We hit Signore Alberto up for a quick Q&A the other day and the man was happy enough to share his thoughts with us. Here we have one of the best in the business: a heavyweight of the European graff scene in general, and Italy in particular. Nolac comes from Vicenza, a pretty hip–to–the–game town between Verona and Venice, in Italy‘s Veneto region. He recently kicked some arse in the global Meeting Of Styles event, this year hosted by Venice.
INFX: Was this year‘s Meeting Of Styles in Venice the first time you‘ve participated in MOS?
NOLAC: No, I‘ve been taking part to MOS since 2003.
INFX: Cool. Have you travelled with your art very much?
NOLAC: Yes, I travelled a lot. I‘ve been all over Europe and I had the chance to meet and paint with some of the most influent people involved in the graffiti world. In the 2010 I took part in an exhibition with the legendary Martha Cooper and in 2011 with the master T–Kid.
INFX: Martha Cooper, Eh? That would‘ve been a real privledge. You use various monikers including ‘SHOW‘, ‘TACO‘, and ‘ABE‘ (among others) –why do you write so many different names?
NOLAC: I write several tags because it‘s useful to improve my skills and to develop my own style. Sometimes it‘s even boring using and writing always the same name.
INFX: Nice, mix it up a bit… You‘ve been using Ironlak a bit but do you really think it is the best paint? What are your favourite cans?
NOLAC: Sometimes I paint with Ironlak. Most of the colors are nice and the pressure level is as good as the old Montana Hardcore. They are very clean.
INFX: Where do you see yourself (and your art) in 5 years time?
NOLAC: Honestly I don‘t know. I have no plans, I mean, I‘ll be painting for sure but graffiti is not my job, it‘s just a hobby.
Recently I haven‘t been painting as much as in the past because my job get me very busy. By the way graffiti is and will always be a need to me.
Frrresh! A big thanks to Alberto for taking the time out to chat.