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BEGR INTERVIEW

1. Tell us who you are, how you came about your name, what crews you rep and how long you have been writing?

BEGR from the united states of america . repin WGE BA THR WMD NSF OTR N4N RTM ALL CREWS #YALLDONT

2. Who was your biggest influence when coming up?

I have had alot of huge influences and still find myself influenced by people everyday . early i looked up to alot of 90′s california graffiti TWIST ,AMAZE ,GREY ,GESO ,KR ,JASE ,SOPE, FELON ,GIANT ,DREAM AND THE TDK FAMILY ,BLES AND FATE ALL OF AWR , KING 157 , just to name a few i can go on and on . i have to say IOU 189 *daver* showed me around san francisco early .i got most of my eary spots done with my good friend YESR rip we would load a back pack up with spray,markers,stickers and stay out untill the sun came up to me he will always be a king and iam blessed to have known him. years later i started hanging out with KING 157 RTM + JASE J.E. BA CREW both were very kind to show a young  kid how to hit freight trains . today i’am influenced by almost everyone in some way or another . people who i would say keep my fire lit or keeps me active are my crew members and friends

3. Favourite 5 pieces of all time and why ?
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4. Favourite city and why ?

MIAMI FLORIDA . not only cause my peoples are from there but the nightlife,beach,food,painting,people,and weather are unbeatable

5. Favourite food / drink /?

salvadorian food they know how to cook anything / as for a drink im a huge coffee drinker

6. Biggest vice ?

Cigaretts

7. Biggest Gripe ?

Water

8. Favourite shoe?

Air max 95′s or jordan 1′s original color ways construction tim’s for the winter but if its free ill take it and put them to use #allshoes

9. Favourite 5 tracks ?

Too many to list … lifes a bitch – NAS.

10. Favorite tool of the trade and why?

The original PILOT silver paint pen . the ink in that pen flows better than any other ink i have ever used . from the window to the wall this pen gets it done / as for spray i will use anything but if i could have it my way mtn hardcore hands down

11. Favorite handstyle ?

one line tags like the late great JADE ONE thr btm pcf  *rest in peace*.  to me he has the best understanding of how and what a handstyle should look like .. all jade everything

12. 3 people you would love to have a pint with and why?

VILE 8 – PEAR – MINE they know why hahaha

13. Any writer you think that duznt get enough shine?

JELOE from US SRT crews he has put in the  proper time and work streetside and beyond with a remarkable style that kids will still copy years later .

14. Can you give us a brief run down on WGE  and what you guys are about?

The Worst Guys Ever started by OILS from miami *rest in peace* handed down to my brothers CHUB & DZEE  threw the years of my writing i have never met a crew like this one . no one on are team ever suffers if there is a problem in life the brothers will come together and help fix the problem . alot of crews pertend to be familys or even more corny the MOB but at the end of the day when shit hits the bricks ask the person next to you if somthing happens to me will you hold down my mother,sister, or wife and kids ? if i loose it all will you put me up untill im abel to provide and earn again ? these things go without saying for us . WGE we are not the best nor are we setting out to be we are a group of people who look out for one another and all share a bound thru graffiti, traveling, and do are best to live a strees free life .

15. Last time you were caught doing something ?

Last night i got heated but not caught … stay on your game .

16. 5 things that are within arms reach of where you are right now?

my bag , lap top , 2 sleeping beautys , a cup of ginger ale , and cookies . Im in the sky on a airplane .

17. what would u grab from your burning house?

my money . I can replace anything else in my house with that .

18. 3 things to do before you die ?

Do my best to spray as much as i can , leave this counrty , leave a mark on the graffiti culture world wide .

19. What are you interested in outside of graf?

Outside of graffiti i enjoy higher society like my dude HARSH D30 . the finest dinning nothing like spending big on food and tasting the finer things in life , days at the shooting range not only is it fun but when it comes down to pulling  a trigger i want to be able to hit my mark real easy cool and colective , long drives down u.s. 1 or any coastal view nothing like taking those drives away from the city and just enjoy the air and the view , takng flights to destanations to appear for less than 24 hrs i have appeared in places several times just to party for the night and from the party hopped a taxi to the airport , im also real big on relaxing there is nothing like getting away and poping up at a resort just to relax sleep and enjoy yourself .
20. Any upcoming projects- shouts – final words ?

I have a small zine coming out call ” never a dull moment ” also a few pop up shows displaying never seen work .thank you DR. EVIL !  huge shout out to all of my crews and family CASS , DESIREE , IZZY , MOM .R.I.P. GEB 1 , JADE , NEKST , DREAM , YESR , OILS , FOREVER . and huge shout out to all the fuck boys hating . you all play a small role in me doing spots everynight thank you for that could not have done it without you all .  you can say this you can say that but at the end of the day you aint saying shit ….

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DONT SLEEP MAGAZINE. ISSUE 5.

