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Well I paint, i’m always trying my best to come up with new creative ideas! (hard to do)
I’ve been at it for almost 5 years, but at the beginning never took it seriously until about 3 years ago!
I rep GTK which is the crew me and Bet started up in October 2009,
it was pretty much the two of us until recently, we let one of our good friends Same/Jaws into the crew.
he was painting ages ago but gave up and now he’s back so its pretty cool!4. What got you into graffiti?
i don’t have a huge story like some people all i can really say is, that i fell into it by chance cause who knows what i’d be up to otherwise!
5. What do you think of the scene in Ireland at the moment?
I have a lot of respect for the people that are out there painting all the time and never “taking breaks”
Its really hard to give the irish scene a status after travelling so much and seeing so many different scenes,
But overall i guess its a tight scene which is cool!
lots of cool shit been produced by alot of people!
6. Who would your favorite Irish and non-Irish writers be?
That’s a hard one man, there’s so many people with so many different and cool ideas that i find it hard to have a favorite!
but if i had to name a few irish boys that kill it,
it would have to be, Dusto, Bryte/Pace, Deks, Esko, Rask, Crept, Euros, Crap and to finish it off Baqsr!
there’s alot of good writers but i can’t name everyone either or i’ll be there all night hahaha!
7. Where did you disappear to for the last few months? There was no sign of you on flickr or any new pieces until now?
1 would be that i just wanted to keep my shit to myself for a while.
2 would be that i had alot happening in my life and i completely forgot about flickr!
8. Any crazy chase stories?
I’ll just tell the funniest one when myself, bet and reak (dpk) went out to paint tracks far out the city which was fun you know started off nice and chill painting and drinking beers, when we were done we had the stupid idea to paint a commercial truck which was on the side of the motorway,
we didn’t really know how to get there, it was dark couldn’t see shit and all we were doing is walking through field for ages trying to reach the highway….
now at that point the two boys were pretty drunk, i only had 2 cans cause i didn’t have the money for more, so we finally reached the spot anyways hit it and on the way back bet got really paranoid because it was dark and he was drunk and he thought that the horses who were actually sleeping in the field were looking at him wanting to kill him! The thing is, that retard starts running and shouting like mad which actually wakes up and scares the horses in the field, and guess what they started fucking chasing us down the field!! some scary shit…. some laugh though i’ll never forget that night it was some laugh! i know you would have preferred to hear a sick chase story with the guards but come on we’ve all had them we all know what there like!
hope you enjoyed!
9. Having been to so many countries around the world, how many have you been to, to paint? Can you name them?
To be fair i never plan to go painting when i travel it just happens because i get sick of sight seeing and all i ever want to do is paint! i think the only places i’ve been to that i haven’t painted are French Carabean islands, India and Egypt, India was cause i couldnt find paint anywhere and Egypt is cause when i went there i was on a boat going down the river Nile for 2 weeks (dacent experience to be fair)
otherwise yeah i’ve been to a good few places like that i’ve painted,
Canada ( Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver )
America ( Seattle and New York )
China ( Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an and 2 other cities with weird ass names )
Czech Republic ( Prague, was wayyyy too cold man -17 degres so i did’nt get to paint there )
France ( been there too many times so im not gonna list them all but yeah Paris, Marseille,
Spain ( Barcalona, Malaga and Seville )
Portugal ( Lisbon, Faro, Ohlao, Porto, Fatima (weird place don’t go there or at least don’t do what i did and stop off to sleep there) )
Finland ( Helsinki also very cold )
and finally the UK!
10. Top 5 tunes?
I unfortunetly can’t provide you with links but i listen to alot of stuff,
mostly French old school rap, alot of hip hop and breakdancing beats a bit of trip hop and a fair bit of the electronic stuff!
11. What are your 3 favorite pieces you’ve done?
I like to sleep and cook food even though i’d never eat it, but my girlfriend likes it so i guess it’s safe to eat and sex, along with going to the aquarium ( i love sea life) and sketching
15. Top 3 graff films?
1. War 2
2. Quality Of Life
3. Piece By Piece
16. What’s your favorite mode of transport?
Metro without a doubt, not because of the graff but i grew up in paris and the metro amazed me every time i took it, and its so handy to get around!
I would love one in ireland!
17. Having changed up your style a bit since the last time we talked, how would you describe it?
Experimental! i dunno man i don’t want to settle for a style i just want to keep pushing my work to the next level every time as much as i can and to make it look fresh and clean every time! (easier said than done)
18. Whats your ideal job?
i’d love to be a professional snowboarder, but i doubt that will ever happen! so ideally i’d like to have a job that can support my horrible paintin habits, keep a roof over my head and some food on my plate!
19. Any plans for the future? Travel? Paint?
Alot more traveling will be done, ill keep my next locations secret for now because i don’t know myself if i’m going for sure but i can say that i will re-visit Spain and France very very soon!
20. Any last words or shouts?
Big shouts to RTM! the boys really inspired and helped me since the begining! GTK and the ToyCrew
also shouts to people i’ve painted with and will be painting with in future and shouts to all the people i know!
