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Sensitive portraits done by Estelle Beauvais of Alexone, Miss Tic, C215 part 1 & part 2, Philippe Beaudelocque & Fkdl.[french + English subtitles]

Graffiti consists in leaving tracks behind you, street art consists in placing art in the streets.

c215 inteview [2014-eng]

Interview with ABIK from Italy

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Please, tell me a few words about yourself. When and how did you discover graffiti?
I’m from Italy and I started painting in 1994.
I was just a kid but I already knew graffiti, it really started when someone painted the school facade. That summer I met the authors and I did my first piece.
Twenty years later I’m still a kid.

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- Your work is going more and more abstract everyday. Do you still have the feeling to write letters? Is the next step to go totally abstract?
- I always begin with writing letters.
My way of doing leads me to consider writing as an act of painting and painting as an act of writing.
I think letters are abstract themselves.

- Some of your latest pieces reminds some works from the fat315 crew from Ukraine. Who or what influenced or inspired you? How did you develop your very personal style ?
- Fat315 crew… I think their style is great. There are a lot of good artist in Europe, lately I enjoyed some works from Eastern Europe and Russia.
Philosophy, literature, cinema, architecture and artists from XX century is what mostly influences me now but at the beginning only a couple of local graffiti writers inspired me deeply… Omaek193 above all.
I have always considered graffiti as chances for changing in general. Sometimes I’ve moved ahead other times I’ve looked back but I always pay attention to the sign. It’s not only about technique: when I let the drips touch the ground or cover other materials, the piece seems to me real and unreal at the same time. I have developed Abik as a parody.

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- What are your preferred methods of production and what materials do you like to use?
- During this last few years I have focused on strokes.
Basically I do a first monochrome layer with paint roller. When I paint walls in my town I wait for a few days or weeks before going back to the wall to make a second one. Sometimes I don’t come back at all. I like the fact that every step could work by itself… I want to feel time, for example in winter the weather creates some unexpected effects. I often use sticks to scratch the piece and eventually I add fast outlines… then I rest again…

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- Which artists from Italy you like or could point out?
- Most of my favourite writers stopped painting at the end of the nineties… recently, I rediscovered some works of Lemon (Milan)… unbelievable.

- Soundtrack to your life right now?
-An evergreen: The Roots - Panic!!!!!
A new entry: Ionio - Talassocrazia

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Abik blog + Abik photo gallery.

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Interview: Aris "the freight gentleman" interviewed by Jens Besser.

I’m more this house-perched-in-the-tree guy than a creative-studio-agency employee or a factory-space-sharing squatter! When I need to share a moment with some other artists I go in a bar and talk with a glass of wine.

Honet [2013] - Honet Studio visit

To me graffiti is a discipline, it’s like a sport. There is a field with lines that set the rules. Each line is a rule for doing a tag, a piece or a throwup. Graffiti to me never was the end goal, it always was a way of experiencing personal growth. 
Of course you can play the game on a personal way but it is kind of clear and obvious what to care about and how to play. I always thought this was a big contradiction in the graffiti game; endless freedom in public space on one side, but very clear limitations, strict codes on the other side. Everybody knows when the ball is in or the ball is out.

Erosie interview on drawaline.de [2013-eng]

ZOMBIE LOVE - WON ABC Interview

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Won ABC has just released Zombie Love a new book published by Publikat. I took advantage of the book to ask to Won -a true european graffiti pioneer and zombie fan- a few questions.

Can you present yourself? What initially brought you to graffiti? When did you get down with ABC crew?

Hi, my name is WON from ABC crew Munich Germany. I started graf in 1984 like most europeans by the legendary film Wildstyle. I founded the abc crew in 1987 together with Cowboy 69 from Munich.

What does inspire you, and who’s work are you into?

Most inspiration comes by travelling around the world and life itself. Visual artists i like are: Hieronymus Bosch, Caravaggio, Robert Williams, Mucha, Michelangelo, Goya, HR Giger, Robin Page, Dürer, Leonardo Da Vinci, Simon Bisley, Bode, Milo Manara ….and some more.

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You’ve been painting for such a long time. How did the way you see graffiti change over the years?

It became large over the world over the years, but it still does not get the respect it should earn.. but time will come soon.

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I do remember when I saw for the 1st time on a magazine your famous dragon end-to-end. It has been a real shock for many of us. Can you tell us a bit about this piece?

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Ella & Pitr : Anamorphoses
> Pouvez-vous nous dire dans quel cadre avez-vous réalisé cette série de travaux ?
Ella & Pitr: Ces cadres en anamorphoses ont été réalisés pour la campagne de communication du Centre Dramatique National de St Etienne, saison 2013/2014.
Toutes les images ont été réalisées dans des lieux “oubliés” de la ville, pendant l’hiver dernier.

