Obisk, member of the crew Modern jazz, Hf and Tfg’s, in our opinion is one of the freshest name out there right now. We had the chance to have a chat with him and to get all these pictures, and this is the result, a really intresting and intense interview , full of pictures, colors, styles, walls, trains, throwies… ENJOY!!
1. Let’s start with a classic question: how did you start doing grafﬁti?
Thanks to my friend Jiem, who probably was the only one to know that graffiti existed in the small village where we used to live. It quickly became a great way of living an exciting life that every 14 years old teenager is looking for. Looking backward, I’m glad to have experienced a relatively self-taught start in graffiti. Not to say that we are old wise oldschoolers (which we aren’t, we are still young and athletic !), but maybe the lack of graffiti in our area enabled us to have more pleasure discovering how it worked by ourselves, step by step. Of course, meeting other writers later was an enrichment (not always), but the charm of the game vanishes when you know too much about it. So far, I have spent most of my graffiti time trying to get it back, which is hard !
2. Let’s talk about style… do you think you have a personal style? How did you reach it?
I would lie saying that I don’t think I have a personal style… I’ve been inspired by so many writers and crews before I stopped « trying to paint as… ». But the thing is that I never managed to paint exactly like the pieces I tried to bite, mine were much less good. So in a way, maybe I developped a style failing to bite pieces I liked. I know some guys that are very good at reproducing someone’s style with talent, and I find it very impressive. And one day (what a great day!), I don’t know when, I’ve started to be uninterested in trying to reproduce and concentrated on what came out of me. This has been a bit of chaotic way, because I’ve tried many really ugly styles. But now, even if I still do 80 % of ugly pieces, I can say this is my own shit, and the 20 % I like are my own glory.
3. When are you satisﬁed with your piece?
It’s hard to say what can make me like one of my piece and dislike another, it can be thanks to many different things. What I can tell is that 20% of my paintings really satisfie me, and that the time and paint that I lost on the other 80 % really uspset me ! The way I know I am satisfied is when I can stay 15 minutes on the picture, looking at it. For the ones I don’t like, 1 second is already too depressing for me.
4. Panels, hall of fame, street bombing… what satisﬁes you the most?
To be honest, I like it all ! Of course, depending on the period, I do more that or this, but everything is nice. But I think doing illegal tags, throwies and simple pieces (on a wall, a train, whatever) bring me closer to the « original » charm that I try to feel back, so maybe this is what satisfies me the most. On the other hand, I’m also fascinated by graffiti forms that can be very elaborated and colourful sometimes. Maybe the difference is that no one get bored with a great tag or throwie. All writers agree on that.
5. How is the life of a writer where you live?
Great ! I live in Paris suburbs, so I’m close to a great graffiti scene (in the streets and inside buildings, galleries or squats), which is very inspiring. Moreover, people here are quite used to see graffiti, and thanks to confused people that consider the possibility that you might be a cool street artist while you’re just doing a throwie, it is reasonnable to paint in the daytime without being disturbed by anyone. If you’re a bit curious (many writers here cycle a lot), u can also find cool virgin walls where to spend hours.
6. Do you make art in different forms outside of the grafﬁti world?
I have started for two years or so to experience other media, like drawing or screenprint. I have the feeling to discover all this after everybody, but I like it a lot and want to explore it. By the way, I’ve just released 3 screenprints on sale here
among other prints from Jiem and his girlfriend Mary. This is not really outside the graffiti world, more an extension of it.
7. What does grafﬁti give to your life? What does it take from it?
So many important things ! Equal to family and friends. So far, it did’nt take anything from it, except maybe a few years of living in the end, as vapors are still toxic, we’ll see !
8. What keeps you still writing?
The idea that the next piece could belong to the 20 %.
9. Any crazy adventures you want to share with us?
Nothing crazy, but I took a break writing this interview and went to paint a quick throwie on a truck. A guy with a huge joint in the mouth grabbed my neck from behind before I finished my « K » and started yelling at me that he would destroy my face if I didn’t follow him to see the truck owner, a friend of him. One another guy immediately shew up and started to speak to the first like a wise guy saying that he shouldn’t be rude with me, that I just lacked of experience. On his phone, he shew us some horrible snoop dog portrait he had done on a canvas, saying to me that I should try to do more things like him, instead of my horrible (super fonky fresh) throw-up. This calmed the excited guy down, that finally nodded and added that I was wasting my time doing this and that I should paint for the kids of the neighbourhood, ask the city council for some places to make exhibitions, and try to sell t-shirts on the internet. Eventually, both of them were really happy to give me some good advices about life and let me go.
10. New generations, Instagram, blogs, Internet and all that. What you think of them? Some people hate Internet, some love to share their productions and some just don’t give a shit. Do you have any opinion about it?
Like any other internet use, I think an excessive use of graffiti blogs is depressing, but the people that hate internet probably use it anyway, it is part of us now.