KADE is a graffiti writer from Sydney. He's been painting pieces and panels since the 80's with his version of classic NYC subway style. He reps one of Sydney's most well known crews TM. His pieces are executed with quality and over 30 years of experience make them stand out from the rest. We caught up with him and asked for his favourite five flicks.
1. What got you into graffiti?
I got into graffiti by traveling on the train to Bondi from Redfern in 1984. I used to go to nippers at Bondi Beach, and on the way there, I'd go past the Domain and see all the early burners that were done like Tracer, Awesome and Gruesome. The colour caught my eye and I was fascinated as to how they were painted trackside. Bondi Beach had burners too...so it didn't take long before I had to have a go myself.
Also around the same time Style Wars and Beat Street appeared. When I saw these, I knew what I had to do! Also I have always been fascinated with NYC since I was a kid...a lot of my favourite bands were from there.
NYC is in my blood.
2. How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as a direct derivative of NYC, because that is the only thing that mattered to me then...and still does today.
I love NYC 1970's subway era especially, so that has been an influence on my style.
3. What was it like painting in Sydney during the 80's?
Painting in the 80's we had to find stuff out for ourselves...there were no graff shops or youth programs.
It was all trial and mostly error haha.
We stole all our paint, made our markers and hung out of moving trains to get up for fame.
It was super competitive, so many writers you had to really stand out.
4. Do you have a good chase story?
Getting chased out of the old Central yards by Sergeant Andrews whilst trying to complete a door to door with Koste PIC in 1987 was pretty gnarly...we went back 3 times to finish it. Each time copping a mad chase but we were able to evade the law on each occasion.
5. What motivates you to keep painting?
I have been painting for over 30 years now. I'm also fortunate enough to have been able to incorporate graffiti into my day job.
I've been a qualified sign writer for 17 years and I have my own business. So drawing and painting is in my blood. It's my lifelong passion.
Thank you KADE for taking the time to talk to us and sharing your flicks.
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