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JJ DOOM x Steve ‘ESPO’ Powers – The Making of “BOOKHEAD”

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the infamous magazine kickstarter

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espo x kurt vile

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bronson x hot 97

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barry mc gee – the king

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steve powers vs nyorkers

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GETNLOOSE X LEAD DNA AOK

1. Tell us who you are, how you came about your name, what crews you rep and how long you have been writing?

I write lead. I started writing in 1991 but have been writing lead since 1993. I am in the crews DNA AOK IMOK/DF and VLOK. I’m in a few others but those are the main ones I push consistently.  The first word I wrote, I did a lot of damage with, in a little suburban town where I grew up. In no time I got pinched for it. Luckily much of the damage was made with the son of a cop so the casework was conveniently never processed. After that I used to have a word for the street and a word to write around my school, I was always considered a leader and just always did what I wanted too so it stuck.

2. Who were your biggest influences when coming up?

The highway graffiti in providence Rhode island and on the cross Bronx expressway in NYC played a major roll. If it were not seeing the highways destroyed while driving to skateboard competitions up and down the North East US, in the early 90s I would not have started practicing graffiti writing. As far as individuals, I would have to say Emit, Gaze, Cycle and the whole IMOK crew. My first partner Ased who started DNA with me and pushed me to get better. Also, local Rhode Island bombers like Crick, Bester, and Emyt ups.

3. Favorite 5 pieces of all time and why ?

1. Anything by JA but this specific action. Not because its over saber, he is a real cool cat, but because of the message it sends. No matter who you are or how big or what you do it is NOT permanent.
the rest are in no specific order…

2. Provihence by Hence. holy shit if this is not one of the best freight trains ever done!

3. Kuma (i got you stuck off the realness) freight. I rolled on this guy and monk painting this in the middle of no place Ohio, in like 2000 or something. It was done before he had a name for himself or anyone knew who he was. Its just raw, real witty and honest. Thats the only time i have crossed paths with this guy. That also makes it cool to me because he is every where now.
4. Zeism fatcap tags. Since the days of Forbidden Art Videos this guy has always been so good with a fat cap. Those scenes and tags like this resinate when i think of the essence of graffiti bombing.
5. Every Gaze IMOK piece.  Patterson nj jam and Broome st wall pictured here. Chances are your favorite writer bit techniques and processes Gaze was rocking in the very early 90s. Anything from negative letters, splashing paint on wall, blown out letter tips, motion effects and “imok fades”,  that most of the graffiti world have been playing out in the last few years Gaze did first.
4. Favorite city and why?

