Saul attack is no stranger to street culture. Cutting his teeth in new
york city in the early '90s, he became acquainted with the sworn
enemy of the scene at the ripe young age of 13.
Saul, sum up your brand in one sentence.
I’ll do it in one word: troublesome.
What’s your greatest achievement in the industry to date?
Being able to support myself, work with my friends and help my family by doing something that never feels like work.
What’s the difference between artists and vandals?
Vandals have to make sure their sneakers are laced up tight.
What do you love about your city?
I’ve been living in Melbourne for five years now – it’s such a great city. There is so much creative talent and most Melbournians supports these people. It’s a young city and I’m excited to see what it grows into in the next five to 10 years.
Your website says your life influences the direction of Boywolf, including the trouble you’ve seen. Can you tell us a bit about that?
I grew up and lived in New York for 22 years. Before 13 I was hopping trains, spending my time roaming the streets with my friends and getting into trouble. It was Dinkins-era NYC and the city was still pretty grimy. My influences started in the time. Music, art, graffiti, learning from doing stupid shit. I am fortunate to have mega supportive parents. They dealt with a lot of legal shit with me and getting arrested for bullshit. Experience helped me develop my core values. The place and the time gave me a direction.
Describe where you live:
My life is a volatile space somewhere between insanity and truth. I surround myself with people that inspire me in an environment that creates creativity. I live in a playground for a lost generation of man-children, where wearing a watch is for Muppets and 9 to 5 doesn’t exist. Music is too loud, walls are constantly changing and too much is never enough.
Fuck the police?
Yep, I’ve had run-ins over the years with some power-tripping, piece-of-shit cops. They are authority that works for the quota rather then working for the people. I have no respect for that shit. Protect the innocent, don’t just protect your ego. Lately there has been a lot of media on police brutality. I don’t think police are getting more violent or racist, I think people are finally becoming more vigilant in documenting and reporting. People gotta keep flexing back to that shit!
Can you talk us through your studio space?
Our spaces are like Harvey Dent at the end of the film. The Richmond spot is the office, event space and showroom. The Artshole is an open-plan studio that we share. Downstairs from the Artshole we have our screen-printing operation and downstairs from that is Sam’s kosher bakery. He is so confused with what is happening above his bakery at all hours of the night. Respect though, because he puts up with a lot of shit.
You hold events at the studio, yeah?
Yeah, in Richmond – it’s a dope spot. We try to do what we can to support local artists and creatives. We have hosted some great in-house launches for a variety of our collaborations and releases, as well as a bunch of creative events, hip hop album releases and other parties we have sponsored. We have some dope events lined up for the year so stay tuned!
Finish these phrases:
New York is … grays papaya on 10th avenue in the rain.
Hip Hop is … dead.
Graffiti is … as important to art as spray tan is to the Jersey Shore.
Bombing is ... raw expression.