Thursday, January 21, 2010
7. Most of your pieces have "Jake" written on them or next to them. What's the meaning of that?
Just want to let him know when he's flipping through old flicks years from now, that no matter what I did, or where I was, that he was on my mind the whole time when I wasn't there at that moment.
Writing his name on the majority of my bombs is really a understatement to what he means to me. At the end of the day, graffiti is the last thing on my mind, and the last thing I want to do.
8. What crew are you from?
Can't Stop Me, Charlie Sheen Mackin, Charisma Seduces Most Females. A West LA based crew that I got into last year. It's a real tight bunch of homies who make sure not one homie is left behind.
9. Did you know Tolse?
Unfortunately, I've only been able to hear stories about him, and the stories I would hear really made me wish I would of at least met him. I'm just lucky enough to had been from his crew, a crew with such history that made 818 graffiti what it is today.
(For those that do not know, Tolse STP, IFK bombed the valley to Los Angeles and took it to a new level. He hit backs of billboards, freeway signs and spots that most have not seen done. If you lived in Los Angeles in the early to mid 90s you saw Tolse up.)
10. Why do you write graffiti? Are the legal ramifications worth it?
I write graffiti, because of the stories you make with the paint missions you have, also because of the friendships you build.
You learn a lot about everyday life when you're interested in stuff like this, and it's fun. Every writer is a different Thomas Guide. Although, there's a lot of risk and consequences when you do graffiti, it's a addiction that no matter how many times you tell yourself to grow up, you can't stop it.
I do graffiti for the rush, the stories, and the friends you make.
I think the ramifications are a little tough for writers, but you can thank the media for turning every humble writer with a solid head on their shoulders into a crazy, killing tag-banger who shoot at civilians.
11. Do you have any crazy stories you could share with us?
There is a cutty yard a few blocks away from the Soto Yard where I was doing a orange roller.
I had my homie watching my back for me, and he suddenly told me to get down because he saw cop lights at the very end on the other side of the yard, which was an empty lot behind a fence where they had just started flattening out the land to start their construction on.
We laid low for a minute or two, because we weren't sure what to think of it yet. We ended walking all the way over to the other side to check it out to make sure the coast was clear, we walk up to the fence, and what we saw amazed us so much that we said out loud at the same time, "What the fuck!".
It was a cop getting his dick sucked by a cutie in pajama bottoms, our shadows caught his attention and he freaked out, so we freaked out also and ran. He caught up to us at the other end of the yard and was speechless, we had paint splatter all over the place and he knew exactly what it was we were up to, but, we also knew what he was up to, so he told us whatever it was we were doing in there, go back in there and make sure we clean up our mess and leave immediately.
He watched us from the inside of his cruiser with his "mouth" sitting passenger. We walked out with my paint and my roller extension with him watching, waved and took off. I'm guessing his main concern wasn't us, that's for sure.
There are countless of great, interesting stories that I've been lucky to be part of. Painting cutties always has a story to along with it, you don't know how many encounters I've had with skunks, bum sex, smacking stray dogs with my dodger bat, watching security guards wonder around who have no idea what's going on around them, poison ivy, countless…
12. Do you have any plans on transitioning to the "art" world? Doing canvases and shows?
No, I like being a secret, not knowing who that writer is, or seeing a spot blank the day before, but then you pass by it the next day and there's a fresh bomb there, and not even know who the fuck that person is who did that, but you know their graffiti.
Not many people appreciate graffiti for what it is, or what we go through, so that's why I like to keep it to myself. I'll leave the canvases and the art shows to the real artists, the ones with real talent, I just know how to bomb letters, and it's my favorite hobby.
Whether you admit it or not, you're your own biggest fan, because only you know what you've been through for this illegal sport.
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