MSG Crew – Vice Interview

VICE meets members of the Miami Style Gods (MSG), a graffiti crew based in Miami, and follows them on a night of “bombing” — leaving their tags on highway signs, walls, garage doors, bridges, and more.

Crews like MSG are prolific, and go out of their way to tag as many locations, as many times as possible, no matter what the cost. But with the rise of social media and the gentrification of now art districts like Wynwood, where graffiti is essentially permitted, we are now seeing corporate appropriation of this underground subculture that corporate America once looked down upon that is now changing the graffiti world for good or bad.

Bombing with Guns – Tags and Throws

TagsAndThrows.com follows legendary graffiti bomber GUNS out on the streets of New York City and Puerto Rico. Given an exclusive look into how one of the most dedicated graffiti bombers make his name famous.

Music by Smutskatt.
Graphics by Pete Porch.

For more tags and throw-ups visit TagsAndThrows.com and add TagsAndThrows on Instagram.

Video from Youtube

Wisk and Ser WCA – All the Way to Heaven

A 22 minute Mini-Documentary shot by General Moe on Wisk and Ser of the legendary crew West Coast Artists. In this day and age of the Los Angeles graffiti art culture i think it is very necessary for today’s writers and artists to have an understanding of what actually took place in the “streets” during the golden era, so i interviewed two of the golden era’s well respected, innovative writers that were determined to be successful with taking street bombing to a higher level during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

It literally took eleven hour day and night sessions with my editor to bring this classic story and vision to life. During the course of my filming missions around Los Angeles it didn’t always go as smooth as it may look on this video, many times i was stopped and questioned by L.A.P.D officers and Security Guards due to certain locations i dared to go into. The missions consisted of going to very grimy areas in the city in the AM all alone, hanging over many dangerous freeway overpasses, just determined to get that one shot that i considered dam near perfect, plus almost dropping my cellular phone while on one of the 110 freeway overpasses in the process of getting certain shots! Enjoy it because i put alot into composing this piece, its for the Los Angeles “street legends” of the graffiti art culture and for the one’s who wants to know more about Wisk and Ser’s All-City missions.
Shot & Directed by: General Moe
Edited by: Tommy Canales Burns

Quest – 20 Questions

1. Where’d you get the name QUEST?
QUEST: I came up with the name QUEST on a real bad acid trip that ended at Grady Hospital. I woke up there still tripping balls and I didn’t know where I was or how I got there. All I could see were buildings downtown and the MARTA line. And from then on I knew what I had to do.
2. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
QUEST: UAA = Up And Attacking, Us Against America, Up Around Atlanta
3. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
QUEST: I’m from Decatur where it’s greater! East Atlanta Represent! I got into some big trouble there early on for tagging. So, I gradually progressed into the city. Learned some valuable lessons down at the Civic Yard and just took that shit the street where it will stay.
4. Who influenced you the most coming up?
QUEST: SAVE’S styles and countless spots absolutely bewildered me. WON2 destroyed the city with style too and taught me that all-city was the only way. Anybody who was up on the MARTA line and wrecking shit.
5. What’s your outlook on the current Atlanta scene?
QUEST: I remember when the city was grimey. I remember when writers that had the fucking balls to bomb shit senseless. Now the scene has lost heart. Any writer that has heart will go all-city.
6. In your opinion, who is/are the king(s) of the A?
QUEST: The undisputed king of Atlanta is SAVE. WON is a king writer here too. I don’t know what everyone’s definition of a king is, to me, these are the bombers I respect the most.
7. Have you ever been arrested for graff?
QUEST: Yeah I got a 6 month jail sentence but I only served 4 and a half months. I got snitched out once too but karma got that fool. Just deny everything and tell them they are the one’s who are guilty!
8. What is your preferred brand of paint?
QUEST: Rusto and Krylon mix for the most part. Quick Color and Color Place for the toys!
9. Rack or buy?
QUEST: When I’m not robbing toys I am straight dumpster diving fool! Some people’s trash is another person’s treasure.
10. What’s your craziest bombing experience?
QUEST: One night it was PERVE, DUMY, REVISE, and myself. We were all bombing this retainer wall on 85. PERVE was all out that night just ripping highway spot after spot, ruthless style. Fucking blue lights come up everywhere and the cops chase PERVE across the highway and we watch him get hit by a car doing like 70 in the HOV lane and the car never stopped. It was a horrible feeling when the dirty ass cop just cuffed him with no remorse. We had to explain what happened to his girl and that was not an easy thing to do at all. PERVE you are a soldier for getting through that, mad respect!
11. What is your preferred surface to paint and why?
QUEST: I just like destroying shit in general. But I like bombing walls, roof-tops, and just anything in sight.
12. Quality or Quantity and why?
QUEST: Both together is best. If I had to pick one it would be quantity. All-city or nothing homie.
13. Have you ever been injured on the job?
QUEST: I was bombing the side of this MARTA tressel about 3 stories up and the train shook me off and I woke up in a pool of blood. I couldn’t walk because I shattered my right leg. My face got smashed in, I broke my eye socket, jaw, nose, septum, cheek bone and I think I knocked a few screws loose. But yeah, I crawled the wrong direction for a few days slipping in and out of consciousness, drinking sewage water to stay alive, and experienced some like weird near-death hallucination seeing the light type of shit. Finally, I crawled to my car and looked in the rear view mirror as I put my shattered leg on the passenger seat and I realized a bunch of my teeth had been knocked out. I made it to my driveway at home where an ambulance was called. I’ll never forget being in the worst pain imaginable, so bad my body would shut off, stop working, and that morphine shot they put in my arm was pure bliss! I asked them for another and they certainly gave it to me. DUMY and MENT would come visit me in the hospital. Not 1 day goes by where I don’t think about it. I am very lucky to be alive.
14. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
QUEST: Its cool because the internet helped me track down this toy I had beef with. If you run your mouth on the internet you better be able to back shit up in the streets.
15. What do you think about writers that take their name into galleries?
QUEST: If the writer put in work then it’s cool. You gotta break bread somehow and having a criminal record does not make it easy getting a real job.
16. Hobby, lifestyle or addiction?
QUEST: More like a sickness or a disease with no cure.
17. What is your current occupation?
QUEST: I cultivate and distribute hydroponic mushrooms. Georgia has the perfect climate for growing shrooms.
18. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
QUEST: Dissing toys that need to learn and keeping the name alive.
19. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
QUEST: There are these 2 rusty ass water towers downtown on by 5 points station that sit on top of these buildings that are impossible to penetrate. You would have to hold someone hostage to fucking get up there. I would do both of them because you can see them from many vantage points in the city and 5 points station, what?
20. Any roll calls and/or the card pulling?
QUEST: DUMY,YESH and MENT my homeboys for life, been there through thick and thin! Chapter13, UAA, WON, MEGA, MUTANT, PERVE, and everyone who helped me out that hates me now I still love ya.

