DABS & MYLA
Website : www.dabsmyla.com
Facebook : facebook.com/dabs.myla
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STORY BEHIND YOU PSEUDO:
We go by the name DABS MYLA.
FIRST AND RECENT GRAFFITI EXPERIENCES:
DABS: I started writing graffiti in 1992. I had older friends who were all bombing a lot and started going out with them to do loops on trains etc…As I got more into it I started noticing pieces on the train line and took a lot of interest in that part of graffiti. After a few years of bombing I started working on sketches for pieces and eventually went out and started painting them. I had always been interested in cartoons and drawing since I was very young so the artistic part of painting a piece or character really drew me a lot deeper into graffiti writing.
MYLA: I had always been interested in art and had been drawing and painting my whole life. When I met DABS at Art School he started taking me out to paint walls and teaching me how to paint a piece. I had always loved graffiti and paid a lot of attention to it riding the train to school every day, but had never met anyone who did it before. As soon as DABS started teaching me about the culture and history and taking me painting I fell in love with it really quickly!
INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATION:
DABS: I think everyone that we meet and become friends with influences us a lot! That’s one of the great things about painting graffiti and traveling is you get to meet so many talented people and work with them in creating something together a lot of the time. You always walk away from painting a wall with someone with something that has inspired you or influenced you I think.
OTHER EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE HELPED SHAPING YOUR STYLE:
MYLA: For us it’s strange because we are two people working together, so we both have a life time of experiences that has influenced us and now we have shared those influences with each other. I think that’s one thing that makes our style unique!
WHAT IS GRAFFITI ALL ABOUT TO YOU?
DABS: Graffiti is something that I have been doing for more than half of my life. It used to be all about getting up as much as possible and developing my style. 8 years ago I met MYLA and we started painting graffiti together. Now we both spend more time painting characters on walls and working in a studio than we do painting graffiti. But we always make sure we get out and paint a piece whenever we can, which is usually when we are traveling… so I guess now graffiti is more about traveling with each other, meeting new people or spending time with friends, getting into funny situations and having a good time.
3 WORDS THAT WOULD BEST DEFINE YOUR STYLE:
DABS: Flat, Bold and Strange.
CHARACTERISTICS THAT SET YOU APART IN THE GRAFFITI SCENE:
MYLA: We are a married couple who paint together.
FAVORITE SPOTS TO PAINT GRAFFITI:
MYLA: All spots are good spots….as long as it’s not raining !
WHAT DOES TAHITI REPRESENT TO YOU?
MYLA: We love the pacific and tropical islands and even though we have never been to Tahiti we are looking forward to visiting and being inspired !