I’m born in August 1975. I’ve been painting graffiti since 1989, although the love for this artform was born a bit earlier in the 1980’s. I mainly paint traditional graffiti. Which, at least for me, means clear and readable letters following the mid 1980’s NYC style with a strong scandinavian twist. Naturally I’ll paint characters and landscapes too, if and when needed. But letters are my love, have been for 27 years.
In addition to regular spray paint I like to use markers and acrylic paints as well, especially when painting something in smaller scale. I’m 100% self taught artist.
I draw inspiration from heavier music and dark, humorous comics of Frank Miller and Mike Mignola or 2000 AD comics like Judge Dredd.
I have been involved in many graffiti events and commercial productions since 1995. My paintings have been visible at 2013 URB-event arranged by Kiasma museum as well as in many street art events by Youth Center of Helsinki. I participated in “Our Street exhibition” which took place at Vantaa Art Museum from the late 2014 to early 2015. And I belong to artist collective Raw Deal and am also a member of Artist’s Association MUU.
From the fall of 2014 to early summer of 2016 me and my wife ran together Leiskuva Inc, a company which focused mainly on graffiti courses, workshops and commission paintings. From mid-2016 I’ve been a freelancer, focusing 100% on letter based graffiti.
HellRaisers Crew, the Book
Somewhere around 2013 me and my crew mate Rosk started working with a book about our crew and it’s history and how it relates to both the history of our home town Espoo but as well our personal lives. The book was supposed to be ready by 2015, for the 25th anniversary of our crew, HRC. But it took a bit more time, because we wanted to give our 110% to it. The book hit the shelves in September 2016. It is written in finnish and has 100 pages, full color, I might add. If you’re interested, it can be ordered thru this link: book.hrc.fi.
For a six month period starting in January 2017 I worked with an artist grant provided by Arts Promotion Center of Finland. During this time I focus all my energy in creating material for two exhibitions as well as 2-3 larger scale murals around Finland. I think I’m the first graffiti artist in Finland who’s so far had the honour of creating graffiti and graffiti related material supported by an art grant from Finnish government.
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