Grominate Interview

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Who are you and what do you do?

Grominate & Graffiti Art.

How long have you been doing graffiti for?

Almost 6 years.

What was your influence to start doing graffiti?

A buddy that wrote Mayk tried getting me to come out taggin with him but I thought graffiti was stupid and at that point and didnt want to go. Some time after I decided to go and found that tagging was really fun… and thats when it all started.

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How would you describe the graffiti scene in Calgary?

The graffiti gets buffed so quickly that its almost impossible to have ups for more than 2 weeks. Pointless to waste your paint anywhere other then where the public can’t see. A lot of sick writers but the bombing scene lacks. Calgary has some of the sickest styles in Canada imo…. it has its own style…. Voltron is the biggest well recognized crew here …. Phere, Caso, Bayse, Bolr, Vohs, Sleize, Conz, Deth, Melt, Noem are peeps i’ve looked up too over the years…… just to name a few still doing their thing.

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You like to paint a lot of characters, do you come up with them on the spot when you’re painting them?

90% freestyle. Sometimes I bring a reference or unless I have a really good idea that needs to be put down on paper first.

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What’s your inspiration for your characters?

Bolr has always inspired my work since I first started noticing his stuff around. I was doing some dumb cartoony stuff until I stumbled upon his drawings. They really inspired me to step up my game and do some sick shit like him. He has always been the root of my inspiration for graffiti, characters, paintings …. oh and Musal’s character’s really got me into the character game… love his work.

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How would you describe your style of graffiti?


Who’s art inspires you?

People like Takashi Murakami. When I first discovered his work I was completely fascinated! His stuff is mind blowing I definetly recommend checking him out if you haven’t before. The way he uses his color and the amount of stuff he puts into just one painting and how clean and the amount of stuff he does is insanely inspiring to see. Hopefully one day I can be in the ranks. His work has changed the way I look at doing art.

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Do you have any chase stories you can share with us?

One really drunk night I decided to go out bombing. As soon as my night started I was throwing up a free Bolr rep and half way through an undercover spotted me doing it and I instantly starting dipping up a hill. The car starting chasing me and I tried jumping up this massive fence and missed and fell back and tried three more times to get up it and failed and turned around and the cop was running directly at me. so I ran directly at him dodged him booked down the hill into the road almost tripped infront of a car outran the cop and peaced through peoples yards and chilled under a bridge for like 30 minutes until the hawk stopped looking and went home …… there’s been really bad ones… but this is the only one where i had to deak out a pig and almost hit by a car.

What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve seen or experienced while out painting?

Hearing a guy flip his car ten times hammered beside the yard. Going to the crash site and thinking the dudes dead…. he crawls out of the wreckage super wasted without a scratch…. called an ambulance and went back to painting.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Bigger, better, more creative work.

Do you have any last words to share with the Senses Lost readers?

If you got something original or unique to show …. run with it.


  • DuggCrates December 19, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Good shit, BIG-UP GROM! Been seeing your stuff for years and it’s always gettin better n better, props mayne!

  • Tiamat December 19, 2012, 6:48 pm

    One of my favorite artists out there. Killin’ it Grom.

  • therealgrominate December 20, 2012, 4:44 pm

    tell tha chase storyz about when you snitch out the city and avoid criminal charagez !!

  • Hicktown vandal December 20, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Straight up! Kid Ratted out Vomet. Grom is a snitch!!

  • zigy m December 21, 2012, 1:07 pm

    hell yea grom

  • media December 21, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Voltrons one of the biggest crews in my opinion.

  • limelighter December 21, 2012, 1:28 pm

    Vomit got arrested at one of grom’s show for being drunk that was starting fights with everyone…. later he decided to vandalize the building….. the promoters called the cops and gave them his name……. know the story before you start throwing out accusations ^^^^

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  • Sam December 24, 2012, 10:05 am

    good interview….. keep rocking those characters

  • Me December 27, 2012, 6:37 pm

    Grom is actually the worst. I can’t believe this dude has a kid. Fuck this fool

  • BOLR December 27, 2012, 11:53 pm

    if anyone actually knows this guy, hes the worst, has a huge anger problem and is super irrational, not to mention extremely closed minded.

  • Doug December 28, 2012, 2:54 am

    I heard this homie sells rocks on the street to feed his graffiti addiction….. atleast thats what one of my cousins told me…. no ones got shit this dude…. people say anything to hate.

  • The Realness January 8, 2013, 5:00 pm

    People need to stop the dick riding. The letters are a poorly done version of augors and the characters are similar to a bowl of noodles. All discombobulated and shit lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The internet is desensitizing people to what graffiti should actually be: not a bunch of whispy gremlins and bitten letters.

  • 8 January 13, 2013, 2:58 pm

    you fools will only talk shit if you can anonymously hide behind a computer ^^^^ truth

  • bowling for adventure time February 12, 2013, 9:38 am

    your all under accomplished compaired to this guy….every one of you. and the people who are hating on gromin8’s productivity…..they probably smell like stale clowns.

  • misterthief † February 23, 2013, 10:03 am

    holy shit stop hating ! grominate’s a hard ass worker at what he does regardless of style or anything else he deserves respect.

  • Kid October 12, 2013, 3:40 pm

    I saw you’re adventure time one in auburn Washington (south of Seattle )

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