Base – 20 Questions

1. Where’d you get the name BASE(R)?
BASE: Base2 is what I originally wrote and before that I wrote LSD 71. Both names were already taken, out of respect to Subway writers way before me. I chose BASER. Theres a whole slew of Toys and suspects writing the name base these days. My peers and OG Brothers know that I am the one and only Baser Skrate No Chaser Defacer Toy Eraser.
2. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
BASE: I paint for no one. I paint for the love and the addiction. I got it bad. I have Nothing to prove to anyone. Just self. I do paint with certain families and notice I said Families and not crews. TOP MOB, BSK, AMF, UCA, DTT, FS , STV and (N). If you dont know the meanings then neither do I??
3. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
BASE: Im from a Planet called Fresh. B.orn A.ddicted S.outh E.astern R.oots Lets just say that my stomping ground got wiped out by Katrina. Lower Ninth Ward to be exact. Im pretty well known on South Beach and Lil Havana.
4. How long have you been active?
BASE: Activator on Jheri Curls was the shit back in the day. I remember getting on the RTA buses and trying to look thru the window and not being able to due to all the Jheri Curl Juice. I used to skribe right thru it. Ive been actively making a mess since some tI’me in the Late 80’s.
5. Who influenced you the most coming up?
BASE: My homie and my stromie BUGSONE. Dondi of course and my brother KVEE of BSK 7UP Crews in MiAMi.
6. What’s your outlook on the current Atlanta scene?
BASE: I really enjoy the scenery while I’m out driving thru ATL.. Lots of cats doin there thang. They know who they iz.
7. In your opinion, who is/are the king(s) of the A?
BASE: Lil Jon, Usher, Big Boi, Killa Mike, T5K ,Leon, Save and the Snail guy. Oh and of course the Mexxxicans are actually cultivating A Town.
8. Have you ever been arrested for graff?
BASE: Not sure what graff is??? I do know what felony probation and assault with a deadly weapon is…….
9. What is your preferred brand of paint?
BASE: KRUSTOLEUM
10. Rack or buy?
BASE: Hustling is an art…
11. What is your preferred surface to paint and why?
BASE: It used to be steel but now that its an extreme punk rock skater fag sport, Im actually looking forward to rebuilding bikes and painting anything but steel.
12. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
BASE: Documentation is good. Being a sensitive name dropping intranet groupie will get your tray snatched where I’m from. “Fresh Fish on The Line Niggas”
13. Do you paint outside your crews?
BASE: I paint in circle jerks mainly. At one point I didnt paint outside my circle then I realized all my painting partners were burning me. So now I spread the love and try to burn who ever I paint with whether there crew or not. Competition is the cornerstone of Styles Evolving.
14. What do you think about writers that take their name into galleries?
BASE: I feel once you choose this life you shoud take your name where ever you go… Like Pac said “Ride Or Die”
15. Do you think using brushes/markers/rollers/wheat paste takes away from the original concept?
BASE: Original writers wrote with Ink before aerosol.
16. Hobby, lifestyle or addiction?
BASE: HLA huh??? IM addicted like a TRUE BLUE BASERRRRRRRR
17. What is your current occupation?
BASE: NONE YA…NONE YA DAMN BUSiNESS
18. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BASE: Email me in 10 and I’ll let you know.
19. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
BASE: I’ve done it already.
20. Any roll calls and/or the card pulling?
BASE: Oh but of course. Roll Call All my brothers from other mothers. KOOL CLEAR (The C.ool L.etter E.ngineer A.cquiring R.ecords) SMASH 74 (Deebo in the Flesh) KOUSiN KASH (down since day one) BiG BUGS (my style doctor) DR DAKS (my dirtiest) ALL OUT AXER (Mr. Flavor Savor) FLAVOR FAVES (True Documentarian) CHEESY CHiSME (Silent Loco) SOUL BROTHER #1 (Black Faves) GREAT SOUTHERN GS1 (Solid as a Rock) CRAZY CAVSTER (Got his eye on you girl) HOLLYGROVE HARSH (Mississippi Mullet) SKRATE EDGE MBER (Mad Thanks for the INKS) KiNG RASTA KAEVEE (Blessed Style King) FOREMAN ViSM (El Pinche Lobo) SWATS SAVER (Marta Mayor) EACH ONE TEACH ONE (Alaskan All Star) TEACHiNG TOYS TEACH (Our Own Prof.) DiZO THE OG WiGGA (befrore any of yall even smelled a sister this cat was slaying em.) CHASE UCA (One Meal a Day) HiGH AMF (Always Sober) JUNE FSTV DADE (My first Liquid Drinking Potna) To some of the peeps ive gotten busy with. Basho,Terms, Trez, Wane, Intel, Hear, Sauce, Sien5, Free5, Siner BSK, Mover, Kane, ABOMB, Soul4, Serk, Best, Wies, Seam, Dash, Zame, Spel, JBue, Skem, Smog, Vec4, Nems, Haze, Seer, Pek, Killer Klever, Zephyr, CapMPC, Jaes, Marko93(Paris). RiP DJ Leacy “The King of Breaks”, A-ONE TDT TDS, Dondi The Style Master General. Yall’s Legacy will live on thru us. And so many more. Im off to the Flea Market…. And to all the toys writing my name. Thank you all so much.!!!! Big up to Lobster Sauce.

