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|Interview with the editor
- Dize is in the most famous crews in France,
as GT, UV, TPK: how he has influenced his crew members
Dize belongs to a lot of different crews from Paris and
his suburb due to the fact he always painted with different
people. The crew he created is VMD in the mid-nineties.
The activity of UV and TPK crews is mostly based on vandal
graffiti, bombing, and panting trains. This reflect perhaps
the"dark side" of Dize graffiti. On a other
side Dize entered the GT crew in 2001. He found in Gt
an extroardinary source of inspiration cause they were
practicing the kind of letters he was interessed in, classical
but with modern shapes. The guys from Gt also get some
inspiration from him.
- In the book Dize says:"Graffiti is free, like MP3
to download... help yourselves". Do you think this
is the reason one of the main reasons of the graffiti
Not necessary. Graffiti is a leisure, a passion or a just
game for kids it depends on how you practice it. Graffiti
is just a new way of expression which mix the liberty
of the drawing, the sport and the competition with the
other. I think that one of the most important reason of
graffiti phenomenon growing is the search of recognition
in our societies. (look the development of reality-show
- What should be the right
adjective for Dize's production?
Eclectism should be the right adjective, but you can also
speak of spontaneaous and energetic.
The book presents a lot of years of graffiti: how did
you choose the way of putting it together?
The book is build on three different parts: the first
one is an historic which speak about his first years of
graffiti in the early 90's to 2000. Some pictures are
here to illustrate the text. The second part of the book
present a panel of his productions from 00 to 04. We choose
to focus on this period cause it was the most interesting
with a lot of quality pieces. Our intention was not to
make a biography like "Dize, his life, his complete
works" but to show the best of his work on a certain
period; Dize is young and a long course is waiting him;
that's why we didn't want to do a book about his all graffiti
carrier, it's just not the time for that. The last part
is about his paper works; sketches, drawings, the way
he build his lettrers.
The most difficult things was to choose the pieces. The
one we wanted to bring to the front and the one we had
to put away. I thing that the production part( his walls
between 00 and 04 )represent only the half or the 1/3
of his work on those years. Dize have a very important
production and never stop to paint or to draw.
- How important is, in your opinion, the media
role for the graffiti society? How do you think books
and mags help to make it growing?
Media have benefic and also bad . First example, one of
the cause of the explosion of graffiti in the world is
because the teenagers of the eigthies found "Subway
art” in their bookstore.
Magazine and books are also a way to know what's going
on in other places. In the other hand too much media,
too much explication kill the magic thing in graffiti.
Graffiti was like a secret world which was understood
only by a few people. The pictures were something very
rare and every graffiti was look with a great deference.
Too much pictures, too much informations are not always
positiv and we can see it easily today when we are force
to establish that in general, the graffiti level is not
going up since is begining. And you can ask every graffiti
writer in the the world nothing's better that a whole
car by SEEN from the early 80's. The best and interesting
thing about books is to keep a trace of an ephemeral art.
Like we say in latin "Verba volant, scripta manent”.