Featured Artist: Palms

Thank you for taking the time out for this interview Palmsy. I guess I’ll kick the interview off by asking you what first sparked your interest in graffiti and when this was? burner wall mural

Right at the end of the 80’s I first started finding out about Hiphop and was just completely captivated by every element of it. I started collecting records, and I remember getting these old bubblegum packets with graffiti stickers in them which I stuck all over my bedroom mirror. From there, like many, it was Subway Art. I started actually writing at 13 which was 1990 but I was only about bombing, I never really cared for pieces at the time, the guys I was down with were just vandals. This was pretty much restricted to my area down south in Adelaide and destroying busses and any other surface until the state government gave students free public transport at which time we thrashed everywhere we could. Didn’t live too close to a train line but I would bus it down to Noarlunga and ride the line to see what was up. 73A held shit down in my area at the time and I was mad inspired by Bash, Tense and Skemer in particular, but I only painted a handful of piece myself at the time. Need to especially give props to big Tense who was smashing it back then and 20 years later is still holding it down on the Noarlunga Line. DIY wall art baby!DIY wall art at its best I know back then with the free transport Adelaide was a pretty crazy place to grow up. Can you tell us about any Particular hairy stories involving cops, bus/train drivers or rival writers? Porn stories would be great too, but I know you’re a family man Palmsy haha. As a youngster I never really had any super serious cop chase stories, a few run-ins with seccies but nothing too noteworthy, through chance or dumb luck I always seemed to narrowly miss any horror stories. I took it pretty easy after I had kids and wasn’t in too many risky positions. There was a few close calls up until I got snapped bombing early last year and spent a night in a cell, which the wife wasn’t too happy about I can tell you. A couple of cool yard stories, that probably aren’t mine to tell… ok one story a while back young Rog and I caught a panel with one of the OTP lads. Later in the evening we were at a station to get platform and rolling footage, I’m filming on the platform when the driver pops out and tells us he likes the colours, and the pieces, “one, two and three!” He then pulled the train out really slow to give us some good rolling video.

Palms Burner Thats gold. So out of all the lads you’ve painted with… who can drink the most beer and still string a good sentence together at 4 in the morning? Not fishing for compliments are you mate? Nah all my GM brothers have put in work on that end, especially in the early table and brazier sessions in the freezing winters of Adelaide with me, Adlib and the Mug, but Ekills, Apples, Honky, Vans, Boed, hell all the boys have put in work on that front and respect is due, and don’t even get me started on Biz, Jekl and the lads from Crackhouse hahaha. A special shout has to go to Tuesy who may not rock til 4am but can drink and paint better than most and Maim and Uncle J who put in the late night sessions with me when I first moved to QLD before the Great Migration.

You’ve rocked some pretty damn amazing pieces in your time, one very memorable one for me was when we hit up a wall together on the Gold Coast while the lronlak guys smashed their Kung Fu Masters wall… That piece was huge and extremely detailed blew me away, it really cemented you in my mind as a force to look out for. What would you say is your most memorable piece and why? Thanks mate I really appreciate that, i really dig the paint we are getting from ironlak at the moment, quality stuff. Like most writers I’m my own biggest critic so the ones that mean a bit to me probably don’t seem so much to anyone else.. One is the green hulk wall done in Adelaide as that was where I became part of GM and also I felt like I really started to define my personal style on that piece. Another favourite one was an all-white piece with a red outline with Does, Tues and Dyms as that’s when I knew my letters had really started to hold their own, one colour fill, no flashy techniques to disguise them. Other times a favourite piece may not be even about the piece but the experience of where it was painted or the company it was painted in. Yeah, I’ve often thought simple is the best, I also like when an outline really steals the show. What do you look for most in a piece and which artists over the years have really ticked all the boxes in terms of style, execution, and overall volume for you? I’ve always been most impressed by guys that really worked hard to develop a style that’s identifiably their own, in my mind its better than popping up painting an amalgamation of ‘name’ writers style, and calling it influence. Seems like a lot of ‘same’ going on around the Alinr101 right now. Yeah, I’ve often thought simple is the best, I also like when an outline really steals the show. What do you look for most in a piece and which artists over the years have really ticked all the boxes in terms of style, execution, and overall volume for you? I’ve always been most impressed by guys that really worked hard to develop a style that’s identifiably theft own, in my mind its better than popping up painting an amalgamation of ‘name’ writer’s style, and calling it influence. Seems like a lot of ‘same’ going on around the world right now. Such a hard question because there is so many, ask me again tomorrow and I’m sure I would have different 1101110S. The guys I really liked as a youngster all had style identifiably their own. So many over the years like Dondi, Seen, Ces, Can2, Smash, Bates, Puzle, Kab etc. Then guys like Revok, Pose and Rime really pushed some different directions. More recently I’ve been feeling guys like Nemo, Phiesta, Vodka, Bacon, Warios, Inca, Twesh, Zeus, Smug, Sobek & Kcis, there’s so damn many. Closer to home but just as impressive if not more so, Vans the Omega in particular never ceases to amaze, he goes from strength to strength, Meks, Sofles, ReaIs all kill it, these guys all seem to be able to turn their hands to any style, wild or public, throwies and hand styles, panels or walls and murder it with style. That’s the pinnacle to aim for in my opinion.

You recently had the chance to Jet off around the world with old mate Tuesy… You still haven’t told me bugger all about it… what were some memorable moments? Yeah that trip was brilliant, got tick a few boxes off the bucket list on that trip, from Venice Beach walls in LA, Tuesy driving us thru Compton with NWA on the stereo, to riding the Subway in New York, to painting with the super friendly and talented writers of Brazil and Argentina to middle of the day throwies on the streets of Santiago. I don’t even know where to start, too many cool stories for a short interview I could go on for hours. Buy me a couple beers and I’ll talk your ear off!