DSCREET : SDM TRP BTP TEAM LOSER
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Since I was a kid I enjoyed drawing Warner Brothers cartoons and dinosaurs, cars and the usual stuff ... I think it carried over. Got older and started experimenting with graff amongst other art forms including airbrushing, which has obvious parallels, but graffiti was always the most fun and made me keep drawing and sketching.
Went on to study art and design seriously and still connected with graffiti above everything else.
How did you choose your tag, any special meaning?
I had a few different tags, I ruined most of them by being such a toy. Dscreet stuck because I liked the irony.
How did you get in to graffiti?
Always had friends who did it and I dabbled early on, but didn’t get properly involved until I started skating around the city, catching trains to get from spot to spot. Could not avoid seeing lots of bombing and pieces everywhere, it was ingrained in my subconscious way before I did it, so eventually me and my mates wanted to have a proper go. I was soon addicted.
What is it that you love about graffiti that keeps you writing?
Freedom of expression; stress relief -people you meet -places it takes you; you would never even consider to spend any time in most of these shitty locations if it wasn't for graff, but then it's worth it when you find these far removed dilapidated factories, tunnels and train yards, ghost towns and generally places that are considered out of bounds for the average Joe Schmo...
Tell us about your style and how it has developed over the years.
Went through a phase of incorporating organic alien like features into weird wildstyles, I liked abstractions of letters that didn’t look like letters. lately I enjoy the opposite ; simple blockbusters, comic characters, funky throwups, instant recognition and legibility but with an individual spin on it.
Who have been your major influences?
Futura, Dondi, Blade, Robert Crumb, Bugs Bunny, SDM, TRP, TFW, RDC, DMA, FX, Cept, Kid Acne, Supe, Seb, FMK, Freak Brothers, Bode, Belmar, Dali, Surrealism, Stalker, Merda, GS38, Delta
Paint brand of choice
Whitewash and a matchstick; be able to rock with whatever's at your disposal, Macguyver style.
Cap of choice
Fatcap or factory
What music motivates you to paint?
Van Halen, Devo, ACDC, Jimi Hendrix, Ramones, Biggie, Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield
Memorable mission moment
Any tips you're willing to share to the next generation of writers?
Have fun with it, keep an open mind and do what you feel. If it's not fun, then take a break or switch up your style, don't be afraid to experiment because the haters are watching; experimenting is the primary way to find your own style and not live off others. Draw a lot.
Anything else to add?