An interview with BlahGraffiti // Saturday, 10 May 2014
Blah has been writing for almost 10 years painting his name all over Los Angeles repping crews such as HOF, CULT, and DMS. We recently got a chance to ask him a few question about his graffiti career and how he got started.
WY: How long have you been writing and what crews do you rep?
Blah: I been seriously writing since 2005. I rep VDS VanDalS crew HOF Hanging Over Freeway Hate Our Fame CULT Caught U Lookin Twice Coming Up Like Thugs OTR On The Run Only The Real DMS Demonstrating My Style Drugs Money Sexx.
WY: What got you interested in graffiti and who did you look up to coming up in the scene?
Blah: I got interested by the older guys I grew up with. I would hang out at BBQ and parties I would see family and friends hitting black books and doodling they're names and then I just started writing my name over and over until i realized I could write it everywhere. I looked up to all the writers I saw growing up from the early 2000 and up. I saw a lot of writers specialize in different aspect of graffiti and I give them all equal respect. I saw that there were bombers, taggers, sticker kids, scribers, bus mobbers, train writers and the guys that tried to do it all. I personally respected the city bomber more then any other category. As I have matured more in graffiti I respect everyone who does they're thing and takes pride in what they do. I have thought highly of a writer and when I met them in person I was disappointed with their character.
WY: Give a little history of OTR and what the crew means to you
Blah: OTR is one of LAs oldest and strongest crews I take so much pride to represent it. The history is on the walls it speaks for itself. Shout out to all the homies!
WY: Thoughts on the current LA graffiti scene?
Blah: LA graffiti is one of the hottest in the country if you can make it here you can do it anywhere. Just my opinion.
WY: Favorite type of surface to spray and favorite tool of the trade?
Blah: I love to paint anything that's virgin. I like to pop a spot off and be the first to hit it. I like to make a spot out of anything. Some people hold back and don't like to paint certain surfaces I'll paint it all. Favorite tool I would say for me is a scribe and paint. They're is never enough paint, bucket paint, spray paint, solid paint markers. Paint!
WY: Favorite city outside of LA to paint in?
Blah: Favorite city to paint outside of LA would have been Detroit so far. I met some cool dudes that showed me the city and when I went out there I was with some good friends. But nothing beats down town LA.
Interview and Photos by Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth of the Camera Eye.