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XLR8R featuring graff artist

Discussion in 'Brick Slayers' started by etc.com, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. etc.com

    etc.com Member

    Joined: Jan 3, 2002 Messages: 370 Likes Received: 0
    Oh man the shit is about to blow up, first altoids now Xlr8r.
    I think I am in love with miss van, what a sight!!!
    Also check out the big ass bottle of Krink!!!

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    Graffiti Special: Urban Blight
    COMPILED BY Lennox Hill
    Graffiti, loved and celebrated by some, loathed and misunderstood by others. Presented in issue 65 is a snapshot of 11 artists, some carrying the torch, others breaking tradition. Online exclusive: extended Q&A with six international artists.

    Extended Answers: Online Exclusive!

    NAME: Fafi
    LOC: France
    (pictured above, second from left)
    Do you encounter difficulty in the male-dominated graffiti world?
    Boys are very happy to paint with us, especially because there are so few girls painting. Some of them don't like my work because I paint with brushes. It's a problem for them–they say it's not "real graffiti." But I don't usually see many of these guys in the street, when I'm out there with my brushes and cute colors, when it's cold and raining outside. I often go out when some prefer to stay at home. In this movement, girls are tested like boys, but if they see you're really motivated, they will support and help you.

    Is France's take on graffiti similar to or different from the rest of the world’s?
    A few writers take the time to work together and build a project to make big, beautiful walls with a different theme each time. I think the difference with the US writers is their approach to composition. Usually, and in a old school and true way to see walls, the American writers write their name in an horizontal way. They choose a color for the background, but the most important part of the piece is their name. In Europe now, I think that writers try to approach a wall in a global way. I mean, they have the goal, in th end, to have a movement, a dynamic. Sometimes, the general impression of the wall is strongest, so that they can even hide their name in the background. It’s becoming more of a global painting than a way to boast someone’s name. I think Paris has produced a form of graffiti with symbols rather than name. We can see that with artists like Andre and Space Invader. It is very difficult for me to work [in France] because French people are only interested in projects if they are certain to obtain success. They avoid taking risks with young artists, but I was fortunate that there were people in Japan and the US who had a crush on my work and gave me a chance.

    Do you remember the first time you laid down paint?
    My first paintings on walls were so different from the original drawings that I wanted to stop. It took some time to find my right proportions. Now my wall paintings feel better than the canvas works; a wall is the perfect canvas, with its own stories and old tags. When I try to reproduce a piece on cavas, it’s always too small..

    Where else besides graffiti do you pull inspiration from?
    Most of the time I find inspiration from my friends and from fashion magazines. I love graffiti, but it’s not my inspiration; I’ve got my own world to exploit. It’s a world of cute girls–very feminine. I try to show different moods they are in, and they grow up with me.

    NAME: Delta
    LOC: Netherlands
    (pictured above, third from left)
    Do you remember the first time you layed down paint?
    Yes I do. smallest spray cans available (Scale model paint; revell). felt very powerful. Loved the smell then.

    Is the Dutch take on graffiti similar or different than the rest of the world?
    I guess everys country or city's take is different since the mentality differs.

    Was it difficult making the transition from walls to the galleries?
    The transition happened very gradually. Each media has it's own advantages; it’s interesting to try different ones.

    Where else, besides graffiti, do you pull inspiration from?
    It can be various things, from the news to photography books, to cities, you know..

    When does graffiti cross the line?
    To me, graffiti is writing your name on a public surface, so anything else is plain crap.

    NAME: Kinsey
    LOC: Los Angeles
    (pictured above with Shepard Fairey, far right–curly)
    When does graffiti cross the line?
    People who get up with no awareness of integrity, quality of work or placement, opposed to people who look around and learn to execute and deliver before they discredit a scene with their ignorance. There is too much bullshit as it is with bad advertising, etc. why clutter with another nauseating distraction?

    Do you remember the first time you saw Shepard's work?
    Yes, precisely in '92. I was at Andy Howell's house, getting ready to go out bombing with him, and he had a box sitting on the floor and he said, "Oh shit, I forgot to open this up. This guy Shepard from Rhode Island sends me these Andre the Giant stickers all the time. It's like his art project but I don't know what it's all about." At the time Andy was one of the top professional skateboarders and received tons of fan mail, so to us it was just one package of many. Little did we know, the master was at hand. I distinctly remember the screen-printed Rock 'n' Roll inspired poster that Andy framed and threw up in his living room. I personally didn't know what to think. For some reason, though, it lodged itself permanently in my brain. I will never escape it now.

    Do you remember the first time you laid down paint?
    I believe it was in '91. I have always had an attraction to graffiti but had no idea of where, how and when it was done. Andy and I had a conversation one day that inspired us to throw something down. So we got a shitload of paint and went to the Civic yard in Atlanta. I was amazed by how easy it was; it became a soul addiction. For the first year I wrote X-Factor then once I seemed to have a handle on the tool, I converted to Büst and developed from there.

    Where else, besides graffiti, do you pull inspiration from?
    People on the streets, music, my girlfriend Jana, other creative people doing amazing work, the tales of creative achievements that exist in our history, traveling, etc.

    NAME: Shepard Fairey
    LOC: Los Angeles
    (pictured above, with Kinsey, far right)
    When does graffiti cross the line?
    I am hesitant to draw a specific line because there are so many variables and every case is different. but I don't think there is much redeeming value in glass etching. I especially hate it when I see "mom and pop" businesses, boutiques, galleries or other businesses that are more than likely sympathetic to street art/graffiti being targeted. Overall, I look at it like "freedom of speech." It is better to have the right to say what you want and hear things you don't agree with than to have the ability to express yourself freely suppressed. Plus, it's not fair for big companies to be able to shove whatever advertising they want in your face without a reciprocal outlet for non-sales driven expression.

