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Hello My Name Is: Stile [VLOK]

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Name: Stile
Crew: VLOK & L163
City/Country: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When did you start writing? At the end of the 90’s.

What’s graffiti for you? An unless real game.

Influences? Crime, funk dance, hooligans, carnival, surf on the train, paintings for the world cup…

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Life here is crazy, you have two options, go into the crime or work like a slave to feed your family… Everything is so much expensive here; public transport is a shit, corrupt politicians only interested in tourism and at the same time hospitals are crowded, bad payed teachers, a dangerous city but blessed with a good temperature and incredible natural beauty that humans didn’t destroyed yet. Here graffiti is strong in the tag scene (Pixação), cause sprays are very expensive and hard to steal in the market, we normally use latex to fill our pieces in the street.

What keeps you still writing? I love to see my pieces where i go…

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? I was born in a neighborhood where pixaçao was very strong, i remember meetings in a place near my house (the famous rock meeting) where writers meet other writers, took drugs, talk about actions, sell stolen spraycans and collect other writers tags. Then i start to skill my letters and when i start to learn i didn’t do anything else… Nowadays i know writers all over the world some that only do tags and others that do nice color pieces, some that only paint trains and others that like to climb buildings.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? There are a lot of people biting other writers.

How would you describe your style? Crazy style.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Of course, a wall next to the train line, my name with a ET at next.

Future plans? It’s a secret.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? Always.

What do you do when you’re not painting? A lot of things.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? I hope they mantain the work that is build from long time ago, create their own styles and respect the local culture. Don’t forget the history and don’t let that nobody do it. To create their own portfolio a lot of street artist paint over legendary tags and good pieces of writers that stay there for long time in the street, i hope they don’t continue crossing these places and try to conquere new ones.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? Best thing is travelling for painting in different cities, worst is to be in jail.

Who do you paint for? For me and for those that like it.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? I try to do sport and to be ready always, one time i did a hard diet and lose 10 kg to do a rofftop with a fragil roof. If i could reach a old age sure i will be doing something into graffiti.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? I’m not worried about what people think, but in some places i prefer to do some colored pieces if i know is going to keep long time and like more to the common people eyes…

Instagram: @Stile_rj

FIVE FAVORITES
Spray Paint: Any
City: Rio de Janeiro =] Markers/pens: Any
Surface: Metal
Cap: Pocket Cap

Hello My Name Is: Mind

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Name: Mind
Crew: VLOK, ­FIA, ­RT & ­FY
City/Country: Milano/Italy
When did you start writing? Around 1991

What’s graffiti for you? it’s the funniest part of my life, graffiti made me travel around the world, meeting new people and keeping my mind open.

Influences? the NYC old school gave me a lot of inputs but I could tell you that every friend in the graffiti game left me something good and gave me the right attitude to keep on.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Milano is a small city with a strong graffiti tradition. Competition has always been on top cause hundreds of writers had to share the few yards and spots…it was genuine, everybody wanted to push his own style. The situation now is different, it’s pretty wack sometimes. Young people started to snitch and vandal squad grew up so fast. We never had a vandal squad here but now half of the city is under investigation.

What keeps you still writing? I love to play with letters! Stretching, twisting and cutting my name.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? I grew up in a small town near Milano, where a guy older than me painted some pieces from ’86 to ’89. Graffiti was a strange new thing for me, I was excited and so curious, I really wanted to decode that new language and make the first step in that mysterious world.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? Talking about styles I use to hate trends because they flatten out all the game and make graffiti looks all the same shit. A lot of writers is melting letters and it’s ok, I like it, but sometimes it works sometimes not… The result is a lot of bad pieces. People has to understand that there is nothing good without a proper study behind it. Talking about folks it’s funny when those street/urban/contemporary/postmodern/whatever artist use their presumed “graffiti past” as a credential for their work today ..it’s not the same game dude, if you really did something in your graffiti career, people will remember it for sure, otherwise you’re just dumb.

What do you do when you’re not painting? Working in my studio to push handmade jewelry. I’m a goldsmith and my work is mainly based on carving graffiti lettering and different fonts to make rings and pendants, then I cast with lost wax technique. I’ have found a new dimension but I’m still writing.

