I’m born in August 1975. I’ve started with graffiti around 1989-1990, although the love for it was born a bit earlier in the 1980’s. Between 2002 to 2009 I mainly focused on graphic design and illustrating and did only a handful of actual graffiti paintings. During 2010 I started to get back in the game. I mainly paint traditional or classic 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 29 years.
In addition to regular spray paint I like to use other tools as well, mainly markers and acrylic paints, especially when painting something in smaller scale. So far I’m 100% self taught artist.
I draw inspiration from heavier music (as in thrash and death metal), have done so every since I started painting graffiti.
Events and public work
I’ve been involved in many graffiti events and commercial productions since 1995. Most recent event in Finland was Lux Helsinki ’18, large light art festival held in the middle of Helsinki. I was part of a group who painted graffities with neon spraypaint, and the paintings were on display in the middle of Helsinki and lit by UV-light. I also had the honour to be part of the International Meeting of Styles events in Copenhagen (2016), Wiesbaden (2017, 2018) and Tampere (2018). I participated in “Our Street” exhibition from the late 2014 to early 2015 as well as “You and Me in a portrait” in 2016, which both took place at Vantaa Art Museum Artsi.
The latest and largest exhibition I took part in was “For the Love of Freedom“, which focused solely in graffiti. It took place in August 2017 at Kerava Art Museum and lasted ’til the end of October 2017. Then it took a small break and in January 2018 it continued at Oulu Museum of Art, Oulu.
I was very, very active in the nineties and painted all around the capital area of Finland. Sometimes alone, but most of the times with HRC, the graffiti crew me and my childhood friend and a fellow writer Rosk formed in the autumn of 1990.
Somewhere around 2013 me and Rosk started working on 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 HRC. But it took a bit more time, because we wanted to give our 110% to it. The book finally hit the shelves in September 2016. It is written in finnish and has 100 pages. In full color, I might add. If you’re interested, it can be ordered thru this link: book.hrc.fi.
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