Neat – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
NEAT: (ADM)aerosol dreams manifested-assholes delivering mayhem (KYS)kapping yalls shit-kill yourself (AP)auto pilot-assaulting pedestrians
2. How’d you get the name NEAT?
NEAT: I think the shit just randomly came about.
3. How long have you been active?
NEAT: Since about 2001-2002

4. Who influenced you the most coming up?
NEAT: Fools like them (HOD) boys when they came through. hense/sever, pretty much anyone that was really out there putting there ass on the line to get up is what got me amped the shit.I was also into all of those (NETWORK) and (12volts) boys shit as far as trains go.
5. Rack or Buy?
NEAT: scams.
6. Do you prefer painting solo or with others?
NEAT: usually I ride solo because I’m not a fan of too much luggage but it really all depends on the situation.
7. Have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
NEAT: Sure.
8. Is graff a hobby, habit, or lifestyle to you?
NEAT: A bad habit
9. What do you think about the documentation of graffitI on the web?
NEAT: The shits cool with me really I dont give a fuck but its funny how fools now days get more ups on internet boards then they will ever get on the streets. Thats what most of Atlanta’s graff is anyways “internet kings” yall fools know who you are!
10. What is your current occupation?
NEAT: I work for the D.O.T. buff crew currently, isnt ironic? but when I’m not out buffing idiots shit on the interstates I just sit on my ass all the time playing video games.
11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NEAT: well either in jail, dead or stuck with some bonk ass job wishing I would have never started writing on shit.
12. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
NEAT: Theres this water tower right next to “Rice Street” that you can see from most of the floors, fools that been there what I’m talking about. Fuck Jackie Barrett!
13. What is your view on the current Atlanta scene?
NEAT: It could be better, really the shits just getting hotter and hotter every day.
14. What do you think about writers that take their name into galleries?
NEAT: Gotta get paid some how right?
15. What’s some music that’s been in rotation for you as of late?
NEAT: Im pretty big on some metal, bluegrass or some ghetto ass trap shit, you know me I’m a big fan of pistol packin, never slackin, bitch smackin killas!<
16. King(s) of Atlanta?
NEAT: Hense / Won / Quest / Save / drew
17. Favorite thing to climb and paint?
NEAT: Billboards by far.
18. Any graff goals for the next 12 months?
NEAT: Yeah dont get popped
19. Were you born with big nuts or did you just loose a screw somewhere along the way?
NEAT: Well really I just like to push the limits on shit all though I really dont do too much crazy shit anymore.
20. Drug of choice?
NEAT: You got it i’ll fucks with it.

Garp – 20 Questions

1. what crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
GARP: i dont paint for any crews, but i usually only paint with IBD.
2. where are you from and/or where did you start?
GARP: central cali, i was born in oil dale and now reside in the northern valley.
3. who or what influenced you the most coming up?
GARP: geso was the biggest influence around here, and tagging crews that i started to notice when i was 12 or 11.
4. how long have you been active?
GARP: 7 years give or take.
5. any meaning behind the name garp?
GARP: nah not reall, but im pretty sure im the only 1
6. rack or buy & why?
GARP: buy most of the time, i really dont feel like gettin busted and that could jepordize other things like traveling out of the country and me marrying a brizialian mail order bride.
7. graff in your life – lifestyle, addiction, habit or hobby?
GARP: i try to keep it a hobby, the more you put your name out and not having a girlfriend and having a seasonal job the more you go to travel with graff the more of a lifestyle it becomes but i still want to go to school. i want to keep doing it for a long time because its fun, but maybe ill calm down and do the occasional train.
8. what is your preferred brand of paint?
GARP: who knows, it depends i switch it up alot it depends on the weather with the fog i do silvers,like with rusto but if you want to get techinical then krylon for outlines. i do like duplicolor school buss yello.
9. what is your favorite surface to paint?
GARP: freghts, metal, those maroon fr8s.
10. do you keep a tab on how many trains you’ve painted? if so, what’s the count?
GARP: this year i did cuz i wanted to hit at least 100, but i lost count cuz i hit 100 and that good ones not throw up or stamps.
11. do you prefer painting solo or with others?
GARP: by myself, no one to hassle me or worry about, latley ive been painting with ibd members but never 3 at a time.
12. do you do most of your steel in yards or lay-ups?
GARP: lay ups, then once in a while i go into a little yard, it depends where im living too theres not really big yards around here.
13. was your introduction to freights gradual or was it like one of those things where after the first time you were hooked and never turned back?
GARP: i guess it was like the first time, i try to hit them as much possiblr. after the first one i wanted to do another one the next weekend, and then in to the middle of the week, and so on. ive taken breaks too.
14. do you feel that graff is an element of the hip hop culture, or do you feel that writing exists as its own culture?
GARP: im sad to say that is linked into some of this hiphop bullshit culture, but you have emo writers and what ever other music. but seriously fuck hiphop especially the state its in now its like the new disco music, you got 40 year old white men tryin to be down with it so fuck that!
15. have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
GARP: nah…thats why i paint solo.
16. what do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
GARP: i think its lame cuz you could just post your own shit and meet people, when i started it was so hard to meet people and get you name out now its but now its too easy, i mean its a good way to get good fast if you just sit on the internet all day and bite shit, its cool you can see shit from all over the world but i dont fuck with the internet.
17. what is your current occupation?
GARP: i work for the state, im a square.
18. where do you see yourself in 10 years?
GARP: hopefully in another country doing well.
19. if there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
GARP: i like my spots and if i find another spot…ill hit it to!
20. president in 2004?
GARP: ralph….

