I’ve said it before, I don’t feature enough graffiti writers or burners on this page so I’m rectifying that, at least a little bit, with this interview with German writer Resk.
I was put onto Resk by a colleague at work who is friends with him and painted with him back in the day. He had heard that I wrote a street art blog and thought I might be interested in seeing some of his work. A few whatsapp’s and emails later and voila I have a really excellent interview to share with you!
Hi Resk how are you? Tell us a little about yourself…
Hello, my Name is Resk/Nowe and i‘m from Berlin. I‘m 41 Years old and Father of a 4 Year old Son. I lived 11 Years in Rotterdam and now i‘m living in Nürnberg.
I do the name Resk since 1994 and started graffiti back in 1993. after a friend died from cancer. I also do his name Nowe to remember him.
How did it all start for you? Were you one of those kids always scribbling on notebooks at school?
Yes that’s right, I always did sketches and all my notebooks including my backpack was written with tags and throw up‘s back in the days.
What was the initial inspiration to pick up a can and go and spray?
We all started with Tags back in 92/93 and the graffiti scene back than was already big in Berlin. When we saw the first pieces on the line some of us young guns started to make the tags with a spray can instead of markers. Fat cap taggs were pretty awesome and a lot of guys started with graffiti too.
Do you go to a wall with a sketch in hand or do you prefer to freestyle?
It’s different, sometimes I use a sketch but mostly I prefer to do freestyle stuff. I also start sometimes with a sketch and after two letters I do the rest freestyle, it’s really different.
Legal or illegal walls?
It all started with illegal graffiti because back in the days we didn’t had much hall of fame walls. It was special to paint illegal because of the thrill. doing graffiti with friends on trains was the most special thing in my life. I loved that time and we lived for that feeling. Now I only do legal walls. I like when you can focus on your piece without looking back every few seconds because of the police.
What’s the graffiti scene like in Nuremberg? Is it a strong scene with lots of writers/artists and are there a lot of good spots to go paint?
I don’t have much contact to the writers here because I don’t live here for a long time, but it’s not that big like in Berlin. For me Berlin‘s graffiti scene is the biggest in the world. But I have a partner here and we do a lot of walls, this year already 40 pieces together.
What’s the riskiest thing you have ever done whilst painting, any brushes with the police?
Train writing was always trouble and pressure because of limited time. Running from the police and some hurtings was a daily fact. I got caught 4 times, paying a lot of money and also was sitting in jail too for graffiti. But when you love something you can’t let it go easy.
Do you enjoy collaborating with other artists? Do you feel that collaborating with other artists add’s something totally different to the creative process?
I already did a lot of collaboring with other artists and it’s always pleasure. It’s always awesome to see what two of more creative minds can produce on a wall together and see the final result.
Do you have a favourite city or place to share your art? Is there a dream city or country or wall even that you’d like to visit and leave some of your pieces?
NEW YORK! I still dream about to make a piece in New York. It’s the city where everything started, where my biggest idols are living. There is no place like New York, especially the Bronx. I hope I‘m able to do a piece there one day, it would be very special to me.
What’s the ideal soundtrack to a day’s painting?
Of course N.W.A., Dr.Dre & Snoop Dogg and also Cypress Hill. That classic Old school Electro Sound was also special music to paint for me.
Just to speak about something different for a minute, tell us something about yourself that maybe not many people would know!
I nearly died in 2017 after a cerebral hemorrhage led to a stroke. since that I enoy life much more and enjoy painting much more, because life is too short, so enjoy things you like every day guys.
If you could be anyone or anything for a day who or what would you be?
I would go back to 1992 and would do a Wholecar Train with Shek, my favorite Artist from Berlin.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us before you go?
Like I already said just enjoy the things you like, share happiness with your loved ones, try new things and never forget where you came from. Peace Resk.