Stay fresh and keep painting!
Big shout to IQ for doing the interview!
1. Who are you?
I write IQ, IQUE , IKUE and the likes ..
2. What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
Been writing about 4 years
3. What crews do you rep?
I rep HOGS crew. Zuas asked me into HOGS a while ago and since then , it got me painting alot more , been putting the crew before my own stuff mostly , love the crew and everyone in it , the perfect partners in crime , shouts to ZUAS , reppin’ Mo Famille !
4. What got you into graffiti?
My older brother (Jozk) got me into graffiti when i was 11 or 12 , he came home from bombing one night and gave me the ends on his cans , me being the idiot i was, went on a rampage wrecking everything in sight .. writing my initials everywhere .. when i saw his sketch’s and some of the really good graffiti around my area and realized i needed to get alot more style and make my letters nice and clean .
5. Do you rather bombing or piecing? Why?
I wouldnt call myself a hardcore bomber but ive been doing what i can , i do pieces when i feel like it but i’d choose a night out wrecking stuff over a chill piece any day . Bombing is alot more fun for me at the moment ..
6. Any crazy chase stories?
Chase stories … hmmm well the latest one was scary enough , me evoke and yogi went for pannels , yogi had a quick look and the only trains we could do were these yellow circular freights , we were all finished and just about to leave , evoke wanted to do another and started painting , right when he started his second , I see a car parked up , the lights come on and the car flys around the corner towards us , me and evoke freeze on the spot like retards , yogi pulls me through a bush and i grab evoke after us , we had to climb over mountans of trackstones trying to find a way out of the yard , me and yogi jump the spiked fence and evoke faceplants of the top of it , half way down the road yogi throws me against the wall behind an electric box , the car that drove towards us drove right by us and didnt see us , we just ran untill we we couldnt anymore .. that was a fun night
7. Who would your favorite Irish and non-Irish writers be?
Favorite Irish writers .. well fellow Hooligan Akes , Crept for there pieces , each has a totally original style all of there own , And Rob , Hide and Cysto , Feck , Eaks and a good few others for the amount of stuff there all getting done .. Outside Ireland the first that comes to mind is Augor , always been a big fan of MSK , got the pleasure of seeing an msk billboard in person a while ago on my travels
8. What do you think of the Dublin scene right now?
I’m one of the few who think the dublin scene is really good at the moment , sooo many people out doing crazy spots , and really nice pieces , im glad to be a part of it
9. What’s your favorite mode of transport?
Definitely my motorbike , has to be the most handy , cheapest , fastest and most fun to get around .. but this weather isnt doing me any favors
10. What are your 3 favorite pieces you’ve done?
Number 1 …
Number 2 …
Number 3 …
11. What do you think of hipsters?
Hmmmm , well im not one myself .. but some of my decent mates are hipsters soo ive nothing bad to say .. long as its not me .. each to there own i guess
12. What music are you into?
Im into a few differnt things at the moment , Rap , loads of 80’s dance stuff , and then some random golden oldies . Anything with a good beat im into pretty much
13. What would be the most memorable time painting a train?
Probably the first time i painted a train , right as we were about to go out and paint , some guy was walking up and back down the end of the platform , i said it was redhot , but when i turned around my partner was already painting right infront of your man .. he turned out to be a sound bloke , kept sketch for us and shook our hands when we were done .
14. What are your 3 favorite pieces by other writers?
Number 1: Dize (Akes)
Akes has always been my favorite piecer , around the back of my old house he did that dize piece , and i remember walking my dog around to it and staring at it for ages , this was before i was into graffiti , that one piece is what sparked my intrest into lettering and art in genral
Number 2: Rime
I love Rimes style , i love how he can write anything , draw anything and you instantly know its him , amazing how well known he is too , not just to graffiti writers , even my own mother know’s Rime
Number 3: Pharoe
Pharoe has to be one of my favorites , in love with his illegal pieces , better than what most people can do on a legal wall , he can pull of in total darkness while keeping a lookout . he’s someone i hope to be like in a few years
15. Other than graff, what do you like to do?
I’m into sports , Art, and going out on the weekend for a few frosty ones
16. How would you describe your style?
Emm well id like to say its nice easy flow to my letters , and quick to paint , my pieces are a bit more complicated , like to try make my letters look like there part of a machine , I try to make them look as if there moving or floating off the wall .
17. Top 3 graff films?
1= The deviance movie (3ayem)
3=State your name
18. WHY THE FUCK DON’T YOU HAVE A CAMERA?!?!
Good question ..
I dont own a camera , simply because im terrible at keeping electronics alive , ive gone through 3 phones in the last month , and the last camera i owned i pawned of for a silly amount of money when i was drunk looking for more booze , But il have a camera one day , one day very soon
19. Any plans to travel to paint in the future?
I travel alot , would love to go back to LA for a few months , some of the graff over there is unreal , crazy spots , full burners in the hottest spots you can think of. Going to NewYork should be a dream of any writer , soo hopefully one day il get the chance to
20. Any last words or shout outs?
Shouts to HOGS CREW !
high on gear squad
hatin’ on garda scum
hand of god squad
Shouts to Mesk
Shouts to Vicky Q
Big shout to Zuas for the interview! That chase story is too funny!