    Do you remember the first time you saw Kinsey's work?
    I met Dave through Andy Howell and even though I didn't know that it was his work, I had already seen several t-shirt graphics that Dave had done for Andy's company Sophisto, that I liked. I looked up to Andy and assumed that he did all of his own design work for Sophisto. I was impressed to find out that Andy had subcontracted several designs to Dave. Dave is a talented graphic designer.

    Do you remember the first time you laid down paint?
    I was never a graffiti artist in the traditional sense. I made a lot of stencils for bootleg punk shirts in high school. When I started my Giant campaign with stickers it logically evolved to include stencils. I hit New York really hard with stencils which was very empowering in that people really took notice. I got addicted very quickly. I still get that Pavlovian response to the smell of spray paint; it’s sort of perverse. Like the “I like the smell of napalm in the morning” line from Apocalypse Now.

    Where else, besides graffiti, do you pull inspiration from?
    Propaganda art and music graphics. The punk D.I.Y. ethic was very attractive to me. I felt like working in the punk style, you could get away with learning as you went, that was good for me psychologically. It can be somewhat paralyzing when you feel like you have to render like Michelangelo. Pop culture in general influences me because I am an amateur sociologist.

    NAME: KR
    LOC: New York
    (pictured above, far left)
    What inspired you to make Krink?
    Growing up in Queens, I used to take the train to school. Insides and outsides of trains were killed in the eighties. It was common for writers to make their own markers and inks to hit the insides of trains. When graffiti died out on trains, so did the homemade markers and ink. Writers started using smaller silver markers on streets. I wanted to bring back fat, drippy, tag styles and have it be permanent on the street. I experimented with different formulas of ink and markers, and eventually made something that really had the look I was after.

    Do you remember the first time you laid down paint?
    It was uneventful. It wasn't until I began to see myself up that I got hooked.

    Where else, besides graffiti, do you pull inspiration from?
    All things creative: music, art, design, people and places, New York City and all the people here working hard and trying to blow the fuck up.

    When does graffiti cross the line?
    I think that a big part of graffiti is crossing lines. Vandalism is part of it. As with anything and everything, there's a lot of crap out there.

    NAME: Ojas
    LOC: New York
    Where else besides graffiti do you pull inspiration from?
    I pull inspiration from a lot of places. Graffiti is definItely a big one, but I think that if you saw any of my graphics work without any other knowledge of me, you would have no idea that I am interested in graffiti. I would say that typography, graphic design and the work of a lot of gothic print makers from 12th-17th centuries are equally as influential to me.

    An you tell us about the time you got busted?
    The usual case of a shortness of a lookout and a drunk uncompromizing will to catch fillins in a hot area. As far as all of the legal follow-up, I don't want to antagonize anyone. Let's just say that it's pretty hard to come out of that situation with a neutral attitude about cops.

    Was it difficult making the transition from walls to clothes?
    No, for me the two are totally separate. Graffiti, clothing design and graphic design are totaly different disciplines. I've always been interested in all of those things, and I've been fortunate enough to have some level of success in all of them. But I still consider myself verry green at the same time. I'm really just getting started.

    When does graffiti cross the line?
    For me, if it isn't vandalism, it isn't graffiti. If I'm not trying to get over, I would rather be at home working on some typography or graphics or playing video games. Legal graffiti doesn't interest me at all. I'm really just interested in bombing. My greatest would definitely be considered vandals by your average citizen.

    NAME: Mambo
    LOC: France
    Do you remember the first time you layed down paint?
    The first time I hit a wall was in 1985 in a train station. A friend of mine, a tired punk from England, gave me spray cans. It was like walking on a new planet; I knew immediatly that I'd never go back down to earth.

    Is France's take on graffiti similar to or different from the rest of the world’s?
    The evolution is very positive, compared to two or three years ago. Many artists look for original media and new graphic languages (posters, stickers, collage, stencils, mosaics, billboards, etc.). It looks pretty similar to what happens in America or England.

    Where else, besides graffiti, do you pull inspiration from?
    Inspiration comes from contemporary art, television, advertisement, political and syndicate communication from the ‘30s and ‘40s in Europe–from almost everything I see in the streets and around the world.

    When does graffiti cross the line?
    I think it’s the same difference between giving and taking. As long as you give style, colors and ideas, there’s no vandalism. When you write your name like a puerco, with shitty letters, it is vandalism!

    For the rest of this article, pick up a copy of XLR8R at your local newsstand or subscribe now.
  2. TuffKid

    TuffKid Senior Member

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  3. awkward eye

    awkward eye Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 25, 2002 Messages: 6,795 Likes Received: 159
    great another crappy WYWS knockoff..with art by dalek..yippee!!!and if krs is on the front then you know its dope..right?
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    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623

    i knew that shit wasn't spray!
    too fuckin clean...

    i still love her stuff
    but i dunno if i still think it's real graffiti


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  6. emit_df

    emit_df Guest

    kinsey and shepard have some good points in those interviews....... smart fellows
  7. kingofhearts

    kingofhearts New Jack

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  8. sk3r0k

    sk3r0k Guest

    i just got this mag

    dope mag!
  9. sk3r0k

    sk3r0k Guest

    that girl fafi is ill there is a other girl that paint kinda like her....miss van
    withch is also dope!/!