What‚Äôs your name and where do you come from?
I won‚Äôt tell you my real name but I write ABYSS and I‚Äôm from the K-Line in Stockholm, Sweden.
How long have you been painting and how did you get in to it?
I started to take pictures off graffiti and sketch as early as -89 but I didn‚Äôt do my first piece until -96. My best friend in school‚Äôs older brother was a famous train writer at the time and he made us really curious about this fantastic and mysterious subculture.
Your recent stuff is really nice, I think you have a really original style as well as having sick letters. Do you think people are putting enough effort in to there letter forms these days or that the focus has shifted to painting techniques?
Thank you. I definitely think that too many people are focusing only on technique and effects. That makes their paintings completely meaningless and boring. For me the shape of the letter has always come first. You can have perfect technique and make 1000 of effects to hide your style but I will not turn my head if the letters aren‚Äôt dope. People should care more about style in general.
Your backgrounds and characters are crazy, especially the more cartoony stuff, where does this stuff come from!?
Well, I got different influences. Sometimes I just bite a character from books with old advertisements or from a comic book. But foremost i just freestyle them. It‚Äôs often girls with weapons or some kind of robots.
What‚Äôs the scene like in Sweden?
It feels pretty small compared to eg Germany. But given how few we are in this country, I think that we have succeeded in producing some very amazing and famous writers.
Right now there is a few really good writers and and a terrible amount of bad. There are no legal walls in Stockholm and a lot of guards, so if you want to paint undisturbed you have to find rather hidden places.
Tell me about your crew PUBB.¬†There seems to be lots of nice stuff coming from you guys!
That is correct. PUBB CREW consists of about 10 friends of which about half are currently active. The main focus since its inception 10 years ago has been to drink beer, smoke weed, burn walls and at the same time having a really good time!
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