Interview with Nash, Loveletters crew Europe

August 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Loveletters is a crew that is doing things! We’re glad to bring you another interview from their crew and highlight this amazing character driven graffiti artist. When I look at Nash’s work, the cartoon style characters, with great shading and bright color highlights, it says to me classic, but also ground breaking graffiti. Read on and enjoy.

Neighborhood Love:

What neighborhood did you grow up in, and what neighborhood do you represent now?

Nash:

I’m from a small town of Sittard, in the south of the Netherlands.

Neighborhood Love:

How would you describe the style of artwork that you do? I feel like you have an Exaggerated features kind of flow to your characters.

Nash:

I’m from all around, but known for my Characters. I started graffiti in the early 80s, because of the Hip Hop Scene. I still love the B-Boy style, and that’s what I paint most of the time. People think that I’m mad because my characters look mad all of the time, but I just like the expression in their faces! The arrogant mad B-Boy faces. They have something like WTF. You can just do more with these kinds of faces. Nice or smiling faces are often boring. The other thing is that I like to play with the lights! I love the challenge of color usage that I put into my Characters. So I think my Characters are 3D B-Boy Characters.

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Neighborhood Love:

Have you always done graffiti? When did you start painting?

Nash:

I started B-Boying in 1980-81 and doing graffiti around the same time. At that time it was not important how long you had been writing for; but currently it seems very important to people. I just know that I was the first generation in Europe. When I started B-Boying is when I first saw the N.Y. Graffiti scene and picked up on it quickly. When I was a child I loved to draw all of the time. I don’t think there is an animal that i did not draw during that time.

Neighborhood Love:

I know you, as a graffiti artist, travel a lot for different shows. What are some of your favorite travel experiences and different neighborhoods?

Nash:

Yes. I have traveled a lot in the past, and have had only good experiences. The best thing is meeting new people ” Friends” from around the whole world. That is uncommon outside of the ‘Hip Hop” culture.

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Neighborhood Love:

Where do you see your career going? What are your big goals?

Nash:

My goal is and always has been, to show people that graffiti can is an art form. that the only difference is the Artist’s tool and the spray cans we use. To me there is no difference.

Neighborhood Love:

Who are some of the artists that you look up to or that have inspired you over the years?

Nash:

When I started there were many artists who inspired me. My father was a radio pirate and had a lot of records. At first I started picking out the funk records and imitating those funky letters. Later the book ‘Subway Art’ came out and of course I bit a lot of styles that were in that book. Seen, Skeme, and Lee were big influences. The single from RSC with the Doze characters were amazing. I began doing similar characters. Later, AD2000 and Simon Bisley helped me to improve my characters.  Early on I started to create realistic portraits and going back to my B-Boy characters with the shadows and lights of realistic things I did. It made my characters plastic. So that became my style.

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Neighborhood Love:

If money wasn’t an obstacle what would be the biggest project that you would like to take on? I know you like painting on big projects.

Nash:

Yes, I like big projects, but it must not take much time or else I get bored with what I’m doing after a little while. I would like to travel more and paint with other people, see more of the world. What I really would like to do is a Graffiti City! All Graffiti painted houses. Many different things and many collaborations.

Neighborhood Love:

That sounds fresh to me, I would def paint that city! Let me ask you, is Love Letters a small tight-knit crew and do you plan on staying that way? Or do you plan a one day expanding the crew?

Nash:

There are so many nice and great writers, I would love to expand the crew. But….. my experience is that big crews do not thrive. Even now, with just the few members we have, it’s really hard to paint with the whole crew. So I believe it would not be wise to make the crew bigger.

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Neighborhood Love:

Are you the kind of artist that listens to headphones and gets into his own personal zone when you paint, or do you like to talk to the people who you’re painting with and interact?

Nash:

I’m a pain in the ass. I talk too much! When I’m on a jam I am talking with everyone and joking too much. But that’s the nice things about jams, you reconnect with people who you havent seen in years and meet new people who you will see at future jams. I like music a lot, when I’m painting its nice to have some music!

Neighborhood Love:

Thanks for everything and is there anyone you would like to put shout outs to?

Nash:

Thank you guys for having me in this interview. And of course, all of the people who took the time to read this, and the people who I will meet in the future. My son NASH and my LL Fam.

nash-brunswick1Entrevista-com-o-grafiteiro-Holandes-NashLove-Letters-crew-2A big thank you to Queen Bee Nectar, and Thrives of the Neighborhood Love family for making this happen!