CAIB is a graffiti writer from Sydney. His style is unique using a combination of fat caps & buff paint for effects means no piece is ever the same. He is an an active member of KOC & RF CREWS which have put in a lot of work over the years and left their mark locally and globally. We caught up to find out a bit more about him and asked for his favourite five flicks.
1. What got you into graffiti?
I found a copy of Subway Art in the local bookstore in the late 80’s and used it like a How To / Tutorial for the next year or so. It was probably just as long before I met any other writers (up until that point I thought it was just these guys from New York and myself!) yeah, I grew up in a small town ,) I can still remember standing there, staring at the cover, like wow…
2. How would you describe your style?
It’s essentially expressionism - my view of graffiti expressed with a subjective perspective, radical distortion of what would otherwise be “traditional practices.” It’s also strongly influenced by neoplaticism - the abstract art and thoughts of Dutch pioneer Piet Mondrian, who relied on the most basic elements of painting - colour, line and form. Personally I approach each painting trying not to repeat a line___
3. Do you have a good chase story?
Names redacted to protect the guilty… There were three of us painting some engines one night, it was foggy and dark with little ambient light. Shortly after we started we could hear a barking dog, as the minutes wore on the barking became more aggressive and closer, before we knew it this dog was at our heels as we skedaddled off down the tracks. after jumping a few fences and finding a safe refuge we figured it must've escaped its yard attracted by the psss psssst of the spray cans.
after some discussion we decided we would go back in and finish off. The actual discussion was more lengthy detailed than that though and just as we were getting up I noticed someones phone screen glowing in their pocket, one of our company had been connected to emergency services for the past 10 minutes, listening in to our predicament and planning! And yes, we finished ,)
5. What motivates you to keep painting?
Graffiti is a language, what motivated me is the idea that I still have things to say, things I want to convey and express. Essentially its the idea that what has already been done/ said is not enough (by myself and others). It’s also important to have an external outlet for internal visual stimuli.
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