PUDL is a graffiti writer from Sydney. He is a style writer who over the years has consistently produced burners. He has a distinctive style whether it's wild or simple blending his characters and illustrations into his pieces. Take a walk through Sydney's inner west and you're bound to come across his productions. We caught up with him for a quick chat and asked for his favourite five flicks.
1. What got you into graffiti?
As a kid, I was always drawing. From cartoon characters to schoolbook title pages, this progressed as a teenager to replicating heavy metal band logos and artwork onto mates backpacks etc, which then progressed to graff. We used to skate everywhere and drop tags wherever we went.
In regards to doing graffiti specifically, the mystery and anonymity of it all was just as interesting as the actual artform. I grew up catching the train to Sydney from the south coast and I remember seeing an abundance of top quality artwork along Blueline, mainly between Hurstville and the city. Names such as Rock City Funk, PLS Crew, Gane2, Kade, Pots, Taven to name a few.
2. How would you describe your style?
I guess I would describe my style as my own. I like to focus on painting letters.
Keeping it "Sydney" in a certain regard matters to me, however I like to add my own twist, connections and arrows.
I enjoy painting simple public styles and semi-wild pieces equally, either way its important that my letters are funky and bounce, with dynamic connections. These days I appreciate the rawness of a piece that isn't cut back and has drips and imperfections.
3. Do you have a good chase story?
Wouldn't say its a good one, as we ended up getting caught.
Lets just say running along the tracks into Kings Cross tunnel getting chased by a police german shepard for doing tracksides wasn't funny.
There was a couple of us (including two well known writers from the United States). The dog caught us in no time and had all five of us bailed up, ready to eat any one of us if he was given the command. It was even more unfortunate when the tourists who we had been quite hospitable too, ended up telling cops " they weren't painting, they were just watching us "........this was disappointing.
4. What do you think of the current graffiti scene in Sydney?
Can't say I think of the graffiti scene in sydney as a whole, too be honest.
For me, it's more about the work my homies and others that I know are producing or have done in the past .
5. What motivates you to keep painting?
Motivation comes in different forms, could be a scribble in my sketchbook that simply needs to get painted, perhaps a song that's been drilling into my head for a bit, happiness, anger, or even just painting alongside a good crew of friends.
Thank you PUDL for taking the time to talk to us and sharing your flicks.
Previous Five For Five interviews-XRAY