Interview Friday With Dcypher

Interview Friday.
20?’s with dcypher

1. What do you write? And where are you from?
I write Dcypher CBS DTR originally from Christchurch New Zealand

2. How long have you been into letters & such?
Since around 1995 I started tags and outlines! Been interested in art since I was a kid though,my pops bought me subway art at the age of 13 and it was a done deal from then.

3. What are you’re influences that give you the drive to paint?
So I’m not completely forgotten when I die! And to make the people around me want to push the art form further in this never ending search for style.

4. Do you listen to music when you paint, and what’s you’re play list?
I listen to the street you should be totally aware of your surroundings at all times! But other than that el- p and mf doom are at the top of the list!

5. What’s the process when painting a wall nowadays?
It changes every time, having everything planned out is boring but you often get a better result. So I try have some kind of plan!but try to change it up a bit in the spear of the moment

6. How did you get in the crew?
Met Haste CBS through a good friend of mine and started painting with him and other members of the crew and eventually got jumped in and got the shit kicked out of me!

7. What’s the weather like where you reside @? To fucking hot all the fucking time!

8. What’s the direction of you’re work headed this and next year?
To be honest I have no real direction,but painting giant burner productions is at the top of the list!

9. Any travel plans in the works? Always looking to travel but heading home for a visit soon to rock some walls, recent earthquakes destroyed my home town so I’m looking to revitalize the spirt of my beloved city!!

10. Are you doing any public projects or art shows we should be aware of? I’m working with ” I wuz here” on some mural advertisements through out my neighborhood .

11. What names did you start off with? I used to write just ” cypher” then got snapped and being a dumb ass teenager just put a D in front of it and have been going strong ever since!

12. Do you have any good paint stories ? Not really but constantly evading the pigs for a good 7 year period painting trackside walls during the day is a good one!

13. Who are you’re 5 top MC’s ?
Metal face Doom
El Producto
Christopher Wallace
Sean Price
Pharaoh Monch

14. What is you’re favorite brand of paint? And why?
Any brand that wasnt designed for graffiti, a good writer should be able to paint with anything they can get there hands on! Style over technique!

15. What are you’re thoughts on this years presidential race?
It’s a big fucking sham, but go Ron Paul

16. Favorite childhood toy?GI joes many versions of Storm shadow! And any ninja related weapons .

17. Any good artist’s we should keep an eye out for? Isrek Aub 159

18. Can you describe you’re style and where it comes from? I’m kinda a style chameleon but like painting tradition 2D style but rendered 3D . Originally new Zealand
was influenced by the states of couses but we had a lot of euros come over and influence the style, likes of loom it, daim, ECB, and of course Australian scene played a big part.

19. Do you collect anything, and what do you collect?
Fat cells and tar in my lungs!

20. Can you tell us places you have traveled or exhibited in? NZ Australia US and England and France

Any shout outs? Ikarus and Freak from DTR and of course CBS! And a special thanks to king Supher!!!

Find Dcypher on instagram @elbizzar02

and find me on instagram @supher

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20?’s with Bekit BY,LAWS

first off…thanks for taking the time to do this for me…I know the NY is super busy..

first off

1. first off where do you come from and where is your new location?
houston TX – NYC
2. what do you write?
BekiT- Laws…BY…

3. what’s your favorite pastime?
Creating / Drinking / Traveling / Hanging out with the homies…
4. what motivates you?
Pussy
5. what occupy’s most of your time?
Work and gett’n ready for CC8…
6. who are you’r favorite designer’s in fashion,painting,photography,graphic design?
Alexander McQueen, martin margiela, hani rashid, it’s a long list…
7. who are your influences ?
the unknown, beauty that derives from pain and balance…
8. what are you bumping at the moment?
Kid Cudi, Sublime, Frank Sinatra
9. who put you on to graff?
Beat Street!
10. favorite writers?
I like them all!!!
11.what can people expect from you in the future?
the unexpected
12. What advice do you have for people who want to do what you do?
don’t be scared to do you!
13. top 5 fav quotes?
SAS!!! so you learn
it wasn’t me….
look it muy chingo!
super-fantastic
just do it!

