Brisbane is home to many great writers, one known to most for his prolific painting and sought after spots is Cekios. Describing his style as "every graffiti writer mashed into one," we catch up with the enigma himself to talk travel and trains.
SO YOU'RE CURRENTLY IN BERLIN, WHAT WAS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE MOVE?
I have always wanted to live abroad and Europe was number one on the list. Berlin is the New York of graffiti. There's a lot of talent and the scene is booming.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CITY TO TRAVEL TO/PAINT?
Copenhagen. The city is non-stop when is coming to graffiti. Everywhere you look there is something new and exciting. Graffiti on trains can run for up to 7 days or longer, and a lot of people are painting.
WHEN TRAVELLING TO A NEW CITY, DO YOU SET GOALS TO ACCOMPLISH?
It really depends on what I'm there for. If my goal is to paint trains, then I will focus on what has to be done. Another goal is to take notice when painting with a local, this can be a fill effect or a painting technique.
STREET OR PANELS?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT TRAINS THAT MOTIVATES YOU TO PAINT THEM?
The competition - I love seeing other writers who paint very nice trains. It really pushes me to do the same and compete with "who can do the greatest galve "
I'm not to picky when it comes to choosing types of models, but if have to pick one it would be the Berlin Sbahn.
YOUR ONLINE FAME STARTED ON TUMBLR AND MOVED TO INSTAGRAM, DO YOU FEEL SOCIAL MEDIA HAS HAD AN EFFECT ON YOUR CAREER AND EXPOSURE AS AN ARTIST?
It definitely has. I started painting in semi-rural NSW and I would have never thought that people from around the world would be able to view my work from a couple clicks on their phone. It has changed my style a lot. I'am now able to view artists around the world for inspiration and am able to keep up with what tends are popular.
WHAT'S THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN, BRISBANE?
The best thing about Brisbane in my opinion is the high standard of graffiti, It's one of the main reasons I moved there. Worst this about Brisbane is it's really quiet.
WHAT DOES CREW MEAN TO YOU?
WHICH ARTISTS INFLUENCE/INSPIRE YOU?
At the moment its Mozes/Tapes for their creatively. Style wise is Puak loveletters, Shane obc tb and mozer Süd.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
Every graffiti writer mashed into one.
A lot of traveling.
Brisbane is a funny little city. Every now and then a commission wall gets capped, and people tend to get quite upset about it. Sometimes, in an even funnier turn of events, an artist will make t-shirt about their resentment. We catch up with 1337 to scope out how he snapped back at one of street art's most internationally acclaimed artists, Anthony Lister.
TELL US ABOUT HOW THIS FIASCO STARTED?
Well ... Lister capped my work and tried to diss me in public so I made a t-shirt about it. I think it's pretty funny.
WHICH WALL WAS IT?
Bloodhound Bar in Fortitude Valley. We were actually askeded to paint under listers work by the owners so we made it a bit of community spot to showcase a number of different artists.
LUCKS HAD A BIT OF A BITE BACK ABOUT LISTER ON THE WALL TOO, YEAH?
Yeah, I think he was as disappointed as the rest of us. Some of us have know Ant for a
long time and its a shame he’s chosen to play like this.
HAVE YOU HAD A REACTION FROM LISTER?
He messaged me and said he was disappointed about what I’d done after being friends for 25 years. But even after being friends for so long he still wrote that shit on the wall, so tshirt.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET THE SHIRTS?
Find more of 1337's work on Instagram, @drunkhorror (www.instagram.com/drunkhorror)
It's no secret that KISS / ISPY is one of our all time favourite writers. Taking out the title for Secret Walls Gold Coast 2017 alongside MEMOS and MAID for team Culprit Club, we were stoked to work with KISS and are very excited to be welcoming him back to the Club very shortly for a surprise appearance (keep an eye on the social accounts this week for more info). Until then, we catch up with the legend to talk style, summer plans and creative inspiration.
KISS, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING?
I think my first attempt was in around 2000/2001. I gave it away for a while a few years later and then my mate Dform got me back into it.
HOW/WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN FOR YOU?
When I was young I remember seeing lots of DM's throw ups all over the Gold Coast. It got me curious about it. Then one school excursion we went to the Brisbane Art Gallery and in the bookshop was a copy of Subway Art. My mates and I pooled out money together and bought it…somehow I managed to be the one who kept it. I looked through it everyday and got hooked.
WHO'RE YOUR FAVOURITE WRITERS AND WHY?
Ahhh tough question! Here are 10 that come to mind. In no order.
1. Secret - 6 letters is a challenge, but he nails it
2. John Kaye - Colours, composition & calves
3. Ekaer - He makes the simple things look incredible
4. Teaz - letters & concepts
5. Ivo - Unwavering dedication & consistency
6. Dmote - Letters & Connections
7. Dvise - Original Inspiration
8. Memos - Style and just a really nice guy
9. Pubb Crew (SWE) - Great style writers
10. Smerk - Always getting a sneaky street piece up
YOU DRAW A LOT OF LOVELY LADIES, ARE THEY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS OR BASED OFF INFLUENTIAL FEMALES IN YOUR LIFE?
I get asked this a fair bit, there isn’t anything deep going on with them. It’s usually just a pose or something that captures my eye, then I try recreate it in my style. Some of the ladies I have tried to draw are Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Fran Drescher, Alyssa Milano & Kate Winslet to name a few.
IF WE WERE TO TRAWL THROUGH YOUR BACKPACK, WHAT WOULD WE FIND?
Chobani Plain Yogurt, Bananas, iPhone 5, Headphones, assorted Baby stuff, keys, gym towel.
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR?
After only recently becoming a father, I have learned not to make plans haha. But hopefully paint a bit more than I have been. Also maybe a return trip back to Hawaii.
TELL US ABOUT THE CURRENT PIECES YOU HAVE AVAILABLE AT THE CULPRIT CLUB?
I listen to a lot of Punk/Hardcore music, so my interpretation of the Opposing Offenders show theme was going to come from the messages in the punk music I grew up listening to. I took ‘Conform or Die’ from the Australian band The Hard-Ons album "Alfalfa Males, Once Summer Is Done, Conform Or Die”. I ended up doing 2 because I found the letters were fun to do.
DO YOU THINK BRISBANE HAS ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES TO OFFER LOCAL ARTISTS?
It seems to have an awful lot more than the Gold Coast does.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND MORE OF YOUR WORK?
I only Have an Instagram @i_spy.kiss no Facebook, Pinterest or any of the other ones.
ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING PAINTERS?
Keep it sorta simple!