Perve – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
PERVE: UPS-under police surveillance, PFE-prepare for extinction, KAOS INC. , YNN-your next nemesis, ROT-reign of terror. different meanings for all of them. down with a few others also. ITD from boston. big dwel!
2. How long have you been active?
PERVE: I started taggin in the early 90’s. then in the late 90’s met up wit my boys stat and dek, started gettin more serious into the piecing and bombin aspects. So for about 6 or so years.
3. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
PERVE: Rhode Island.
4. Did you write any other name prior to Perve?
PERVE: Before perve, I wrote a few. my first tag was priz(before I knew of the ny priz), after that I started writing preo, just bombed that for a year, then I became the pervinator. Stuck wit it because I liked the letters.
5. Who or what were some of your influences coming up?
PERVE: Influences coming up were UPS crew, my boy wizart, vase, tm7 stuff, pro, kem5, ges. I always loved the letter style& of fba crew out of subway art. I couldnt get over that when I was a young lad.
6. What area of the game is your strongest?
PERVE: a few years back I was a bomber, but in recent years I feel piecing is my strong point. cause thats all I do.
7. What is your favorite surface to paint and why?
PERVE: concrete walls. I dunno what it is about walls. just love em.
8. Any particular person or people you love painting with?
PERVE: I like painting wit my crews from up north cause I rarely see em now that I live down south. but I like paintin wit my boys goser, quest, yesh(goser’s stunt double), web, wiot rip.
9. Rack or Buy?
PERVE: haha. I buy my paint nowadays. maybe rack once in a while. I been arrested more times than I can count on both hands. I cant risk gettin caught rackin paint and defenately goin to jail for it. I like freedom. ill waste 2 bucks on a can. fuck it. I did my rackin when I was a weee youngster.
10. GraffitI in your life – habit, addiction, lifestyle or hobby?
PERVE: I’d say lifestyle. its all I do. besides makin pizza’s all fuckin day.
11. Have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
PERVE: I been caught for graff 6 times. damn thats alot. fuck!
12. What do you think about the documentation of graffitI on the web?
PERVE: I think its good and bad. I like to see what my boys are doin up north and what people are doin across seas. But also, I think people are learnin the artform and “secrets” to the artform to easy. when I first started, I didnt kno how the hell these people got their lines so crisp, I didnt kno what a damn cap was!
13. Do you feel that graff is an element of the Hip Hop culture, or do you feel that writing exists as its own culture?
PERVE: Both, not all writers listen to hip hop. but i’ve been known to turn on planet rock at walls and battle people for their brown socks wit yellow lines.
14. What is your current occupation?
PERVE: I’m the greatest pizza chef in Atlanta!!!
15. What’s your favorite part of the Atlanta graff scene?
PERVE: my favorite part of the atl graff scene is the piecing. theres so many spots to rock. but I also like the bombin aspect. I need stuff to look at when I’m out around town.
16. In your opinion, who’s rocking shit right now?
PERVE: I feel the seventh letter is, tko, pfe, 3a, HI CRU, skrew has been making his rounds, FS/NETWORK on fr8s. cant think right now.
17. Have you ever traveled outside the U. S. to paint?
PERVE: I been to montreal. go up there once a year for under pressure. great times. threw some tags up in cancun when I went there. . . for free bitches!
18. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
PERVE: I see myself not makin pizzas, maybe doin graff here and there, still lookin at the same fuckin porn sites, listening to madlib still makin dope beats, smokin& a blunt, finally have the tattoo on my leg finished, drinkin a 64 oz. jug of OE, maybe married, hand in my pants al bundy style!. hopefully not dead.
19. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
PERVE: hmmm. I would love to do a roller on the green monster at fenway park in boston. Thatd be the jumpoff as my man rath would say.
20. President in 2004?
PERVE: they all the same. I dont vote. but in office now, we have a dick, colon, and a bush. whatever one is goin for the legalization of weed, ill be first in line. rip grandma and wiot. one love.

