If you’ve been following us on Instagram (@thslfe) you would have seen a few shots i posted of the Silos last week.
It’s sad to see places like this fall victim to another block of apartments!
Big shout out to Cryptik for keeping it real and spreading the truth, take note of what is said, learn from this shit!
Mosdef, thank you for the opportunity. Mostly been busy trying to get some new work ready for the streets.
Well, I represent the CRYPTIK movement, which is essentially a campaign for the evolution of Consciousness. Most of my work revolves around concepts dealing with the unexplainable or the mysterious. I’m into ideas that don’t easily fit into any scientific paradigms, e.g., Out of Body Experience (OBE), Astral Projection, UFO’s, Mystical experience, etc… My interests range from Carl Jung’s Archetypes, to Timothy Leary’s Eight Circuits of Consciousness, to the Magick of Aleister Crowley. Typically, you can find me down in the lab, printing or painting…otherwise, I’m out on the streets putting in work.
Without a doubt. The only graffiti I saw growing up was gang graffiti, mostly cholo writing. There weren’t any colorful pieces or murals even. Everything was done in black, from tags to blocks. I was always intrigued by the letters themselves though. It was like a secret language, known only amongst the initiated. It’s been an obsession of mine ever since.
I’m mostly concerned with putting the ideas out there. If they go away thinking anything at all, I think I’d be content…but ultimately, the goal is to get people to start questioning their entire belief system. I don’t want to tell anyone what they should believe in, in fact, it’s really the antithesis of what I’m trying to accomplish. For me, the beauty is when people are able to make their own connections and interpretations.
GIVE THANKS! I really appreciate that. I was definitely influenced by all the cholo graffiti I saw as a kid. By junior high school I started getting into Old English, practicing Calligraphy, and tagging, of course. As I got older, I began to study the ancient scripts like, Arabic and Sanskrit, where the “Word” was considered “Sacred” and had magical powers.
I’m actually not a very Religious person, but of all the world Religions I feel that Buddhism is the least “Religious,” there is no God! Buddhism is essentially a study of the mind, a Philosophy. It gets the closest at explaining the nature of reality, as well as, Consciousness, which is still a mystery to modern science. Also, I felt that “Eastern Philosophy” would be a good place to start considering most people are somewhat familiar, or at least comfortable with the idea (by martin). I’m sure people just assume it’s a Buddhist Movement, or that I must be Buddhist. It’ll be interesting to see what connections they make once we move into more esoteric philosophies.
I think the fact that we’re the only symbol using species on this planet says it all. From Prehistoric cave paintings, to pictograms, to ideograms, to words, to symbols…our language has not only created a new dimension of time/history, it has actually created the very fabric of our reality. It’s impossible to have a single thought without using words, so in that regard, we’re also limited by our language. I’m interested in finding ways to communicate outside of any linguistic constructs.
I don’t think people ask enough questions. I want to challenge people to think about other possibilities…to question everything they believe in. I want to offer people a broader philosophy of life that encompasses all religions, cultures, and belief systems.
I don’t know if I prefer one way over the other. They both serve the same purpose, but you obviously reach more people with posters, although stickers seem to stay up longer, tough call…
Stickers, chisel-tip marker, and 2 Quarters exactly!
Reading: Supernatural: Graham Hancock, Moksha: Aldous Huxley, The Singularity: Ray Kurzweil
Listening: Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Gonja Sufi, Kutmah, Ras G…
Watching: LIFE series
I think they should spend their energy looking for child molesters, murderers, and rapists…nuff said.
I think we’re in real big trouble. This dominator, materialist, consumer culture we live in has put a price on everything, including Nature herself. We have forgotten our intimate connection with the earth and with all life on this planet, for that matter. We’ve been deceived into believing that our value comes from the things we own, rather than the values we hold. This has only succeeded in perpetuating our false egos, deepening the illusion of separateness, and the continued destruction of the earth. I believe we’re at a very critical juncture in the evolution of our species…either we Evolve, or DIE.
Do what you’re good at and keep doing it better.
I’m in the process of getting a body of work together for the first series, Eastern Philosophy/Mysticism. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to share that with you all soon.
Australia – Someday…
Kevin Rudd – Who?
America – OBESE
Obama – Big Brother
England – Stonehenge
The Queen – BORING…
Legal – Any day
Illegal – ALL DAY!
Religion – Division
Time – Space
Greed – Babylon
Humanity – Equality
Peace – UP
Freedom – Fighter
Art – Crime
Graffiti – Art
Life – Death
Happiness – Eternal
“Open Up That Third Eye, Before I Open It For You!”
ART NOT CRIME
Firstly, thank you for your time, what’s up?
No prob. Chilling in home,reading my emails.
For those who are unfamiliar with you and what you do, can you tell us a bit
I am from Copenhagen Denmark , Europe, been doing the do…I see myself as a creative person,trying to leave a mark behind!
How did you initially get into graffiti and how has your style progressed from when you began?
Through electric boogie, my eyes got interested in the pieces from the background!
Beginning it was simple humouristic and innocent.
How did you come up with your tag, why Bates?
I saw a tv series called V for victory, one of the characters was called Bates,i chose
It cause it sounded funky and had some letters i liked.
What inspires you to go out and paint?
Being creative,put my mind to something else
What’s in your pockets right now?
Keys and a card.
You began writing in ’84, so you’re no new comer, how have you seen graffiti evolve over the last quarter of a century?
Man…It’s crazy,you see graff in any corners of the world. Technique is getting faster and better.
In that time you must have been in some pretty crazy situations and have a few stories to tell, what has been a stand out moment for you?
Tonight ,i did a underpass of a bridge, seen by the trainline and a huge
Highway next to it, cops stopped on the other side,anyways i manage
to finish(looked shitty)and get away.
Latest Mos Def.
How does a typical day in the world of Bates unfold?
Doing a piece in the morning before going to work work work work, home chilling prepare for the next day.
Advice to up and coming artists?
Practice a lot on paper.
Anything coming up that we should know about?
Check out my website www.greatbates.com, every day in december a new update with flicks and click in on our new webshop and invest in some art.
Word association, you know the deal, say whatever comes to your mind when
you read the word.
Always wanted to go and rock some shit out there….Never been there yet!!!
Lars løkke rasmussen
I need to go there again.
Just been in copenhagen today for the climate meeting
Is like graffiti for some.
Time will tell.
Going out to paint.
When will you learn the art will never die?
Taking alot of a my time.
Aint fun without being creative.
You gotta do what makes you happy.
Where can people follow what you’re up to and view your work?
Website,webshop and my blog.
Last words, shout outs?
Peace and respect.
Early 90’s piece by Bates in the Bronx