Flying Fortress - The Vitals
Age: Old enough to be made responsible for illegal
Where do you now
live?: Still living in Munich. Even if I’m going to live somewhere else…
i think i will always come back again to die at “home”.
How long have
you been creating street art?: graff since 1990, street art since 2001
/>What did you do last night?: Sorry - nothing exciting. Just working
on commercial jobs till late at night - going home - drawing some handmade
stickers before falling asleep.
What is your favorite thing to eat for
dinner?: Self made sushi rolls. Bavarian breakfast: Weisswuerste mit
Brez’n und Bier (white sausages, brezels and beer)
Who is your favorite
fictional character?: Chewy and Stimpy.
What do you currently have
in your pockets?: 2 European Cents of money (it has to last for the rest of
If you were given “more time,” what would you do with it?:
Get an armed submarine and blast off all whaler ships that are still sailing
Who do you love?: P. - She knows…
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Flying Fortress - The A’s To Our Q’s:
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Wooster: How did
you get started in creating art for the street?
Fortress: Got into the graffiti thing around the early 90’s. But when graff
ate itself around middle 90’s i quit for a while and got my focus on other
things. i was much impressed by people i met at higher school of graphic design.
they where doing completely different work. So i tried to free myself from my
“graff-background” and look over my selfmade borders. later i “came back” and
combined things. After i saw a few magazines showing all these kinds of “new
graffiti movement” (street art)... i started again. I think that’s the general
story of change within the last few years: people had their roots in graffiti -
they took this style and put it to all kind of art and design - and at least
they brought this new mixed-up-thing back into graff.
How did you come up with the characters that you use in your art?
/> "right">Flying Fortress: I was looking for an “icon” instead of a tag.
You use a tag as a code, only for insider (means: other writers). But i wanted
something more illustratively to be recognized by everybody. And i just don’t
wanted to do it gain and again. repetition yes! but not only for repetition
itself. Every single “icon” should be part of a bigger idea. So i thought a
soldier could be the best thing. Doing one by one (repetition) the army is
growing bigger and bigger (idea). Occupation!
other street artists do you most admire and why?
Fortress: There are a bunch of excellent artist which inspire me. "http://www.banksy.co.uk">Banksy, "http://www.obeygiant.com">Obey, HNT (even his graff in the 90’s), "http://www.hessenmob.de/artist/chimp.html">Dave the Chimp, "http://www.kawsone.com">Kaws... And there is La mano. His way of doing
thing this consistently impressed me a lot. But all in all i got it all from href= "http://www.andyhowell.com">Andy Howell. He is an idol. Best. And Eko
from Ekosystem for his work and all his
sacrifice for the scene.
Wooster: What’s your favorite city,
neighborhood, or block, to post and/or to see street art?
Fortress: Active: Home town Munich/Germany. It is where people just start to
recognize my whole idea. when i walk around at daytime i can see: Good-good -
everything is under control. I try to keep things quiet here - not playing the
big destroyer. Don’t make your neighbours angry… so you can go on with your
business more easily… but: different places - different rules. Passiv:
London. Completely to Munich. Quite different to any German city.
/>Wooster: What inspires you now?
Flying Fortress: All
kind of activism. Even if i don’t like it itself. But it is good when people go
for their ideas. Cheers.
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