Please introduce yourself….
I write Kaput (VTS, NR, IBD) and I’m from Vancouver in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
Can you tell us a bit about when you started out?
Skateboarding with schoolmates in the mid nineties is how I got into writing. The dude who influenced me wrote Kover, he had a real fresh hand. I would marker tag things and put up stickers inside buses just like a green horn should.
You have a very unique style can you tell us about what influences you?
I don’t think my style is all that unique but thanks. You can see that I am influenced by traditional New York graffiti first and foremost.
You paint real colorful graphic pieces with bold outlines, what is your take on the current technique > style trends?
Graffiti is always changing as is life and I’ve always stuck with a bold semi traditional style. I have a lot of respect and dig all the new techniques out there in the world. As long as I’m having fun that’s all that matters. I’ll stick to my caveman style though
We saw in your video from Chile you sketched up your piece to suit the area you were painting on, Do you ever use a sketch and if so how often do you actually sit down with the intention to do a sketch?
I try to use sketches as much as I can but sometimes you have to piece in a confined space or an awkward zone. I made multiple sketches for my trip to Chile and only ended up using a couple. I find it a lot of fun and a nice challenge painting letters on the spot.
Which writers do you like style wise?
Stak, Sento, Cavs, Sien5, Sabe, Swet, Dmote, Yes2, Jurne, Pubes…..
Favorite handstyle? Veefer…
Often when I see a piece by you music starts playing in my mind, what type of music are you into and would you be able to link a specific song to a specific piece you’ve done?
I like lots of different music, you can’t listen to the same genre or it can get stale fast. 70’s Funk or Psychedelic rock would seem to work with the fills and colours that I use. Freddie’s Dead by Curtis Mayfield or Psychedelic Trip by The Chocolate Watchband are good examples… haha!
We have relatively no freight scene here in Ireland due to a very small rail network, can you describe a typical night painting freights? As in do you just paint one piece and bounce or is it an all nighter with pieces, straight letters, throws etc?
I’m a quality over quantity dude, so I take my time on one piece. I’ve done multiple panels in one night but very rarely. When I use to hit cars with my old partner Cameo, I would do one and he rocked two usually. I’m always the last to finish and it’s always a good laugh.
Can you give us a brief rundown on VTS and what you guys are about?
Remio and I started VTS in 2002 and it’s got a lot of dudes from around the globe as of now. Most of us enjoy all the components that make up graffiti but vandalism is priority numero uno!
Can you recommend a good recipe, something canadian perhaps?
The Caesar (Canada’s #1 cocktail)
1 oz vodka
2 dashes hot sauce
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp of horseradish
4 oz Clamato juice
1 celery stick
1 lime wedge
Rim a glass with lime and then celery salt. Fill the glass with all the ingredients and mix thoroughly (add ice). Throw in celery stalk and squeeze in the lime wedge.
Peace, love and happy-sprayz…
Check out Kaput in Chile HERE.