Bombing Science : Tell me about your beginnings in graffiti. What was your first contact with graffiti and what led you to do it?

Bjorn: I started by reproducing logos of skateboard companies and punk bands everywhere. But it really clicked in 94 during a trip to Boston. When I saw all the painted rooftops as I entered the city, it really piqued my curiosity. The transition from reproducing things that speak to me to my own drawings happened by itself.

BS: Since you started doing graffiti, has your vision of graffiti changed? How?

Bjorn: My view of graffiti really changed when I came across the REVS and COST stuff in New York. I used to think that all graffiti had to be done with an aerosol. As if there were any rules to doing something illegal….. Using whatever I can get my hands on allows me to paint a lot more.

BS: When you say that you use whatever comes to hand to paint, can you give us examples?

Bjorn: From the gallon of rotten latex on the side of the street to the pen to the trash can at the print shop… I like how the medium can change the style and allows you to paint spots in a completely different way. I think there are so many possibilities that we shouldn’t limit ourselves to just one… as long as it’s confusing.

BS: Give us a short history of graffiti in Quebec. Who was there before you and who has been active since?

Bjorn: Apart from a bit of bombing, I think the first serious crew was the NAK (ARO, K-TANG, EYESCREAM, CHEEB) and also the Bombers Without Shadows (ERA, SON) who were very present in the streets. But I believe that the appearance of a legal wall around 96 somewhat killed off the illegal for a few years…. Most of these people have all disappeared from the scene apart from SON who always paints under another blaze. Currently, there have never been so many active people in Quebec… it’s not all quality, but it’s still good to see more colors. EXPOS and SOME1 (TES) and SEAR and NIKEL (116) have been present for several years.

BS: Are there legal/tolerated places to do graffiti in Quebec? What is the City’s approach to graffiti (repression, tolerance, etc.).

Bjorn: I believe there are 2 legal walls in Quebec and a few other tolerated places…. There have been a lot of buffs this year because of the fuckin 400th party, but the good thing is that only the really active people stayed up.

BS: You have painted quite a few freights for several years. What is your motivation for painting freights? Do you prefer metal to walls and bombing?

Bjorn: One day I stopped sketching on a regular bass and I replaced everything with freights… I still really enjoy bombing, but I really got the bug from freights, the atmosphere of depots , there is always something new coming from elsewhere and I imagine that my stuff makes the opposite journey. Plus the freights are so beautiful that the pieces always tear more on them than on an award-winning square of wall.

BS: I know you’ve traveled a lot, what do you think are the most interesting graffiti scenes and also those that have influenced you the most?

Bjorn: Initially, definitely New York and FX was my biggest influence, but now there are so many things happening all over the world, everything inspires me in one way or another. other. Currently, the Brazilian scene has definitely been one of my big influences for several years and freights still take up as much space in my head. There is always something new to discover in the repositories….

BS: Personally, do you have an explanation/theory for the graffiti phenomenon? What makes people all over the world take risks to put paint on a wall? Why are you doing it?

Bjorn: I think Do It Yourself has a lot to do with it. The desire to create in the present moment without waiting for someone to give us a chance. I also think that the city is a much more inspiring place than a sheet of paper. The chaos of the city, the endless concrete walls, the pubs, the noise, the asphalt, the change, the people who don’t give a damn…. it’s much better than television.

Big up to SOME1, EXPOS, KAIN, SBIRE, TES!!!!!!!!!