i do not like about graffiti, one of those is When the ego mix up with illegal actions this can fuck up with your brain, and you can easily become a narrow minded person. One great thing is that over the years i traveled Europe and world painting and having crazy cool experiences with cool people i met just for a few hours to hit a yard or painting trackside. Graffiti made also my life in London much easier when i moved here as it was quick to meet people/writers which then became my very good friends also.

Who do you paint for?
In the name of GOD! lol

What writers have inspired you?
Too many to mention, but my crews(3AHAUPS) are the top people that inspire and push me the most, and then TWS with DreamDare and Toast back in the 90s; meeting them and painting Basel trackside with them was a massively inspiring experience for me that made me realise how important graffiti was in my life.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti?
Hope this will ever happen.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff?
I do not want to upset people with my graffiti so i think that everyone likes it. I really see graffiti writing as a language that needs to be decoded and studied for being appreciated, so in general opinions from other writers is what i am more keen to hear; general public will always see my pieces as an abstract painting.

FIVE FAVOURITES
Spray Paint: Anything
City: Basel (Switzerland)
Markers/pens: Anything
Surface: Metal
Cap: NY fat cap

Instagram: @tweshone