BANDIT OF THE DAY #10 : KILO
BANDIT OF THE DAY is a new category of blog post where we feature graffiti writers and artists we love, we ask them all to define the way they want these same 10 following words : Name, first piece, graffiti, internet, drink and food, philosophy, music, movies, love, hate, power.
Today we’re happy to introduce you to « KILO SIN stars » originally from London, he is definitely one of the originator of the UK Graff scene and as you can see, he is still very active.
NAME , CREWS, BACKGROUND :
I've been writing Kilo/Keylow/Keylo since 1989. Although I actually started out on paper back in 1983 I didn't really start using spray paint (seriously) until 1984.
The crews I rep are :
SIN (Sinstars) FBA (Fast Breakin' Artists) TDS (The Death Squad) BMK (Beyond Mankind Krew) SSB (Soul Stoned Brothers) XMEN KAOS Inc MW (Mad Writers)
I'm originally from south west London but my early years of writing were spent in the South West of England after my family decided to move there. Nowadays I spend most of my time between Cambridge and north London but I try to paint as far and wide as possible !
1ST PIECE (when, where and how) :
One of my first pieces was done (illegally) in a multi-story car park in Exeter, Devon back in late 1983/early 1984. It was done using car paint and said PANIC although I have no idea why as I was using the name '2-Tone' at the time!!?
The word GRAFFITI is one that i try not to use too much these days as (usually) people associate it with negative images making it much harder to get your point across. I prefer to use the word WRITING or STYLE WRITING and (only!!!) in extreme situations will I use 'street art' to describe what I do! Writing graffiti is something that has become part of me, I have been writing for two thirds of my life now and I cannot see that changing unless my health were to suffer as a result!
The Internet can be a great resource when used appropriately. It has enabled me to get my stuff seen on a global scale and has resulted in invitations to join a few crews from NYC that I was heavily inspired by as a young toy trying to make a name in the scene. The downside of the Internet is that has made writers lazy and enabled them to get 'easy props' without actually having to get out there and hit the streets!
It has also helped to 'blur' the foundations of style writing as there are now so many self proclaimed 'style masters' who up and coming writers admire without realising that most of what they do is bitten anyway !
DRINK AND FOOD :
Hhhmmm, I'm a hearty meat eater with a passion for chicken and steak - not the healthiest options I know but sure tastes good!
Live life to the fullest as you never know what tomorrow may bring !
90's Hip Hop aka 'Boom Bap' with a dash of 70's Funk and a slice of 80's Soul.
I like 'dark, gritty' movies such as Dead Man's Shoes (the UK version), Gran Torino, No Country For Old Men, etc... but also love the classics like Goodfellas, Carlito's Way, True Romance, etc... two of my all time favourites would have to be Stand By Me and The Warriors although there are many more !
My beautiful fiance Paula, my wonderful daughter Chaya, my family, close friends (there ain't many!) and my extended familia.
Writers with over-inflated ego's, back stabbers and people who use others to elevate themselves without acknowledging those they have used!
This is a word that has been used by many to control people - for me, it is best used when the words "Fight The" are put before it ;-)
ANY OTHER SOCIAL MEDIAS :
Flickr : Kilosincru
YouTube : KiloSIN