My favorite city is Providence Rhode Island. I’m not saying this is the best city and I have traveled to countless, but it will always be “home” and  where I prefer to write the most. It’s the only city I care about being up in and have pride in. I write in every city I go to, but to me none feel like when I’m tagging in my home state.
5. Favorite food / drink /? (Please include recipe if applicable)
This for me is an impossible question to answer. I travel far distances just to visit restaurants. I stay watching food network and cook almost every day. I will drop serious money eating at famous chefs restaurants just to say I tried it.
I can tell you some standouts that are easy on the pocket: Spumoni Gardens and DiFara’s pizza both in Brooklyn. Best pizza I have ever had in the world. Sultans Market on North in Chicago is some of the best Middle Eastern food I have had. NBC Seafood in Monterey Park, CA, has the best Dim Sum in the states.  El Pancho Villa and Taqueria Los Coyotes both in the Mission on 16th in SF, Really good authentic Mexican.
6. Biggest vice ?
My biggest vices are probably tagging, stealing and collecting.  It’s not so much they are vices but I do them obsessively. Not a day goes by where I don’t write or scratch my name on something. Usually I lift at least one thing every day. Not because I need too, but because I have this overwhelming felling that I want to take it just because I can. I refuse to pay for over priced small items that I need. Toothbrush, coconut water, deodorant, most groceries etc.  I know its stupid, but for me it feels better not paying for it. Lastly is collecting. I have a substantial art collection, stamps, books, watches, ephemera, anything of personal and historic value ill get it to hold onto.
7. Biggest Gripe ?
The whole “its not biting everyone has done it” mentality. That shit sucks. I hate it so much. That’s why most all graffiti looks the same and fits into like 3 little tidy categories. “Well fuck it, so and so big name writer does it and he bit it so I can too”. Gross. It creates complacency and a body of cliché contrived works. I wont get into it further because i will hurt feelings and it always ends up getting me more flack.
8. Favorite shoe?
Nike ecue and Nike humara.  I troll the internets for any dark colored ecue. They are the most comfortable shoes I have worn. I wear them to skate, paint, and hike anything but super hard to find!
9. Favorite 5 tracks ?
This is also too tough. Its an ever changing list and I’m always playing out songs or artists but to name bands that kinda always seem to stay atop my list that I could listen to at any given time: Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Placebo, Deertick, Ghostface, El-p, Mars Volta/ At The Drive-In
10. Favorite tool of the trade and why?
I Literally have not left my house in the last 10 yrs. without a scribe in my change pocket.  It’s not necessarily my favorite for damage but I’m never without it so no matter where I am I can catch a permanent signature.
11. Favorite hand style?
This is a hard one because I’m really really into penmanship and how one writes. To me it is hands down the most important aspect of graffiti.  There are some people who can do great burners and can’t even manage to sign it or write their crews properly. Then there are those who can do their ONE tag really well but can’t write shit else worth a lick. With that said probably one of the most well rounded “hand styles” to my particular standards is REMIO. Pretty much perfect. As far as tags and great tagging style: Alert/Dkae. ( the best handstyle of all time in my opinion), SpOne, Cost KRT, JA, Adek, Swek SWS, ZE, Skuf, Nemel, Aero BYI, Gemeos, Cape Ftk.
12. 3 people you would love to have a pint with and why?
I have never taken a sip of alcohol in my life but I would like to hang out with Elton Brown, Jason Lee, JA and MQ, at the same time…. haha
13. Any writer you think that duznt get enough shine or credit?
Gorey from Paris, if it were not for this guy, horfe and the like, would not be doing that clogged cap “machine” style they are. GAZE IMOK/DF, (see my above answer in favorite pieces question). Its a shame Gaze does not appear in more influence lists in interviews. Mesh AOK who did many early outlines for reas and ven. Monk SCA, Hence C&F (not really active now but he was wicked in the late 90s). It just seems most of the “it” guys now cant hold a flame to the soul and originality some people not even in “favorite writer” conversations have.
14. Can you tell us a bit about your crews, its not too often AOK gets a new member, how did that come about?
Well one night years back the NYC transit system went on strike. I drove down to NY to make some subways. I checked several spots but settled on queens to rock the 7 line. Got out to the spot and there were two fellows ducking in the brush. My friends and I pulled out some shit and rolled on them. This giant of a human proclaims he is GHOST RIS and the other VEN. We spent some time talking then got to work. The rest is history. The crew is pretty big so naturally im much closer to some then others.
15. Last time you were caught doing something ?
Its been a very long time but going into details online about any dirt can just cause drama or get you linked up to other crimes so i digress.
16. 5 things that are within arms reach of where you are right now?
My dog, glock 19, MacBook pro, iPhone, Bori Cha (Korean tea)
17. Average day, leaving your house, whats in your pockets?
Money, phone, scribe, lucky coin, silver pen, stickers (always in my vehicle).
18. 3 things to do before you die?
Go to Asia, own a Porsche Carrera 4s, have a son.
19. What are you interested in outside of graf?
Food, music, skateboarding, art are the mainstays. I have always had a motorcycle and even raced cars for a bit. Graffiti for me is habitual but only a fraction of my daily life. Unless im on a mission specifically aimed at graffiti, I have gotten over the hump where it consumes my days.
20. ANY SHOUTS, UPCOMING PROJECTS ?
Never go quietly.
Naceo Forever
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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getnloose x ouch thr

 

 

 

 

1. Tell us who you are, how you came about your name, what crews you rep and how long you have been writing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I write Ouch, I came up with it awhile back when I was in between words. I really liked it because it was and still is very challenging for me. I think thats why I kept it. I go by Ouchey as well. I have been writing since 1999, I rep THR, MLS and Qset
 

 

 

 


2. Who was your biggest influence when coming up?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My biggest influence coming up was Diefor, he goes by cash1st sometimes as well. I met him around 9 years ago I guess. He really showed me the ways on structure and style. I still don’t really know why he chose to be my guide. Changed my life though really, he looked after me in life, graffiti and beef.
And second to him would be vic20, he really taught me how to push myself on a bombing level that i needed. He also gave me a lot of advice and helped me get out of crime. i consider these two guys to be very important to me and helped me out with many things. special thanks to both of them.
 

 

 

 


3. Favourite 5 pieces of all time and why – (please include links)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to me this piece is just so damn hard, WWL has the ability to rape any city he goes to and what he can to do transit is just so damn impressive. he will do in a week what others do in a year.

this dude and his boys are what I grew up seeing and much respect to them.
Dondi hands down to me is one the best if not the best at this. I learned so much and was inspired by him so many times over the years
this isn’t my favorite of his work but I really like what he does and respect his stance on transit
this isn’t my favorite of his work but this speaks volumes about him. i encourage any and everyone to check his work out if you can.
 

 

 

 


4. Favourite city and why ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite city is Seattle. I’ve never really thought about why I like it but I just do. I’ve met a lot of great people all over and had some great times in other places. I like it in Seattle.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5. Favourite food / drink /?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite food is pizza, all types and my favorite drink is Perrier.
 

