Nicked from Animal NY..
Breivik says he used to write MORG when hew was a teenager and claims he was quite the bomber: “I was the most active tagger (grafitti artist) in Oslo as several people in the old school hip-hop community can attest to.”
Speaking of “hip-hop,” basically he describes it as a gateway drug. “I personally know of more than 50 individuals who started with hashish and marijuana as a direct result of the hip-hop mentality.” He also said it inevitable leads to violence. “I remember that during those years, carrying a weapon of some sort was mandatory. Some of the most vicious gangs in Norway (the B- gang) are partly an indirect spawn of the ghetto/gangster mentality communicated through hip hop.”
Q: Violent Muslim gangs in European cities are not exactly a new phenomenon. We hear about indigenous European youths getting harassed, beaten, raped and robbed quite often. Tell us about your experiences during your “vulnerable years”(14-18) growing up in the urban multicultural streets of Oslo.
A: Since I was 12 years old I was into the hip-hop movement. For several years I was one of the most notable “hip-hop’ers” from Oslo’s West side. It was a lot easier to “gain respect and credibility” in Oslo West because of the demographic factors. Oslo West was the “privileged and predominantly native side” of Oslo with very few immigrants in contrast to the East side which was less peaceful. Graffiti and break dance was an important part of our life at that point. Around 1993 and 1994, at 15, I was the most active tagger (grafitti artist) in Oslo as several people in the old school hip-hop community can attest to. Our standard “graffiti raid” consisted of going out at night, in groups of 2-3, with our backpacks full of spray cans. We took our bikes and “bombed” city blocks with our tags, “pieces” and crew name all over Oslo. “, Wick and Spok” was everywhere. The fact that hundreds of kids our own age all over Oslo West and even Oslo East looked up to us was one of the driving forces I guess. At that time it felt very rewarding to us. If you wanted girls and respect then it was all about the hip hop community at that time. The more reckless you were the more respect and admiration you gained.
Everyone didn’t approve though. The government had a no-tolerance attitude towards graffiti and removed 90% of our “creations” within 48 hours. I remember it was an unofficial war between the hip-hop community and the government and Oslo Sporveier, our public subway company. Two guys I knew, Stian and Charles, a few years older than me were arrested, received gigantic fines and was put in jail. The hip-hop movement In Norway had its climax around that time, in 92-93. The community was very “politically correct” in nature with close ties to the extreme left groups like SOS Rasisme (an extreme left wing movement) and Blitz (a violent left wing extremist movement). I remember we used to hang out with various people and groups all over Oslo. There were plenty of hip-hop concerts at Blitz and it was at this time that the communist hip-hop group; “Gatas Parlament” was created. It’s hard to imagine but during this time everyone was into graffiti and hip-hop.
Q: Have you ever broken the law before?
A: I made art/damage on various walls without permission when I was very young (graffiti phase from age 13-16). In retrospect I understood that it wasn’t a very nice thing to do. I was fined once and had to spend two weeks with a friend scrubbing busses. I haven’t done anything illegal since then.