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Speaking with Andes 1

Your tag was the first I noticed in Lima. It seems to be everywhere – on stickers and on walls. You’re quite a bomber!  Yes!  Bombing to me is the key element in graffiti. If you don’t bomb, you are not a real writer. No matter how many contests I win or mural commissions I get, I will continue to bomb – all the time and everywhere. That’s the real adrenalin rush!

Gee – how do your parents feel about this?  Well, when my mother found out what I was doing, she hit me.  I was 16! But my dad just said, “Take care!”

The police seem to be on the lookout for graffiti writers here. Have you had any encounters with them? Sure! I tell them that I have permission, and I try to talk my way out of any trouble. But sometimes they just beat you and take your things – all your supplies. Then they drive you off to some faraway beach or deserted place and just leave you there.

Has that happened to you? Yes, but I always make my way home okay.

When did you first get into art?  From the moment I could hold a pen in my hand, I was drawing cartoons! I used to draw on the walls in my house in Lima.

Are there any other artists in your family? Both sets of my grandparents paint, and they love art.

When did you first get into graffiti? In 2001. I was 15 at the time, and I had won a black book contest in school.

Umm, that’s interesting! In school?  Yes, the school sponsored it. And one of my greatest inspirations at the time was one of my classmates.

Which artists inspire you these days? There are so many! Among the graffiti writers are: Pose, Revok, Cope2, Seen, Can2, Doze, and Ewok. And there’s O’clock from Paris.  There are also many street artists I like. There’s Onesto and Pez and Miss Vann and Banksy, of course!

Supplies are quite expensive in Peru. How do you afford them? I do legal murals and designs of all kinds. And Nike sponsors me. Check out my sneakers and hoodie!

Cool! What about stickers? You have quite a collection of your own hand-made stickers! I love stickers. I experiment with different ways of writing my name on stickers, and getting stickers up is certainly less risky than bombing!

Have you ever exhibited work in a gallery setting? I have an exhibit in Barranca this weekend and other events are in the works.

Wonderful! I wish I could still be here. Good luck!

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland

Speaking with seimiek ††† FUMAKAKA

During these past few days in Lima, I’ve seen your tag up in quite a few places. When did you first begin to get up?  I started tagging when I was 12 years old. At first I didn’t tag my name. I would just tag any words that I liked. I put up lots of names of bands on the walls in Lima.

Where were you living at the time? In the Miraflores district of the city. I still live there.

Have you any early “tagging” memories? If we knocked on someone’s door on Halloween and we didn’t get any candy, my friends and I tagged up the door.

Who were your inspirations at the time? Back then my favorite writers were: AWR Crew, Saber, Revok, Seen and Cope. I was also inspired by Twist.

Why did you decide to make public space your canvas?  Because it’s forbidden. I like the feeling of being an outlaw!  

Have you ever been caught?  When I was 17 or 18, I decided that the safest way not to get caught is to paint in daylight in a public space. That way the cops would assume I had permission. As I was getting a large piece finished on a big bridge, the cops pulled up. I told them that I had permission, and I gave them a fake name.

On the subject of names, you are part of a crew called “FUMAKAKA.” How did you guys come up with that name? We were playing around with words and sounds and thinking about how much smoking stinks – and we had it: FUMAKAKA.

Have you any favorite spots? I like abandoned buildings and neighborhoods in transition.

What about stickers?  I’ve seen your stickers around too. When did you get into stickers? A few years ago, my friends and I came up with the idea of selling assorted spray-can caps in individual plastic bags. We decided to include a sticker in each bag. We had 5,000 made, and they were a huge success. Everyone wanted a sticker. We started giving them away at concerts and skateboarding events and we started pasting them up.

Where do you paste them? Anywhere I can! On traffic signs, trash cans, windows, ATM’s. In public bathrooms, restaurants and bars and in buses.

Has your work also been in galleries? Yes, I’ve exhibited in Chile, Argentina and Bogota, Colombia. I’ve also participated in three gallery exhibits here in Peru.

Have you a “day job?” How do you support yourself? I work as an art director in a theater.  I paint murals and I get commissioned to do illustrations. 

Have you had any formal art education? I studied graphic design for four years at TOULOUSE LAUTREC here in Lima.

What do you see yourself doing in the future? Art, art and more art. Painting, drawing, illustrating…whatever!

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland