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.

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