EON75 INTERVIEW

Hello Max. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us here at MTN.  It’s been a while since we painted together at MOS Wiesbaden, Germany back in 2008. That seems like ages ago. So, I would like to know what has been going down in the realm of EON75 since then? Its crazy how fast time fly’s in life. Lots of interesting walls have been painted since that MOS. Was able to travel a bit, but not as much as I would like, for painting.  Also have started working with a lot more videographers in regards to our walls. Seems like the thing now a days to have a nice video to compliment each wall. Sort of a way of telling a story about your production. It’s a pretty cool added element to any mural. Ive also been playing around in my studio with a lot of challenging mediums, watercolor, paint pens, ink, acrylic and some failed sculptures…hahaha Keepin’ our ear to the street, word has it you’ve been mad busy doing your thing. But firstly, for those down under who may not have heard of you. Tell us what city/country you represent, how long you’ve been in the game for now and what got you into the graff game in the first place? I currently live on a strange hippie/hipster automatic island in California called San Francisco. I say island because San Francisco is a strange anomaly compared to the rest of California, and is cold 12 months out of the year. Much to my dismay. Ive painted for about 17 years now since 95 I think?? I got hooked by this drug called graffiti in Gainesville Florida where I was going to school at the time for Architecture. There was a nice big wall by my house that anybody could paint on and lots of crews from Miami , Jacksonville and Tampa would roll through and paint pieces all the time. Then one summer, Daim and Kane7 (Seemso) did a memorial mural that took up the whole length of the wall of fame. Its was grand in its design. Layout, concept and execution.  To this day I still think the Daim piece was one of the cleanest and best I’ve seen and this was in 94. So that blew me away and I thought, “damn that’s a cool medium to work in”. So I went to my local hardware store bought some paint, went to the wall the next day and did piece under the name “Quad” and have been addicted ever since. How did the name EON 75 come about? Is there a specific meaning behind it? I’ve written a ton of names in my years. I was writing Eace for a while and then I started morphing my letters in a more organic fashion or style. Then one of my friends told me that it looks like “Extermination Of Normality” when I paint. So I shorten it to Eon… I later found out that there is an old school Eon from the Bronx back in 79. So I added the addition of 75 to designate my birthday and to give a little respect to the old school. Gotta do ones research. What crews are you down with? WCF in San Francisco, HBT in florida and TEAM ALOSTA in Belgium. Alosta is a nice big family. Tell the peeps what WCF stands For? Like all crews the letters can stand for a ton of things...But WCF is WEST COAST FUNK What about HBT? HAZARDOUS BATTLE TACTICS Team Alosta huh? Can you tell us more about that crew? Alosta is a crew based out of belgium and boasts a team of high powered hitters. Waf from Alosta put me down in the crew back in 08 when I went on a painting trip through Europe. There are about 8 members and each with a unique amazing style or talent. I am really proud to be able to paint with these guys. So, full international stylo? That’s seems to occur more and more these days with easier hook-up over the internet. Doesn’t it? Sure does, the internet seems to have changed everything. I met Waf through Center who is in HBT, so it was more of an organic circumstance as opposed to the interwebs. How do you feel the internet has affected the Graff scene? Do you think it has been positive or negative? Its been positive in the fact that now you can see what people are doing the moment they create it. Ive been drawn more to Instagram in the past year, because of the availability to see what the artist is doing right at that moment. Its a brave new world for sure. You have a distinct style, an organic style, I’d call it… What do you call it? I simply call it Organic Funk Love. Or the Mad Space Cricket. Every time I paint a wall an urbanite will walk by and say, “What the heck it that?” And its hard for people to understand that sometimes a painting is just an abstract image, and can be open to interpretation or imagination. So one day I was painting in a very, lets just say, colorful part of san Francisco and a man on a three day crack bender asked me “what the hella I was painting?” and as I began to explain my ideas and concept he just blurted out “Looks like a space cricket” So now my go-to answer to people is “it’s a Space Cricket”. Seems to pacify people for the most part. What influenced your style or how did it come about?  Was this something, which developed over time, or were you always painting like this? The style has been a constant development over years and years of painting. I first started painting a typical wildstyle and then it morphed into a blocky 3D style. As I started to elongate and twist the form it just became more and more fluid. Now I study a lot of natural elements, leaf structure, sea life, plankton etc. Through finding the harmonies and rules of nature, only then can you break these rules and create your own aesthetic or harmony. My goal is to create my own organic structure that is alien to our planet but home in the stars. What do you think makes a good piece/production? Harmony, balance, negative space, flow, color theory and communication with your partners in crime. Do you prefer Quality or quantity? Rather have Quality over Quantity, any day. Is preparing for a wall, sketching and planning important to you? Or do you prefer free-styling it? If it’s a paid job I typically plan it out as much as possible. This means working in photoshop and taking a look at the color matching of the cans. But typically on walls I will just freestyle. I don’t sketch that much because what I put down on paper is frustrating when I’m unable to make the color shading look like my walls. So for me the walls I do are all freestyle sketch sessions. You have painted with the likes of CHOR BOOGIE & BANKSY and done work for big companies like CHEVY and REDBULL.  What motivates you to get out there, paint and be creative? I think for all of us that love painting in this medium it’s just the constant push to develop ones style and keep elevating.  