 

 

 


6. Biggest vice ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My biggest vice is probably tequila.
 

 

 

 


7. Biggest Gripe ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would have to say my biggest gripe is people not minding their own business, people not being able to mind their own business can really mess with peoples lives.
 

 

 

 


8. Favourite shoe?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite shoe? damn that is hard one, as far as what i own and wear from time to time would be Addidas sambas or a good old fashioned Airmax. I really like some of the early year jordans though I’ve never owned them except for an old pair Diefor kicked me down.
 

 

 

 


9. Favourite 5 tracks ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Your protector” by the Fleet Foxes off of Fleet Foxes
“Only son of the ladies man” by Father John Misty off of Fear Fun
“22 2′s” by Jay-Z off of Reasonable Doubt
“Hit ‘em up” By 2-Pac (cant remember the album, video included)
“Gimme the loot” by Biggie off of Ready To Die
(not in that order)
 

 

 

 


10. Favorite tool of the trade and why? ( Eg. paint, mean streak etc)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any can of paint with a rusto fat on it.
 

 

 

 


11. Favorite handstyle ( apart from your own !)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWIST, DIEFOR, SOBER, VIC20, GREY, TWIGS, AMAZE, JADE.. I could go on and on…
 

 

 

 


12. 3 people you would love to have a pint with and why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

) My cat Stinkey, I wish he could get beers with me.
2) Dondi, nuf said.
3) My brother Casey, I don’t get to see him enough.
 

 

 

 


13. Any writer you think that duznt get enough shine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is hard question to answer because i feel too many writers are not getting what they have rightfully earned. I’m not going to pick any one person because its just too difficult.
 

 

 

 


14. Can you give us a brief run down on THR and what you guys are about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m only close to a few people in it. I don’t consider myself to be a heavy hitting member though i try my hardest to make everyone proud, and do my best to rep the shit out it. For me though i would say its about painting graffiti to the best of my abilities and not stoppin’ for no one and nothing ever.
 

 

 

 

15. Last time you were caught doing something ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got caught up painting but that was years ago. knock on wood.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


16. 5 things that are within arms reach of where you are right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the five things within arms reach are
1) my cat
2) my phone
3) my girlfriend
4) a pen
5) a beer
 

 

 

 


17. what would u grab from your burning house?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thats a tough question, the ninja turtle sleeping bag i used as a kid and a book hops gave me for my birthday last year. I would say my cat too but he’d already be gone and prolly be thinking im stupid for going into a burning house.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


18. 3 things to do before you die ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much to do and so little time!
1) eat pizza in Italy
2) go to Australia
3) paint more transit
 

 

 

 


19. What are you interested in outside of graf?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Im into traveling, hanging out with my friends and family, and just having a good time. I think there is something to be said about a good conversation over a nice meal with people you care about. I enjoy making pizza, I’ve been doing it for a decade and still love it.
 

 

 

 


20. any upcoming projects- shouts – final words !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m always trying to stay busy with work, traveling and graffiti in general. special shouts to Diefor,  Hops, Vic20, Zae, Trees. you guys have been really supportive of me.
special thank you to my brother casey for believing me in my work.
shouts to everyone in THR MLS Qset and my family, I love all y’all!
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getnloose x roach tgs

1. Tell us who you are, how you came about your name, what crews you rep and how long you have been writing?
I Write Roach for TGS (Top Dawgs) & DRS (Dirty Rottens). I Wrote for many years under a few different names, Roach is now 6 years old bringing my painting lifespan to 16 years. Roaches are comparable to graffiti. they’re everywhere, in the cracks and crevices of our cities, you can squash one or two but there will always be more.
2. Who was your biggest influence when coming up?
My brother Numskull & all my DRS TGS mates all influenced me in a competitive sense\
Style wise, i grew up in Sydney Australia,  it was about KOC, SWB, BCF, SFX, IBS, TM, TNS, ML, WL . They were notably the progressive and most organised crews in my time growing up.
3. Favourite 5 pieces of all time and why ?
This is why i haven’t got this back to you for a while… this one is impossible so i just picked a few things i could think of that are really impressive in my eyes.
Os Gemeos in Boston – its placement and scale is so incredible…these guys never cease to blow me away each and every time.
Horfé and Cony in Vardo – So raw… horfe can make anything look crazy with one colour.
Twist and Amaze in New York City – I Love people that really Love tags.
Gary in Brighton – Gary is the originator of type style pieces. ridiculously stylish and crazy clean.
Yanoe Seiko Jade – People often don’t do gangster highway shit like this in Oz… its kind of a landmark on our east coast.
4. Favourite city and why ?

I’d be lying if i said anywhere else but Sydney but i went to New york last year and had a sick time with Yok and Shanky. its definitely got a great energy as everyone always describes.
5. Favourite food / drink /?

