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Дата публикации: 2012-02-03
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BOMBING SCIENCE Ekto Bombing Science: State your name player. further afield that were definitely my early inspiration people like Astek, Shine, Skore, Bino, Ekto / Klone Vainz, I could go on but these guys definitely top the list Bombing Science: What hood do you rep and which crew do you fight for? Bombing Science: How long did it take you to develop your style? Ekto: Dagenham, East London. I no longer rep any crews its all bullshit and too much is Ekto: Since 2005 really I started painting again expected of you. I’ve got my friends we don’t but my style then was literally block dub style. I need a crew to have that. advanced to a semi wildstyle over the course of 2006 and come 2007 I worked towards what Bombing Science: How long have you been I do now. I’m still learning with it all and I’ve in the game? had a lot of time out over the past 12 months but the clocks still ticking. I’m not done yet not Ekto: Since 1995. I stopped painting in 2000 by a long shot.. and started again 2005 till present Bombing Science: Worst graffiti experience. Bombing Science: Who or what put you on to graffiti? Ekto: Friday the 13th of November 1997, yea you read right Friday the 13th.. It was a proper Ekto: To be fair, I don’t really remember! I think cold night, myself and a good friend at the it was the in thing with my friends and I just got time was off to do a trackside on the district involved through them. There was a few guys line he wrote Dose and I was writing Klone. We back then doing bits in my area and also some went to nice chilled spot close to home about BOMBING SCIENCE

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BOMBING SCIENCE half a mile long it was known as ‘the green the fence and in between the spiked prongs wall’ just outside Dagenham east station on was his middle finger flicking me the bird. I the way to Elm Park, back then the fences grabbed the finger and it was completely weren’t as tall and it was just a 6ft fence with hollow there was no bone in it at all. I pulled it the 3 prong spikes on top. Dose went over up and it actually squeaked as it came free. first and jumped down as he jumped down Another terrifying drive back to the hospital he gave me a heads up and said ‘look out later and we saved the finger. He regained full there’s grease on that fence’. A second or so use of it but never really liked climbing fences later he started freaking out. Turns out it wasn’t after that.. grease it was blood. Since it was so cold and our hands were numb, he didn’t realize but he Bombing Science: Damn, that’s some crazy had ripped his middle finger off from near the shit. So now let me ask you what is your best knuckle. I went over the fence and grabbed memory from graffiti? him and found a small gap under the fence that he could get underneath. We ended Ekto: It’s hard to say, I look at graff as a whole up running back to his dads then took one and how far its come for me, that is my best very fast and dangerous drive to the hospital memory of it. I’ve enjoyed it all, but if i had he was home and safe. The nurse asked me to pick a moment it would have to be being where the rest of the finger was, in our panic able to clearly read my 110ft wildstyle from the we didn’t even stop to look for it was still opposite side of the river Thames which was somewhere back on the tracks. The nurse told just over a mile away. us judging by how long ago he did it and how cold it is tonight we will had about 40 minutes Bombing Science: Tell us more about the to save the finger if we could find it. Another scene in London. What do you love about it crazy trip in his dads car (I actually feared and what pisses you off? for my life we jumped red lights and drove at oncoming traffic) we got back to the spot and Ekto: I’m feeling the scene in London although I went with a torch to find the finger. I searched I don’t paint there much myself. There’s some the grass and bushes but I couldn’t find it great stuff being done, people like Astek, Bonzai, anywhere. I shone the torch up at the top of Jasik, RT, I love the feel of the city, I prefer to BOMBING SCIENCE

