Towns x Pref ID collaborative pieces
“I think it is a big ask to suggest working over someone else’s piece, I don’t think it’s something everyone would be up for. There needs to be a certain amount of trust there”
Pref Id and Towns have been coming together to paint some collaborative pieces recently and the results have been incredibly impressive. The perfect match of Towns’ clean and colourful wildstyle combined with Prefs unique form of graffiti have led to an interesting coming together of loose and linear forms. I caught up with Pref for a quick chat regarding them.
How did these collaborations come about?
Having someone else’s name as one of the words in my piece is something I have tried a few times but mostly painted them myself. I had done a collaboration piece with Dasr a few years back, but always thought there would be scope to do quite a bit more with some of the new layered ideas I had been playing around with.
I think it is a big ask to suggest working over someone else’s piece, I don’t think it’s something everyone would be up for. There needs to be a certain amount of trust there, I had been painting with Towns quite a bit and luckily he suggested it one day. Big up Towns
Is there any particular process you go through to decide in how they’re executed?
No, not really. Sometimes we discuss colour schemes before hand, sometimes we bring a few colour options and see what works on the day.
I never do any sketches or drawings for any of my work, I prefer to react to the piece live as it unfolds on the wall. So Towns will do his thing and then I work my letters around whatever it is that he’s doing.
It’s a really fun way to work because it is a collaboration, but because the styles are complimentary we can also be free to do our own thing.
Your work takes on a more typographical edge than a lot of the standard graffiti we see, are there any other artists or writers work you admire or who you’d like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate more with other artists. Both typographic and more traditional graffiti styles, I think exploring all variations would be really fun. There are definitely a few who I think could it could work really well with. It would be fun to do a whole series. Watch this space…