Interviews DrOne

Drone grew up in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town – what he calls the “mecca of hip hop culture in South Africa”. He was always interested in sketching characters like Robotech, Mech warriors and Thunder Cats, but only started sketching letters around 1992. It wasn’t until 1996 that he painted his first tag on his way to school, using Aerolak spray paint. Co-founder of the graffiti crew, NME, Drone mostly paints with his brother and “partner in grime”, Skiet. He has mostly painted in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Drone
Drone, Skiet

What is graffiti?
ART.

Describe your style?
Organic/Versatile/Flowing.

How do you think you have influenced the Cape Town graffiti scene?
Doing my own thing and not following what everyone else is doing.

Tell us more about your crew.
The crew was started by myself and SKIET as a joke. We recruited WYSE and RESN, who were doing lots of night missions at the time, then ANOY and SLATE joined later on. We are all totally different individuals with varying views and styles. We focus more on doing the big mural productions.

Drone, Prefix
Skiet, Drone, Am
Drone sketch

Who or what inspired you the most when you first started writing?
ICE7, GOGGA, BABY, SKY189, FALKO, MAK1ONE.

Where/what is your favourite place to paint?
Hidden spots.

What do you like about the graffiti scene in Cape Town?
Gatsbys.

What do you dislike about the graffiti scene in Cape Town?
Too much egos, politics and bullshit! People need to start respecting each other for being different, and not for being the same!

Anoy, Skiet, Drone
Drone skech

Where do you get your inspiration?
Life.

You’re a graphic designer. How do the two affect each other?
I try and bridge the gap between writing and graphic design by using design elements in my street stuff and graffiti elements in my design work.

You like to design clothes and you have your own brand. Tell us more about this.
I started out doing screen printing as a hobby, which has since developed into the underground clothing label ENEMY MINDQUARTERS, which we are selling on the street (not available in stores at this point).

We are also printing the CONFORM brand, which has become a cult classic in Cape Town.

What are some of your favourite clothing brands?
ENEMY and CONFORM.

MisterE (Australia), Drone
Drone
Drone

Who are some of your favourite artists?
SHOK1, ALERT, LOOMIT, REVOK, EL MAC, 123KLAN and TOTEM2.

How else do you spend your time?
Working on illustrations and design work in the studio, painting graffiti, chilling with friends, making food.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
Painting bigger walls.

What goal would you like to achieve that you haven’t yet realised?
Traveling and painting around the world.

Shout outs to SKIET, SLATE 337, PREFIX, DOS4, AM, SETH, RACK, AEGIZ, NAID, MYZA, TOWER, MEK, WISE, RESN, ICE7.

Drone
Drone sketch

wall with Ice7

Drone, Ice7

© Copyright 2011, Graffiti South Africa™.
Graffiti South Africa™ thanks Drone for this interview.
First published on 13 June 2011.