Conversation with Bates Danish Graffiti Artist
Your story with Doodle? What does graffiti mean to you?
I liked hip-hop culture very much when I was young, and then I saw graffiti on the street, so I started to try to leave my Tag on the streets of the community. This was also the opportunity for me to start everything. Graffiti is my passion, part of my cultural identity, part of my work life, and the meaning of my travel. In these 35 years, I have also been growing, especially in fonts. Now the quality of graffiti tools is constantly improving. When you keep practicing, your skills will naturally improve, and you will become more and more confident when writing.
Graffiti is my passion, a part of my cultural identity, and the meaning of my travel.
The evolution of graffiti culture in Denmark?
In the 1980s, hip-hop culture was introduced to Denmark, and then graffiti was part of it, and some related books and movies also began to be introduced. We had a youth cultural club at the time, which held various parties on weekends. It was also there that I met many like-minded friends, and the new generation faced a completely different scene.
What changes has social media brought to graffiti culture?
Today's young people can obtain a lot of information through the Internet, but there are good and bad, some pure things will be lost in this information explosion. But I personally like to communicate with my audience through this platform. When we were young, there was no such opportunity. For young people who are just starting to do graffiti, being able to communicate with and get answers from artists they admire is a great motivation for them to move forward.
For those young people who are just starting to do graffiti, being able to communicate with admired artists is very inspiring to move forward.
How to view the connection between street art and street clothing?
When I was young, I stayed in several Danish streetwear shops. I even tried to create my own streetwear brand, but it proved to be a difficult task. From design to production to experience, it takes a lot of work. The investment of energy and funds also requires meeting the right people and good opportunities. Now I still produce some of my own peripheral products, which is also part of the community culture.
In what direction do you think graffiti culture will develop in the next few years?
I think the development of technology will affect the graffiti culture to a large extent. A few days ago, I saw that someone could use drone operations to draw graffiti. Of course, even though graffiti is more accepted in the field of traditional art, it is still an underground culture in the final analysis.
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