FLOSS is a graffiti writer from the South Coast just a couple of hours away from Sydney. He got into graff in the year 2000 and has been hooked ever since. He is a member of LSK & GH CREWS and produces some fresh panels and coalies which you can see running on the regular. 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 started off in high school around 2000. We used to catch the train, skating around, causing ruckus on the weekends. Then I started shoplifting. Starting from chocolates to markers then eventually spray paint. I still remember the first can of paint I racked.. a grey primer export thinking it was chrome.. Ha! From insides to pieces it all fell into place. I did my first panel in early 2002 daytime and I was hooked.
2. How would you describe your style?
My style has always remained pretty basic over the years . I never really enjoyed painting walls, so freights and steel were my preferred canvas and creativity wasn't really on the cards for me and it's just stuck.
3. Could you tell us about a memorable mission good or bad while out painting?
I've had so many good and bad missions spending time between Wollongong, Melbourne and Sydney. Whenever you get to paint with good company always makes for a good time. But one night really stands out...
Visiting The South Coast with Interstate crew we linked with my hometown brothers. Drinking heavy at Elude's joint .We decided to go check out a spot. We had no luck, so it was time to mobb a yard. Everyone was super wasted, not long after we started, a lonely Indian seccy shrieked "HEY!!". A tirade of drunken verbal abuse was hurled back at him until we finished. It was hilarious some of the things being yelled. There was about 10 of us and a few visible from the street. Very lucky to escape without the riot squad rocking up.
4. Do you have a good chase story?
Not all chases end well, but this was one of the good ones for me.
Painting a termo with an associate from Sydney. The spot was also a yard but when it was empty you could paint the terminating trains. We painted this 4 car tango and went all out, we even made use of the seccy's seat for background. Finishing up we seen 2 workers in orange walking towards us spread apart blocking our exit. Then we hear "STOP POLICE!!" Then 2 plain clothes police run off the end of the platform. My mate ran towards the street and the police ran after him. I threw my bag under the platform and ran around the end of the train, jumping a small fence then scaling a large gate into a locomotive depot then running up the lines. I eventually made it back to the car, but my mate didn't.
Some hours later he was released and told me it was a car theft task-force who responded to the call from rail staff ,and that they tackled him into a small canal in the yard dislocating his shoulder.
5. What motivates you to keep painting?
After painting for so long it's become more of a habit that I can't switch off. But painting with mates and like-minded people, and seeing the older dudes still getting over is the ultimate inspiration.