BOMBING SCIENCE watch and mingle rather than paint. As for thing. Everyone paints everywhere now. So what pisses me off its got to be the younger many writers travel just to paint. You travel a writers who think they are gangsters. It’s old lot? Where would you want to paint the most boring and pretty annoying, I don’t care how other than Europe? many trains you painted mate! Ekto: I haven’t traveled as much as I would of Bombing Science: How do you feel about the liked to but if I was to travel it would have to whole street art wave coming out of your city? be New Zealand or maybe the US Wast Coast or West Coast. Both are dope right! Ekto: Hate it. I have no time for it. It shouldn’t be thought of when someone mentions Bombing Science: The younger generation, ‘graffiti’. anything you would want to say to them. Drop some words of wisdom for the kids. Bombing Science: Let’s stick to graffiti. You Ekto: Strive to be better tomorrow than you are have a very sharp and particular style. What today, assert yourself and you will get there, inspires you to come up with those letters? simple as that it just takes time, we are all still learning and it never stops. Ekto: I guess you learn from what you seen. I’ve always seen Astek and Ahine/Quest as my Bombing Science: Any shout outs to the favorite all time writers. Both have a sharp/evil people out there?? style so I guess its my own take on that. I’m also influenced by music and anything with that Ekto: Yea, for real. Brave 1 and Reakt learnt ‘edge’. The only thing about my style is its a a lot from these dudes. Cloud, Manik, Chisk, complete brain tax. I will spend hours roughing Cash, Grot, Kak, Shine, Astek, Ante, Shye, Cry, it up just because of the symmetry and after all Feva, Jolyon and everyone ive met in the past that it still don’t look no bloody good ha ha. few years! Bombing Science: Graffiti is no longer a local BOMBING SCIENCE

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BOMBING SCIENCE Never Interview by Cian Walker Bombing Science: So a quick introduction- what kind of hilariousness that brings. All in all What do you write and what crew(s) do you Atlanta is a pretty cool city, I grew up in the rep? area so I just needed a change of scenery. Most of my friends down there left years ago I write «Never» and I occasionally write and I guess I got lonely. I have a lot of friends «Troubled» whenever I’m in a really shitty mood here in NY, so here I am. or when I’m going through an emo phase. I don’t rep any crews, nobody likes me......... Bombing Science: What was your introduction sorry to the world of Graffiti? Did it begin with a slow realisation that it interested you or was it love Bombing Science: Where are you from and at first sight? what’s the scene like where you live? I first got exposed to graff when I was a little I’m from Atlanta but I just recently escaped skater punk in middle school. I used to skate from there and now I’m in Brooklyn, NY; cops at this spot in Atlanta called the «40 yard» here are genuine assholes and I have little to and coincidentally it was also a spot where no respect for them...seriously, this city is in people painted (now it is a luxury condo a police state. I’ve heard of people getting highrise). There was another spot called «The arrested in this city for carrying a sharpie in Dirt Factory» that I would hang out at too, their pocket!!! As for Atlanta, well.....I left..... which is now a yuppy outdoor shopping but I will say the more I travel to other US cities mall. Aside from being into skating I really I realize that there was a lot I took for granted enjoyed aimlessly wondering up train tracks about the place in terms of how chill the and exploring crazy places. I started actually scene was there, however they just formed painting around 2000’ish after I screwed up my a «graffiti task force» and I’m curious to see knee really bad and pretty much had to retire BOMBING SCIENCE

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BOMBING SCIENCE from my skating days. I’m really not sure when How & Nosm have always been innovators. Os exactly to deem the first that I started because Gemeos are up there on my list. And I like Roa’s I went through a lot of crazy phases when I was dead animals. And uuuuummmmmmmmmm..... young. So to answer your question, it was a slow Jeremy Fish is a good illustrator. realization that it interested me. On the letters side of the spectrum; I really dig Bombing Science: Do you have an ideal the work of Bonzai, Berst, Askew, Asesr, Ensoe, painting experience? Bacon, my homey Paser, and Peeta with his 3D skills. I guess a wall that isn’t rough ass brick that I have to spend 5 hours buffing would be Bombing Science: Are there any particular nice every once in a while. I think my favorite goals you’d like to achieve in your graffiti experiences are when I’m actually getting to career? paint with someone who doesn’t speak English, that’s always fun. Its a good experience being Paint something I am actually happy with for able to collaborate with someone beyond longer than a couple of hours. All my friends language and cultural barriers. gave me the nick name «Mr. Never Satisfied» because of how critical and insecure I am Bombing Science: Tough question I know but about my own work. I dont really have any set who are some of your favourite artists- graffiti «goals» other than to just keep pushing myself. and otherwise? It’d be nice if I could afford to travel more. I guess I need to meet someone that can hook Yeah, I hate questions like this; too many me up with buddy passes, does that count as a options and I’m really scatter-brained. But I’ll goal? give it a shot: I’m a big fan of Aryz right now, after I made a trip to Barcelona a couple of Being that I’m aware there are several other summers ago I was very inspired by his massive writers out there who also go by «Never» (a few paintings for the fact that they are original, who I have already spoken with), I think it’d be conceptual, and they are freaking HUGE! I’m pretty funny to unify us all and start up some also a fan of Smug, he is a super nice guy and kind of a crew. his photo realistic work is ridiculously accurate. Bombing Science: What is your opinion on BOMBING SCIENCE