How would you describe your style? My style is changing everyday a little bit, I used to paint lot of wildstyles in the past but I don’t know if I can still call it this way now. Sometimes I prefer simple letters but anyway is always a race between me and me.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Yes it was a small piece, white fill in and black outline, i wrote “one” i don’t remember why!

Future plans? Paint and travel as much as I can.

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? Yes, I think that surface and time are aspects you should consider every time you paint.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? I don’t know. Some are good and dedicated, some other are fake. The new generation reflects the modern way of life. NO school is the new school.

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? The best part of graffiti is made by friendship, action, competition and good feelings but graffiti sometimes could become a big boring soap opera.

Who do you paint for? Only me. Every graffiti writer got an ego to feed.

What writers have inspired you? Too many to name, I love the NYC golden era and I always considered Dondi as the real master but I prefer to get inspired from good people instead of good artists.

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? Hell NO! it’s the only thing in my life that never disappointed me.

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? i don’t know honestly..I hope they feel good while saying “omg that’s the shit!” hehehe.

Website: Mindoner.com (only jewels)
Instagram: @Mindoner

Hello My Name Is: Japon [VLOK, WMD]

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Name: Japon
Crew: VLOK & WMD
City/Country: Barcelona, Spain
When did you start writing? I started writing with this name in early 2002.

What’s graffiti for you? It is an inseparable part of my life, something that surrounds me and defines me as a person. I can’t think of my life without graffiti, it makes me different than the rest of the people and has given me a lot of amazing experiences since the beginning. Drawing and painting are my passions.

Influences? Everything and everyone around me influences me, but I always try to make a concept personal and interpret it through my own point of view.

Tell us about your city, how is life and graffiti there? Life is calm and relaxed, Barcelona is a city for tourists. Personally I have a hate/love relationship with my city, I hate the government/police´s strong repression against young people and the permissibility of other things. It is a nice city to live in, but I couldn´t stay here too long without travelling outside. Graffiti is totally illegal in the city but the government promotes useless “free walls” or events where rich kids do their “art”…

What keeps you still writing? It is the only thing I know how to do… it makes me feel free and I need it.

What first made you interested in graffiti and how did you end up on that track? I have been drawing since I could remember, initially just comics. One day a friend asked me to do a character with a spray next to his letters. This is how I discover graffiti. Then I learned the real deal was the letters, trying to do different letters everytime, trying to be different, this is a personal target for me… and sometimes it is not easy.

What trends are you seeing now in the graffiti world that you don’t like? It is not a graffiti trend, it is a global world trend. When I started mobile phones didn´t exist, internet or graffiti spray paint or caps either. Everything was research, hard and long and in the end when you managed to do something you could be proud of it… you could really enjoy it, because of the effort it cost you to complete it…. Nowadays everything is easy, and most people don’t appreciate the value of it all. It is a global trend.

What do you do when you’re not painting? Drawing? Jejejej I have a normal life, work, kids, a wife… but always my life revolves around graffiti.

How would you describe your style? I don’t know… it is an evolution of my life. I can say it is like me, funny sometimes, sometimes serious, informal and free of rules, in some aspect classic, changing, experimenting and nonconformist.

Can you remember the first piece you did? Sure! It was a train tunnel in the early 90’s.

Future plans? Travelling, growing with my kids and painting more than before!

Do you adapt your pieces and tags to the spot/surface? Yes, surface is a very important part of the piece.

What do you think about the new generation of writers in your city? They are the future… I have seen various generations of writers everywhere and always new generations are more active and stronger than the ones before. When I look around and see that old are tired and lazy I find energy in the new generation, I prefer to be next to them… less talk, more painting!

What are the best and worst aspects of graffiti? Travelling, partnership, learning, discovering a different world outside the common life and money. I don´t find negative aspects of graffiti, even when you are in a bad situation or in trouble it is a good experience in the end.

Who do you paint for? Me and myself only.

What writers have inspired you? I learn a lot from all my friends. If I must mention some, they will be AmigoTrojanRallieAryzKaosPornoOs Gemeos and the VLOK band…

Can you ever feel tired of graffiti? Can you ever feel tired of eating?!

What do you hope people will think and feel when they see your stuff? It doesn´t matter what they would think, as long as they think something… anything!

Instagram: @Japonvlok