Chicken Crimpys They’re an oval Chicken biscuit with a crimped boarder, they’re the shit!
Carlton Draught – straight up no tricks.
6. Biggest vice ?
Biting my nails.
7. Biggest Gripe ?
Othe people’s Laziness.
8. Favourite shoe?
Airmax 90′s – walking on a cloud\’85. no crazy colour ways.
9. Favourite 5 Bands listening to right now ?
The Amity Affliction
Fugazi
Rattatat
Flume
SBTRKT
bonobo
10. Favorite tool of the trade and why?
Astro cap nozzles it takes so much of the hard work away. All the fun parts are reached faster.
pens – anything with a steel tip pentel white out, krink…
11. Favorite handstyle?
Basically anything kinda loose, wild, overlappy  with ridiculous doo dads, tag clusters, blob bleeders, drunkstyle, repetition.
I LOVE ANYTHING by THR, BTM, PAL…
12. 3 people you would love to have a pint with and why?
1. Ricky gervais, Steven Merchant & Karl Pilkington 100%. I have listened to ALL of their many podcasts a ridiculous ammount of times.. to the point where i actually think ‘we would be mates…. it’s pathetic.
13. Any writer you think that duznt get enough shine?
You have to work fucking hard to get shine these days.there are so many people doing fucking crazy shit these days.
14. Can you give us a brief run down on TGS and what you guys are about?
TGS (THE GOONIES) is ME, BLUES, BEASTMAN, NUMSKULL, OMAS, YOK, TWOONE, DINGO, and a few other people i might have dropped in drunk and forgotten. its a bit of fun.. its not really about breakdancing or acapella shit, more about capping your mates and sending them flicks of it in stages.
15. Last time you were caught doing something ?
Last week i got called out Ripping off Australias most famous floral pattern designer FLORENCE BROADHURST\’85 she’s been dead for years!!!! her ghost called me out for straight biting…
16. 5 things that are within arms reach of where you are right now?

phone, kingfisher beer, coffee cup, nike roche’s, chicken twisties
17. what would u grab from your burning house?
My art collection, my laptop, few rare books,  hands would be full with that.
18. 3 things to do before you die ?
World spraycation,
A pint with Ricky gervais, Steven Merchant & Karl Pilkington
give up smoking.
What are you interested in outside of graf?
I curate 2 galleries and have orbiting interests in typography & Signage\’85 but ultimately I’m only interested in GRAFF.
20. any upcoming projects- shouts \’96 final words !
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getnloose x nemel dfw

1. Tell us who you are, how you came about your name, what crews you rep and how long you have been writing?-

“MY NAME IS JESSE GELLER AND I WRITE NEMEL, I CAME UP WITH NEMEL AS A YOUTH IN PHILADELPHIA AT THE TIME I WAS COMING UP IT WAS VERY POPULAR TO COME UP WITH A TAG THAT HAD TWO VOWELS IN IT AFTER EACH ADDITIONAL LETTER.  THE CREWS I CURRENTLY PUSH IS DFW WHICH IS MY CREW, IM PREZ I ALSO REP IRAK AND FMK WHICH IS A KINGLY EUROPEAN CLICK, OH YEAH AND THR. I STARTED TAGGING WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OF AGE IM STILL A TAGGER TO THIS DAY AT THE AGE OF 32. CALL ME A PURIST”


2. Who was your biggest influence when coming up?

“MY MAIN INFLUENCES COMING UP WHEN I WAS A YOUTH IN PHILADELPHIA, WERE WRITERS LIKE DANE 121, JM, MEEZ, SUROC, ESPO, KADISM. NOW IM INFLUENCED BY PEOPLE WHO BOMB PROPERLY WITH TAGS AND THROW UPS, TAGGING IS BASE OF GRAFFITI EXISTANCE.”

3. Favourite 5 pieces of all time and why ?

GOD THIS A HARD ONE, ALL I CAN SAY IS GREY, REAS, SUPE, AMAZE, CESAR AND GESO ALL KNOW HOW TO PAINT”


4. Favourite city and why ?

” MY FAVORITE CITY IS SAN FRANCISCO HANDS DOWN, NEWYORK IS NEXT. BUT MY HEART IS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BECAUSE IT BREEDS SO MUCH MAYHEM AND CHAOS YET HAS SUCH BEAUTY, IF YOUR SMART YOU CAN MAKE SANFRANCISCO HOME AND BE VERY PRODUCTIVE BUT IT’S A TRICKY GAME AND I’LL LEAVE IT AT THAT”


5. Favourite food / drink /?

“MY FAVOURITE FOOD IS VEGAN BUT NOT JUNKY ASS VEGAN, LIKE FAKE MAYO ETC…AND MY DRINK OF CHOICE WOULD HAVE TO BE GRAPEFRUIT JUICE IM NOT A BIG PARTY DRINKER”


6. Biggest vice ?

“DRUG USE”


7. Biggest Gripe ?

“PEOPLE GETTING PUT ON THAT HAVE NOT STUDIED THE TRADE WHICH EVER THAT MAYBE, LEAVING THE TALENTED PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET”


8. Favourite shoe?

” 3HOLE DOCS AND RUNNING SHOES”
9. Favourite 5 tracks “90,S HIPHOP ALL CLASSIC ROCK FROM THE 70′S. I WAS BORN IN THE WRONG ERA”


10. Favorite tool of the trade and why?

“SILVER PENS”


11. Favorite handstyle ?

“KSER EARSNOT TWIST ASKOT MQUE GUNS QUES “


12. 3 people you would love to have a pint with and why?