14. What’s a Pina?
hahahaha-good times!
15. favorite site’s to peep?
http://knstrct.com/
http://www.style.com/
http://cloggedcaps.wordpress.com/
http://www.12ozprophet.com/
16. Mason Moore or Alexis Texas?
17. Tell me about “Power Up”?
LOL!!
18. Can you tell me about the time in NY with Yikes.
Pinche Yikes, almost gets ran over crossing the street running to the Dunkin Donuts after a day of painting at Tuff City…
after ordering his donut and diet pepsi he begins to wobble toward us while taking a bite of his donut and then washing it
down with his soda… as soon as this happens Supher says “I need power” and Yikes was recharged!!! – you really had to be there…
19. Favorite taco?
the menu from Taco Haven #1!!!
20. Who’s doing it big right now?
starting my owns men’s wear line line that will become the definition of true american luxury…

Shout out’s?
to the entire Laws/BY familia…

thanks homie…

SAS!!!!!

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20?’s with Chemist

1.First off. What do you write ?
Chemist
2.where do you live and where are you from?
Dayton, Ohio the gem city
3. How did you get your name?
I switched my name from SEAR cause of some whack kid stated painting SEER and everyone thought his stuff was mine. I kind of was really wanting to do some big mad scientist painting so at the time I stumbled across CHEMIST
4. How long have you’ve been writing ?
Since 2002
5. What is your background in art ?
My aunt was an amazing fine artist and potter so I always drew and did some type of art. I never really pushed my art till long after being out of high school
Any formal school?
AAS in design specializing in print
6. You have any good graff stories?
Way way to many involving gun shots, wild dogs in the train yard, copers, and shit getting fucked up!
7. What’s your favorite quote?
“another perfect day in the perfect life” Corrie
8. Largest wall you’ve done to date?
A wall downtown Dayton for the city, 40ft wide 80ft tall
9. Who are your influences in the art world ?
Wow so many people…. 123klan, 3kings tattoo, koffie, mamma sauce printing, Ken Taylor, too many to list
10. Where do your ideas come from for your style of pieces ?
They come from all over, I pull inspiration from industrial design, print design, movies, signage, fashion, motorbikes, abandon properties and buildings, nature
11. What kind of tricks have you discovered using spray paint or is it trade secrets ?
I got a few up my sleeve but I always have a big bag of different caps for sure!

12. What’s your favorite paint to use ?
Black line, gold line, hardcore, ironlak
13. You have any other hobbies other than painting?
Playing bones, riding my motorbikes, doing some woodworking, slapping a little ping pong.

14. Favorite cartoon growing up?
Tom & Jerry, GI Joes, and transformers.
15. How do you feel about “street art”?
Some is cool some I want to poo on. I’ve been doing a lot of large scale printed images in some works so been appreciating things a little more
16. What can you say to young kids wanting to get into this culture?
Work hard, draw your ass off, earn everything you want, never take anything for granted, and keep your eyes opens to learn everything you can from any one. Be smart and lee your ego at home cause you are no one even when you are someone.
17. You excited about painting at CC8?
Hell yeah I am. I always love CC

18. Whats your favorite to paint on wood,metal,brick,glass,canvass?
Wood for some things and brick or block for walls! I miss the cold steal trains though.
19. Favorite writers in no order?
Thought I already answered this? Anyone that gets me excited on painting air that is doing something awesome.
20. Any places you’ve traveled to paint?
NY, ATX, San Antonio, Chicago, PA, Vegas

Shouts out.
To my crews BY Clique & LAWS. Color Logistik Group. Free Duo, it won’t be too long!

Thanks again.