BOMBING SCIENCE the current state of graffiti, both locally and that might have a universal comprehension internationally? regardless of the viewers bias or background or is it more of a personal exorcism of internal There are a million things I could say, but I just issues? prefer to keep to myself. There are a lot of amazingly talented graff artists in the world This is a really hard question for me to answer and I hope to be able to travel and meet because I have gone through a ton of phases some of them and see their process. with my character work. Lately its really been more of a personal exorcism than anything Bombing Science: Do you prefer to paint else. I started out copying images from my letters or characters? old comic books onto walls. Not too far down the road I decided to take a stab at photo Depends on my mood. Lately I’ve been a lot realistic portrait work. I spent a pretty long more into pushing my character work. If I am time painting either pictures of people I’d find trying to communicate some kind of message online or I’d paint some random dude’s face in my work then I do characters, if I don’t I’d see stamped in a newspaper or something. have anything specific on my mind at the There were a couple of instances where I took time then I aimlessly do letters. Once I feel like pictures of random homeless people I would I’ve painted a similar letter outline a couple meet underneath bridges and I would paint of times then I switch my focus to characters. their portraits. I kind of wish I’d stuck with that I recently had to get my eff’ed up knee as a recurring theme because there is a huge operated on and then my leg got infected homeless population in Atlanta and I used to from the surgery and it sucked, ever since then spend a lot of time talking with them; I guess I’ve had a lot of things on my mind so I’ve I just wasn’t thinking too much into it at the been pretty focused on sketching characters. time. The more I painted portraits the more I just recently re-gained the ability to walk people would ask me if it was some celebrity. normally so I have a lot of character sketches I hated when people asked me that. Around that need to be painted. 2004 I decided to start painting portraits of Ken Lay (he was the main guy behind the Bombing Science: Regarding the characters, Enron scandal). I painted that asshole’s face do you try and inject them with a narrative many many times, and then when the Enron BOMBING SCIENCE

BOMBING SCIENCE trials started I noticed a publication had taken people and wanted to try painting animals, a picture of one of them and published it. It they are actually a lot more fun to paint. Since made me feel good to feel that I was bringing the recent surgery I had to do, I’ve been a little bit of attention to a big political issue sketching owls with saggy eyes, bandages that people tend to ignore. Unfortunately over the right knee, and blowfish spikes though, it was impossible to find an image of growing out of their faces. I guess its pretty that guy with any sort of expression on his face easy to get the references there. so it got redundant after a while. Around 2007 I started painting blowfish in obscure locations, Bombing Science: You’ve had a hard time I did that for a couple of years but it became with that knee- is it expected to be a recurring a bit redundant as well because I couldn’t problem? That must be an absolute nightmare inject them with any kind of personality. In the for a writer... last year, I’ve really tried to shift my character work to be completely original in its source. I I have to get another surgery on it at some don’t want to use any found imagery, I want point, and when I do I’m expected to be on my characters to be completely based on crutches for at least 3 months. The first surgery my illustrations. I’ve been struggling to find wouldn’t have been that bad if my leg hadn’t a recurring character I can work with for a got infected, but shit happens. As for this long time, right now I have a thing for owls so second surgery procedure, well, I’m putting it thats what im painting a lot of at the moment. off. Especially now that the cheap insurance Maybe I’ll stick with it, maybe I wont. Who coverage I had back in Atlanta does not knows...who cares... cover me up here in NY. Even with health insurance its absurd how high of a deductible Bombing Science: Animals and nature seem you have to pay to get any kind of medical to feature heavily in your work- any particular treatment in America; but that’s a whole other fascinations you hold within the natural world? discussion. My right knee will randomly pop out of place when I am walking down the No, not in particular. I just got tired of painting street and it is very painful when it happens. BOMBING SCIENCE

