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Collector: Joedigger

Today i’m glad to post a new collector review, Joedigger, who have a very nice Mop collection. Here a few pics and questions, i hope you like it.


Hi, first at all thanks to send these terrific pics, please let us know when you beggin to collect markers? and why?

I began to collect markers as far as i have been writing graffiti! I have always collected everything, from basket-ball cards to Mickey Magazine, and the biggest of them all, my spray paint cans collection, but that’s another story!

Where you come from? It’s hard to found new additions in your town?

I come from Lille, in the North of France, near Belgium, one of the greatest country to dig in.

I’m collecting spray paint cans, and in the places i dig you always find old paint, old mops, old markers, old things, so i take them all. I clean the place.


Where you found Spotty? is nice to see this paint dabber refilled with ink, it works? what about the foam tip? Is solvent resistant?

You can find the Spotties almost everywhere, it’s a child, water-based type of squeezer, the original color and texture of the ink is really cool, and smells good! In fact i’ve known them before the actual, graffiti-specialized squeezers. They’re a little bit too dull but they resist solvents, and they don’t leak.

You have a very nice mop collection, do you have any suggestion about the best brand or tip shape?

The best Mops i have ever found were the Sipratic Mops, which were very used by parisian writers during the 80’s and 90’s. They were so ergonomic, with their two sides mold to place your fingers. It was the first mops i used, i hadn’t had the idea to keep them. I gave the other one to a friend. And like 5 years ago, a stock had been put in place in the shop i used to steal them in, despite the brand had been dead for like 5 years ago! But i don’t know i didn’t stole one…

The regular brands have a great shape, i only use round tips, they make such beautiful tags…Props to Azyle in Paris for his career by the way. He’s the greatest ambassador of french mops!


I like it very much the Baranne and IdeCuir boxes, what they content?

The Baranne only contents a shoe cream, Idecuir contains a little cleaning bottle, and a great mop, with what looks like a home-made tip, with a piece of tissu.


What call your atention of a mop? the label design, the bottle shape, the tip?

The capacity of the mop is primordial, cause mops tags need a lot of ink. After i look closely at the hermiticity of the cap, cause i’ve been fucking up so many jeans..!

In other words, what need a mop to increase your collection?

A mop need to have a little design from back in the days, or a picture of a 70’s lady, with blond hair and bright smile, Farah Fawcett Style!!! RIP!


In your email yoy say that you love Home-made inks, that’s great!
Please do you have any recipe to share with all the readers of this blog?

I keep my mixtures secret like any good chief! But i have simple tactics, and basic ingredients. You only have to know which ink to mix with which pigment. My favorite ingredient is the french fuschia Corio. Corio was, like Flo-master, a so-deep colored ink, when i see tags from back in the days…It’s incredible. Nowadays it’s watered shit. But the fuschia is still good. I have found one day like 10 Waterman’s 1 litre bottles, and i’ve launched the ink directly from the bottle to the wall, well after like 15 layers of spray paint you still saw the green Waterman ink getting over them. My favorite inks are Jet, so black but not hard to buff, Fuschia Corio and some burgundies of my own. You have made the best ink when it makes littles holes, as if she was breathing. Azyle had crazy home-made inks, with those holes in it.

Do you have any anecdote about amateur chemistry?

Yeah, trying to fill a Spotty with spray paint Silver, spraying in the bottle. I don’t know why but silver and gold paint are so cold!!! Try the experience, they are cold when get out of the can, it’s mysterious…Plus i hadn’t think that spray paint will keep some gas in the bottle, and when i opened the fresh silver-filled spotty it pops out like a devil from his box, and, man, it was silver time everywhere in my room! I have fucked up so many clothes, so many tables, so many sneakers trying to make the best ink. I am able to tell every ink and every paint i have on my jeans!


I like it in the last picture, the bottle with the red label seems a liquor, Where you found it? seems very old!

Hum…i have a doubt, i’ve been in so many places…Ithink i found it in a little shop near Lille, a very old shop, opened since like 1946. I went there a lot of times, always finding new stuff, or just listening to the old man second war story.

In onlyMarkers we love markers, but also other objects that could be used to write (for exemple Waterguns, cleaning brushes, …) Do you have any strange tool in your collection? Whats the weird stuff you used to write?

I used to write with blood, urine, food…At a time i was stealing so much ink that i wrote directly with the bottles, which had a very thin way out, so i made tags so drippy you was unable to read my name, it looks like a dog piss! You could just guess it from the shape of the top of my letters, if you know my tag!

