ASTEK is a graffiti writer from Sydney. He's from Green Line in the South West and is a member of SFK CREW who have left their mark on Sydney painting panels for over a decade, over those years Astek has seen it all and been through a lot for this sub culture. We caught up to find out a bit more about him and asked for his favourite five flicks.
1. What got you into graffiti?
Hard to say specifically. I think it was a mix of the Sunday train ride to the city with my grandfather every weekend and seeing KEYS TBM up everywhere and the area i grew up in being flooded with graffiti. Then i met some dudes in the 7th grade that filled me in quite well about the game haha!
How would you describe your style?
Hahah i can barely even answer this! i don't even know if i have one so maybe carefree??? haha. I havn't finished a sketch on paper in 10years. the rest of the crew will back that up i'm a sketchbook wrecker! i just rock up and let it rip and hope for the best. no expectation equals less disappointment.
Do you have good chase story?
i got so many so ill choose one from when i was a kid but still probably one of the most intense. I had recently learned how to paint one the city underground spots where a train parked all day in the off peak. I took 2 of the boys down all with loaded bags of paint as there was no security. got in there fine, painted fine for about 45mins seemed like we were going to also leave FINE! well no, station master decided to come down while a passsing train was at the platform.
we wigged out as you do began running to the the next station which seemed like it was in Queensland... the train from the station pulled in behind us with the driver yelling "get in the train you idiots cops are waiting at the next station" . obviously not buying it we kept on running with the train constantly creepin behind us as soon as we got 20m away again. eventually we saw the station and it turns out the driver was a lying bastard and cops weren't there, or at least yet. The station was loaded with commuters though and we came busting on the platform covered in tunnel and ridgy grease passed them up the escalators (passed another mob of cops) and onto the street. Made it for the flicks a few hours later!
4. You've done a fair bit of travelling, can you tell us about a memorable trip abroad?
They are all memorable such a good feeling painting new things with all your best mates. If i had to pick one it would be my first euro trip though.
What motivates you to keep painting?
Seeing people as old as me, and the guys from the generations that i grew up looking up too, still painting.... shit is more addictive than any of the 12million drugs i've had.