Chase – 20 Questions

1.What crew(s) do you push and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
CHASE: Before I stopped writing, I pushed: – UCA [under cover artists] – (N) [network] – MTK [mass transit killers] – KIL [keeping it large] R.I.P – DTK [down to kill] – FS [fr8 stains] – KTD [kill the devil]
2.Where are you from and/or where did you start painting?
CHASE: I’m from the city of lost angels and this is where the virus first began to spread.
3.What year did you start painting?
CHASE: I contracted the virus around 1984. Big Brother is watching us!
4.Who were some of your influences coming up?
CHASE: I was influenced by some early kings like “Soon” and “Legit”.
5.Did the book “Subway Art” play any role in your evolution of style and understanding of this culture?
CHASE: It had an impact on me as well, most def!
6.What is your favorite surface to paint?
CHASE: With out a doubt STEEL; mainly because of the end result – that lovely feeling of watching your work roll by you or by someone else all the way across the country. It’s even better than the smell of “Napalm in the morning”. This is only a fraction of what the pioneers back in the days used to feel back at HQ [NYC], seeing their stuff rolling by on the daily. Can I get a time machine with that shake?
7.Do you think the graffiti culture has moved in a positive or negative direction in the past 10 years?
CHASE: I don’t know.
8.Graffiti in your life – habit, lifestyle or hobby?
CHASE: None of thee above. It was purely an addiction. For all those who say hobby, go build a model or collect a coin. Graff is strictly for the junkies, the geekmonstaz, the fiends and the baseheads. All not included in the above, “I think you need to go to R.I.F”.Kool Keith. And all those who say lifestyle, Get a Life!
9.During your stint in Atlanta, who was/were your favorite person/people to paint with?
CHASE: Didn’t have one; in my 9 year bid in the A.T.L, I normally painted with cool peoples, cool folks. So if you saw me next to someone, know for certain, they were on point. 1st there was Leon 2000 and Jazone, Round 2: there was SB1 my main money grand who pushed the crew like breathing, Sae, Save, Daks, Crisis, Emer, how could I forget Lern with his lanky self, Base, Afro, etc, etc.
10.In your opinion, what was the best quality of the Atlanta graff scene during your stay?
CHASE: Well all I can say is that during my bid, folks I was rolling with, you couldn’t really look at their styles and say, “it looks like so-and-so’s style”. But now, many head look like they be studying magazines and putting there own little twist on someone else’s styles.
11.What is your favorite US city to paint?
CHASE: Any and every nook and cranny on earth. ALL COUNTRY baby! The more cities, the merrier. I’ve gotten up in a bunch. A bunch of Cutty Sark spots y’all don’t even know nothing ’bout. Some ole’ super duty tuff s*%&#. Let’s take a trip, shall we?
12.Have you ever traveled over seas strictly to paint?
CHASE: Naw. My pocket weren’t like that. “I didn’t start writing to paint on canvases in galleries. I started writing to bomb. Destroy all lines”.Skeme.
13.What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
CHASE: It’s okay. It’s helped someone like me who’s stuck in the jungle to be able to take a peek into the graff world again.  I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on it though. It’s all about the streets and those who took flicks of their stuff and others stuff and had albums and would bring them and their blackbooks to the bench. Whatcha know ’bout that?
14.Do you feel that graff is an element of the Hip Hop culture, or do you feel that writing exists as its own culture?
CHASE: Yes
15.If there is one piece of advice you could give a new jack trying to make a name in this game, what would it be?
CHASE: 1st, this aint no game. 2nd, New jacks got to study. If they are serious about this, they have read about the pioneers who started this thing. What they said, why they started, how they felt about this or that. Look at the 1st piece that used arrows, the 1st blockbuster, the first wildstyle, etc. You can’t build from a weak foundation or no foundation. If you quiz some of these new jacks about the 70’s or 80’s, you’ll come up with butkiss, Nathan, nothing. This is why fools who go to art school study art history. That aint no random curriculum error. That stuff is important. So the result of this lack of homework these days, all around the world, is so many superficial flying ferries flinging up feces on freaking fr8’s/walls and even canvasas. Diatribe error. 
16.What is your current occupation?
CHASE: Pedagogue; Look it up!
17.If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
CHASE: A coast-to-coast, traveling to every city/state, unbuffable Amtrak train, end-to-end, top-to-bottom.
18.Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CHASE: Kicking up sand in the desert with a book in my hand, a phat beard and a phat gang of chillinz.
19.President in 2004?
CHASE: Hmmmm. Who shall I choose, Shaytan or Beelzebub? Aint a damn thang changed.
20.Do you have any roll-calling or card-pulling you want to address here?
CHASE: KIL -RED/KEPT – OZE UCA -EARN -BESK -SB (N) -BASE (N) -SAVE (N) KTD -RAZER -PASE -GIGS -AWE -RAKUS -SYRA MTK/DTK -KET -SB (N) -PORN -FRAME FS -FAVES (N) -DAKS (N) -BASE (N) -SB (N) MISC. -BASH 213 -TEMPT 213,STN -PRIME K2S,STN,LABS -DUKE STN,213 -MINER WCA -MIST 3GC -WISK BKA,WCA,BC -CRAM -ESA DEAD HOMIES -EASIE UCA,STN -MINUS UCA -GEO K2S,STN,LABS -SINE STN -RISKO LABS -DREAM KTD,TDK -SK8 CBS Oh yeah. All y’all who got your start from UCA and left us hanging like a hot potato when you got down with an additional crew. Look at y’all now. Folks still aint heard of ya. You gets no respect from me. Y’all and y’all mommas can go to hell with a Jungle Green Krylon can wedged in your ass-crack. Wack, trick-ass hoes. To all my peoples, don’t get me up!

Siner – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
SINER: I push dme and fukq destroyin miami’s enviornment and fugitives using kans quietly.
2. How long have you been active?
SINER: I started to get into it in 84 but really got more serious in 88.
3. Who/what influenced you the most coming up?
SINER: the scene in miamI was really dope back then alot of heads puttin in work.my direct influences as far as niggas I knew around my way were like sketch bbb(brothers back ta back)nitro usc(unlimited styles crew) volt and a few others.indirect influences,guys I saw doing mad shit like vo5(very outstanding five) tcb(heads will roll!!!) osb(one step beyond) block boys, tmod(true masters of dezine) and tnsb(the non stop bombers) really influenced me too get into the scene and start putting in werk.and of course subway art.
4. Rack or Buy?
SINER: I dont really rack any more price scams are always cool.
5. What is your preferred brand of paint?
SINER: montana got me hooked.always love some painters touch or american accents.
6. Do you prefer painting solo or with others?
SINER: I gotta say I pretty much like going solo.but I do have a couple partners who I will paint with.it really depends on the spot and the risk involved I guess.
7. What area of the game is your strongest?
SINER: letters. im starting to fuk around with characters though. I think im well rounded,I concentrate on handstyles throwies straight letters wildstyle pretty much all around.it gets boring when youve been doing it so long if you dont switch it up.
8. What is your favorite surface to paint and why?
SINER: id say fr8s cuz they go all country and painting a train is whats its all about.
9. What’s the correct pronunciation of your name?
SINER: well the first tag I got was sinister but it was too long so I started writing sin and then just added on the er for more balance I always liked 5 letters like sneek snair etc…so its sinner just with one n
10. What’s your outlook on the current South Florida scene?
SINER: its alright I guess I just wish there was more range.it seems like its all about tags and throwies all street level shit.nobodys being too creative or adventurous. I mean theres a few people doing cool shit.just not enough.there are definitely alot more people putting in werk so thats a plus I guess.id just like to see more rooftops productions a little more style and planning put into shit.
11. What’s your favorite city to bomb?
SINER: my city. I like ATL alot im always saying if I ever move it will probably be out there.
12. Have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
SINER: no comment.
13. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
SINER: honestly im not feeling it as much as I was at one point. I used to think it was cool but im starting to see negative things about it.
14. Do you feel that graff is an element of the Hip Hop culture, or do you feel that writing exists as its own culture?
SINER: I think its the first element of the hip hop culture but I think little by little hip hop became its own entity with the marketing of the music.if anything id say we are still hip hop and the rest of the shit that used to be hip hop is now just mainstream.the term hip hop just got raped and all thats left now for me is writing.
15. What is your current occupation?
SINER: all around hustler.
16. Have you ever traveled outside the U.S. to paint?
SINER: not yet,but hopefully this year im gonna take a couple weeks over in europe to hit em up.
17. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SINER: probably close to where I am right now.painting travelling enjoying life day by day taking it as it comes.
18. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
SINER: theres this part of joe robbie stadium I guess you could say its a rooftop, but its just high and lit up and very well secured if I could get that off and get the flik it would be madness.
19. I remember seeing some beef between you and a certain established Atlanta writer a couple years ago. Was that ever squashed or handled?
SINER: I never spoke to the guys in question but one of their homies called me thru a mutual freind and said it was squashed.ive been back to the city I dont go over them and they havent gone over me that I know of. I think we pretty much agreed to let by gones……….
20. Do you have any shout-outs or call-outs you want to address here?
SINER: I wanna give a biggup to all my ATL niggas dizo baser rubek sb daks hear sauce teach totem.the dme fukq family here and abroad.td4 and ak in ny,and rtm utI and sb in cali.

