Graff.Five x Kear

Hi, 

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1987, in ’89 my family moved to the island of Gotland, located in-between the Swedish east coast and Latvia.This is where I grew up and lived just until about 8 years ago, when I moved back to Stockholm.

  1. How do you got connected with graffiti?

Being brought up on Gotland, my exposure to graffiti was basically non-existent. I remember sitting in the back seat as a kid on Autobahn, the German motorway, on ourfamily vacations, looking out the windows at the colors and forms on the noise barriers.

I didn’t really know what it was, but i was fascinated. It wasn’t until high school when I met peoplewho did graffiti and introduced me to it. I sketched continuously for a year, maybe two, then in 2005 I did my first piece.

 2. What do you think about the meaning of Instagram for the graffiti game?

I can see both positive and negative aspects about Instagram, social media, or Internet as a whole, in relation to graffiti. But for me it has definitely helped. Back on Gotland, the lack of graffitiin our surroundings had us looking elsewhere for inspiration; magazines and the internet.

So without internet I probably would’t have found those writers that inspired me to write myself when I began.Instagram now serve as an endless source of inspiration for new and old writers all over the world.

I believe the positive aspects overshadows the bad ones. Also, it is an amazing tool for meetingother writers abroad.

3. Tell us about how graffiti evolved in your city?

Maybe I’m not the right person to ask since I haven’t been a part of the scene in this city that long.

I can only really reflect this in the years that I’ve been a writer here. When I came back to Stockholm there was a zero-tolerance policy. No legal walls, no graffiti related art in public spaces, arduous security and removal of graffiti within 24hrs etc.

They abolished this a few years ago. We’re still far behind many other European cities in my opinion, both in terms of walls and styles, but at least the climate are getting slowly better. On the other hand, there’s always been a strong train scene here.


4. How do you prepare a mission or a perfect graffiti day?

I used to prepare carefully with a sketch, color scheme and everything but I’ve been tending to go more spontaneous lately. 

I’ve been painting without a sketch for a year or two now and try to just plan a few colors, and then come up with the rest at the spot. 

5 . Ask a question you would like to ask and answer that question?

Why are you still writing graffiti?

Primarily because it’s fun, that simple. It is almost like it’s addictive. Also, I think my deep-seated self-critique is motivating me.

It is very rare for me to be completely 
satisfied with a piece, so there is always room for improvement, always new things to learn…endless possibilities how to shape your letters, that thought is enthralling. 

I don’t believe in perfection, yet there seem to be this never ending aim at it.