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when did you fall in love with freights?

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by nocalfr8tr, Dec 12, 2001.

  1. nocalfr8tr

    nocalfr8tr Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2001 Messages: 371 Likes Received: 0
    The real question is why? Why do we paint on trains? For some, they just want to feel impotant within a circle of friends. To prove how much of a bad ass they are. Great. Others, they want the fame, man. They want to be in mags and see their flicks pop up on websites. Again, I say great. But for some, maybe a select few, it's something deeper. Regardless if you're from the suburbs (which I am, but the city is in my veins) or from the Slums, the feeling that comes with painting a freight, the adrenaline of entering your yard, the sounds and smells of the yard, are intoxicating. I'll be personal here, I had been doing graff for a few years before I painted freights seriously, I had a girl friend and good friends that weren't into graf. But in what was one of the worst months of my life, I lost them all. All I could do was remember the trainyard. I had done about 25 trains before all this, and i could vividly remember each train, color scheme, who painted with me, what part of the yard I painted it at. Each one was like a child. Anyways, I had never really been involved in the "scene", and still could care less, all I want is to see fresh pieces each time I'm in the yard or at a railroad crossing. I don't do this for the scene, I do it for the love I have with the entire experience of painting trains. Now, I've got too many floating around to remember them all, and it saddens me. What's worse, is that other writers are convinced it has to be a lifestyle and if you haven't painted a thousand throw-ups that you consider pieces, then you suck. It is a lifestyle for all of us or we wouldn't do it. We wouldn't dream about it. We wouldn't give up opportunities of a lifetime to remain in a place where you know trains will be forever. It's just a little different for each individual. My whole point is that I want everyone to really be honest with themselves and evaluate why you're out there. I want you to explore your position of longevity. For me, I'm in love with freights, I can't be denied my dosage regardless of what can stop me. What made you fall in love?
  2. BIG T

    BIG T Member

    Joined: Sep 20, 2000 Messages: 976 Likes Received: 2
    when i looked into that boxcars eyes and i felt all warm and fuzzy inside it knew it must be love, so i painted all over it... when did this happen???? shit i cant remember what i had for dinner and that was 2 hrs ago!:D :D :D
  3. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    It was more like falling in love with someone you'd been friends with for a long time. I was prowling yards for years before I started writing, and the sounds, sights and smells were all second nature. Oddly enough, graffiti on the trains didn't really make much of an impression - I didn't notice pieces, or wasn't impressed or intrigued, maybe because I was too close. My favorite thing was scouting yards, walking between lines and seeing what kinds of chemicals were in the tank cars, being a halfbreed chemistry/rail buff. Up close, a lot of pieces look like random splashes. Also, there wasn't nearly as much stuff running when I was walking tracks from '88-'96. Finally, after picking up writing, I saw this one Dest train. (I've mentioned this on here 3 or 4 times, someday I'll get a scanner and show everybody this flick.) It was parked by itself in the wide open, at the edge of a yard. Everyone who parked at that strip mall had to look at it, a nice burner with flames and a demon character, menacing the whole parking lot. I started taking freight flicks that day, and was thinking, "I can't touch that, but maybe someday." Then I got into putting my name up real small - streaks and odd little block things - still without really comprehending who was who, what was what, and what was possible. I still had a toy mentality despite knowing freights rather well. I never really got a grasp on the scene as I understand it now until I met some other writers who gave me some perspective, and was then able to integrate my background knowledge with an approach to piecing. Somewhere along the line the fact that trains WENT places with your stuff on them really hit home, and I've been hooked since.
  4. kaesthebluntedwonder

    kaesthebluntedwonder Elite Member

    Joined: May 16, 2000 Messages: 3,066 Likes Received: 1
    ...well, one thing lead to another, and.....
  5. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 41
    i always had trains close to home, and we played around then as kids, they led me to graffit, i remember seeing alot of the high five on them and saying i wanna do that, and i fell away from graff for about half a year or more, then i kept seeing trains and was like damn, ive sure been missing out on alot.....
  6. Average White Railfan

    Average White Railfan Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 2, 2001 Messages: 1,120 Likes Received: 0
    i fell in love with trains when i got my first train set. maybe 6 or 7yrs.
    i fell in love with writing around 14 or 15 yrs old. freshman year in hs.
    writing on trains...im still falling!

    *SIZEROKS* Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 16, 2001 Messages: 7,001 Likes Received: 0
  8. blahblahblah

    blahblahblah Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 30, 2001 Messages: 5,527 Likes Received: 0
    i got that once too so i beat the shit out of her.
  9. taper

    taper Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2000 Messages: 4,509 Likes Received: 0
    ive been intrested in railroding industries barges all types of industries like that since i was little. i love the smell of railroad ties and the sound of the gravel. i love seeing thes big rollin canvases all unique in their own way. the adreline rush and the satifaction of the end result. the friends you make, lose, and all the adventures, chases, and encounters that are what we call paninting freights. they stand truly alone in the world and only some who have a true appriciation for them . like someone said before if god made anything better than freights he kept that shit for himself.........;)
  10. Boring Bastard

    Boring Bastard Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 1, 2001 Messages: 3,784 Likes Received: 1
  11. EL MASKO

    EL MASKO Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 4,733 Likes Received: 0
    When I was about 3.
  12. dukeofyork

    dukeofyork Guest

    when you wake up the next morning a train isnt as ugly...
    well, its an even call if youve been drinking.
  13. JELO_016

    JELO_016 Member

    Joined: May 21, 2001 Messages: 783 Likes Received: 0
    good replies all... for me it was when I was a child i use to go to the yard with my pops and train sets were a must, my uncle collected them and there were numerous rail fans. I try to do the same my dad did and take the kids to the yard to show them the trains.... bottomline even if i wasnt painting i would still be there...
  14. pukey1

    pukey1 Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 10, 2001 Messages: 2,996 Likes Received: 0
    i got a pic of me an my dad when i was 2 on the front of a BNSF locomotive. ive been in love with trains always.
  15. fu

    fu Member

    Joined: Jan 25, 2001 Messages: 706 Likes Received: 0
    I fell in love with graff b4 i could even have slight clue of how much trains would have an impact on me.(bfor i knew they would come together)..growing up around trains...playing on my local track more than half my life.....which only thing that ever came threw were tankers..begging my aunt to buy me a train set in my younger days..to going to elementry school right next to tracks..to 5th grade when i seen my first dope graff writer doing a peice on the track's and i was at recess....to bombing the tracks all day everyday for like 2yrs straight...6th,7th,..then got caught up..to finally paintin my first fr8.To finding my great partner's that were in it....to benchin to scopin and lockin my area of yards....to paint my first e2e.from knowin i'm in it for the long haul i mean spent most of my time since i was like 13 doin what i love to do...to known that this shit needs to stay pure....and lately alot kids jump into it for the trend...to burning out spots...to dissing....to toys...and one thing i learned if you love something dont let it go.. because it might fall into the wrong hands.
    it's the most freeom expression i ever felt in america..the sound of a train..

    thank you...