Graffiti writer Bandit lives by one doctrine: “Be yourself and search for your own style.” For this German-bred writer, these words have become a way of life. His style is unique, to say the least, but such should be expected of a man who lives by his own rules.

“First I made pieces together with other writers, but they had no notion of graffiti like me. Basically, I couldn’t learn from them and taught myself.”

Bandit recalls falling in love with writing in the streets of south Berlin at a young age. “I drove past very fresh street pieces and [wondered] who made these pictures and what they meant,” he says nostalgically. “First I made pieces together with other writers, but they had no notion of graffiti like me. Basically, I couldn’t learn from them and taught myself.” Still, Bandit credits much of his individualistic style to Brain and Esher, two writers he says shaped the way he approached his craft. “I learned much from their style and composition,” Bandit says, “but most was ‘learning by doing.’”

By applying his learning by doing credo, Bandit set out to make a name for himself. Lately Bandit has been working on styles and characters, something he believes all writers should perfect. For Bandit, the impromptu approach has always appealed to him the most. “I’d rather freestyle … the daily form is crucial,” he says.


Yet, finding inspiration can be difficult every now and then. “I think influences come and go with the time,” Bandit says. Conversely, when inspiration does come, he says it can come from “everywhere.” Still, the artist believes some of the best writing comes from his own backyard. “The best innovations and work come from Europe. Germany, France and Spain are the countries with the most glaring artists. In Asia, it’s also beginning slowly, which personally I find good.” In his opinion, two particular artists are among Europe’s elite. “People such as Mode2 (France) and Delta (Netherlands) are still classical authors and thus remarkable artists.”

In spite of this, Bandit characterizes the state of graffiti today as only, “OK.” Still, he is optimistic: “I think the Internet enriches graffiti [because] it facilitates a better exchange among writers.” Bandit, who has an upcoming exhibition and book project in the works, says that regardless of all of this, one thing remains: “Graffiti never dies,” he says.

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  1. Nope, I think u still got to hit the books and practice cause your letter structure is still 1980 and weak. get with it son it’s 2008!

    SUE ONE…ufc, jao, wots.

  2. I do graffiti in a crew and this guys an inspiration. HIs letter structure is fine, good and old school.

  3. I agree w SUE on some level. Bandit is good, no doubt. He has some clean pieces up here and I am in no way dissing at all. PROPS. I am at about that level too. Bandit does have an old-school 1980 type style. I am doing newer stuff, but am not that dope yet. Update though! He obviously has some color and blending skills–now take that to an new and original level.

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