Twin brothers Raoul and Davide Perre are known to the world as artists How and Nosm, respectively. Maybe you've seen their work on a walk through Prague, the Big Apple or driving around Los Angeles? Their red-pink-white graffiti has commandeered everything from Times Square billboards to the LA Weekly building in Los Angeles.
VIBE sat down with the Spanish-born, German-raised, New York City transplants to talk about their roots as skateboard punks living in Germany tagging trains and the first time they were introduced to graffiti and hip-hop.
"Ya, we were skateboarders when we first started doing graffiti, we were always outdoors and we saw tags around the neighborhood and all the skateboarders had names made up and written on their skateboards so we thought it was part of the skateboard culture as well," remembers Raoul (How).
"We started listening to Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., the stuff that came over to Germany," adds Davide (Nosm).
"The skateboarders were listening to Public Enemy and Run DMC and other groups West Coast Connection, Ice Cube, NWA, Gang Starr, EPMD," finishes How.
When they came to New York in the late '90s, they linked with the TATS CRU -- the Bronx-based mural kings founded by graffiti artists Brim, Bio, BG183 and Nicer. Today How and Nosm join the mix.
"Our friend, he was a DJ, and he knew we were going to New York," remembers How. "We really didn’t have any connection and in one of Fat Joe’s albums in the back was an address for a store back then," says How. "It was called Half Time at 560 Melrose, so we wrote that down. When we were staying in the South Bronx, we rolled down there and Brim was manning the shop."
When they're not tagging walls with the TATS CRU, How and Nosm are putting their own stamp on walls across the world -- their latest project is a mural installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, Mexico, but you should always be on the look out for How and Nosm on a wall near you.
To see more from How and Nosm head to their website.