BLEAK is a graffiti writer from Melbourne. He started painting in the mid 90's and is a member of MOC CREW. He has travelled the world painting & over the years produced countless panels and quality wholecars. We caught up to find out a bit more about him and asked for his favourite five flicks.
1. What got you into graffiti?
Growing up in Melbourne on the Hursty Line, the artwork caught my eye at a young age. In the mid 90's the WCA and DMA productions along the line stood out to me. A handfull of mates with the same interests esculated quickly after watching Style Wars. I was hooked there and then. I started to travel up and down the east coast. Seeing quantity and quality panels by the likes of PUBES & DORPS AKM, SKEW TCB, DAMET DTS, STOPEM & CDUSE CKA, BICEPS TAB CR, ZOMBE OSF to name a few who inspired me. By the year 2000 I was addicted to painting trains. The different models in Melbourne and traveling interstate had me going crazy, having to get my next steel fix. The early 2000's produced some quality aussie mags in All Stations, Death from Above and Dirty Deeds. It was sick to see what was being done in Australia and overseas. They defiantly motivated me.
2. How would you describe your style?
Basic and public. I like it to be easy to read. Sometimes i try something different and funky, but i think public style is timeless. I write a few different words other than Bleak and Crew stuff as i get bored doing the same letters.
3. Do you have a good chase story?
Nothing too hektic. Few close calls. Alot of unfinished panels, fences climbed and ducking under rows of trains.
4. Looks like you have done a lot of travelling, can you tell us about a crazy mission abroad?
No crazy stories. Lots of good times and systems ticked off. I love to travel. Seeing different systems, especially Subways rejuvenates my passion. My top 5 systems are NYC, London, Melbourne, Tokyo and Paris.
5. What motivates you to keep painting?
Even though the missions are far and few between these days, the bug is still strong in me. Having like minded mates, the old school that are still going strong and some of the new generation keep me interested in the scene.
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