Hello, I’m Remio. I made up my name in 1998, it came about through a series of contortions on different words I was writing. I had been writing band names like “NIRVANA” or “ZAPPA” or “ZAP40″ for Frank Zappa, and his birth year..and also “TRADEMARK”, “SERE”, “IMER”, and so forth… “REMIO” came about as a variation on “IMER”. I had just flipped it backwards for the sake of doodling something different, I added that “O” because of a local writer i looked up too (“FATSO”, He’s still active, and was crushing the town I lived in at the time..) He would flare out his “O” and I liked that so I added an “O”. The letters themselves were appealing to me as well. They were good to draw. Common letters, with many applications across vocabulary.
2. Who was your biggest influence when coming up?
It wasn’t anyone in particular, it was the feeling of graffiti. I was moving so much I didn’t get a chance to connect the dots and realize anything beyond that the writing on the wall was there. It looked unusual and I was drawn in to the mystery..
3. Favorite 5 pieces of all time and why
CLIFF’s BEETLE BAILEY TRAIN!
“THE MOST FUCKED” TMF spell out by DUG, TWIST, and KR(?) I’m not sure who did it, but I remember seeing it in SP1′s magazine SKILLS. It was raunchy..
The “Year of the Snake” freight train by KAPUT.
HYPER from SF, his pieces are great!
4. Favorite city and why
Copenhagen in 2005 with Kegr was fantastic. That was a lot of fun, riding bikes and bombing. Dumpstering in North Copenhagen for watermelons, then reselling slices. Chilling in Christiania. I saw some great shows there as well. Sister Nancy, Peaches and David Bowie.
5. Favorite food/drink?
humus and fresh cucumber/carrot/orange/beet/ginger juice
6. Biggest vice?
Driving and drawing!!! Too fucked up, I’m going to die like that.
WORLDWIDE POLICE STATE
8 hole doc martens, “with the bouncing sole”, CLARKS Desert Boots, looking for a pair in white perforated leather…
9. Favorite 5 tracks?
patsy cline – shoes
johnny cash’s version of the hank williams song “come in stranger”
nirvana – blew
trashtalk – explode
10 ft ganja plant – 10 ft ganja plant
wu tang clan – dog shit
lil wyte – oxycotton
tough to name just 5 … music is playing constantly in my life..these were the last tracks this morning..
10. favorite tool of the trade?
11. Favorite handstyle?
My mom, she was my first inspiration. She was a designer, really clean style.
12. Three people you would love to have a pint with and why?
My Grandpa, he was full of stories. RIP HENRIK. An electrician with a sense for adventure..
13. Any writer you think that duznt get enough shine?
if you don’t get enough shine, you’re not working.
14.Can you give us a brief run down on VTS and what you guys are about?
VANDAL TEAM SUPREME
VERY TOP SECRET
VANDAL TRAVEL SYSTEM
VANDALIZE TILL SUNRISE
15. Last time you were caught doing something ?
I can’t remember.. I should.
16. 5 things that are within arms reach of where you are right now?
My sketchybook, 18 cellphones, some canned canadian fog, a black raggedy ann doll, a tree stump.
17. What would you grab from your burning house?
2QUIK and CHUBBY, cleanse the rest with fire.
18. 3 things to do before you die ?
Go to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
19. What are you interested in outside of graff?
MUSIC, Health food, Sex, Books of any kind… Political systems and politics, Social systems, the human race.
20. Any upcoming projects – shouts – final words !
I just saw my first Power Violence show… it was really nice. I really enjoyed the spirit there, it was a keen reminder that there is a dedicated group of kids in Amerikkka that are not happy with things how they are, and they are not afraid to do something to change it.
Shout outs to my set.