|With this act the Graffiti painting was started, of the man
called later the KING OF STYLE, artists name KING ZACK and he
entered the history of Hamburg graffiti painting.
"To me it was totally unimportant if I was one of the first
writers in Hamburg, I painted for fun, I did not spray a lot,
but I have always watched to spray for quality."
sprayed his first walls in autumn '83 and was the man of the
first hour, like ERIC, CISCO, SNAKE, JACE, DASE, MCKCD and some
His wild styles, his high level technique but also his
characters inspired countless other sprayers.
When WILD STYLE hit the Hamburg cinemas in '84 it was the starting
shot for Graffiti in Hamburg. There had been, indeed, some Graffiti
before, but it was only after the film that the city became coloured.
"When I see graffiti, I sense New York everywhere. One
day I had seen the film WILD STYLE together with my father.
At that time I was hardly 16 years old and it was on a late
The very same night I went out and sprayed my first piece
Just recently my father said to me: "if I
had known what this film would trigger off, I would never have
taken you to the cinema.""