To celebrate London based Stella Dore‘s group show in the Irish capital we caught up with a few of the stars of the exhibition, as well as SD manager Steph Warren for a quick chat. We’ll be posting one interview from one of the artists involved everyday from now until the show opens this coming Thursday (July 17). Check back everyday to hear the thoughts of EINE, Rugman, Eelus, Cept, I-LIB and Steph.
Kicking things off is EINE, after the jump.
EINE, you’ve been writing for years now, can you tell us a little about what got you into graf and street art? Who were the writers out there inspiring you, what crews, areas, etc were around? It was a bit of a golden era back then.
Yeah I started when I was about 14, I got into grafitti when it came over from NY as the whole Breakdancing, electro, rapping and tagging package. As I couldn’t breakdance and wanted to be down with the cool kids I went out nicked some paint and started tagging some stupid name lifted from Wildstyle or something. Shortly after that I found the book Subway Art which was my bible for many years, the thing that amazed me was, there were these fantastic paintings, totally out of my world and underneath was a train, it blew my mind, that was what I wanted to do.
Other writers through the years that have inspired me to either write or continue writing are, PIC, Robbo, Drax, Fuel and prime and then Delta, Espo, Reas and then Spike, Oker, Egs, Kegr, Elk and Nema.
On the graf side of things, are there any writers or crews out there at the moment that come anywhere near the people around when you first started? If so, who and if not what was it about the writers back then that sets them apart.
To be honest I don’t look at Graffiti that much, I’m sure people are painting bigger and better trains than we did, that’s the whole point of writing to do more than the last person, what I do know is they have got better at cleaning it off so you don’t ever see it run. The only people who I really see getting up are ATG and Oker.
You’re a man who continues to work seamlessly on both the street and in galleries – is it a similar buzz walking into a show with your work hanging on the walls as it is walking past your work on the streets? If you could only do one, which would you choose – street or gallery?
If I could it would be trains, nothing beats seeing your train roll into the station, but the old legs don’t run so fast nowdays, I like the big walls, getting away with it is fun. The gallery work is completely different, its more about creating something new and experimenting with different techniques, its more of a relief when its all over.
Can you tell us a little about your work that is to be part of the show at Stella Dore?
For the Dublin show, its new Words and letters with colours, you will have to go and see.
What has EINE got in store for us over the next couple of years? We really hope to continue to see your work both in the gallery and on the street.
Straight after Dublin, I am off to Denver for my first solo show in the states, then back to London for a group show in Cork St, and then NY in September, I plan to paint in the streets as much as I can in all these places.
Next year carry on wit the shutters and I got some big Bill Board stuff planned, outside of that just keep on painting and try not to get bored or arrested, not sure which one is worse.
Thanks EINE, all the best.