WHERE WERE YOU FROM AND WHEN DID YOU START WRITING ?
am from New York City (Manhattan) born in Bellevue Hospital (1955). I started
writing when I was fifteen years old. it was of course the early 70's.
2) WHO WHERE THE WRITERS IN THE EARLY YEARS THAT INSPIRED YOU?
writers from Broadway. SNAKE, CAT 87, STITCH I, COCO-144 and OTHERS outside of
Broadway were EL
MARKO 174 - (from the Bronx) , PHASE 2, FLINT .. - (from Brooklyn) , and certainly STAY HIGH 149.
3) WHO WHERE THE FIRST WRITERS YOU WOULD MEET UP WITH AND HOW
DID THE SOUL ARTISTS COME ABOUT?
Edmonds AKA (ALI) was my lifelong friend and the creator of the (Soul
Artists). I was always a co-pilot in those days.
we were just a bunch of guys looking for an
introduction into the graffiti movement.
4) WHAT TRAIN LINE DID YOU FOCUS MOST ON AND WITH WHOM?
No. 1 Broadway Local. which would change with the No. 3. the (one) tunnel. the
layups and elevated platforms these lines provided. the abandoned stations,
and the easy access to vast yards of sprawling mass transit. I did most of my
"getting up" alone. I was always worried about (them) doing
something stupid. for dangerous missions, I (rolled) solo.
5) COULD YOU NAME OTHER WRITING GROUPS YOU WERE A
MEMBER OF .
I could. 3YB, CIA, FBI, Interpol and the KGB.
6) WOULD YOU HAVE ANY CHASE STORIES ?
(as if I was speaking to you)
This one time, we were in the one tunnel and
there was a raid.
we saw the cops coming from uptown, so we
to 137th St.
but there were cops on both sides of the
station. everybody went
everywhere and some kids got grabbed. I went
under one of the
trains layed up and pulled myself (up into) the
undercarrage making my
small self invisible to detection, because the
cops looking under the cars
looked right at me but saw nothing.
7)DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH OTHER WRITERS GOING
OVER YOUR WORK? AND HOW DID IT COME ABOUT .
think we all have. but that's part of the history and tradition of the
culture, for better or worse
these elements will always attempt to provoke
negative responses. We shouldn't let that happen.
The (minor) beef I have had throughout the
years has been exactly that.
8) WHAT DO YOU FEEL WAS THE BEST CAR YOU EVER DID AND WHEN
WAS THE LAST TIME YOU PAINTED A TRAIN. I
would have to say that the abstract whole-car of 1980 was by best work on
trains. as a writer from the (tagging) period, not the (stylized) artistic
one, it was quite a leap of creative possibilites for me.
IN WHAT DERECTION IS YOUR ART TAKING YOU NOW?
there is no direction to my direction. I am as
I continue to be, open to all transitions in the process.
....."The event is the
journey, not the destination. because we all know what that is
~~~ FUTURA 200O