Trav – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
TRAV: IBD=INFECTED BY DEVILS
2. Who influenced you the most coming up?
TRAV: JESTER,GESO.
3. How long have you been active?
TRAV: 4 YEARS GIVE OR TAKE.
4. Did you write any other names previously?
TRAV: NO.
5. Any meaning behind the name?
TRAV: I WASNT CREATIVE ENOUGH TO COME UP WITH A COOL NAME.
6. Rack or Buy?
TRAV: WHATEVER.
7. What is your preferred brand of paint?
TRAV: ZYLONITE.
8. What is your favorite surface to paint?
TRAV: SKIN.
9. Do you prefer painting solo or with others?
TRAV: OTHERS, IM INTO THE GROUP THING…
10. Do you wear a mask?
TRAV: ONLY AT THE OPERA.
11. Do you track your freights?
TRAV: FOR WHAT?
12. About how many freights have you painted?
TRAV: One?
13. What’s your favorite part of the country to paint in?
TRAV: WHERE THE WOMEN INSTINCTLY FLOCK LIKE A SALMON OF CAPASTRANO….A LITTLE PLACE CALLED ASPEN!
14. Do you see a difference in East and West coast styles/attitude?
TRAV: YES.
15. Have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
TRAV: NO.
16. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
TRAV: NOT AS GOOD AS THE PORN.
17. What is your current occupation?
TRAV: GIGGALO.
18. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TRAV: DEAD.
19. Any graff goals for 2004?
TRAV: DONT GET CAUGHT.
20. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
TRAV: NO COMMENT…

Geso – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
GESO: pvc=pro vandals crew ibd=infected by devils.
2. Who influenced you the most coming up?
GESO: Grey, Amaze, Sento, Phable, MQUE, Veefer … other older writers.
3. How long have you been active?
GESO: 93 so 10 years.
4. Did you write any other names previously?
GESO: Yeah but we all go through that phase.
5. Any meaning behind the name?
GESO: No.
6. Rack or Buy?
GESO: That’s a given…
7. What is your preferred brand of paint?
GESO: Rustoleum, American Accents, Plasti-coat.
8. What is your favorite surface to paint?
GESO: Anything, I dont care what the fuck it is!
9. Do you prefer painting solo or with others?
GESO: I like me , and another.
10. Do you wear a mask?
GESO: yes, I wear an e.t. mask.
11. Do you track your freights?
GESO: No, only fr8 nerd fucks do that, I’m not gonna waste my time doing that stupid shit!
12. About how many freights have you painted?
GESO: No fucking clue..
13. What’s your favorite part of the country to paint in?
GESO: Where the beer flows like wine.
14. Do you see a difference in east and west coast styles/attitude?
GESO: Yes I do. east coast seems more down for bombing and west seems more into doing peices and bombing and theres alot fucking pussies out here except for a few people that are down.
15. Have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
GESO: Yes.
16. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
GESO: What ever floats your boat, its cool to see your shit on there but I dont have the patience for all of that
17. What is your current occupation?
GESO: Pro thief
18. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
GESO: Rich as fuck or in prision.
19. Any graff goals for 2004?
GESO: Start doing doper peices and start beating up wack writers.
20. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
GESO: Your mom’s house!

