You have probably driven past his work everyday on your way home without you even realizing it. We spoke to Cade about doing his thing in the graffiti scene for some years now. These are his views on this illicit art form.

Photo: Mr Baggins. Colab with React

DIY: How did your entry into the graffiti world occur?

Cade: I’m addicted to making a mess! You should see where I live and were I work, haha! Seriously, I guess it was the troubles of a misspent youth and a whole group of like minded heathens, being rebellious, following a movement that’s visual representation was apparently graffiti writing. also, it was like getting high, but without the need for drugs! Who would say no to that?

I think your work should speak for itself, it’s either quality or it’s not


DIY: The earliest forms of graffiti are over 30 000 years old, what do you think it is about making marks or writing on public areas that appeals so much to some humans? What is the driving force behind you doing it?
Cade: I’m not too sure hey. I think 30 000 years ago they were recording history or telling stories by painting/writing on cave walls. They didn’t care if anyone knew who did it, I’m glad they did though; its an opinion, I didn’t give it much thought and I won’t. I know for me, writing and having people talk about it; that was all I needed, that whole “I’m infamous”, people know about you, but don’t know you; loved that!


DIY: The 031 Seven case was quietly wrapped up with all the charges being dropped. Do you think the municipality ever had a case? Was the public’s reaction and response to the case encouraging or upsetting to you?

Cade:  I think they were trying to enforce there whole “we have this city under control” , putting fear in the new up and comers and trying to slow the pioneers of Durban graffiti scene out of tax payers money, it means the tax payers are already paying for over priced graffiti removal services… bleh.


DIY: How exactly do you build up a name in the graffiti community? Is it more about networking, like every other artform, or can quality of work alone get you commissioned pieces and such?
Cade: Hard one to answer, I think your work should speak for itself, it’s either quality or it’s not; really simple, but if you can get it cheaper, they don’t care if its good or not! I’ve learnt this is a very Durban way of life.

DIY: What do you think of people like Tsang Tsou Choi, the self proclaimed King Of Kowloon, who spent years marking areas all over Hong Kong with calligraphy graffiti that was, at first, painted over repeatedly (leading to multiple arrests and fines for Tsang) but which is now celebrated as works of art? Who decides what is art and what isn’t in street art cases? Why do we celebrate complicated or intricate looking graffiti but dismiss ‘tags’ or ‘tagging’?
Cade: Again, not something I give much thought to. The majority of humanity feels the need to control things which they do not understand, I’m guessing they didn’t get why he was writing all over everything; kinda relates very closely with graffiti in some ways, but still, tags and tagging was never done for other people in society to enjoy, it is done for other graffiti writers only… no one cares if the Average Joe likes it or not, that’s what we paint elaborate productions for, so they can have something  pretty to look at.


DIY: How would you choose the urban settings you paint? Any site you specifically look for or have in mind, or is it more just a spur of the moment thing?
Cade: At the moment I’d have to say it’s whatever I get. I’m in the process of doing things that live well in their setting, meaning a bit of urban/ bush exploration, so no spur of the moment anything anymore.

DIY: How does living in Durban, or South Africa for that matter, influence your work?
Cade: I’ve always drawn inspiration from my day to day life, my travels, my friends and stuff that makes my head hurt. I don’t think Durban has much influence, I still love her tho!


DIY: On a side note you are also an avid blogger, Does this help fuel your creativity or is it rather an online diary of things you like?
Cade: I wouldn’t say I put to much thought process into that blog. It’s my little collection of things I find interesting, or I relate to/wish I had access to. I’ve wanted to do a blog/diary thing cause I think my life’s quiet eventful and my friends are all special, but I just don’t think I’ll ever get to it; I barely even put my art online at all anymore.


Colab with Wos1, Ewok and Fiya

DIY: With the increasing acceptance of graffiti and street art as legit art forms, street wear brands being a multi-million dollar industry, original Brooklyn artists like Crash producing a line of stratocasters for Fender and exhibiting in galleries, and Banksy being nominated for an Oscar, do you think modern graffiti has lost its roots as a protest and counter-culture based art?
Cade: I think the following will decrease, the youth who would help grow the culture might decrease, but the reason it’s done, where it’s done, that will never change. Graffiti writers do what they do for other graffiti writers. I honestly don’t know any that care what “normal” people think.


DIY: Most people within the Durban art scene or community, if not everyone, would consider you an artist as opposed to a vandal. But when you are driving around in Durban and you see a tag on someone’s garage door, what is running through your head? Do you respect it as part of graffiti culture or does it anger and frustrate you?
Cade: Honestly, seeing a dope tag on a garage door gets me amped, makes me excited and feel like I’m 16 again and I want to do that too, every time without fail; I love graffiti, all of it (very limited street art love, just saying!).


DIY: You have traveled throughout South Africa completing murals and commissions, where to next?

Cade: I have a new medium I’m learning that has opened a lot of doors for me and I’m going to see what I can do with it. I need new inspiration from cultures that are far from what I’m used to. I’m not one for being in a comfort zone for long.


15 Responses to “Cade”
  1. @Ewokessay says:

    Damn homie but you make a fella proud to know ya! Viva la CADE!

  2. @Ewokessay says:

    Oh yeah, by the way, this cat is also one of the originators of the BLING FREE Park Jam that evolved into LIFE CHECK Youth Development Initiative and built a foundation for future Hip Hop heads to have a home in the city. He is also one of the first BBoys out of Durban.

    Basically, when it comes to Poison City Hip Hop, this dude is Royalty.


  3. Gigantic Faggot says:

    Speaking as someone with near zero interest in graffiti I like how honest he is about why he does what he does, none of that “I’m here to save the world by painting on your walls” bullshit.

  4. Rob Reiner says:


  5. Jet Wentworth says:

    Aweh! Cade is one of the dopest heads in the Poison City bankie!!!

  6. Word says:

    The 1st B Boy out of Durban, really???

  7. Gigantic Faggot says:


    “one of” – key words.

  8. Stathi says:

    Gotta love dem trolls

  9. Small Child says:

    @ Gfaggot – any thing wrong with trying to save the world?

  10. fuckhead says:

    cade is graffiti in durban

  11. late oner says:

    respects to cade, propa dude and fancy rap sprayer

    comment late oner

  12. toy1 says:

    to fuckhead… cade is graffiti in durban? why is it then i havent seen a new cade piece in durban or anywhere in the last 2 years? he is probably one of the best graffiti artists to come out of durban but lends his talent to graffiti jobs these days… OTC all up and left durban and the only guys doing shit are…. polis, gift, webs and perm…. dont get me started on pastefart hes now writer hes an average realism painter.

  13. leonie says:

    Hey Cade, we want our courtyard wall at the office to be graffitied!!!! ships and tugs and anchors etc. How much do you charge?

  14. Rosa says:

    Hi, I am using this interview as a source for a project on Street art and I was wondering if you can give out the name of the interviewer?

  15. Radmin says:

    Hey Rosa, this interview was conducted by Stathi Kougianos.
    Hope that helps.

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