World Bench: So what do you write and why do you write it?
Dark FST: I write Dark , FSTK ! Nobody else can write it worth a shit , so why not .
World Bench: What crews do you rep and where are you from?
Dark FST: I’m out of Louisville Kentucky , and rep Family Stays True Krew .
World Bench: What’s behind the crew?
Dark FST: Just a lot of good friends/talent under one roof . We are all on the same page . We have had members pussy out of battles and others just do some absolute stupid and un-called for shit , ?I understand sometimes ones life chooses a different path . On that note you’re out ….. if you are not a good asset for the Krew , holla ! We’re about being top notch Professional Vandalizers , we’re down to get along with whoever and just get up and over ! We want to keep things tight knit , we are the total opposite of a loose krew !
World Bench: How long have you been writing?
Dark FST: I have been writing since 1996 , but not until 1998 , I went with the name Dark .
World Bench: What’s the story about getting into graff?
Dark FST: Similar to everyone else really , just fell into my lap . Seeing Graff in the backgrounds of movies like Wild Style ,Beat Street , Breakin the Electric Boogaloo , Style Wars . Just started sketching and taking cheap cans out of the garage , that my Dad had gotten for lawn stuff . Lots of hunter green , cherry red , red oxide primer , and gloss white and black . The good Ol days …
World Bench: Who were and are your influences?
Dark FST: My influences when I started we’re my older buddy Zak that wrote Sek , He introduced me to a lot of different techniques . Shit that mother fuckers still don’t know about . Also Pako,Quest that went on to write Audrok , Rex2 , Jeka , these were all writers from Tennessee . Also down there I remember seeing some Beno tags that blew my mind and some O.G. Tacks stuff ! Nowadays ….. Can2 , Heist RIP , Denz , Skrew , ?I think Bates is the best writer in the World hands down , and Ether is one bad Mother Fucker . Dare was and is the Shit ! Dues and Akae FSTK ! They have really pushed me the last two years ! Hier from L.A. comes out every so often and We’ll get it in !
World Bench: What would you call your style?
Dark FST: I would like to call it …. or think of it as just good Graff ! Sometimes I would call it fast …. the way I lean with it and rock with it , you know putting them letters on gangster lean !
World Bench: Any Favorite Color Combo’s?
Dark FST: Color combos …… ummmm , it doesn’t get any better than an Harbor Blue fill and a Sunrise Red outlined throw-up ! On pieces you can never fail with a lot of light greens and a Navy outline , Electric Blue in the 3-D , and a bangin Pink for the Force Field ! That shits classic .
World Bench: Now I see alot of your trains when I bench, Are you primarily a freight junky or what’s up?
Dark FST: Yeh I love freights , not really a junky tho , they are there so I paint them . I couldn’t tell you all the names/numbers and recite all the company’s and what not . I think that falls into the junky guide lines . Pieces look awesome on them , and they very seldom get buffed . Especially Auto-Racks , so I gotta grip just chillen , riding around . They have seen a lot more of the country side than I have ! Sometimes I wish there was no such thing ! Tons of writers only paint freights , if they went extinct I think that would separate the men from the boys ! I got freight homies , that I can not get to go out and get a street shot . Shits wack …… yeh , ‘ whats up with dudes that just do freights and legal walls ? That’s a whole scene ! Whens the last time you seen $%&* up in the streets …….. lol !
World Bench: I heard some shit went down at Scribble Jam 08, anything you want to say about it, or any thoughts in hindsight?
Dark FST: Yeh basically ….. some shit went down , pretty petty . And now because of me and others the event has been cancelled . Oh well , I’m getting to where I don’t like events . Think about it , would you go to the yard with 200 writers you have never met ? Proll not .
World Bench: What do you plan to do with this graffiti career you have?
Dark FST: Just keep going , and making moves and progressing , I think I can be capable of painting some of the best pieces out there . I’m about to start taking my pieces to a different level . Probably not just graff alone , but with art/graff I can see myself making a living in a few years from now , its all word of mouth . Shits been going really good since 2008 . I have done a few tattoos also , I just need to find extra time to try to new things . Rod Stewart says in a song ” Life is so brief ” and ” Time is a thief ” ……… that shits true !
World Bench: Any regrets related to Graffiti?
Dark FST: Yes , I just started wearing a mask/respirator about two months ago . Other than that …… wish I could’ve squeezed in a few more pieces and throw ups !
World Bench: Any shout outs?
Dark FST: Shout out to you for the interview for sho , good lookin ! FST KLICK ?blup blup blup , Ether your a monster ! And the finishing touches on all my pieces – ?Bella and Lazer , you guys complete me ! King Heist we miss you bro !
World Bench: Any last words?
Dark FST: Peep Game at ? WWW.DARKWASHERE.COM around the clock updates and news feed . Thanks again – I’m out ?- D’
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World Bench: What do you write and where are you from?
Sege One: SEGE, and I’m from Chicago
World Bench: What crews do you rep?
Sege One: I don’t represent crews too much these days, but RGS, CYA, UE MF, and UAC will always have a place in my heart.
World Bench: How is the Chicago Buff now a days and how has it affected you?
Sege One: The buff here is awful, and all one can do is think of creative ways of getting up & staying up.
World Bench: When did you start writing and what got you into it?
Sege One: -I started writing graffiti around 1993. Initially, it was gang graffiti that caught my eye. I then started to notice other graffiti around my neighborhood and on the train lines. This other graffiti had more style, color, meaning, and everything else gang graffiti didn’t. Needless to say this is what got me into it writing.
World Bench: Any inspirations or influences past or present?
Sege One: Ages DTE, East TAC, Antck THC, and tons of other writers.
Sege One: I can’t say there’s one definite moment that stands out. Although, I can remember a time when I had no pending cases after fighting the courts for what seemed to be a lifetime. Sad but true…
Sege One: What got me into this was the buff in Chicago. “Street-Art” is a great way to have pieces stay up longer than standard graffiti on a rooftop along the train line. I think people appreciate street-art more than graffiti, so it’s left alone more times than not. Plus, it helps reach a different demographic that would never look twice at my graffiti.
World Bench: Any shout outs and last words?
Sege One: You all know who you are. Rest In Peace, Dept CYA… Have a nice life Mayor Daley …
World Bench: So What do you write, Where you from, and what do you rep?
Phoner WTC: I go by the name PHONR, I represent the crews WTC, meanwhile known as THE WASTEDS, and TCS. I’ve been living most of my life in Vienna, capital of Austria, and painted almost all of my stuff in this city.
World Bench: How’d you get into writing?
Phoner WTC: I started doing graffiti around the millennium, when graffiti had become very popular in middle europe, especially germany. The first influences where magazines and tapes from germany, france and eastern europe. Vienna until that day never had a big scene, neither in graffiti or hiphop in general, so the community was kind of self contained and hard to access. It was in the year 2006 when the guys from the WTC asked me to join the crew, which definitely made the biggest part of my progress as an graffiti artist possible.
Although i try to develop independent styles, i can’t neglect my first influences, those would be the whole Los Angeles-Scene and the Rhein-Main-Area in Germany. Today, i really like what’s going on in Australia, the scene over there really got to a high level.
World Bench: Any shout outs?
Phoner WTC: Last, love to my crew, ENSR, SECONE, JEWEL, LENONE, BUSTER, SOME, KOER. peace
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