|Sure looks tasty - 2000
|Stretcher - 1999
|Savage Army - 1988
|Whenever it feels right - 1998
|Hey there it is! - 2000
have inhaled - 2000
|Blue eye - 1999
|Busy smokin - 2000
|Bleedin nose - 1988
|Step inside - 1992
THOMAS STØNJUM © 16.08.00
why did you start with graffiti?
to 1987 I was your average anonymous, shy and football-hating kid,
which didn't go down well in Begby, Fredrikstad. Everything revolved
around football and mopeds. I was into drawing and bicycles and
books, and I used to stand and stare the pieces of Spade and Craze
(old-school Fredrikstad writers) with awe. I kept feeling out of
touch with reality until I met some other kids equally out of touch.
And, my luck, they were into drawing, and graffiti, too. This was
'87. All of a sudden, I was part of something big, special, unique;
and I was respected for what I did, not despised for what I didn't.
I was somebody. No big wonder I loved it.
you come up with the name Coderock, and does it have any special
'88, the biggest thing was Public Enemy, and we dressed up in full
urban combat gear, with boots and shaved heads and bad attitudes.
I guess the only way to tell the difference between us and neo-nazi
skinheads was the way we shook hands. We were into a militant aggressive
style, and I thought I needed a big loud pompous-sounding name.
Everyone else had 3-5 letter names, so I figured eight letters would
make the difference. I had the biggest belt-buckle, and damn proud
I was, too. I suppose the name had some special meaning once, but
that's lost on me now. It just got stuck, like any other stupid
name. It could have been Cryptic Stone or Magic Flower if I was
into DeLaSoul. Luckily, I wasn't. Anyway, I'm not into rap music
anymore, I listen to rock'n roll, so I guess it still fits in a
a long time ago that you were down with the Savage Army and X-Ray
Posse. When and how did you come in contact with them and do you
still keep in touch? Are any of the other people from these crews
down my street in Fredrikstad lived two of the three people in Fredrikstad
down with Hip Hop (PeeJay and Sick, Spade lived 15 minutes away).
PeeJay was down with Jayski from Oslo, and they formed what was
to become B.O.L.T. Warhead (Norway's first and best rap group ever,
in my humble opinion). I just went along for the ride, and joined
The Savage Army and X-Ray Posse. They were the "back-up posses"
of B.O.L.T. Warhead and weren't writer's crews as such, but consisted
of rappers, breakers, writers and people we thought were cool enough
to join. I still keep in touch with some of them, but most of us
have evolved in completely different directions. The other really
good writers of the crews, Spade and Sick, still paint from time
to time, and Sick has become an amazingly good artist, doing large
graf-inspired canvases. Anyway, they're the only crews I've been
part of, and I left around '92, "to pursue a solo career",
as they say. I prefer managing on my own. Group mentality is evil.
If everybody minded their own business and let everybody else mind
theirs, we'd have world peace.
How do you
look upon the graffiti scene in Fredrikstad compared to other norwegian
don't know anymore, I haven't lived there for five years, but it
used to be a good, wholesome, healthy and united little scene. Few,
but talented writers such as Spade, Exem, Sick, Naiv, and myself.
Anyway, I don't know too much about the graffiti scenes in other
norwegian cities. They're probably allright, although I never hear
about writers from, say Tromsø.
culture has changed a bit the last 10 - 15 years. What do you think
of the way things have changed?
way it looks from my view (which is sort of detatched) is that the
whole graffiti scene has split in two parts with almost nothing
to do with each other, and the difference between the new school
and the old is only growing bigger. And I can't say I like the new
media made violent breed of bombers. Violence and destruction for
the sake of destruction has got little to do with the basics of
graffiti. The bottom line is about creativity, and ripping up seats
and smashing windows in subway cars isn't creative. But the media
gets what the media wants. If the newspapers keep on crying about
violent graffiti thugs, eventually that's what they get. The Dark
Side of Graffiti gets too much press. If the newspapers hadn't moaned
about bombing every other day, there wouldn't be half as many tags
around. I mean, taggers want attention, and that's what they get,
in truckloads. And I'm sure bombing brings a little fun and exitement
to a boring life. I can understand why kids are pissed off and angry
at the world, and want to fuck up things, but that's no reason to
go screwing up the graffiti culture. The way it looks now (in Oslo)
is that everything related to graffiti is going to be illegalized,
from "thrashing" (whatever that is) to legal walls. That
kind of pisses me off. If your're into graffiti for destruction
only, please: find something else to do. Mug old people, steal from
children or chop wood, do anything else than being a vandal hiding
behind the word "hip hop". (On a personal note, and a
little besides the point: Who's the shithead who fucked up the "Blue
Master Cigarettes" mural at Majorstuen subway station? That
mural had been there for fifty years, and it was cool. Idiot. Leave
something in peace, willya?) Besides, 10 years ago you had the choice
between twenty different Quick colours. Now you can get almost any
colour you want. That's nice.