Being creative is like the air to my soul. With out it, I would be dead inside…. too deep??? Ahhaha What do you hope to achieve from painting graffiti? I would love to travel more and paint in as many cities as possible. I lived in Berlin for three years and loved the rush of stepping off the train in a new city with a bag full of cans. But ideally, I’d love to be able to make a living off my art and find a happy place for my lady and me. Do you think the graffiti scene has changed much since you started painting? Oh for sure. Its become much more technical and it seems like any kid in art school wants to pick up a can and be a writer. But its good because the art form keeps changing and evolving. So it’s great to see some of these beautiful murals being painted all over the world. Being from SF, what are your thoughts on the crossing over of graffiti and street art? Here in SF, it’s kind of turned into a buzzword with galleries and media. Its cool in the sense that it has given us more opportunities but im sure the old school writers look at this new genre of “graffiti” as a bit silly.  When they were painting in the train yards on any given Sunday back in the 70’s they never would have thought it would have come to this. What about graffiti in galleries? Pretty common question. You know that’s a tough one. Because it doesn’t really belong in galleries but yet that’s one way I make my living is off canvas sales. I feel confined when I paint on canvas with spray paint. I want a nice big wall to express myself and I view that wall as my gallery space. But since the art form has gone mainstream, galleries want to tap into this market and most artists want to see their creations hanging on a wall.  Typically, when I show in a gallery I try and present totally different work then my walls. Or combine mediums to show a little versatility. One of the most amazing art shows I was in last year was called “Special Delivery” in Berkley. And what it was was an abandoned 3-story building that I painted with 80 other graff artists from the bay. So the building was covered in graff. Opening night saw 6000 people in attendance and every level had hip hop and electro. Lots of breakers and lots of great art. Of course no art was sold. But for me, this is the way a gallery show of graffiti should be presented, in its true raw state. You have travelled quite a bit? Which is your favourite place you have painted? Probably my two favourite places are Amsterdam and Barcelona. Barcelona back in the day was a graff writer’s paradise. Beach, walls, clubs, food and an amazing city. What more could you want in life. What are your thoughts on the graff scene around the globe today? Do you feel one specific scene is banging more than another? Which? Graff scene around the globe is pretty amazing right now and it’s at a beautiful point in its growth.  I don’t think one country is any better than the next. Just everybody doing their own thing and putting out an amazing amount of quality work. I like little aspects of each country. What about least favourite place to paint? Why? Any day im above ground and painting is a good day so I don’t really have a least favorite. I mean I’ve painted in the freezing cold of berlin or in the most cracked out part of SF but im still painting and that makes me happy. Which current writers impress you? Always guys like Waf, Nychos, Askew, Sofles, Mode2, Daim and Seak just to name a few. But other euro cats like Steve Locatelli or Fuck1 as he used to be called are always pushing the art form. The Ghetto Faucer crew in France are beasts with their style and techniques. What do you think about Montana Colors products? Do you prefer Hardcore or those vanilla scented 94’s? Hahaha vanilla scented…mmhh smells like heaven. I will use any can that achieves what I'm trying to get out of the product. I love the 94s, but use a bit of all the MTN lines. Love the caps on the 94s though. Tell us about the projects you are currently working on. Any up coming projects/exhibitions/productions for 2013, you can tell us about? I currently have a couple big solo walls that im going to do here in SF. Hoping to maybe travel a bit in the next year and meet some new people and paint. Looks like three art shows in the next 6 months so I need to get busy and start working on a few new ideas. But yeah, just keep chasing the dream in 2013. Can you give any details about these upcoming shows in the next 6 months?  No details Because they are not finalized and we all know how that goes.. If you could fly anywhere and paint with anyone, where would it be and with who? That’s a tough one because I would love to go everywhere. I think top on my list is Australia/ New Zealand for sure. Great styles being developed in both countries. So if anybody can help make that happen please help!!! Also I would love to go to Brazil and paint, and my dream is to paint in Cuba before a Sarbucks opens and it loses its innocence. And there really isn't one person that id like to paint with. Anytime Im at a wall with friends, life is good. All right… to the less serious questions:  As a young lad, what did you want to be when you grew up? A pro soccer player If you weren’t doing graffiti, what do you think, you would be doing now for a living? Architecture Do your parents approve of your career choice? Yes fully, they are amazing and supportive Favourite food? Everything but Fish. What’s bumping in your car or on your ipod at the moment.? Exakt vs Shade.  And Living Legends Best kicks/sneakers? Vans that I painted Who’s your favourite team? Barcelona!!!! Singer or group you hate the most? Oh god any American pop crap that’s on the radio And last but not least, if you could give a young writer some advice…what would it be? Sketch as much as possible and get a style down before you go crushing a city, and that is true of a hand style and bombing. I used to practice on a sheet of plywood everyday. And if it’s your passion, do it everyday. Thanks so much for the interview, Eon. Much love and respect! Shout outs: Thanks Mr Syko for the time and interview. Greatly appreciated. Much love to my wonderful parents and family. My graffiti family at HBT AND TEAM ALOSTA, K2, Satyr, Jae54, Ernest Doty, Griffin my San Francisco homies. And to my wonderful and beautiful Girl…Peace Eon75!!!!!!!    

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