David Sausage: Sooo ….
David Sausage: I asked before about your tag ‘Magnet’ and you said it was a secret but I’m curious. Where does the name come from?
Magnet: It’s because ####### ### ########.
David Sausage: Oh! I see, THAT’S why you didn’t want to say Ok! When did you start writing?
Magnet: About the time of being a Junior High School student. I liked the famous writers styles so I just wanted to… How you say in English? In Japanese we say ‘miyo ni mane’
David Sausage: So… Was there a book or a film like Style Wars that made you start painting?
Magnet: I just saw Sakuragichou that big long wall.
David Sausage: How old were you at the time?
Magnet: Fourteen,, fifteen or something like that.
David Sausage: So you would have seen all those old skool writers like Kazz Rock?
Magnet: Yeahhhhh, Kazz Rock, QP and Esow
David Sausage: Who did you look up to?
Magnet: All of them! I just saw their work and thought ‘yeah I wanna do it like that’
David Sausage: As a prolific tagger what’s your opinion on doing pieces compared to doing tags. Are they separate or is it all the same thing as far as you see?
Magnet: Errrr… I don’t know about that I just want to make original tags. Concentrate on my tag and then get famous. I’m not sure which is different…
David Sausage: It doesn’t really matter right?
David Sausage: I’ve seen your tag pretty much everywhere. How the hell do you do that? You must be getting up every night?! Everywhere you go, all the time.
Magnet: I used to do the stickers… then the tags but it was so toy!
David Sausage: It’s the same for everyone when they start I reckon. What was your best placed tag?
Magnet: I think one of my drip tags in the Yokohama area. The drips were just perfect.. I’ve just wanted to design the tag better so I started thinking about it… How do you say in English?… I just wanted to tag perfect so… Sona kanji kanaaa…
David Sausage: How did you become motivated to get up so much?
Magnet: I started writing my name and seeing it. I liked it and went from there. Other writers i see up and those who became famous are what motivates me.
David Sausage: So who’s handstyles do you like the most here?
Magnet: I like Zephyr and I dont know about now. I don’t see the magazines recently so.. But recently I saw in Ueno tags they look so good. But I dunno…
David Sausage: What’s more important, good handstyles or getting up more?
Magnet: Yeah…. I think it’s the style first.
David Sausage: I know you lived in Australia for a while. Did you paint regularly there?
Magnet: Yeah I was a tagger so I just did a lot of tags… So…
Magnet: I was in Australia back in 2000. Trains were the shit back then, and the scene was growing. Most dope pieces were near ghettos and that motivated me to progress in that aspect of it.
David Sausage: What can Japan learn from Western countries culture? What can Western countries learn from Japanese culture?
Magnet: Both cultures have good points and bad points. If only we could trade all the bad for good. Really, there are too many to mention…
David Sausage: Who’s work did you like out in Australia?
Magnet: I saw the stuff in Downtown Sydney, Bondai Beach….
(Machi no piece ga atta sore ha nanka…sugoi.. Sore de nihon de nattara…) I just thought that kind of work would look cool in Yokohama.
David Sausage: Who would you say is the most up in Tokyo and Yokohama?
Magnet: Tokyo? Yokohama?… Dare dalor ne?…Styx, Wanto…
David Sausage: And I would say you, right?!
Magnet: Ahhh… I just write Yokohama area. Tokyo is Wanto I think. Yokohama is Styx, he’s up the most. I’ve seen that everywhere. I think he is the best.
David Sausage: Errm… You’re familiar with that wall in Sakuragichou then, it got covered in grey…
Magnet: Yup it’s sooo boring…
David Sausage: Why the fuck did that happen?!
David Sausage: I know you don’t have the answer but why do you think that happened? The problem I see here is there is now nowhere to paint. It used to have a massive long wall – quite possibly the longest wall of graffiti in the world, and now… There’s nowhere to paint…
Magnet: Err… I think that… Nan dalor neh? Nihongodemo ii?
David Sausage: Yup.
Magnet: [Japanese translation] The boss of Tokyu group (a massive corporation that owns a large percentage of the train systems, shopping centres, buildings and companies here) said ‘let’s stop this painting on the wall’,, He really didn’t appreciate the graffiti so he has decided to change the place. We have to keep on painting and hopefully peoples opinion will change.
The Tokyu line was a special one, like a sanctuary and it’s now just a concrete wall. Graffiti is dying although in Uraga graffiti has survived. I just hope it becomes more popular. [/Japanese translation]
David Sausage: Thanks for the interview Magnet.
