Maria In Graffiti Letters
Maria In Graffiti Letters – Graffiti artist SNIP sprays great works of art on the streets of Chile, his works can be found around Ovalle, Antofagasta, La Serena or Tocopilla and many other places. He is currently based in Angola and works in the urban scene there. In an interview with photographer Salvador Seda, the spray tells us about his creative world, artistic development and the amazing team of HMS, or HOMIES. Salvador accompanied the artist to a spray session that produced the image of fire activity in the title.
Thank you for participating in the interview. First, tell us a little about yourself, where you grew up and how your art has evolved.
Maria In Graffiti Letters
My name is Snip, I was born in 1997 in Tocopilla. After that, I grew up in María Elena, a saltpeter office located in the Atacama desert, the driest desert in the world. This terrain is about 2,100 km from Angola. In this landscape, I studied primary and secondary school and also started my life as a flop and label writer, where in the absence of materials I painted with what was available, because to get something more “professional” stuff I had to travel to Antofagasta. or in another city. In those years, I used bags or cans of water-based paint sold by a local hardware store for construction. It’s important for me to always remember where I’m from and that my land has always been associated with hip-hop, the Pampas rap scene has always been promoted and represented, and that’s what I try to identify in my graffiti, the Pampas colors.
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After graduating from high school, my family moved to another city almost 950 km south of Antofagasta, to be precise, the city of Ovalle. At that time, I was “on hold” with graffiti because my parents didn’t like the idea of me painting on the street, and most wanted me to study and get a professional degree. I studied auto mechanics in La Serena for two and a half years, but at the same time I studied the graffiti in that city. Both La Serena and Coquimbo are known to be graffiti exponent cities in Chile. I learned different techniques, textures and shapes as the street was my real school. So after a while I dropped my studies and started working at Ovalle so I could buy my own materials and cans to do graffiti. Since then I haven’t stopped and over time I’ve applied and improved my skills. Also meeting and painting graffiti legends admired in childhood. Today, I search for myself every day by doing graffiti, because I still haven’t been able to find my graphic identity, but I am always grateful, with optimism and the desire to move forward on every wall. Error and trial is the way… Lately I have been doing graffiti, looking for projects and offering my art, trying to survive based on colors.
When did you start graffiti? At what age and who influenced you or how did you get there?
Graffiti started in my life when I was about 11 years old; then I painted for the first time. I remember it was a yellow color because I took my father’s work materials without permission. In those years, I remember YouTube came out and I had easy access to the Internet and other media to watch videos or documentaries of American graffiti artists. It was awareness; this is how I fed myself as I traveled very little in cities and there were few new things in my city. Most of all I liked the big and fast letters of “Flop” or “Throw ups” that I knew, adrenaline was the motivation and as time went by I made letters and perfected my flops, I also take a little longer to make the shots cleaner and great.
What are the themes or styles you like to do? Also, why are you using a Snip flop or tag? How did you come to use Snip or what influenced you?
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I usually like flops or throws, always making new words and adding or removing something from the piece. Over time, I have associated myself with nature, I always try to add something related to the environment, the color of the background, the corresponding figure, but while holding the flop or sometimes I do freestyle and draw futuristic animals or people, but always keeping the essence of Snip. Snip is born from the abbreviation “sniper”. In the first few years with the sniper badge, I realized that I didn’t like singing, so I devoted myself 100% to graffiti and that’s where SNIP was born, only 4 letters that are easier to fit somewhere. I painted flops with WAN, KROS and DEMENTE, this was my COUS CREW that we created in María Elena’s saltpetre office in the Atacama desert. So I continued until today. It has been about 10 years since the birth of this name and its 70 times flop.
Where do you paint, in which places, how do you choose to paint in a specific place? For example, in Angola, how did you get here? How or who influences the next place you plan to paint a mural?
The spots I choose are spontaneous when they are related to something green and related to the environment, so I paint. I relate a lot to that kind of environment, something like not interrupting and being a part of it at the same time. However, my graffiti lately has been influenced by my girlfriend and partner, Dally aka “Cath”, who luckily matches my taste and has accompanied me to various parts of Chile and is now a part of my life. I came to Angola for Cathi because her father had a marathon and we traveled by bus for about 16 hours to get to the race, so I tried to save time so I could paint some places and leave some of my mark. there. He’s important to what I’ve been doing lately. The rest is random, suddenly I see a side like those documentaries I watched as a kid and I have to be a part of it. Over time, it becomes part of the writers’ identity depending on their school.
Do you make paintings or other types of art that you exhibit or sell? Have you ever exhibited at a gallery?
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Yes, of course I will paint if you wish. I always combine mixed media such as spray, acrylic, markers or others. I like surrealism as one is a very versatile field. At the moment, I haven’t had the opportunity to exhibit my work or make a gallery. I try to take it easy that if one day it falls out, it will come out well; at the moment I only do work on request, but I know that I will open a gallery in the near future.
Tell me about your experience with Graffiti: Are you part of a team? Tell me more about it. What do other graffiti artists tell you about your work?
In those years I started scratching and we made a team with my people, all friends, WAN, KROS and DEMENTE. We created “COUS CREW”; some of us painted for a long time, others sang rap, after a few years we stopped painting, some projected themselves into other things and others continued graffiti but always maintaining friendship. After I arrived at Ovalle I painted alone everywhere I went for several years without representing any crew or with my brother BOOM until I met my actual group of ‘HOMIES’ or HMS Crew; the pioneers are SKAN and TOREK, and later more men were added. Now there are all kinds of graffiti artists, from characters to letters, bombers or landscapers. For the same reason we make good combinations, I try to make something that blends, sometimes I change the letters to drawings or the guys ask me to combine something on the wall, it’s good that the guys support me in what I do, I’m self-critical and they always give me advice on what to remove the graffiti or to add, always supporting me, we travel and so we are active in the city of Ovalle and some regions of Chile. .
I imagine that there is some message or life experience in your art. Tell me about your insights and feelings about what you do on the walls.
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I have always associated myself with the flop or roll; at the moment when I start to paint, it is not about production, but with something simpler you can do a lot; time, adrenaline, place, everything has its effect and it becomes a mission. This