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A key piece in the graffiti game is figuring out how to stand out in the crowd. YESK has currently got to be one of the best to sign on to the Barcelona scene. It´s only now, years after his first encounter with graffiti writing, he´s finally found the real meaning behind the philosophy of ¨getting your name up everywhere¨.


So along those lines he´s been very versatile with his styles showing that whenever you get out of the traditional box doing throw-ups and tags with style, the irony and special charisma of original graffiti are not completely lost. Few know how to sell better than he does.


Tell us about how you started getting into graffiti

I started in 2001 under a different name and only doing murals. As the years passed I started to change and do the opposite, and turned into a bit more of a ¨bandit¨. I always liked the murals and I´ll still like them, but with time you discover more about graffiti and you find out that this isn´t only about getting out one Saturday or Sunday to paint a mural.


At what point did you start to run with the style you do now?

Esthetically and conceptually I started off doing a very different kind of graffiti. In the process changing your mind or view about something, you always end up picking up other ideas on the way. What I like to do right now is roll playing; throw up my name in a parking garage, along the highway, or train line and not be able to do it in the style I had before. The important thing is getting up. Aside from that, if you feel the heart to add an extra detail, put a little more wrist or curve on it, it´s all up to you.


You play a big part on the Barcelona scene. What can you tell us about the city?

I like how there are plenty of shop shutters and how the neighborhoods are so different from each other. The bad thing is there is hardly anybody getting up in high spots and few metro platforms like there are in Paris or Berlin. Graffiti is like a roll playing game where you study the city, the train lines, metro and the streets, trying to bomb places you´ve never been before. It´s like Risk without wars or pistols.


I remember once when I was painting trains and metro a couple of summers ago, there was a water restriction and the trains stayed painted for weeks. If it were always like that I´d like to paint trains more often. I heard that someone once said ¨painting metro cars is romantic graffiti.¨ You do it for the sensation all the while knowing it probably won´t be circulating later. In a sense, it´s how they started in New York.


I still think it´s cool even if they buff the piece, you still have a photo. Having said that, I still prefer the street because it´s tough and people get to see it. Graffiti is an activity that when you separate yourself from it, you notice it right away.


What keeps you motivated to continue writing?

I tell my parents that I like to paint on the streets because for what ever reason that I may die tomorrow, they would still be able to see me around. It´s like a cry out telling them I´m alive and not so tied down.


I know it´s so typical to say, but I like the feeling of being at home right now and at the same time somebody is seeing me in some other part of the city.

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