We here at The Chottomatte hope that once again, one day, the mammoth Sakuragichou wall will get a lick of paint and government backing like the SeeNoEvil graffiti art festival did in Bristol, UK. Big up the Lord Mayor of Bristol chillaxin’ with TATS Cru
Toshio Maeda Interview Part 3
This time we talk zombies, chikan, graffiti and a seemingly endless attempt to twist Toshio’s tentacle to come an paint with us…
David Sausage: Where did all the ghosts, monsters and creatures come from in your work?
Toshio: I don’t know, it just sort of came,,, you know of a monster or a creature,, maybe from older manga books or a miss(?)
David Sausage: Mist?
Toshio: Mist, how can I say? Actually, I don’t like depicting such creatures. It’s creepy or eerie, ghosts or spirits. It’s just a weird feeling Japanese get watching that kind of thing but zombies? Why Westerners are so afraid of such things?! It’s nothing! (zombie sound) moving slow! Just try to bite you err… That’s it.
INKFETISH: Adventure kids had a lot of Zombies,,, Zombie Nazis didn’t it?!
Toshio: Yeah yeah, so probably,,, I’m really afraid of myself, inside of me, because sometimes I don’t know who I am. That’s the most scary part. I’m just really scared with human beings. Sometimes I really scare the shit out my wife.
David Sausage: Have you ever wanted to try spraypainting?
Toshio: I haven’t done that.
David Sausage: Have you used airbrushes before?
Toshio: Yes. I used to do that.
David Sausage: It’s similar to that on a larger scale.
Toshio: So how could you have an image at the same time as creating a big picture? because it’s really hard to take a look right from a distance. Basically you are really close to the wall.
David Sausage: It’s in your mind. Already. Like the whole picture is there and you’re already standing back. I never think about it really. You just get a feel for the whole image.
INKFETISH: When I start I do a sketch. So I sketch first and then I usually stand back. Look at it. Then say “that needs to change, that bit needs to change..” come forward change a bit, stand back and look at it.
Toshio: Oh, I see.
David Sausage: I wonder if Toshio would like to paint with us?
INKFETISH: That’d be amazing wouldn’t it?!
Toshio: With spray?? I.. I think it’s impossible!
David Sausage: Ahh…
INKFETISH: it’d be interesting for you…
Toshio: It’s ah,,, how can I say (Arnie-type movie voice) not under my jurisdiction!
Toshio: How many colours available?
INKFETISH: err.. thousands. If I paint a wall I usually bring this bag and put like 20…25 cans in there.
Toshio: oh… Can you mix?
INKFETISH: You can mix but it’s very complicated. But you can also get shadow paint now so you can use paint to make it darker… It’s hard to explain.
Toshio: like white highlighting?
INKFETISH: Yeah kind of. Graffiti now is a multiple million dollar industry.
Toshio: you can be rich?
INKFETISH: You could become rich. Some people have made money from it because they’ve paint for like twenty years on the streets and then they start painting canvases and going to galleries.
When people buy their work, it’s not just the artwork they are buy because they know this person is famous for painting on the streets for twenty years so it makes their artwork more valuable.
Toshio: Hmmm hmmm
INKFETISH: because they have this notorious background.
Toshio: Do you think you are ahead of the game?
INKFETISH: No. I’m quite young so… Graffiti started in the 70’s
Toshio: So long ago?!
INKFETISH: Yeah, so it’s still a new artform because it’s still only thirty years old. Some people we call them like the oldskool, some of the oldskool writers are like ten years older than me… they’re thirty five… forty… But no I’m still quite young. I’m quite well known. I know most of the graffiti artists and they know who I am… Everybody knows each other and we paint together.
Toshio: that’s the thing. To be a painter of course you need an artistic sense but… On top of that you also need…
INKFETISH:… good can control. You know, technically good.
INKFETISH: Also, if you have done illegal graffiti you get more respect.
Toshio: Wow it’s quite risky!
INKFETISH: Yep… So if you do a train, if you paint a train those people are considered to be most popular.
Toshio: Its like the skating on a thin ice. Once you get busted you get in the trouble, right?
INKFETISH: Yeah. But they think it’s worth it because they get respect from the streets , their name becomes famous. If a graffiti artist gets his name in the papers then the media talk about him, but he actually likes it because it makes him more famous.
Toshio: Like the same line of joke. We are talking my friend and I and once,,, you know he got busted as a rapist and you know,,, the reputation is getting better as you know, the x-rated cartoonist…
Toshio: haha you know, obviously its a joke.
INKFETISH: y’know Ricky Gervais, he said at some award ceremony, he got into trouble for saying “being famous is easy these days, if you want to be famous go and kill a prostitute”
Toshio: ahh yeah.
INKFETISH: You know it’s true. If all you want is people to talk about you just go and do something bad.
David Sausage: Or go on twitter.
Toshio: You know we are always talking about the sexual pervert, on the train… and we get busted… Just like that. But it’s a no news because it’s explained… He’s an x-rated cartoonist
David Sausage: That’s a big problem in Japan these days isn’t it? Chikan. But these days women are accusing men who haven’t done anything.
