Mr.Zero – Graffiti Writer Interview
FEATURED WRITER: Mr.Zero
PURE GRAFFITI. Where are you from?
mrzero: I’m from Hungary, Europe.
PURE GRAFFITI. What do you write? and is their a story behind that name?
mrzero: I write mr.zero. I wrote many different names in the beginning but from ’98 i started to write channel zero. It was cool to a tag but too long for a piece especially you want to paint it to an illegal place. So I just painted zero and just write channel at the top of my piece usually. Some years after i left channel and i changed my tag just to zero.
PURE GRAFFITI. How would you describe your style?
mrzero: I paint some different stuffs. Mainly 3D style, characters and after many years i began to paint ordinary letters again. My 3D forms are letters too, somewhere, nobody believes it, other people may think i paint shells, insects or flowers, but no. Heard a lot of funny solutions about my style.
PURE GRAFFITI. What are your thoughts about the current graffiti scene where you currently live?
mrzero: I think my country has some great writers and unfortunately a lots of posers too as i see. Graffiti bacame a fashionable thing in the last years and there is a lot of guy who wanna be world famous during half a year. They heve no style just put their shit everywhere and they call each other “king”.
PURE GRAFFITI. Have you done much or any commercial work, would you be up for it
mrzero: Yes, sometimes paint commercial jobs but it is not enough for my living yet.
PURE GRAFFITI. Do you try to keep your identity anonymous?
mrzero: Not really. For example if you paint on a jam you can’t keep it.
PURE GRAFFITI. What crew(s) are you in?
mrzero: CFS(colored effects)
PURE GRAFFITI. What is Graffiti all about to you?
mrzero: Graffiti is freedom, the biggest part of my life. If i look onto a surface i’m thinking about what would i paint there. It is great too travelling to other cities or other countries to paint and meet nice people, make new friends.
PURE GRAFFITI. Do you think Graffiti has reached its limits or do you think amazing new styles will keep arising?
mrzero: You can see new styles and really hard stuffs day by day. Just keep your eyes open.
PURE GRAFFITI. What are some of the writers who have inspired you?
mrzero: Everything inspires me that i see. But the biggest inspiration i get is from my crewmates and friends.
PURE GRAFFITI. Do you see yourself doing graffiti 10 years from now?
mrzero: Of course. I’ll do it till i enjoy or till i can.
PURE GRAFFITI. Have you have any crazy moments while out painting? Ever been caught?
mrzero: Never been caught but there were some hot situations in the past.
PURE GRAFFITI. Have you ever been to jail? if so how was jail?
mrzero: No, never.
PURE GRAFFITI. How do you feel about trainwriting?
mrzero: Thats a great thing.;)
PURE GRAFFITI. Have you ever had to battle any other writer for any reason?
mrzero: Not really.
PURE GRAFFITI. What are your favorite markers/mops and ink you use?
mrzero: I don’t want to advertise any brand here.
PURE GRAFFITI. How did you develop such good technical painting and drawing skills? What can the rest of us do to sharpen our own?
mrzero: Just need to draw a lot to make your own style and of course paint a lot to learn the technique. Nothing special just a lot of practice.:)
PURE GRAFFITI. What other media do you work in besides spray paint? How do you feel about using airbrushes?
mrzero: I use brushes and acrylic on canvas and i do computergraphics too. I tried to paint with airbrush once but it needs to practice a lot to be good at. Because i haven’t got an airbrush at home i can’t do that. But maybe i’ll buy one in the future i don’t know.
PURE GRAFFITI.What are your feelings about more experienced writers reffering to younger learning writers as “TOYS”?
mrzero: Everybody started as a “toy” and it would be better if you don’t forget it.
PURE GRAFFITI. If you could teach or tell the new generation of graffiti writers, what would it be?
mrzero: Sketching a lot and make your own style not just spread shit everywhere and call yourself king after you got a lot of pieces without style. Respect each other.
PURE GRAFFITI.Is their anything else you would like to add that was not asked in the interview?
mrzero: Thanks for the interview and good luck for your site.
A special thanks to MR.ZERO for participating in Pure Graffiti!
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