1. Who are you? What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
Im from Dublin, I write zuas/zuaz and I’ve been writing since late 05.
2. What crews do you rep?
I rep HOG/HOGS crew, originally standing for ‘Hooligans’ but has adopted different meanings like ‘High on gear squad’ and ‘Hands of God squad’
3.What got you into graffiti? Who inspired you?
My first real contact with graffiti was as a kid walking through a laneway seeing two lads painting boards near my house. This would have been in the late 90’s or so, I really had no idea who it was or what they were doing. I suppose I never really took much notice of graffiti until a few years later when I moved to Spain for a short while. I remember seeing a chap beside me in school drawing ‘king’ and was amazed by it. Later that day I went home and began sketching the tag ‘soga’ or something. That didn’t last very long. Then I moved from the north of Spain further down south where Graffiti was literally everywhere. I found the local graff shop and bought a marker, and tagged on a few things until my parents found it. When I moved back to Ireland I became friends with ZIAR’S brother and we would spend hours looking through his blackbooks and photo albums copying his style. It was from then on I was hooked to graffiti. So yeah my main inpsiration would be ZIAR and other Irish writers such as FED, GRIFT, DATS and writers who were in RFA and UEK around the same time I began writing.
4. How would you describe your style?
I don’t think I’ve ever really had a set style. Every time I sketch, which isn’t often, I tend to come up with something different and then just mess around with that style for a while. Recently I’ve been trying to change it up a bit using more simple, chunky, rounded letters…probably wont last long.
5. Who would your favourite Irish and non- Irish writers be?
All the writers mentioned above, along with all the lads in the crew and other writers like HIDE, RISE, CIST, CESK, GONE, PHEK, POT, ROB. All sick and putting in the effort. I don’t really pay much attention to non- Irish writers to be honest, but I’ve noticed writers like PHIESTA from Italy and the 3AYEM crew recently.
6. Do you rather bombing or piecing? Why?
Bombing, even though I never really stick to one bombing is just more fun. I’m always looking at spots to hit and stuff but am far too lazy to do anything about it…or broke. I like doing a legal piece on a nice day but the feeling you get when you see the spot you did the night before is more rewarding.
7. What do you think of the Irish scene right now?
Everyone is always moaning about it, but I like the scene. Lots of writers are pulling out burners legally and illegally quite regularly. Then again it’s the only real scene I pay attention to so I don’t really have much to compare it to. I was over in the west of England recently and was quite disappointed with what I saw, so yeah I’m happy with it.
8. Any crazy chase stories?
One night a few summers back me and two other lads writing 3FI at the time were painting a wall off a pretty busy roundabout. We had finished painting and when hopping the fence I noticed a red unmarked car circling the roundabout 2 or 3 times. Next thing the blue lights are flashing and UNO is over the fence. Me and OLE bail back through the field and end up in some back garden not too far from the spot. OLE, being the drunkard that he is decided he needed to go back and get UNO. We both hopped out of the back garden and ended up on a side road. I waited in a front garden while OLE went to find UNO. A few minutes later I got impatient and decided to follow thinking things had cooled down. After 30 seconds of walking I heard a car belting around the corner so I dive under a parked van while it patrols up and down the street. I’m thirsty as fuck at this point and I managed to find a front garden with a hose around the side. So I sat there for the next hour drinking water from the hose and making sure the Garda had left. I then took the back roads back to OLE’S house and hopped up on to the garage and in the bedroom window we had left open to get back in to find the two of them drinking away.
Turned out UNO ended up chilling with some junkie in a local park while OLE pulled over a Garda claiming he had lost his ‘depressed’ brother from home. The Gards told him to get in the car and they would help find him…. they genuinely did try find this imaginary depressed brother. He sat in the back listening to the Garda radio ranting on about 3 youths spray painting in the area and covered his hands and sleeves saturated in chrome. He later got a lift home.
9. Other than graff what do you like to do?
Playing football, poker and fifa with the lads and heading out on the weekend. None of the lads around write so I spend most of my time doing these things with them.
10. Beer or weed?
11. Top 5 tunes.
I’m on a mad Mac Miller buzz at the moment, or rap in general.
I hate college…really do
good chilled song
cant go wrong with wiz
12. 3 favourite pieces you’ve done
my latest piece i like
this for its size
13. 3 favourite pieces by other writers
This chap is sick
SABER L.A river
loved this (steezy jeezy)
14. What plans do you have for the future?
After i finish this college thing i hope to take a year or two out to travel and paint. Maybe get the finger out, paint a bit more and make some money… That’s really it, don’t plan too much.
15. Any last words or shouts?
Shouts to AKES, IQ, RANDY, ZORS, RAFT, YOUS and ZACTO.