Poi Poi Poi !!!

Very One CMK

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Good day Great Britain and Japan.
There now follows an article in which I, David Sausage, will articulate to you, the Internet sufferer, my account of Osaka graffiti writer VERY.

I first met Mr. VERY in Busan, Korea, just South of Manchuria in the year 2003. Typical really since he’s always in one time and place or another, or somewhere else completely you wasn’t expecting. I’d been painting with the WONTAK crew locals Basara and the charming JIAL for a few months and they were pretty excited about this Very chap who would soon pay them a visit. Couldn’t see what all the hubbub was about. Yet when the locals piped down they showed me photos from the venerable young Mr. Very’s portfolio. Language certainly isn’t a barrier for this chap. A natural writer, swordsman and explorer par excellence. Quite the graffiti hero – his nom de plume “VERY” scrawled variously, vigourously, internationally with vim and gusto.

In the crumbliest, flakiest, most chocolatey of opinions of your humble writer, if there’s one role-model young Japanese writers should be aspiring toward today it is this stout fellow: VERY-san of Cream Monks Crew, hailing from Osaka, Japan.

Upon my setting of broad foot on these foreign shores, I made my wayward in the uppermost haste hasterness toward the humble abode of said gentleman residing in his Osaka mansion, on foot,, with my trusty translator Seiji,,, like a very proper British TWONK!

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1) How did you start writing graffiti?

I started writing from the day I saw the movie WILD STYLE in 1996.

2) How did you find VERY as a tag name?

It was a nick name from Junior High school but I don’t really want to talk about the details.

3) How would you describe Japanese graffiti style, it seems related to L.A. style but what makes it unique?

I love the scene in Osaka because of its unique style and individuality. I don’t really think Osaka graffiti style is an LA style as such.

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4) You have traveled a lot, where have you been and painted? and what was the best place?

South Korea (Seoul,Pusan), China (Shang Hai),Thailand (Bangkok), Philippines (Manila), Indonesia(Bali,Jakarta,Bandun), U.S. (LA,Long Beach, San Diego, SF, Seatle, Chicago, Indianapolis, NY), Canada (Vancouver, Montreal), Czech Republic (Prague, Buruno), Slovakia (Bratislava), Hungary (Budapest), Austria (Vienna). There are so many places so that’s the reason in a way I don’t really have a best or favourite.

5) Does an “Asian style” of graffiti exist? What makes graffiti in Asian countries different to the other countries you have visited?

The culture of graffiti has only just started in Asia but already, at the same time it is getting so big. There are so many young and rad artists out there. Their style is fresh too.

Having said that the scene in Japan should be more active.

6) You practice with Katana swords. Do you have a picture?

農州住兼正四方詰作!!
NOSHUSUMIKENNSIHOYUISAKU!
(Mr. Very’s sword name perhaps?!) Look here!

7) What’s your advice to young Japanese writers?

My advice to young Japanese writers? There are many fresh graffiti writers throughout Asia so it might be interesting if you just go out and connect with the freshest artists in Asia. If not, we’re all going to miss out.

8 ) Shout outs to…? (Dedications)

There are too many to thank. I always gets support from many others. Thanks to all of you.

9) When did you start your interest in Drum and Bass as a DJ?

I used to do Hip Hop as a DJ but then I found Drum and Bass in around ’98 and then I started playing that around that time. After that I have been playing and addicted to Dub Step since I first heard it in 2006.

Thank you VERY.

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Very 日本語

1. どうしてグラフィティをはじめたのですか?

映画WILD STYLEを観た日に始めました、1996年。

2. Veryのタグネームの由来を教えてください。

中学校時代のあだ名です、細かくは言いたくありません。

3. 日本のグラフィテについてどう思われますか?若干LAスタイルにも類似していると思いますが、どこがユニークなのでしょう?

大阪は個性的で面白いよ。LAみたいなスタイルも少ないと思う。

4. ベリーさんはよく旅行に行かれるということですが、行き先とボムした場所を教えてください。そしてどこの国がベストでしたか?

