In the ILG series of interviews, we now present none other than Loomit. Second to none when it comes to activity, travelling, size of pieces or cans killed.
ILG: First of all, please give us a short introduction of yourself, whats your name and crews?
Loomit: Im a 1,73 m high Munich, Germany inhabitant, who writes Loomit. My crews are FBI, UA and FX.
ILG: When did you get in touch with graffiti for the first time?
Loomit: In June 1983.
ILG: When did you start painting graffiti?
Loomit: In July 1983.
ILG: How did you get your name?
Loomit: After a character in the movie. he was called Loomis and it was a black and white movie from 1962 called Niagara. I couldn’t tag a proper S at the end, so I chose the next letter of the alphabet T.
ILG: Who were your idols at that time?
Loomit: I just heard of graffiti , so there were just comicbook artists at that time, but in November that year Wild Style was shown on TV, so I started with Lee, Zephyr and Dondi.
ILG: How was your relation to hip hop and the 4 elements – and what do you think about it today?
Loomit: When I started, there was nobody else but me and a scene as we know it today, started forming in late 1984 in Munich. At that time, I was happy even to find people with the same interest as me, even though they weren’t active. It started small and rose to a huge movement and I was lucky to experience it all the way.
ILG: What kind of music do you listen to today?
Loomit: Nothing in particular, but to give you an impression, I got Austria’s FM4 Station running all day in my studio.
ILG: How did you develop your style over the years?
Loomit: Travelling and exercise was the fuel. After my crew colleagues introduced me to computer illustrations in the early nineties and seeing the first Delta pieces and Daim pieces, I took the step towards 3D.
ILG: Do you prefer bombing, hall-of-fame-painting or playing in the yards?
Loomit: I would rather be playing in the streets.
ILG: Why did you quit painting illegally, was there any decisive reason?
Loomit: No, simply two kids and the responsebility for them.
ILG: What’s your opinion on trains?
Loomit: They were fun to me back in the days and I still enjoy to see them and USE them.
ILG: Any funny story about trains?
Loomit: Too many!
ILG: If there was a good party, would you have ignored the train in the yard and gone there?
Loomit: No, I’m not a party type, Im rather an ambitioned worker.
ILG: What’s your favourite train?
Loomit: The Brazilian ones…
ILG: You have painted worldwide, is there any place you still want to paint or any person you still want to paint with? By the way, back in the days, how was travelling and networking without internet and mobile phones?
Loomit: We used our brain and eyes to find writers in cities we reached mostly by train. The places I’m planning to go in the future, are all in the East, Russia, Georgia and Kasakhstan. The persons are the ones I meet on my trips, or I aim for those who’s work I like.
ILG: What do you think about the future of graffiti?
Loomit: No idea, just like the last quarter of a century.
ILG: What’s your opinion on the huge streetart hype?
Loomit: It helps my business and sparks interest in all kinds of people.
ILG: Do you catch up on graffiti online?
Loomit: Not very often, but I do.
ILG: Do you feel as a star or a legend?
Loomit: I’m a father now, so that’s what I feel first. But I certainly see the respect people do have and I’m thankful for that.
ILG: What will be the impact of new laws and harder punishment for graffiti, from your point of view?
Loomit: Not too much. There will be faster technics and smarter youngsters to deal with this.
ILG: What will you tell your kids and grandkids about your graffiti time?
Loomit: I guess my grandkids might be more into it, since my family experience graffiti as dad’s job.
ILG: Any last words?
Loomit: Let the photos speak…