For all that donít know please
introduce yourself and let the readers know a bit about your crew, i.e. what do
the initials in your crew name stand for and what are the areas you paint?
ZINC: I write Zinc , I'm not part of any crews. I write in Oxford mostly but also
occasionally Sheffield and London.
How old are you?
What was it that got you into graffiti and when do you think it was that you
would have started drawing on paper, maybe keeping a pad?
ZINC: When I use to get the train into Glasgow every morning when I lived there,
Loads of people had stuff up there, and sometimes you would see small train
pieces that they had just kept in the yard facing tracks. Chintz had stuff on
the tracks there too., alongside the E.R. crew I reckon they were a massive
influence to me because they were all city and deserved the respect they got.
What was it that got you onto the next level and actually throwing up on walls
ZINC: Getting hold of the small Plastikote cans that you could get for about 2
quid, hitting up on walls near my area, then I wanted to start doing pieces and
dubs etc.. When I realised such things existed.
When and where was your first piece? What was the feeling you got after putting
it up? Was it what you expected?
ZINC: I did my first piece at a ball court up north. Total disaster, blamed the
fact I used a mix of Hycote, Montana and Proline, drips galore. But even then no
style had developed. I was a toy!
So, by now you must have done a few pieces. Which one was your favourite piece?
Where was it and when would it have been done?
ZINC: Iíve done a few things Iíve liked, but unfortunately I do not have photos
of all my stuff. Which I regret now.
What has been your craziest or worst writing experience?
ZINC: Have not had any.
Are there any other crews or artists in your area who you know or whose tags you
see all over?
ZINC: In Oxford, there are a fair few people who are destroying the city with
there graf as much as they can, to name a few, big up: ZEPA, LEASH, CRAM, PINKA,
KENS, COIL Ė keep bombing it up.
What do you make of the whole stickering phenomenon? Do you think it is just
another way of getting over, or do you think it is a bit of a cop out?
ZINC: Stickering is good if your prepared to have a lot of the stickers you put up
ripped down and having to go out most nightsÖ One person I look up to when it
comes to stickers would have to be SOLO1. Heís done LOADS!
Why do you think that Graffiti artists are so demonised in the media? OK, you
have to admit what you are doing constitutes criminal damage, but often times
you are brightening things up and you arenít hurting anyone.
ZINC: Yes I think there are many aspects of graf that some people do not actually
realise, tagging can be the most important for some writers whereas pieces can
be equally important for others, I think its true that every writer starts of
tagging, and as they get older they do less and then going to pieces if there
still graffing at about 30 something.
Donít get me wrong thereís still people out there doing trains in there thirties
but I reckon thatís the age when you start slowing down on the amount of stuff
Whether youíre out for fame or not Graffiti is always gonna happen.
Similar to the stickering, what do you think of Etching? Is this connected to
graffiti in your eyes, or does it give more conventional spraycan artists a bad
ZINC: It depends, some people like Enzo, had at one point his tag scratched in
basically every northern line tube I got on! And you have to respect that, but
toys going onto trains with a sharp stone writing shit on the windows, looks
wack it wonít be long till we canít see tracksides out of local train windows.
So did you hear about Enzo having to go on the run after there was a major
campaign about him in London?
ZINC: Ye pretty fucked up.
What do you think of the zero tolerance policy many councils are now having on
graffiti, will this make your lives more difficult?
ZINC: Iím more of a piecer than bomber, but it is pissing off, when youíve done
something good and it lasts for only about a week, cos some fag has reported the
graffiti to the council. Whether itís a handstyle dub or throwup still equally
A good piece of graf can mean a lot to someone.
I ask everyone about politics, because I think it is important that we have
knowledge of what is going on. Do you have anything to say on that? Any issues
you think people need to open their eyes too?
ZINC: Stop the wars!?
If you could change something about society, what would it be and why?
ZINC: Iíd make more graffiti hall of fames, and lower the price of Montana in
Overall then, do you have an opinion on whether the graffiti scene is getting
better or worse? And why?
ZINC: I think itís getting better but my opinion should not count as Iíve not
been ďinĒ that long to make a reasonable answer on whether the graffiti scene is
good or bad.
Respect for that attitude. Would you consider doing legal pieces and getting
paid for your work? Sometimes artists who do this are frowned upon by the
ZINC: In the future yes if they approached me about it then yeh, but I wouldnít
ask people if they needed work done.
Are there more opportunities for legal work these days, or have those days gone
and in fact the council provided walls are coming down?
ZINC: It is good to be able to go and do pieces at hofís and to travel and visit
other cities but if people take advantage of graf on that wall or the area
around it the council will just take it down and dedicate some other wall.
Thatís what's happening here.
How do you feel about the connection to Hip Hop and Graffiti? Is Graffiti an
element of Hip Hop, or like so many graf artists do you think that Hip Hop over
the years has largely ignored graffiti and therefore disown the connection?
ZINC: They are definitely connected.
How do feel about the graffiti on the web? Do you have your own website?
ZINC: No, but there are plenty good sites out there which are worth cheeking out,
In General how do you view the Internet? Do you think it is a way for the small
man to have a voice, or are there too many idiots too willing to spout a load of
rubbish with no control over them?
ZINC: Itís good but not when people post bait stuff in guestbooks and beef forums
with their stainer recipes n shit, some of its actually really bait. People
should know better, and realise the police do log onto graf sites as much as
What do you think about the graf in other countries? Sometimes it seems like it
is a much bigger thing and is more accepted in foreign landsÖ
ZINC: Yeh Iíve heard Barcelona is great for graffiti, also Stockholm Paris etc..
In the future I want to go there.
Where do you get your paint? Do you keep it real and rack that as well, or do
you buy it?
ZINC: Montana and Belton from the various places it is available in London. I do
not buy from Graphotism.
Do you have a favourite brand or colour? Belton seems to be popular, but then
maybe there is a cheap Halfords can thatíll do the same job?
ZINC: Pistachio green Montana!
Do you have any tips or techniques you want to pass on, like how to get even
coverage, or avoid drips?
ZINC: Iím the one that needs the tips and techniques!!
Have you planned out your next piece, and if so what is it going to be?
ZINC: Canít say.
What is going to be keeping you busy over the next few months?
Which writers and/or artists most inspire you?
ZINC: I would say I am most inspired by OKER and AKT. Also the TFW crew. Itís
What do dislike about the graf scene?
ZINC: The haters. And jealousy, why bother?
Is there anything else you would like to add or mention?
ZINC: Peace to all the people I have painted with and Writers I have met, I have
learnt a lot of shit from loads of people and Itís helped me loads.