The first interview in onlyMarkers are about KR and his brand KRINK.
What do you think about his products and from all the other “Graffiti art brands”?

It’s hard to find it in Lille, we only have one graffiti shop, i’ve been able to put a hand on some diagonal shaped tip silver marker, it’s cool but the cap is weird and close bad.



Thanks Joedigger for this great answers, i really enjoyed this interview and i hope all our readers too!

more info:


onlyMarkers Interview: KRINK (Traducida)

Many great things this days, …

I meet some close friends from Sâo Paulo who i miss a lot, i paint a little, i have the luck to meet and talk with BLU at The influencers, very nice and smart people and finally i have my own DIY “stealth ink” working …

Too much things and no time to write here. Sorry.

Well, here we go with our first interview, KR aka KRINK aka Craig Costello, don’t need an introduction, but if somebody don’t know him i’ll introduce him in few words. KR is an independent manufacturer of markers and inks. Based in the city of NY where he produce his hi quality and very nice look products. In fact is a cult hero in the marker scene and have many rip off brands in both sides of the atlantic. The products are expensive, but you’re buying something more than a marker …

Let’s go …


I see in internet a picture of an old green plastic bottle with a KRINK label handwrited,
how many bottles like this you sell before the creation of the KRINK branding?

The bottle you mentioned was never for sale. I would give ink to friends and put a sticker on the bottle or write a tag on it.
I did not start making Krink to sell, I made it to use it and write. It was only much later that I decided to start selling it. I was making Krink, catching drippy tags, etc… for about 8 years before I sold the first bottle. Today so many people want to sell things to ‘cultures”. They start a business, but have no history, it’s very strange sometimes, but the almighty dollar (or Euro) rules.


How many people are involved on KRINK right now?

Not many. We are very very small, and we are making moves daily.

Are you a marker collector?
if yes, how you feel about all the another marker collectors who have KRINK in his vitrines?

I have some old markers that I keep, but I do not have too many.I am very flattered that people keep Krink markers or bottles of ink because they like the brand, the design, or that it means something to them.


When i see your catalog i think in brands like Markal, Dalo, Marsh and all this industrial marker brands, very heavy products for workers. I’m in the right way if i think you’re more influenced with this kind of hardware than graffiti brands?

Yes this is the style of ink that I used before I started making Krink. Industrial quality was the best and it was a big influence in making Krink ink and styling. There were not many graffiti brands when I started making Krink, and for me to brand something “graffiti brand” is too narrow. I have many other creative interests and I  don’t want to held to just one style.
Also, when I was writing graffiti, I was very nondescript and low-key. I would never advertise myself as a writer, for me it was about being unexpected. You could not see that I was a writer at just a glance, and I think this is also reflected in Krink style.


Tell us, what’s the most weird question or sugestion about KRINK you heard ever?
Girls who want to put on their body.


I have two limited editions of KRINK in my collection, The Silver Sharpie and the Beautifull Losers K-70.
Have any new release for this 2009?

Yes, we just released a co-branded marker with “Married to the Mob” a women’s street wear line from NYC.
We just did a marker for Andre from Paris for the release of his Belvedere vodka brand.
We have more things coming, but I can’t say now.

Do you want to say something more to our readers?

Experiment, be creative, stay positive. It is the haters and nay-sayers that will be forgotten.
Peace and love will always save the day.

Short quiz:

Marker or squeezer?
Both, depends on the job.
What you call a “squeezer”, is also a marker.

Silver or black?
Both, depends if I am writing on dark or light colored surface.

New or old?
Respect for both.
Can’t have the new without the old. Everything is a progression and is tied together.

Comercial or DIY?
Again, both have their place, depends on the situation.
I like DIY, because that is how my personality is, I don’t like things too commercial, but of course it has it’s place.


Now just say thanks to KR for his time, and say hello to all the marker freaks of the world.

I hope you like it the post, see you soon!



Muchas cosas has pasado últimamente…

Me reuní con unos amigos de Sâo Paulo que echo mucho de menos, he pintado un poco tuve la suerte de conocer y hablar con BLU en The influencers, un tipo muy amable e inteligente y he acabado una formula própia de “stealth ink”.

Muchas cosas y poco tiempo para escribir en el blog, disculpas.

