With graffiti the story starts in 1995 when, after visiting an architectural exposition on the south side of Rotterdam city in the Cruise Terminal, my dad went to take some photo’s at a nearby graffiti wall, the raw beauty of it all hit me head-on.
Most notable on these walls was the legendary Byz. with 3 (or more) really fresh burners.
Somewhere around this time I got a hold of an oldschool graffiti book that my dad picked up in NY back in ’79.
This changed my whole perspective on graffiti, documented in this book where the first step in the evolution from tags to pieces.. everybody was taggin up stuff and some people started to make their tags bigger, some put outlines on their tags and some started adding decorations around it.
This really made me reflect on how I build my pieces and it let me reflect on the importance of tags and good handwriting.
Being kind of pigheaded/stubborn in a way I set a new course concerning my style development.. keeping away from all the standards and sort of deliberately making stuff that nobody could or would relate to 😛 after a while it got better and started to take a more interesting form.
An amazing time where I got to live in an out of use office building in a remote part of town called Heijplaat. The warehouse behind it was an amazing graffiti playground for the time being.