Toshio: I don’t know what their purpose to do that is,,,, they just doing that…
David Sausage: Scary isn’t it? Especially if you’ve got a family.
INKFETISH: Or an important job.
Toshio: Some guys put both hands on the handrails now to show they are innocent, I’m not doing anything wrong.
David Sausage: Aha…it wasn’t me,,, that was just my tentacle coming out!
David Sausage: When did you start painting, INKFETISH?
INKFETISH: When I was about thirteen or fourteen, but only just tagging. I started painting more artistically when I was about nineteen or twenty.
David Sausage: Did you have somebody take you under their wing?
INKFETISH: I started painting with a lot of guys from London who were a lot older and they’d already done all the illegal stuff and they just wanted to chill out at the weekends and paint walls. Oldskool guys like Skire. Because I wasn’t up to their skill level I wanted to impress them. I’d seen their stuff in magazines for years I just wanted to be as good as those guys, you know what I mean? I think that gave me the pressure to develop my style quickly. I just watched how they painted you know, to see how they did it. I’m not the kind of person who’ll ask questions “How’d you do this?.. How’d you do that?..” I’d just stand there and quietly watch. But I don’t think graffiti is particularly difficult if you are an artist and you already draw or paint.
David Sausage: That’s what I was saying to Toshio. If you can already use an airbrush…
Toshio: It was thirty years ago I used to do that for the cover of a magazine.
INKFETISH: I’ve used airbrush before but you had to change each colour and clean it out each time, it’s too much labour. With spraypaint you can cover a huge wall in two or three hours. It dries very quickly two or three seconds later.
Toshio: Is that right?
David Sausage: Good paint will go on to ANYTHING brick, paper, glass, fabric,,, furniture things like that.
Toshio: So how do you get rid of that?
INKFETISH: With special, powerful chemical blasting sprays. They hire special graffiti removal teams.
Hello here’s Simon True of Heroin Skateboars and Dr. Dog painting Roland Rat, Kevin the Gerbil, Kevin Bacon (with breasts) sharing a Japanese onsen bath with Radovan Karadzic. Good day to you.
The competition has closed and Mother Goose has been summarily executed and laid to rest under a bonsai tree in the chottomatte Emperors garden may god have mercy on her soul. She was getting old you see.. Not quite the prize goose she was and in this industry there’s no room for sentiment… Time waits for no goose. And on that note we shall bring proceedings to a close.
Ladies and Gentlemen we have a WINNER!
His name is Cheo and as luck would have it he happens to be a dab hand at daubing his graffiti (see pictures above) We asked:
1) How do you feel to not only be part of Europe’s biggest ever graffiti jam, but also the winner of the *OFFICIAL* SeeNoEvil Golden Egg Hunt?!
I am over the moon! People like me don’t usually win things.
2) What was the highlight of the jam for you?
I think finishing my piece.
3) What is it about Bristol that makes such good graffiti artists?
It has to be something in the water…apart from the usual turds and rubber Jhonnys.
4) What’s next for Bristol – would you like to see this happening again?
See No Evil must be repeated it would be bloody stupid not to…huge success and positive vibes all round!
5) Who’s work did you enjoy seeing the most?
Smug’s portrait of Epok is super dope…that man has mental skills!
And finally… a little birdy tells me two eggs are still in place. #2 PARTY Egg and #4 MILK Egg. Which means #1 #5 and #6 are M.I.A…
Mother Goose has laid all her eggs… if you find an egg
C R A C K I T O P E N !!!
Then email to Mother Goose.
Cheo is in pole position but many of the remaining eggs are to be found in the after party tonight – it’s all to play for!!!
Look for the six golden eggs from Thursday
- Follow Mr. Bubba’s rappin rhymes riddles on twitter @beelziBUBBER and @david_sausage
- See if you can find the six golden eggs
- Send an email with your contact email address to the special address you find on the flag. If there’s no flag then crack the egg to find the email you need inside!
- The most prolific egg hunter wins a special Japan-only chottomatte goodie-prize bag presented by Bubba on Saturday
Where FEEK and Ice Cream be getting it on
You can talk to Mother Goose through the intercom correction *M.I.A.*
Goosey got the PARTY bug like bird influenza
If you can’t find the bog see the motion sensor!
Under the city’s DRAGON by da O.G. Pandas *FOUND!*
Mama Goosey dropped her load, climb to have a gander
If you go and find MILK at the top of the steps
She told MOTHER GOOSE she better know the LEDGE
She drops another load as ACER sinks ships
Look below the fresh pieces and through the rubbish
Where the wolf howls over @xnz moonlit canopy *found*
Goosey got brave and dropped her gold in a tree