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BOMBING SCIENCE I can’t even think of what would happen if I different technique to painting characters. He attempted to run. For the most part, my knee moved to Seattle several years ago but was in hasn’t been bothering me too terribly much Atlanta for a visit and we were working on a the past few weeks, but I’m not taking any wall. I wanted to do characters but he wasn’t chances with it. Hilariously, my other knee is having it. So I started out painting a piece, starting to do weird things now as well. So I then we got into an argument and I won, so I cant wait to see where that ends up in the erased what I had started and we reached an future. I get the feeling that I’m going to be a agreement that he would continue painting really grumpy old dude when I get older. his portrait of a girl sleeping and I would fill up the rest of the wall with snarling wolves, Bombing Science: I know you’re never bears, and cougars. Being that he finished satisfied but is there are a particular his character way before me, he ended up collaboration or production that you’ve filling in some of the outlines I had started. The worked on that stands out as a particular turnout of that wall was a big breakthrough for favourite? us, and I like it because of that; even though I soooooooo could have painted it better... There is a character I did last summer that was my interpretation of an Atlanta crack- Bombing Science: Having travelled a bit- is whore, it looked completely different from there anywhere that stands out from the any character I’d ever done in the past and crowd? Whether it be the graf scene or that was the turning point in which I started otherwise? drawing characters that were based off of my illustrations rather than based off of my Well, I’ve only really traveled just up and down photography or found imagery. Aside from the east coast, a little bit in the midwestern that, there is a wall I did with my buddy Eras US, and a bit around Europe. I fell in love just before I got surgery. He only really does with Barcelona and Berlin. Those two cities characters so every time we painted he would are amazingly progressive with the work that always do a character and I would always do comes out of them. And the general public a piece, which was cool and all, but I felt like out there is much more relaxed about people there wasn’t very much «collaboration» taking painting in abandoned buildings. I felt like I place with that. Every time I proposed doing a was in heaven. Other than that, I am really character next to one of his he’d shoot down anxious to see Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires as the idea because him and I had a totally there is some very interesting work coming out BOMBING SCIENCE

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BOMBING SCIENCE of those two cities. for me I just don’t really get much enjoyment in painting canvas. I wish I did, but I don’t. Bombing Science: From your Flickr I gather As for the commercialization of graffiti, yeah its that you’ve experienced some difficulty from annoying but at the same time, its evidence the «Graffiti In A Gallery» scenario- what’s your that graffiti is finally being recognized as a legit stance on all this? Commercialisation of graf artform. So it doesn’t really bother me that etc... much, its kind of funny to me. As for as the «graffiti in a gallery» scenario, if What pisses me off is when photographers a graff artist wants to put up some work in a take mugshots of other people’s graffiti work gallery then I don’t have a problem with it, its around town and sell prints of it in some high good to diversify your body of work. The main end gallery while knowing absolutely nothing appeal of graffiti though is the placement of about graff culture. That aggravates the it which is what makes it what it is. So when a shit out of me! When any other type of artist graff artist puts work up in a gallery they need creates a work that slightly resembles another to innovate a little bit to make it work. Because artists style they get ridiculed, yet when some doing a paint marker piece with splatters in dooshy photog snaps a dead-on photograph the background usually doesn’t translate that of someone else work and sells it as their own, well in to that atmosphere. A lot of my friends no one seems to give them any shit for it. back in Atlanta are heavily involved in the gallery scene, and I would get a lot of offers to Never, thanks a lot for your time! get involved in art showings. But unfortunately BOMBING SCIENCE

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