Rei21 – 20 Questions

What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
REI21: .COM crew, FGS- Freight Gang Stars, Freight Goon Squad, MSP- Mad Skills Posse, My Secret Phormulas, MDS- My Divine Style, HOA- Hoods Of Art…
Where are you from and/or where did you start?
REI21: Born in Tennessee… family’s from Jacksonville, FL… lived for 6 years and started graff in Frankfurt, Germany…
Who influenced you the most coming up?
REI21: German heads back then…Not and Tod, KAT, Bomber, 33C crew…plus the Americans over there getting busy…Mear, Mek, Trek, Ash…When I moved to DC…Metal, Scan53, Elk, .COM & MSP, everyone painting down 14th St. and U St., New York Ave., AUP…
How long have you been active?
REI21: Busted my first tag in 1992, Started piecing in ‘95.
Did you write any other names prior to REI21?
REI21: B~MAN In ‘92…RAI until 96… moved to the DC area in ’97 it’s been REI21 since.
Any meaning behind the name REI21? How is it pronounced?
REI21: My Japanese friend wrote Ninja and gave me the name SAMURAI in ’93, too long to bomb, so I cut it to RAI then REI… still pronounced like “-Rye 21-”
What is your preferred brand of paint?
REI21: Krylon for it’s workability on walls, but I haven’t came across a can of Montana that I haven’t liked yet.
Rack or Buy?
REI21: After getting hemmed up for racking, I only buy these days.
What is your favorite surface to paint?
REI21: The crustiest boxcar I can find or a freshly primed daytime wall.
Do you wear a mask?
REI21: I really thould thtart werring it mor offen…
Any particular person or people you love painting with?
REI21: There’s nothing like painting with your crew on a boiling summer afternoon crackin on each other just getting busy… that’s what graff is all about, if you love to paint and get down without bringing all that graffitI soap opera ish, then I’m always down to paint.
Have you ever traveled outside the US to paint?
REI21: Traveled all over in Germany and various spots in Europe when I was overseas.
What’s your favorite city to paint in?
REI21: Frankfurt and DC for all the good times that stay alive in my head.
Have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
REI21: In the Bronx, me, Apart, Zine and Con had a run in while benching that’s pretty humorous now, Con tells it best, see his interview…In VA, the VDOT sent me two bills within two weeks of each other totaling over $11,000 for the heavens I did, after they found out what I wrote. I sent them back because I hadn’t even been charged with anything and they were never able to prove it so I eventually got away from that one. A couple of small charges stuck but fortunately never anything too serious.
What do you think about the documentation of graffitI on the web?
REI21: It’s cool to see what’s going on elsewhere- no question, but all the drama that people are getting caught up in is kind of petty, I really got tired of people saying this or that and trying to defend these attacks on me or my boys, but I realized a few years ago it’s mostly just heads that are just tryin to rile things up for kicks, so I don’t really involve myself with the internet to much anymore aside from checking out flicks and whatnot…plus, it just doesn’t come close to benching that E2E roll into your town while munchin on some Chick-fila, or throwin down an MGD..
In your opinion, who’s rocking shit right now?
REI21: Damn, there’s so many ill styles around, too many to list… That probably sounds cliché and all- just don’t sleep on Virginia…
What is your current occupation?
REI21: When I was in NOVA I was loadin cars on the Auto Amtrak, that was ill…now I’m focusing on my degree in Graphic Design in southern VA
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
REI21: Married to my girl, still rockin trains and walls hopefully, maybe schooling one of my kids on how to creep into the yard and throw up a burner…
If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
REI21: The heavens- no question, there is no other atmosphere that compares to being on top of I-95 with the what feels like the whole world watching you put up your name!…just because that’s what you do…It’s hard to describe that feeling…
What was the last CD you listened to?
REI21: Actually, my boy just sent me this tape of a bunch of old country heads singing train songs…Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Rodgers…I’ve been listening to that stuff mostly as well as a bunch of other CD’s by heads like those- don’t rag the real music of the dirty south…but I still love my underground hip-hop- especially from 90’s…

Envy137 – 20 Questions

1.What crews do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
ENVY137: .com
2.How long have you been active?
ENVY137: steady painting since 98, for real.
3.Who influenced you coming up?
ENVY137: mostly friends. peer pressures a bitch ain’t it?
4.What is your preferred brand of paint?
ENVY137: whatever gets the job done.
5.What is your favorite surface to paint?
ENVY137: steelz wit wheelz. slabs of concrete. women.
6.Do you wear a mask?
ENVY137: most of the time, lately anyway. paint boogers, another bitch!
7.Is graff a hobby, habit, or lifestyle to you?
ENVY137: hobbies are for little ol’ ladies. habits are hard to break. lifestyles of the rich and famous? i’m not rich or famous, but I have been known to put on a lifestyles.
8.Any particular person or people you love painting with?
ENVY137: I like to getting down wit people that gotz their head straight, aren’t bothered by politics, fun not fame fellas. I could give a shit if i’m known, do you? if people notice then they notice.
9.What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
ENVY137: keeps ya in tune with stuff being done world wide. enables catz to talk shit. gets you to buy shit that don’t fit. shows porn bitches that aren’t fit. and it probable won’t quit.
10.What area of the game is your strongest?
ENVY137: conceptualizing. look it up in the dictionary.
11.Do you think using brushes/markers/rollers/wheat paste takes away from the original concept of graffiti?
ENVY137: see the answer for question numero dos.
12.What is your current occupation?
ENVY137: deuce bigalo
13.Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ENVY137: you never really know.
14.Favorite color or color scheme?
ENVY137: orange women.

15: Have you ever been outside the US to paint? If so where?
ENVY137: knaw for that i’m deprived, i’d like to though.
16.What is your view on the current NOVA/DC scene?
ENVY137: do we have one? i’m just trying to keep myself busy round here.
17.Have you ever had any run-ins with the law over graff?
ENVY137: once in dc, twice in nova, once in florida with one of my boyz for having topless cans in the back seat, cop asked if we where making bombs. never convicted though, knock on wood.
18.Do you think the attacks on September 11th have impacted the graff scene?
ENVY137: if that hasn’t impacted you, Osama’s your mama.
19.If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
ENVY137: a woman’s ass without getting bagged with her purse.
20.Hottest female alive?
ENVY137: one that I can’t get most likely.

Dizo – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
DIZO: I don’t paint for crew but I rep HOD – Hand of Doom.
2. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
DIZO: Atlanta. I did my first piece on the back of this Food Giant on Cambellton Rd. What you know about Food Giant?
3. Who influenced you the most coming up?
DIZO: United Kings. I used to ride the 166 to Lakewood station then out Lennox. They had the nicest wildstyle joints on that line. I mean some serious shit that could hang with it today. There was this one burner done in Miami Circle in ’84 that said ńGeorgia on my mindî and had a character of Ray Charles to the side of it. I saw that and it changed everything for me.

