Yesterday I completed interviews 3,4&5 down at my new second home, the Hall of Fame. One of the questions I ask is where the artist has travelled from to paint there. This is because it was quickly established, by the number of crew tags there and by conversations with artists, that people had travelled some distances to paint there. Today’s crew were from all over the north of the country, but regularly met in Liverpool. They then as a crew and individually travelled to suitable walls all over the country.
Another question that developed was how far did they travel to paint? for this the answers were varied, some purely within the UK and some in places like Amsterdam, Ibiza and in other holiday locations. It appeared that being in a new location, even whilst on holiday, the temptation to paint was still there. The artists that had stayed in the UK had taken trips for no other reason other than to paint, where as those who had painted in Europe were there for another purpose but found time to paint.
Many of those I have spoken to express a desire to paint outside of the UK. This is understandable, There is a massive international graffiti community.