Interview with Epoi

Presented  as artist:

How many tags do you want? I am , Boyler boy aka Sergio Taccheggi aka Epoi APC PMB!

How and when did you get to know the world of graffiti?

Mmm...Let's face it, around 2006 I made a trip to Marseille and I was shocked by bombing on the walls and mountains, I saw huge silvery things when you enter the Frèjus tunnel, pieces at inhuman heights on cement strips suspended in the void, under an 8-lanehigway , I was shocked and that stuff made me interested in graffiti even if years before the tags in my city did not go unnoticed.

Do you remember where you did your first piece?

Yes, again in 2006, even before going to France I had bought some colors with two friends and we didn't even know what we were doing, we made a horrible piece behind the train depot in Bolzano, I feel like I wrote something like Yogi, a piece first outline and then coloring on a peeling wall.

How do you feel when you go paint, what is  that pushes you to continue?

Eh...heavy this... (silence) in the end there are those who seek the feeling of challenge, defy the limits and the unknown, for me it's the maximum expression, defy the system at night in the X point of the city, dead spots where no one goes, and there rises that contrasting feeling, it's a heavy role, actually I'm on the fuck the idea of the artist from Kirkegaard, but it's the truth, the greatest loves you can never enjoy to the full, when I paint a part of my being still can not be filled completely. They are contrasting sensations, like everything in life, like love, for me it's venting the heaviest feelings, I happened to find myself calling on the tracks in the middle of the night to vent the anger while I was painting, but I've always done pieces to vent and I find it a right way rather than doing other things ...

Were there any writers who greatly influenced your style or way of painting?

Every city has its beat, however I had the opportunity to travel, Berlin, Barcelona, a bit everywhere in Europe and every city gives you something, i remember the first pieces on the regional train of Paolins, engines that passed painted, then the blocks of the 1up in Bolzano, in short, when you start it is the scene around you to influence you.

How has your approach to graffiti changed since 5 years ago?

Eh...the trash style has now taken the upwind in the scene, so what you see is what you breathe, but for me it has not changed too much, at the beginning there was more union even in my crew, we went to paint together, then time passes, people move ,things change, I have to say that in recent years I have gone to paint often on my own.

Tell us a good memory related to graffiti

I've got a lot of them…once while I was painting a group of refugees arrived and started looking at me, then we speek a little and they were amazed, I finished the piece and they invited me to their house for dinner, I followed them and we went to this apartment of 50 square meters where 17 people lived, we ate lentils and milk and then there was the imam who had a role as the absolute boss of the house, they called him the capotribù , and he say to te women to cook fish with raisins and plums just for me, crazy experience.

and now tell us about an unpleasant one

Eh, I was on the rail painting and my phone rings and was my girlfriend, and we start argue , we freak out and we quit on the phone while I was doing a train dedicated to her.

What did graffiti give you in your life?


And what do you think they took away from you?

mm...maybe I didn't enjoy other things better...but at least in the end I spent my teenage years painting rather than at the bar or at the mall.

Today graffiti is one of the biggest underground movements in the world, why are so many people approaching this movement?

In my opinion there are 2 reasons. 1 human: it is a part of being, before becoming adults above all, the need to assert oneself in the world, to say I exist, let me exist at least before becoming a homologated beast, and the second reason is that the media pump graffiti, why? Already in the 80's there were graffiti but there was no talk of it, then as soon as you realize that a movement is pure, it is compact, it becomes dangerous for the world, and then here is the evil trick,they start to pump the movement, to throw money into it, to give it attention, why? Just to destroy it, to make it lose its true essence, so it happened with the hip hop movement, and if we are not careful it will happen with graffiti, if it has not already happened.

What do you think about the role of instagram in the scene.

Eh intasgram has taken the place of the street, but when you see a piece in the street done well, a harness on a roof ... but there you really understand the graffiti, not on the Internet. Obviously it has its negative but also positive sides, you can easily get in touch with many artists around the world, I can see a lot of different styles, in short there are the pros and cons, it's up to you to use it in the right way.

What is your relationship with street art?

It's kidding...I think a good street arter should still have a background of real graffiti, then if you can send a good message, well done, without having to cripple your idea and get us a little money, well good for you, I appreciate it.

What do you think about the current scene in your city?

Bolzano? I don't have a fixed city, but I grow up in Bolzano and the scene is very bad. But I am a vagabond so I can tell you that there are cool scenes in other places where I am often, to tell you I nominate you crew from northern Italy of various cities where I periodically stop. Crews like Chaz, lav, isnt, uao,  who do serious stuff, but are not from Bolzano...

What's the city where you found the most interesting scene?

Well...many cities in the south of France, and of course Berlin.

How important are graffiti in your life?

I dedicate several hours to graffiti, so it's very important, it's a meditative outburst, I don't know what it will lead to, but I believe in it a lot.

Future projects?

I would like to push more and more and paint with the people I respect and the artists who gass me, the crews come and go but the real people stay.

Do you think that one day you'll stop?

It can be, as long as the lungs are holding, we'll see if Epoi will have a turning point.


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