” HONESTLY, MY GIRL, CESAR, PEZ”


13. Any writer you think that duznt get enough shine?

” HE GETS PLENTY BUT ORFN HE’S FOREVER KING”


14. Can you give us a brief run down on DFW and what you guys are about?

” IT’S MY CREW AND WE ARE ABOUT MAKING IT HAPPEN OUR WAY”


15. Last time you were caught doing something?

“HOPING A TURN STYLE”


16. 5 things that are within arms reach of where you are right now?

“MY DOG TACO, MY GIRL, MY DOG MAMA, THE BOOK IM READING AND MY PHONE”


17. what would u grab from your burning house?

“MY FAMILY, MAMA TACO AND CARLY”


18. 3 things to do before you die ?

” I DON’T LIKE THIS QUESTION”


19. What are you interested in outside of graf?

“ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, MANELY TRAVELING”


20. any upcoming projects- shouts – final words ?

“KEEP YOU POSTED!!!”

 


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getnloose x twigs tge

1. Tell us who you are, how you came about your name, what crews you rep and how long you have been writing.

I write Twigs. I was given the name Twigs by one of my closest friends, Dio 420. I don’t remember the exact reason why I was given this name, but at the time I was very skinny and the name Twigs seemed to fit me well.

I rep TGE – “The Great Escape.” TGE crew was started by Curve and Esteme in Philidelphia.

I rep SBS – “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.” SBS is a crew that consists of close childhood friends from my small hometown in the Pacific Northwest.

I was also just put down in YME by Ichabod this last week. Really excited to push YME.

I picked up the spray can in 1999 and have not stopped since.

 

2. Who was your biggest influence when coming up?

In a sense I owe a lot of my influence to Chino BYI. If it wasn’t for the Graf flix section in The Source magazine, I most likely would not have found graffiti. I attribute my motivation to continue writing graffiti over the years to some of the photos that were in that magazine. Since my early teenage years I have wanted to paint at the skill level of some of those old New York productions. One day I will reach this goal.

Soon after, I met my longtime painting partner (Other) in our high school art class. He was a year younger then I was but he ran with some older guys who had shown him the ropes a little bit. I can vividly remember the first day I met Other. He had his blackbook with him. At that time I had just been tagging and drawing naked women on my desk so when he showed me his blackbook I was blown away. This kid had page after page of full-color burners with characters and everything. I had finally found someone to paint with. Soon we were making trips to the local hardware store to steal paint and tips. As luck would have it, our small town had these two huge train tunnels with lots of space. We started to paint there every weekend. At the time we really had no clue what we were doing, but I think that was what made it so fun and interesting. During those first years of piecing Other was much better then I was. He had decent letters, good can control and natural artistic talent. Every time we rolled a wall out I was just trying to keep up. That was my initial motivation to get better. He influenced me a lot along with a list of other close friends. Dio 420/Main, Fist (RIP) and Dysko. Some of the people who came through and painted memorable pieces in the tunnels over the years were Awe 2, Heat, Myth, Remio, Sneke, Diar, Saer, Puzle, Nerves, Slim, Slope Floe crew, Vapor, Sasquatch, Cern, Besea and Neros.

In our area there were many great writers and crews that either lived there or passed through from time to time to paint. The writers who stood out to me early on were Amps, Menes, Next (RIP), Whirl, Plus One (RIP), Jugs, Koso/Cosoe, Slaer 4DC, Jessie 4DC, Oursin, Buz, Riner, Organs, Rain, Som OFA, Jaber and Jasper. In my opinion, the crews that stood out to me and influenced the area I lived in were 4DC/LFC, DTC/KYT, DVS, TITS Crew, TNK and GPK.

We were also able to acquire a few graffiti magazines early on from a local music store. The first one we got was the Urban Autograph Issue 8. It had lots of flicks from California. That really got us juiced and gave us new directions on what graffiti was supposed to look like. Other also some how acquired a VHS copy of VideoGraf Issue 9 with Cost and Set and Doms. That really dropped some knowledge on us at that time.

A year or two into painting my crew and I ventured out of our city and into the country and found the freights. This brought a lot of new influences for us. There was freights coming in from all over the country. We saw lots of A2M freights, Worms, Lewis, etc. Tyboe from Lords Crew always had pieces in our yard. Meter, Depths and Bruiser had tags on almost every car in the yard. And various other pieces from all over the country.

