Hello My Name Is: Mark126


Name: Mark126
Crew: Team Vapour Trails
City/Country: Weimar, Germany
When did you start writing? 1994

What’s graffiti for you? A good compensation for stress and the guarantee to have a good time with people I like ñ especially with my crew ªTeam Vapour Trails´.

Influences? I work as graphic designer ñ the principles are equal, so fortunately my job influences my pieces and graffiti influences my job.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? I live in Weimar, a town in the middle of Germany which is mainly known as the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement and it’s specific role in german history. The scene is quite small but active in every sense.

What keeps you still writing? Ambition, friendship and something I don’t understand down to the present day.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? I saw a documentary about the release of the first schwarzkopf & schwarzkopf book on german TV in 1994 ñ it was about graffiti in berlin. The day after I started sketching and did my first piece a few months later. During my study in the years between 2002 and 2007 I nearly stopped writing and started again in 2008. In the years beyond I painted a lot with my friend “unik” which was the starting point for the current crew.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? When visual effects and gimmicks come to the fore and are used to hide weak letters.

How would you describe your style? I think the classic influences are strongly visible but I try to combine it with a “contemporary” face. The connection from style and background plays an important role: I think both should not be considered separately.

Can you remember the first piece you did? It was in november 1994, silver, dark- and light-blue. One cap for each can 🙂

Future plans? At the moment I really look forward for summer and hope for some nice crew walls and trips to meet other writers.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? As less as possible ñ if l don’t know the spot I bring various sketches to be prepared.

What do you do when you’re not painting? Collecting records.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? Surprisingly there is no new visible generation im my city. So we have no “young guns” but rather the “usual suspects”.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? It has direct relevance: to be outside but to be dependent from weather.

Who do you paint for? Basically for myself but it would be a lie if I’d say im not happy about feedback from other writers.

What writers have inspired you? In the first years I was strongly influenced by the scenes from Berlin and Leipzig and I still believe that mid nineties berlin style is hard to beat. I think its not individual writers but more the spirit of this age that influenced my style.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? Yes, nearly every time I arrive back home after painting 😉

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? I hope that they notice how much work is involved ñ not only in the piece itself. Especially for bigger crew productions preparation and organisation in advance should not be underestimated.

Spray Paint: High pressure cans like Montana Black or Loop colors
City: Split, Croatia
Markers/pens: Copic & Fineliners
Surface: I don’t care as long as it’s big enough
Cap: Astro Fatcap & Sparvar Skinny

Website: www.vapour-trails.net
Instagram: @teamvapourtrails