Bien, vamos allá con nuestra primera entrevista, KR aka KRINK aka Craig Costello, no necesita introducción, pero si alguien no lo conoce os lo voy a presentar en pocas palabras. KR es un fabricante de rotuladores y tintas independiente. Ubicado en NY donde produce sus preciosos productos. De echo se trata de un heroe de culto en la escena de fabricantes de marcadores y tiene un montón de marcas intentando copiarle en los dos lados del atlántico. Sus productos pueden ser un poco caros, pero estás comprando más que un simple rotulador…

Vamos allá …

Ví en internet una foto de una botella antigua de plástico verde con una etiqueta de KRINK escrita a mano, cuantas botellas de este tipo vendiste antes de empezar con la marca tal y como la conocemos ahora?

La botella de la que hablas nunca estuvo a la venta, acostumbraba a dar tinta a mis amigos y ponía una pegatina en la botella o le hacia algún tag.
De echo yo no empecé a crear KRINK para venderla, La hacía para pintar. Sólo fue más tarde cuando me decidí a empezar a venderla. Estuve como 8 años haciendo chorretes y tags antes de vender la primera botella. Hoy mucha gente quiere vender cosas, empiezan una empresa sin contar con una historia. A veces resulta muy extraño, pero quizás son las salvajes leyes del euro…

Cuanta gente forma parte actualmente de KRINK?

No demasiados, somos muy muy pequeños, hacemos cambios cada día.

Eres coleccionista de marcadores?
Si es así, como te sientes con que el resto de coleccionistas tengas tus productos en sus vitrinas?

Tengo algunos rotuladores antiguos guardados, pero no demasiados. Me siento muy halagado de saber que hay gente que guarda los botes de tinta o los rotuladores de KRINK porque le gusta la marca, su diseño o que para ellos signifique algo especial.

Cuando veo tu catalogo pienso en marcas como Markal, Dalo, Marsh y todas estas marcas de rotuladores industriales, productos muy resistentes para trabajadores. Estoy en lo cierto si creo que estás más influenciado en este tipo de productos que en marcas de productos para graffiti?

Si este es el tipo de tinta que usaba antes de empezar a hacer KRINK. La calidad industrial siempre fue la mejor y eso me influenció en el estilo y la manera de ser de KRINK. Y como no habian demasiadas marcas de graffiti cuando yo empecé a producir y para mi el concepto “marcas para graffiti” es un término demasiado simple, tengo muchos otros intereses creativos, no quiero encerrarme en un estilo concreto.

Incluso cuando pintaba graffiti siempre fui con aspecto discreto, nunca mostraba que era un escritor, para mi es mejor resultar insospechado. No se podía decir que era un escritor por mi aspecto, solo por verme y creo que esto se refleja también en el estilo de KRINK.

Cuéntanos, cual es la pregunta o sugerencia más rara que te han echo sobre KRINK?

Hay chicas que quieren echárselo por encima del cuerpo…

Tengo un par de ediciones limitadas de KRINK en mi colección, El Sharpie plateado y el K-70 de Beautifull losers.
Alguna novedad para este 2009?

Si, acabamos de lanzar una colaboración con la marca de ropa de chica de NY “Married to the Mob”. Realizamos un rotulador para André de Paris para el lanzamiento de su vodka “Belvedere “. Y más cosas, pero no te las puedo decir…

Quieres decir algo más a nuestros lectores?

Experimentad, sed creativos y manteneos positivos. Son los envidiosos y los malvados los ue serán olvidados. La paz y el amor siempre nos puede salvar el día.
(Traducción de esta última frase un poco “patillera” pero es lo que hay!!)

Cuestionario rápido:

Rotulador o squeezer?

Los dos, depende del trabajo. Lo que tu llamas esqueezer también es un rotulador.

Plata o negro?
Los dos, depende de si estoy escribiendo en fondo oscuro o claro.

Viejo o nuevo?
Respeto a los dos.
No se puede tener lo nuevo sin lo viejo. Todo es una evolución y van de la mano.

Comercial o DIY (háztelo tu mismo)?
Otra vez, los dos tienen su espacio y depende de la situación.
Me gusta mucho el DIY, porque es parte de mi personalidad, no me gustan las cosas demasiado comerciales. Pero por supuesto tienen su sitio.

Ahora solo queda dar las gracias a KR por su tiempo y decir hola a todos los freaks de los rotuladores del mundo.

Espero que os haya gustado la entrevista, hasta pronto!

Hola, ho sento pero aquest cop no hi ha traducció al català. Si per petició popular (comentaris) aixì es reclama farè un esforç …
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