DRIES is a graffiti writer from New Zealand. He is a member of MTS CREW who have been making their mark not only in NZ but all over the world. Dries has recently traveled across Europe and America painting trains and subways and doing it with a fresh style. We caught up to find out a bit ore about him and asked for his favourite five flicks.
1. What got you into graffiti?
I think just seeing it everywhere, Auckland was very saturated with tagging and when i was a kid and it would always catch my attention if anyone in my family was going somewhere i would ask to take a ride just so i could see tags. Even earlier than that my brother used to collect the source magazine and there was one page of graff in the back, i looked at those a million times then started off tagging in my first year of high school. I hadn't even seen style wars until i was 21.
2. How would you describe your style?
Fairly public, i paint a whole lot of different styles depending on the occasion. I get bored pretty easily and frustrated if i feel i'm doing the same thing over and over so i try to switch it up a bit, but i would describe it as mainly public.
3. Do you have a good chase story?
Not sure if anyone actually came for it to be a chase but i think paranoia just got the best of me this night, painted the backjump up the mountain in Oslo and i had a map for an alternate route to avoid the one road that goes up there on my phone but before we painted i was convinced i memorised it and therefore deleted the map that's how paranoid i was, yet as soon as we painted and started legging it I completely forgot it and we got lost in the forest. It was raining torrentially and we had been walking for about 3 hours into pitch black eventually we could see a light when we finally arrived i knocked on the door and it opened to about 50 kids staring us, it was a christian camp.
After trying to get them to give us a lift one of the parents ended up offering us the couch, in the morning he gave us some pate on toast and we started our mission back to the station, we got our kits then did a basket on our way back to the city and ate a steak at the hostel, i thought we were gonna freeze to death out there. Pretty funny how it worked out though, good times.
4. Looks like you've done a recent trip to America, what was it like travelling around and painting over there?
I love it there, they're so fucked up though haha. Really cool place though, love Atlanta and New York is so dope makes me feel like i'm in a fuckin movie its insane. They have some of the best trains and fried chicken too!.
5. What motivates you to keep painting?
I'd say my friends and travel. I would have never have met some of the dope people i know if it wasn't for graff and i don't know if i would have travelled if i didn't write graff either.