We caught up with the Sarajevo based writer PATWO and managed to ask him few questions about the scene in Sarajevo and his creations all over the town.
What was the last piece you made?
The last piece I did was an improvisation of my PATWO style. I was invited to participate in a warm up Graffiti party for a music festival in Hadžići, a place near my hometown Sarajevo. It’s a „young“ music festival and the people who are organizing the event are trying to improve it every year. This year the Graffiti fest was held at a nearby a mountain hut. Fresh air, nature, music and Graffiti: what else can you wish for? The mentioned improvisation was due to the fact that I had to work on a 2 plaster boards – 100 cm x 150 cm each, so I decided to put them upside down and glue them together. I am always in the mood for improvisation, because it represents a challenge for me to put my letters into a certain „non comfortable“ shapes and positions.
Is working on the streets an addictive thing?
Of course it is! In my opinion that’s one of the reasons why people are starting to be involved with Graffiti and the streets in the first place – besides the fact that all of us want to create. It gives you that certain adrenaline rush which keeps you coming back to it all the time. It’s like a drug and I chose to embrace it in full capacity.
How does your environment react to your Street Art?
There are no rules or let’s say certain patterns of reactions. Some people are very rude others are completely overwhelmed with our creations. I guess the beauty lies in the eye of beholder and when are we speaking about Graffiti – either you like it a lot or hate it epicly.
What was the biggest thing you`ve done so far?
The biggest thing I’ve done is certainly the „Free your mind“ mural in Sarajevo. My friends, Graffiti writers Dream83 and Bugz36 invited me to participate in that project and of course I accepted it. The result was the most colorful and joyful mural in Sarajevo, across the whole building. Funny detail about that mural is that the building we did our mural on is the current building of the Mixer House in Sarajevo.
“Free Your Mind” mural created in collaboration with Dream83 and Bugz36
And the smallest?
I think the smallest one was at a one local Graffiti jam in Sarajevo 10 years ago. The organizer invited about 15 Graffiti writers to do a wall which was 2 m high and 7 m wide. If I remember correctly, I managed to fit in only one part of one of my letters.
What are your favourite surfaces to hit up?
Walls. Walls. Walls.
Is Street Art still a community? Do you work alone or in collaboration with others?
Of course it is, and if I may say, it grows every day, especially from Sarajevo’s perspective – although the Graffiti / Street aAt scene exists in Sarajevo for over 20 years it’s still very, very young. Just couple of years ago Graffiti / Street Art started to find a way to the mainstream focus and more importantly to galleries. This gives us artists another way of representing ourselves. When speaking about collaboration with other artist, I think that the beauty of being a Graffiti writer is that you are constantly finding other artists. You collaborate with them, travel and visit new places. The most exciting thing for me is a situation when you meet a new artist, without any knowledge what he / she is doing, and then to collaborate by putting a mutual creation on the wall together. Also, I am a member of STF Crew and hip hop group Capital City Crew from Sarajevo, so I am always doing something together with my crew mates.
Are you a street artist or an urban artist?
I would say I am a neither of those two and again both. I am a Graffiti writer, and in my opinion, this merges the mentioned two, from one concrete situation to another. It always depends what exactly do you want to create and achieve, which message you want to send, on what type of surface or media.
Where does the journey go? What are the plans? Do we need a plan at all?
Unlike other that I do in life, this is the only one where I never had any clear vision what will happen next or what needs to be done in order to achieve something. I always wanted to have complete freedom and to be led only by new shapes, colors and other artists that I meet along the way. If I need to give you an answer about the plan: the only plan I have is to never stop doing Graffiti.
PATWO on flickr: here
Read more about PATWO on ArtUp here