> Avez-vous travaillé avec un photographe ? Qui sont les gens sur les photos ?
Ella & Pitr: Nous avons travaillé avec une photographe ainsi qu’un régisseur technique pour l’installation des éclairages.
Les personnes que l’on voit sur les photos sont des stéphanois qui ont accepté de jouer le jeu. Un vieux couple de fromager, des amis, un encadreur, un projectionniste, un grand directeur, un cambrioleur, des enfants…

> Vous êtes deux, chacun a t-il un rôle défini, comment vous repartissez-vous les taches ?
Ella & Pitr: Les tâches se répartissent en fonction de la chute des pots d’encre. On fini par ne plus savoir qui a renversé quoi… ni qui à nettoyé.
Il n’y a pas de rôles définis si ce n’est celui de parents. On passe notre temps à imiter ce que fait l’autre de façon à ne plus savoir si c’est toi ou moi, non c’est lui, non elle.

> En dehors de votre production commune, avez-vous une activité artistique en solo ?
Ella & Pitr: Il se peut que nous ayons des projets personnels, mais ceux ci ne sont jamais en solo car cela ne fait pas partie des règles de la maison. Les Papiers Peintres, une affaire de famille.

There is more life on the train’s metal than in my own life.

Vilx words [2013]

Worldwide “Gouzous” from Jace 2009-2012.
est ton nouveau recueil de photos, il recouvre la période 2009-2012. 312 pages bien garnies. Le choix des photos a-t-il était difficile ?

Jace: Le choix est toujours difficile, il y a toujours de l’affect’ par rapport à une peinture… Même si ce n’est pas la peinture du siècle, y a souvent une histoire derrière et c’est dur d’en supprimer. Le mieux serait a l’avenir (si avenir il y a !) de passer par un graphiste qui taillerait à la hache dans le lot :-D

Ça n’a échappé à personne: tu peins beaucoup. Une semaine classique de Jace c’est systématiquement plusieurs sorties peinture ? Ou fonctionnes-tu en alternant périodes de grande activité et des périodes plus calmes ?
Jace: Ca dépend, c’est assez paradoxal, car j’ai l’impression de moins peindre qu’avant mais au final en regardant sur une période donnée la production est plus importante. Depuis que j’ai débuté de peindre pas une semaine ne ressemble à une autre,  c’est ça qui est magique ! Par exemple ces derniers temps, j’étais pas mal occupé sur un projet personnel qui me prend beaucoup de temps, donc pas forcement très dispo pour peindre en extérieur.

Ceux qui ont eu le plaisir de te voir avec Seth pour l’émission de Canal + “les nouveaux explorateurs" auront remarqué que tu as vaguement essayé de dissimuler ton visage. Arrives-tu encore à être un peu incognito à la Réunion, ou tes sorties déclenchent-t-elles systématiquement des attroupements d’enfants et des cris de jeunes femmes ?
Jace: :-D, tu as raison d’insister sur le “vaguement”, c’est vrai que sur des longs reportages les journalistes n’aiment pas trop que tu joues le gangster cagoulé, donc j’ai été obligé de faire des concessions ;-)). Pour ce qui est des hordes de fan, c’est vrai que c’est pas toujours évident de composer avec, étant donne que je suis plutôt de nature réservé :-S. Mais cela fait toujours plaisir, mais c’est sûr que quand t’es tranquille au resto en famille ou en soirée avec des potes, tu n’as pas forcement envie d’être dérangé toutes les 5 minutes pour un autographe :-S… Du coup, je sors plus sans mes 2 gardes du corps…

Tu repars dans les jours prochains pour Madagascar pour peindre de nouvelles voiles. Mais je crois que tu vas être bien accompagné. Peux-tu nous en dire un peu plus ?
Allez je vais te faire le name dropping :
Jace: Kid et Boogie (2 réunionnais), Cartone (Lyon), Psy (Paris), Seth (Paris), Bo130 et Microbo (Milan) et Aryz (Barcelone), pour le reste on verra sur place … On part trois semaines revivre en groupe les expériences vécu personnellement durant mes trois dernières expéditions là bas : peindre des voiles, bateaux, murs … Tout ça filmé et diffusé bientôt en France  (ouvrez les yeux !!).
Ce projet, je l’ai rêvé depuis 2003, il va enfin pouvoir se concrétiser grâce a l’appui d’une ou deux chaines TV (France O, Thalassa voyage), d’un sponsor local (Mauvilac), de la DRAC (qui prend en charge une partie des billets des réunionnais), la Région …

Si tu devais choisir 3 moments marquants sur cette période 2009-2012, quels seraient-ils ?
Jace: Houla ! Pas facile .. A défaut de période, j’axerai plus mon choix sur des voyages : J’ai beaucoup aime l’Inde avec un petit gout de “reviens y”, la Thaïlande avec sa qualité de vie et enfin Madagascar car chaque séjour la bas y est magique !!