4. What’s your outlook on the current Atlanta scene?
DIZO: I got problems of my own so I really don’t think I have one.
5. How long have you been active?
DIZO: I got into this in mid 80’s when the first wave of hip-hop came around. Then it kind of went away and all my friends at the time got out of it and the closest person to me that was painting was killed in car accident. RIP: Todd Gulley. Soon after that, I got kicked out of school and my focus was gone but I started back in’96 and will never leave again.

6. Have you ever had any run ins with law enforcement while out?
DIZO: Yeah- but I’ve been real lucky.
7. What is your favorite brand of paint?
DIZO: I like whatever gets the effect or the job done.
8. Rack or buy?
DIZO: I buy cause I’m too old to get pinched for a $2 can of paint. Plus, my girl would kill me.
9. Do you sport a mask while painting?
DIZO: No, but I should cause I’m think something’s gonna start growing on me one day.
10. What is your favorite surface to paint and why?
DIZO: It’s definitively trains but I like everything. When your train rolls out and goes wherever it’s headed and one day you get word that it was seen in Washington State or somewhere so far gone from you did it, it’s like, that’s what’s up!
11. What area of the game is your strongest?
DIZO: I really don’t know man. I’m just trying to put together a good body of work and see where the style goes.
12. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
DIZO: I really like it because now we realize that this culture is everywhere. It’s larger than anyone would have ever imagined but to have it at a touch of a click can become dangerous depending on whose checking it. A little paranoia is good for everyone.
13. Do you usually paint solo or with a partner(s)?
DIZO: Solo. I just dig getting lost in the work and don’t want to hear no lip. As for going out with others, it depends on the situation. For trains, it’s Soner:TVC even though he’s usually finished before I get my outline up. I just have the best time painting with that fool. For going balls out on some shit, it’s Vicious: HOD. That guy is seriously demented and won’t hold anything back but I’m down to get up whomever if you’re good people.
14. Did you write anything else prior to ńDizoî? If so, what?
DIZO: Back when I started I used to write Smash but my intermission came and that was done with. I was glad too see that the name got picked up by someone whose done real justice to it.

15. Do you think using brushes/markers/rollers/wheat paste takes away from the original concept?
DIZO: Writers are always talking that shit. Whatever works for you is what’s important. People get locked into thinking that graffiti is supposed to be a certain way. We influence all other forms of advertising and propaganda anyway so fuck it. You can’t limit creativity cause it’s different for everyone. Go for what you know.
16. Hobby or lifestyle?
DIZO: Lifestyle.
17. What is your current occupation?
DIZO: Screen Printer / Designer / Bud Light Consumption Expert.
18. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DIZO: Hopefully doing the same as of right now but on a different playing field.
19. If there was one spot anywhere in the country you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
DIZO: I’m gonna stay in Atlanta and say the top of City Hall East. Why not put my name on one most corrupt centers in the city.
20. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera or Shakira?
DIZO: They can all get it because fake hoes need love to.

Eaz – 20 Questions

1. What crews do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
EAZ:There really is no other meaning for FX….
2. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
EAZ:I am from West New York, NJ and started toying it up there!
3. Who influenced you the most coming up?
EAZ:Alot of old school heads that have alot of style. Its hard not to be influenced by dudes that have history and letter styles for miles!
4. How long have you been active?
EAZ:Well I started in 7th and 8th grade and stopped for lack of interest. Then I started back up strong for about the past 6 years.
5. What did you write before Eaz?
EAZ:Mez
6. What is your preferred brand of paint?
EAZ:Belton MOLOTOW!!!!!!!!!! and Multona!
7. What is your favorite surface to paint?
EAZ:Smooth freshly buffed concrete!
8. Do you wear a mask?
EAZ:Unfortunately, I am growing a third leg and can see into the future because of not using a mask.
9. Any particular person or people you love painting with?
EAZ:My fuckin boys from my crew…FX…
10. Have you ever traveled outside the US to paint?
EAZ:Nah…Since I only get a 2 week vacation at work and there is so much that can be done in the Bronx that it isn’t on my agenda to go anywhere at the moment.
11. Have you ever been bagged for graffiti?
EAZ:Nope….I was a quick sneaky little fucker when I was younger.
12. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
EAZ:I love it…Its cool to see that writers have computer skills. Its only natural as a writer to want to see your shit out there. So its fresh to see writers flexing graphic design skills aswell.
13. Do you think using brushes/markers/rollers/wheat paste takes away from the original concept of graffiti?
EAZ:This IS the original concept!
14. What is your current occupation?
EAZ:Creative Director/Marketing Manager/Graphic Designer 15: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
EAZ:Living my life, coughing and painting steady with my 3 legs in full force.
16. Who in FX is bombing hard right now?
EAZ:That might incriminate that person so i would rather not say…but let me tell you the crazy fucker is all over EVERY borough of NYC!! ALL CITY!!!!
17. In your opinion, who¹s the king of the NYC cleans right now?
EAZ:Who knows??? There is so much wack shit that clutters alot of mags that there is no way to tell!!!
18. What area of the game right now is your strongest?
EAZ:I am digging my letter style these days…I think I like the directions I take on occasion.
19. What do you think of graff artists who turn their art into commercial work?
EAZ:Where? Here in the US??? Impossible! All I see is wack ass fuckin bullshit,graff wanna-be clusters of color in a fuckin background of Gym’s commercials. Or a cheesy lame ass impression of graff by a stupid fuckin art director somewhere. I would LOVE to see a movie title or more than one CD cover of these so-called HIP-HOP brotherly love havin fucks, done by a REAL writer for a change. That is another reason that graff should not be coupled with fuckin HIP HOP. Sorry, that pisses me off. In short, make money and live.
20. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
EAZ:The whole statue of liberty crown…now THAT is king.