 

3.Favorite 5 pieces of all time and why?

This Wall was painted by Menes in 1995 in my hometown.  Everything about this is fresh.

loved this whole page. But look at the “Welcome to the Jungle” Handball court wall.  I love the color choices and placement of all the pieces.

This whole page mixed with my boredom and frustration growing up in a small town sparked my interest in graffiti big time.  These productions have it all perfect colors schemes letters, and themes.

This wall is just fresh

I love this wall. The letters, tags and characters are all great. Rip King Dream

 

4.Favorite city and why?

I really enjoy Philadelphia. Some of the coolest and most talented people I know are either from that city or lived there. I love the no-nonsense attitude people seem to have there. I like how gritty and raw Philly is. It has a real ‘90s hip-hop feel to it. Cheesesteaks are worth the visit at the least.

 

5. Favorite food/drink?

Carnitas tacos with jalapenos and carrots and a glass bottle of coke or some spicy Tom kha soup with a glass of ice water.

 

6. Biggest vice?

I don’t drink or smoke weed but occasionally I like to do whip-its and listen to Tommy Wright III.

7. Biggest Gripe?

This is a tough one, simply because I have so many gripes. But I’m going to have to say junkies, and the damage junkies have done to the rights of public restroom users everywhere.

8. Favorite shoe?

Canvas authentic Vans black and white, or Nike Air Vortex for when I’m out on the town looking like a comfortable dad.

 

 

9. Favorite 5 tracks ?

1. Tommy Wright III – “187 in Progress” or “No Fear ‘98″ (both great Gangster rap songs to do whip-its to)

2. Kilo Ali – “Cocaine Remix 1992 (America Has a Problem)”

3. Marvin Sease – “Candy Licker Girl”

4. RX Lord –”Money Makers”

5. Too $hort – “Just another day”

10. Favorite tool of the trade and why?

Any nice can of black with a NY Fat on it.

11. Favorite hand style ?

SP One, Doms KOC, JA One, Dream TDK (RIP), Twist, Amaze, Whirl, Sober, Renos, Pastime, Jase, Del Phresh, Oiler (RIP), Vault, Slope, Owler, Learn YME, Seyce, Jurne and Curve… And the list could go on.

12. Three people you would love to have a Coke with and why?

Robert Crumb – He is one of my favorite artists. He is really inspiring to me. His ideas are great. His drawing skills are top notch, and he’s just an all around weirdo. I would like to talk to him about our mutual interests in women with big butts and also hopefully soak up some of his creativity.

Bill Clinton – I feel like Bill’s got some great stories to tell.

Larry David – That dude cracks me up. I’m sure he would be extremely awkward to hang out with.

13. Any writer who you think doesn’t get enough shine?

Osker HCM A4Y – If you moved to Oakland from 2002 to 2007 then he most likely was the first writer you met or you got put in touch with him by someone else and he put you on and introduced you to people. The guy might as well have just charged to give graffiti tours. When I moved to Oakland he had the place on lock with throw-ups, tags and pieces. Plus he’s just an all-around good dude.

Dement – He’s got really interesting style and he can paint just about anything. Not to mention that he’s one of the nicest guys out there doing his thing.

Jedi 5 TGE- The Karate master. This guy’s been doing his thing for years. Pieces, hand styles, throw-ups, freestyles off the dome. He can do it all and at a really cheap price.

I also think that the SWS dudes in Denver don’t get enough shine either. Hand styles, pieces, throw-ups, blackbooks, they kill it.

If anyone reading this has not seen all of the productions that TDK crew from Oakland has done over the years, hop on flickr and get your shine on.

14. Can you give us a brief rundown on TGE and what you guys are about?

TGE is a crew filled with various styles of writers. And what brings us all together as a crew are our senses of humor, outlooks on life and graffiti and, of course, our love of letters. I am constantly inspired by the writers in my crew. When I get flicks from the other members I get inspired to do a better piece of my own to send back. We all critique and get critiqued openly without insult. We all strive to better ourselves as individual artists while promoting and supporting each other along the way. We don’t compromise our integrity or who we are for cheap fame. We earn respect through the hard work we put out there, and the respect that we show to others. I would say that TGE is a family of creative people.

15. Last time you were caught doing something?

Not wearing a seat belt.

16. Five things that are within arms reach of where you are right now?

A jar of pencils. Bottle of Ibuprofen, camera, a Bio TATS crew rap-pack trading card, computer.



17. What would you grab from your burning house?

Boxes of family photos and a few paintings that I own.



18. Three things to do before you die?

1. Travel to Africa
2. Learn to speak another language

3. Get eaten by a shark



19. What are you interested in outside of graf?


I’m very interested in ‘60s and ‘70s comic books. Collecting old trinkets and collectables. One of my favorite things to do is to just walk around and people-watch; I enjoy talking to street people. I also enjoy working on various projects from home remodeling to big-building construction.