Enfin pourrais-tu nous dire dans quelle région du monde encore aimerais-tu te rendre pour y déposer quelques Gouzous ?
Jace: Sans hésiter Tchernobyl !!!

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Worldwide “Gouzous” from Jace 2009-2012
Troisième tome des séries Gouzous around the world avec photos de la Réunion, Madagascar, Inde, Thaïlande, Marseille, Malaisie, Mayotte, Le Havre, Nîmes, Maurice, Viet Nam, Pigalle.
312 pages (20.5cm X 20.5cm) et une page d’autocs. - 36€

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Les photos de Jace sur ekosystem et son site.

ZIME - SOL CREW interview

Zime started graffiti 25 years ago. His labyrinth style pieces have been a major influence to many writers. He has also been one of the main actor of the sticker craze that popped up in the late 90’s in Europe.
Reasons enough to do an interview with Zime from SOL crew and talk about graffiti, his friends, Eindhoven, Iron Maiden & Philips Videopac.

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Can you present yourself?
My artist name is Zime. Born in the mid 70’s in Eindhoven, a city in the south of the Netherlands, and I still live there.

 

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My tag in the late 80’s.


How did it all begin? What initially brought you to graffiti?
Before I got into graffiti I was already drawing a lot as a kid. My first graffiti memory I have is from the early/mid 80’s. I was drawing at my grandmother together with my nephew. He’s a few years older and is really into punk music. I remember he grabbed a marker and instead of drawing on the paper he wrote some names in punk style on a wooden box. As I was very young I didn’t really understand what he was writing but I knew I liked it! Every time I was at my grandmother’s I saw his tags on the box and I remember I copied some on paper. In the mid 80’s we had an Anti Vandalism project at our school. They showed photo’s of vandalism and some of them were photos of the first graffiti pieces in Eindhoven. I think this was the first time I saw a piece. It made a lot of impact on me. Amazing stuff done by early Eindhoven writers like Ace, Dusty, Freaky, Josh, Magic Mike (RIP), Skip, Spike, Mad (RIP), York and Yaki. From that point my school friends and I started drawing graffiti letters on paper and we did some pieces with chalk on the playground, but nothing serious. I did my first ‘real tags’ in the streets in 1988. I used the ‘A’ from Iron Maiden’s logo in my first tags. If I look back at my early tags now I can see the punk influence from my nephew. Also funny to see I was already using the symmetry in my letters.

 imageBombkid, Erosie, Late, Sektie and Zime (all SOL) and Sonik, Eindhoven 2001.

When did you get down with SOL crew? Who are the SOL crew members? (past and present)
I founded the Signs Of Life crew in 1990. First members were: Cray,Mause, Men, Rave and Wease. Sektie joined the crew a few months later and Erosie in 1993 when I saw him painting his first piece at our school. All members (except Men) were at the same high school in Eindhoven. The early members lost interest quite soon and in 1993 it was basically Erosie, Sektie and I. The 3 of us were in the same art class and we did some nice walls together in Eindhoven. Bombkid joined the crew in the mid 90’s and some years later Late. Some other SOL members: Ancle, Ane, Butch, Dres, Real and Sker. We’re mostly known for the Blind wall we painted in the centre of Eindhoven in 2001. This wall got a lot of attention in street art magazines and books. It was painted entirely with latex, paint and rollers. Back then we did sticker clusters with our names and symbols on it and this was the next step: painting our logo’s as a big cluster. From 1998 we started to use symbols. Erosie a Target, Bombkid a Bomb, Late a Clock with 2L8 in it, Sektie a Catgirl and I did the Skull.

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My parents don’t even realize who I am. They think I’m working in construction, as a tiler…

Space Invader interview [2013-eng]

Earsnot/Irak interview [fr+eng] (via)

Un grapheur ça n’existe pas, c’est un terme que je combats, c’est un peu comme un gribouilleur.

C215 dans le très bon webdoc de France Inter sur Vitry sur Seine. [fr]

Being famous in graffiti circles is one of the most useless efforts that you can waste your life on.

The Grifters interview [eng-2013]

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