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20?’s with Gew

1.First off. What do you write ? GEW
2.where does your ass sleep at night and where are you from? MY HOUSE IN MY BED NEXT TO MY BEATIFUL WIFE. IM FROM SAN ANTONIO, BORN AND RAISED
3. How did you get your name? I WAS SPITING OUT LONG STRANDS OF DROOL ONE DAY AND SUCKING THEM UP BEFORE THEY HIT THE FLOOR, MY COUSIN WAS LIKE EWWW, THAT SHITS ALL “GEWY”… THEN THE NAME WAS BORN
4. How long have you’ve been writing ? 10 YEARS
5. What is your background in art ? Any formal school? NAW, NO ART SCHOOL
6. You have any good graff stories? BACK IN 04 ME AND MY HOMIES WERE DOING THIS ROOFTOP, WE HAD TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF 1 ROOF IN ORDER TO GET TO THE ROOF WE WERE TRYING TO HIT, WELL WHEN WE GOT UP THERE WE COMPLETELY MISS JUDGED THE HEIGHT FROM 1 ROOF TO THE NEXT, IT WAS ABOUT TWO STORIES, SO MY DUMBASS WAS LIKE ” MAN WE CAN MAKE THE JUMP”, YEAH, I WAS WRONG. HALFWAY THROUGH THE JUMP I REALIZED IT WAS WAY HIGHER THAN I THOUGHT SO I TURNED SIDEWAYS HALFWAY THROUGH AND LANDED ON MY SHOULDER… I PRETTY MUCH JUST LAID THERE FOR A MINUTE IN PAIN. KNOCKED THE WIND OUT OF ME REAL BAD I COULDN’T TALK FOR LIKE A MINUTE.
7. What’s your favorite quote? LOYALTY IS ROYALTY
8. You know karate? LOL, AM I THE ONLY 1 WHO WAS ASKED THIS QUESTION. I’VE TRAINED IN MMA FOR THE PAST COUPLE YEARS…. NOTHING SERIOUS THOUGH, JUST A FUN WAY TO STAY IN SHAPE.
9. Who are your influences in the art world ? SHIT THE LIST IS HUGE, FIRST AND FOREMOST MY CREWS… AFTER THAT, SAN ANTONIO PIONEERS, ESPECIALLY OER FROM RTD/WR, AND YOU (SUPH)…. CURRENTLY CENS FROM LC/RTD/BY/LAWS, IS I HUGE INFLUENCE ON ME, THAT’S MY DOG….
10. Where do your ideas come from for your style of pieces ? MY BRAIN LOL. I DEFINITELY LIKE TO USE A LOT OF COLOR AND KEEP MY PEICES BUSY… THAT’S PROBLY NOT WHAT YOU MEANT, BUT THAT’S THE BEST ANSWER I HAVE….
11. Ever find anything cool on the
street? NAW IM NOT LUCKY LIKE THAT…. MY WIFE FOUND 20 DOLLARS IN MACY’S LAST WEEK THOUGH.
12. What’s your favorite paint to use? MTN HARDCORE… AND MOST RECENTLY I’VE BEEN FEELING IRONLAK
13. You have any other hobbies other than painting? CARS, IMPORTS MORE SPECIFICALLY.
14. Favorite cartoon growing up? NINJA TURTLES
15. How do you feel about “street art”? I LIKE IT, THERE’S ENOUGH ROOM FOR EVERYONE.
16. What can you say to young kids wanting to get into this culture? RESPECT YOUR ELDERS, LEARN THE RULES, AND YOUR ATTITUDE CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOU….
17. You excited about painting at CC8? MAN YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I WAS SUPER EXCITED TO SEE THAT I MADE THE LIST AGAIN THIS YEAR. SHIT IT TOOK ME 9 YEARS TO GET INVITED TO PAINT HERE. I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THERE IS A LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPACE THIS YEAR.
18. Whats your favorite to paint on wood,metal,brick,glass,canvass? BRICK
19. Favorite writers in no order? OER RTD/WR, CENS RTD/LAWS/BY/LC, POSE MSK D30, REVOK MSK, SUPH RTD/LAWS/BY/CBS, LOSER LAWS/CI, SODE BY, SPIK LC/RTD/BY… THESE ARE GUYS THAT I’M ALWAYS REALLY REALLY EXCITED TO SEE WHAT THEY PUT OUT NEXT
20. Any places you’ve traveled to paint? NAW JUST AROUND TEXAS… ID REALLY LIKE TO CHANGE THAT SOON THOUGH
Shouts out. MY CREWS, LETTER CARTEL, BY, IGK, AND THE CREW THAT MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY “THE ROTTEN BUNCH”. ..SUPHER, NOT JUST FOR THE SPOT AT CLOGGED CAPS, BUT FOR HELPING ME DEVELOP THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, FOR BRINGING ME AROUND AND INVITING ME TO WALLS, WHEN NOBODY KNEW WHO I WAS, OR EVEN GAVE A SHIT TO KNOW WHO I WAS. I OWE A LOT OF WHERE I’M AT TODAY BECAUSE OF YOU. LOVE YOU BRO… MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER CENS. SPIK, LERN, JEDI LOVE YOU GUYS MAN. FREE DUO!
Thanks again