韓国(ソウル、プサン)中国(上海)タイ(バンコク)フィリピン(マニラ)インドネシア(バリ、ジャカルタ、バンドゥン)アメリカ(ロサンゼルス、ロングビーチ、サンディエゴ、サンフランシスコ、シアトル、シカゴ、インディアナポリス、ニューヨーク)カナダ(バンクーバー、モントリオール)チェコ(プラハ、ブルノ)スロバキア(ブラチスラバ)ハンガリー(ブダペスト)オーストリア(ウィーン)など。
アメリカの貨物列車に書くのが好きかな、中々消さないし、列車が色んな場所を旅するから。
場所それぞれ良さがあるから、何所がベストか分からない。

5. ”アジアンスタイル”のグラフィティというのは存在すると思いますか?アジアのグラフィティは旅先でのものと、どこが違うと感じますか?

アジアはグラフィティーの文化が始まったのが最近だけど、今急激に盛り上がってて、若くて上手いライターが多い。スタイルも良いね。
アジアの可能性は大きいと思うよ

逆に日本は最近盛り上がりに欠けるから、ちょっと頑張らないといけないと思う。

6. 刀写真ください!

農州住兼正四方詰作!!

7. 若きグラフライター達に何かアドバイスはありますか?

アジアに凄いのがいっぱいいるから繋がってみると面白いかも。頑張らないと負けてしまうよ。

8. 感謝したい作家達は・・・Shout out to・・・みたいな。

書ききれない、いつも色んなライターに世話になってる。みんなありがとう。

9. どうしてJungle, Dub Step Drum and Bassもはじめたのですか?

元々ヒップホップのDJをしてた、98年頃DRUM N BASSに衝撃を受けてそれからしばらくDRUM N BASSを回してた。
06年にDUB STEPに出会ってからはそれに夢中やね

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Thank you VERY. Poi Poi Poi!

All photos copyright Veryone
from his Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/veryoner/


Magnet Interview

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David Sausage: Sooo ….

Magnet: Hiiiiiii!

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?

Magnet: Yeah.

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…

Laughing

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…

(Both laughing)

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.
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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?!

Laughter

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

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Toshio Maeda Interview Part 3

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…

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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.

(Laughter)

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!

Laughter

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.

Toshio: ahh

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…

(silence)

David Sausage:….HahahaHaHAHa

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

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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!

Toshio: haHaAAHAHAAA!

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.

Toshio: Hmmm

Toshio’s site is here http://www.urotsukidoji.jp/

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Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

Interview Part 3

Interview Part 4


Simon True and Dr. Dog in Ex Park Chiba

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.

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We have a winner!

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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!

Check out Cheos work and many many many others at the See No Evil site here http://www.seenoevilbristol.co.uk/
and Flickr group here http://www.flickr.com/groups/see_no_evil/

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…


Cracker

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!!!

Good Luck!


Chotto Matte Egg Hunt in Nelson Street Ends Today!

Look for the six golden eggs from Thursday

  1. Follow Mr. Bubba’s rappin rhymes riddles on twitter @beelziBUBBER and @david_sausage
  2. See if you can find the six golden eggs
  3. 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!
  4. The most prolific egg hunter wins a special Japan-only chottomatte goodie-prize bag presented by Bubba on Saturday

Egg #1

Where FEEK and Ice Cream be getting it on
You can talk to Mother Goose through the intercom correction *M.I.A.*

Egg #2

Goosey got the PARTY bug like bird influenza
If you can’t find the bog see the motion sensor!

Egg #3

Under the city’s DRAGON by da O.G. Pandas
Mama Goosey dropped her load, climb to have a gander
*FOUND!*

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Egg #4

If you go and find MILK at the top of the steps
She told MOTHER GOOSE she better know the LEDGE

Egg #5

She drops another load as ACER sinks ships
Look below the fresh pieces and through the rubbish

Egg #6

Where the wolf howls over @xnz moonlit canopy
Goosey got brave and dropped her gold in a tree
*found*

Good luck!!!