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Graffiti

Say ‘hello’ to Brus, JBrock, Napal, Alice Pasquini, Gemello, Warios, Lady Nina and Mr. Pepsy: the eight Roman street-artists who left their mark for one night only on the Fendi HQ, interpreting the word ‘graffiti’ and giving life to the very first rooftop series of fluo-filled world maps.

1. What do you think the future of graffiti will look like?

BRUS

Oh, that’s a good question because I’ve seen a lot of changes during my 20 years of experience. I think that it could disappear a bit… not completely, I hope. You know, people are changing, and styles are changing, so I guess we’ll see!

2. If Rome were a color, which color would it be and why?

JBROCK

It would be red! Because of passion… it’s the city that I love the most and I believe all Romans would find it really, really hard to go somewhere else.

3. How would you describe the Roman graffiti scene?

NAPAL

How would I describe it? Well, it’s like a life-long love story! I’ve been here for over 30 years now so, I’ve made so many friends in this movement and that’s what actually keeps you going. It’s also the younger generations that start, you know? We’re all making art on the streets, so it’s a lot of fun.

4. How is it like to be a girl in the graffiti world?

ALICE PASQUALINI

Well, at the beginning people would ask me if I could really paint by myself… but then, you know, you just have to believe in yourself, in your abilities and just prove yourself!

5. How is your love for music reflected on your graffiti?

GEMELLO

I would say my love for music is reflected on my paintings because I love doing both things and they’re both kind of chaotic yet poetic at the same time… A bit like those film soundtracks, with a story and many layers to it.

6. What’s your favorite part of the creative process?

WARIOS

Ok, I have two! The first one is coming up with the idea, while the second one –and probably the one I love the most– is adding all the final details to the masterpiece. I just love touching it up at the end and take it to the next level!

7. We know you come from performing and photography backgrounds but, what made you want to pursue a career in graffiti?

LADY NINA

I actually started with graffiti! My passion for photography came later, but yeah, graffiti has always been the first thing for me <3

8. What’s your favorite letter for graffiti-writing?

MR. PEPSY

‘S’. You know you’re addicted to a letter when you have dreams or nightmares of it and I always, always fall asleep with the letter ‘S’ on my mind!

9. F is For…?

ALL

Fresh, friendship, freedom, fire, family, fantastic, father!

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