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20?’s with Awful

Hold on I’m gonna grab me a bite to eat real quick…ok I’m back

1.First off. What do you write ?
Hello, my name is Awful
2.where does your ass sleep at night and where are you from? My ass sleeps in my comfy ass bed…an I am from Colorado
3. How did you get your name?
I was sent to a training in an oooold job of mine for work while I was taking notes they kept on saying Awful Awful and I liked how it looked on the paper…and it stuck
4. How long have you’ve been writing ?
I have been writing for a minute or two
5. What is your background in art ? Any formal school?
Background in art would be under bridges, freight yards (hoppers,gondolas back in them days ha I didn’t know any better) oh and I would sketch on paper every once in a while..no formal art school
6. You have any good graff stories?
Yeah there is a ton of em…recently we lost a can in the yard…spent an hour and a half looking for it never found it compromised with a different color…(it was a main color some faces) came home next morning looking through the bag..it was still in there haha #fail
7. What’s your favorite quote?
#fail hahaha
8. Where can someone see your work?
Flickr under Awful one or under the Creatures Crew flickr as well
9. Who are your influences in the art world ?
Art world? Umm Craola Alex Pardee Dabs Myla and so on
10. Where do your ideas come from for your style of pieces ?
Well since I started I always wanted to do wild style pieces and thats what everyone was doing around here
11. Any other mediums you work with or are in the process of using?
Umm I’m in a model train show next weekend in LA called the Steel Giants ..if your in that area go check it out! And buy one of my model trains! It starts March 10th at the GCS in Pamona CA
12. What’s your favorite paint to use ?
Favorite paint to use would definitely be Montana gold or 94…of course rusto but they are forcing me not to using it anymore with their new cap designs
13. You have any other hobbies other than painting?
Yeah I like to run,lift weights, and work on my 51′ ford
14. Favorite cartoon growing up?
Hmm.. I like the Underdog, Futurama, Bevis and Butthead and Top Cat!
15. How do you feel about graphic design being used in graffiti today?
I know lots of people that hate it but it’s getting more accepted by society and that means more walls and Commision jobs…so I’m not mad at it
16. What can you say to young kids wanting to get into this culture?
Don’t hop on to the bandwagons do what you want to do and not what every one else is doing
17. Can you give us any insight on what you plan on doing art wise in the next couple of years?
There is no telling I’m a pretty busy guy
18. Whats your favorite to paint on wood,metal,brick,glass,canvass?
METAL
19. Favorite writers in no order?
hmm.. Kwest Sigh Jher East Vogey Serval River Hex Atlas…the list goes on…everyone is super fresh now a days
20. Any places you’ve traveled to paint?
There is a few..I love to paint trains so wherever there is a good freight spot is where I wanna be!
Shouts out.
CREATURES CREW! RTDK! CBS!
Team ROBONE!
And my man DAVE FOTO!
Thanks again.
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20?’s with Exaust

1.First off. What do you write ?
Exhaust One .

2.where does your ass sleep at night and where are you from? Chicago

3. How did you get your name?
From self DC5, he said I exhaust myself trying to get my point across.

4. How long have you’ve been writing ?
Since 2000

5. What is your background in art ? Any formal school?
Had about 5 different classes in high School and only managed to pass sculpture and multimedia art.

6. You have any good graff stories? Flipping a Car four times on the way Kansas city while being asleep in the back seat and no be Belt and falling out the rear window as it stopped, buff splattered road and hissing paint cans…

7. What’s your favorite quote?
In a world full of followers, dare to be A leader.

8. Where can someone see your work?
graffiti doesn’t last forever, especially in chicago. But maybe you might find some in other cities I’ve traveled to…

9. Who are your influences in the art world ?
I don’t think art really influences me… Its more my crewmates and letter structure…

10. Where do your ideas come from for your style of pieces ?
I always liked paisley design and old English lettering… Being a part of MFK crew I grew fond of metal.

11. Any other mediums you work with or are in the process of using?
11.mostly spraypaint and acrylic.. I haven’t ventured too far into the artistic scene.

12. What’s your favorite paint to use ?
I’d have to say blackline from German Montana. Perfect pressure and great color scale for me…

13. You think 13’s a good or bad luck number?
never paid too much attention to it…

14. Favorite cartoon growing up?
has to be ronin warriors…

15. How do you feel about graphic design being used in graffiti today?
Some people pull it off and some should leave it alone.

16. What can you say to young kids wanting to get into this culture?
Make a name for yourself before joining a crew and make sure you learn your letter structure…

17. Can you give us any insight on what you plan on doing art wise in the next couple of years?
17.CT the crew I started in chicago just turned 10yrs old.. So I plan on having an anniversary show and jam to celebrate. I’m still undecided on Wether or not To have a solo show as well…

18. Whats your favorite to paint on wood,metal,brick,glass,canvass?
there’s nothing nicer than steel… Cinderblock and concrete are runners up…

19. Favoritewriters in no order?
Fons/smote, raven, sacred and cents, pose2, sofles, labrat.

20. Any places you’ve traveled to paint?
Los Angeles, Memphis, Philadelphia, new York, Indianapolis, Louisville, san Antonio, Austin, Seattle, and san Francisco.

Shouts out?
my laws, CBS, mfk and CT family…. 773 nightowl, chicago, I WUZ HERE!

Thanks again.

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