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SENE: "In '85 and '86 nearly all trains had been painted during the afternoons, real parties were thrown in the yards. Writers met at the corner and arranged meetings for e.g. Sundays in a specific yard.
This resulted in 15 to 16 people showing up for bombing the trains from the outside, but also from the inside. Some smoked inside the cars and had the cassette recorders with them.
Then the first one was caught by the police, his name was Cisco. He was caught at night, since he had started a whole car in the afternoon, wanting to finish it at night. This was his error. The cops just waited for them, they had to run but were not caught. Cisco stumbled over the rails and broke a leg. After that the police also started to supervise the yards in the afternoons.
In those days every train - really every train - was totally bombed, inside, outside, with felt-marker and spraycan, from top to bottom, and no free space was available for any additional tagging.
CONE had a throw-up on every train during 85 to 87. He and PIECES were the first to go all-city. Not only on the trains, but also with inside bombings. The various lines showed countless tags and throw-ups.
Although they were only small ones, it must be respected, because there were no fat-caps around in those days.
The point was to make the smallest but cleanest tag. This tag-style came to us from Berlin.
The meeting at writers' corner was held merely to assemble 30 to 40 people in order to go out and bomb. Later, the corner changed to the Jungfernstieg (closer to the center of town) which turned out to be the greatest set-back for graffiti and the writer scene in Hamburg. There the mix-up with the junkies of the St. Georg scene and the Skaters took place. That was in '88.
That year most sprayers preferred to lie in the sun with their girlfriends rather than to bomb anything. The movement split up. Smaller groups formed and decomposed the big movement, the only people to rely on were the ones of the immediate entourage. Too many outsiders diluted the issues.
80% of the old writers abandoned the scene at the time of the Jungfernstieg Corner.
Easter 88 the first deaths hit the scene, some commuter train surfers who were killed while surfing. The press did their job and caused many young kids to join.
Summer '88 brought thousands of new faces to the scene."


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