20. Any upcoming projects? Any shout outs?

Shout out to all the TGE crew and SBS crew, my family, and everyone else that has supported over the years.



Spray on Sprayers

 

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dmote – PS

 

 

1. Tell us who you are, what crews you rep / what crews stand for etc?


Dmote/Shank – i write PS (Prime Suspects) its really an anti crew, its just my freinds from my local bar in Australia, its a crew i started in 87 which had long been gone, we resurected it for a bit of fun…its not meant to be taken seriously, crews stand for different things for different people, my freinds at TATS are a real family, one that spends everyday together, works, bbq’s, private lives, dramas etc are all included, from my experience thats what a real crew is to me…

2. how did you get your tag / what did you used to write at the start etc?

i wrote a bunch of bullshit names in the begining (Size) being one of the better ones, in 87 the dude i looked up to in Sydney was Stylez, he had two alias’s Moske and Dmise, I liked the way they looked so i merged them to make something similar…

3. how long are you writing and how did you start?

i started same as the rest of the world after graff travelled from new york, books, movies etc…started in 85

4. Early influences?

locally in sydney… Stylez, Joker Blaze and long time partner Prins, worldwide…Dero, Wane, Bio, Seen, Mack, Shame, Sak, Tkid etc…

4a. Growing up in Sydney, Australia – what was the scene like? can you tell us about it and your experience in other Australian cities – Melbourne etc.

Sydney was a more aggressive, violent, criminal based scene from the jump, a lot of dudes just tagged while out doing dirt, (Air max, and Lacoste polos was the uniform) that hindered real artistic progress from the early days on, melbourne was way more relaxed lifestyle, (desert boots and flanels) art was the focus, by 89/90 melbourne had at least 7/8 world standard writers…

5. Your style has changed alot from the early 2000s – youve changed from a more blocky, straight barred style into a more funky / flowy style with some classic New York stylings – why did this come about and how?

ha ha i thought it hadnt changed much at all, if your talking about the Shank pieces, i try to let go and just do whatever comes to mind, experiment and be prepared to make mistakes, the Dmote name has always been hard for me, so the Shanks have allowed me to try new things and reinvent my game a little, they are still far from were i want them to be but im thinking about it more than i ever did…

6. Favourite 5 pieces of all time and why (please include image links)

ok these are just 5 things that influenced me…that i thought were amazing

1.this Reas piece was a a game changer for me, first time i saw anything like this…
2. this Shame piece is perfect, no flaws, all confidence, thats how it should look…
3.Bio Mack Tony…
i cant find a pic of the whole wall but its the one in spraycan art, it has everything, location, political message, style/different styles, characters, we tried hard to make it look close to this but failed miserably…
4. i was always stoked on this Knows peice…
5. these two walls are amazing displays of stylish letters, i studied both for a long time…
Cem, Seen, Ken Shame…
Sak, Mkay, Shame…
7. Favourite writers of all time
ok thats tough but Phase 2, Dondi, Reas, Shame, Lee
8. favourite current writers and why – (include links to images if you want man). – who is someone to watch etc….

Horfe, Revok, Jurne, Reas, Yes 2,,, people to watch are definatley False and Curve… 

9. favourite colors? (name brand and color please)

ive never really cared to much or even had a lot of paint, id just use it all…now Montana black range is my favourite because it covers so easily and on most surfaces…

10. You are based in NYC now – how is the scene there? Who do you like seing / painting with / favourite spots?

NYC is great, even tho the city is loosing its edge day by day its still always entertaining, im inspired by the young dudes that go hard on the streets, that makes me wanna paint more, and wish i had that time again…

11. Name 3 people you would like to go for a pint with?

apart from my drinking buddies id say…

1. Mike Patton hes an interesting dude that does discerning projects, would probably have something to say…
2. Jenna Haze because if i got anything filthy out of her it would be worth it…
3. John Chaimberlin, heard he liked to get loose… 

12. What would you grab from your burning house?

i dont have many possesions here so itd be pretty simple, keys wallet, and computer
13. What 5 things within arms reach of you now?
a pencil sharpener shaped as a nose, shank sketches i did over breakfast, ET drawing by my friend Little Bear, lightbox, a thousand power cords…
14. Netch and Netching – your opinion?
what is netching?
15. What blogs do you check – if any?

most of the Graff ones, yours included, i try to stay informed…also
http://espn.go.com/nba/schedule 

16. favourite city in the world and why?

the small towns on the north west coast of italy, great beaches, rock jumps, good times…Zagreb was great in 1997…

17. favourite food and drink

Coopers Green Ale, i like meat! but partial to a nice salmon steak…
18. Any shout outs / upcoming project etcs
Thanx for the support…
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