Toulouse was a pioneering graffiti city
The Arnaud-Bernard quarter is the cradle of graffiti
At the end of the 1980s, this form of expression was unknown in France and Toulouse natives Mosquito, Tilt, Soune, Tober, Cee-T and Fastoche were its pioneers. Influenced by New York hip-hop culture, they covered the walls and derelict sites of the Arnaud-Bernard quarter, situated in the city centre, playing cat and mouse with the local authorities.
This district witnessed the birth of Truskool, an artists’ collective from the 1990s that, most notably, loved to use paint bombs on the walls of the disused tobacco factory. Creative, passionate and talented, this band of graffiti-loving friends featured 2pon, Der, Cee-T, Soune and Tilt. They formed a group that quickly became hugely influential and whose works could be seen all over the world. Alongside them, female artists like Fafi, Miss Van or Melle Kat also developed their own styles and techniques.