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.

Giant – 20 Questions

L-L: What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
GIANT: BA – Burning America – is the only crew I push seriously. I’m also down with BOM – Brothers of Metal.
L-L: Where are you from and/or where did you start?
GIANT: I started writing in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1989.
L-L: Who influenced you the most coming up?
GIANT: Doc and Agree. They schooled me in almost all aspects of being a graffiti writer. See: http://www.graffiti.org/giant/mentors.html
L-L: How long have you been active?
GIANT: Over 10 years. I took most of ’99 off to concentrate on tattooing.
L-L: What is your favorite surface to paint and why?
GIANT: Smooth concrete, with a good coat of latex paint as a base. That’s just the best surface to work on.
L-L: Have you ever traveled outside the US to paint?
GIANT: Yes, I painted in and around London a bunch when I lived there in ’98. I also got to paint in Japan in ’97 when I was on tour with Tribal Gear.
L-L: Have you had any run-ins with johnny law for graffiti?
GIANT: I got arrested once in Albuquerque in ’92. I was painting under a bridge during the day and just got caught red-handed. I did 75 hours community service, picking up trash on the freeway with serious felons.
L-L: What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
GIANT: I think it’s a great resource for exchanging the work we do. It’s helped make graffiti writing a worldwide phenomenon.
L-L: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
GIANT: Probably doing the same stuff, with the addition of a family.
L-L: What is your current occupation?
GIANT: I make tattoos, that’s about 90% of my income.
L-L: Which do you prefer doing, black or colored ink work?
GIANT: I like making tattoos. I don’t think I prefer one style over another. I let the client decide how it works out.
L-L: Do you consider graff a part of your lifestyle or just a hobby?
GIANT: It’s definately a lifestyle. It affects how I think, so it’s much more than just a hooby.
L-L: What area of graff is your strongest?
GIANT: I try to be really well rounded. I’d definitely say I’m known more for clean wildstyle pieces, but I love throw-ups, tags, and simple styles equally. It’s all graffiti, and it’s all important.
L-L: What is your biggest graffiti related accomplishment?
GIANT: I don’t know. I just keep doing graffiti because it’s fun. I don’t really have a goal in mind. I’ll just quit when it isn’t fun anymore.
L-L: Do you think using brushes/markers/rollers/wheat paste takes away from the original concept?
GIANT: No. To me, as long as you’re putting stuff out there without permission, you’re doing it right.
L-L: Was there ever any static between you and Shepard Fairey?
GIANT: Not really. We started around the same time, so when we finally heard about each other, we were pretty established in our own styles. I like the stuff Shepard does. It gets on my nerves a little when kids think I put up the “Andre the Giant” stuff, but I’m sure he gets his share of confusion too.
L-L: Do you see a difference in East/West coast graffiti?
GIANT: Subtle differences, but in the big picture we’re all doing the same thing, no matter where you are.
L-L: Any productions planned in the near future? if so, with who?
GIANT: I don’t plan productions anymore. I’m pretty happy painting by myself. If the crew hooks up a big wall and wants me to get down with it, I’ll hook it up. But it’s not something I seek out anymore.
L-L: San Francisco is a fabulous place but, if you ever moved from there, anyideas of where you would go?
GIANT: Well, I’m planning on moving to Oakland soon. I’d like to live in Amsterdam for a little while to check that out.
L-L: Your favorite web-site?
GIANT: I’d have to say Art Crimes. I still dig around on there a little every month. I also spend too much time on thehun.net. What’s the internet without free porn?

SB1 – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and what are the underlying meanings of the acronym(s)?
SB1: Network (no acronym) FS (freight Slayers) UCA (Under Cover Agents) CRE (Catch Reck Everywhere) AMF (Action Makes Fame).
2. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
SB1: Originally I’m from Brooklyn NY, I moved here in 89 and definitely consider myself an Atlanta writer because I’ve done most of my shit since I’ve been here.
3. Who influenced you the most coming up?
SB1: Mainly writers from the NY subways in the years between 1983 and 1989. Its hard to say exactly who, but my favorite writer is Sent from NY. He is without question a style master general.
4. How long have you been active?
SB1: Well since the freights are the only thing that really counts I’ll say 12 years. I started hitting freights in 1988, but didn’t really take it seriously until 1992 and I’ve been more or less active since then.
5. What is your favorite surface to paint and why?
SB1: Steel, Over all else. That’s all I’ve really painted. Walls are cool to socialize, I do them on occasion, but steel is where its at for me. That’s the only thing I’ll risk my freedom for. I could go on for days about why but I’ll just say train pieces last longer and they travel further.
6. Do you rock with stocks or custom tips?
SB1: Stock and fats, that’s what I learned with and that’s all I know how to use. I’m kind of stuck in my ways.
7. Any insight on the new school attitude/style?
SB1: Well I consider myself part of the new school. A lot of kids who have been writing 5 years call themselves old school. Old school to me is writers from the 1960’s and 70’s. I like the current generation. I think kids don’t stick with it very long these days though. Most kids don’t write for more than 3 years, and that’s sad. I wish kids stayed in the game longer. As far as style if its original it’s fresh to me. Like there can’t be a hundred Totems, only one ya know. A lot of newer writers jump right into the complex stuff, the colors the characters and never really develop the fundamentals. The hand style, the thro-up, the bombing. I don’t mean to sound judgmental though, its just an observation.
8. What’s your outlook on the current ATL scene?
SB1: I’ve always liked the Atlanta scene. Like I said I consider myself an Atlanta writer. I think people expect it to be some kind of Utopia, but what city has a perfect scene. I really dig the fact that a lot of kids are hitting metal now. Yeah the politics and the drama sucks, but I’m glad with what we have.
9. In your opinion, who’s the hottest writer in Atlanta today?
SB1: Oh man thats a tuff one. Outside of my own crew(s): Dizo, I like his shit a lot. He’s killed shit and he has a very original style, TNA crew, they are the kings of coal cars, Hense, Humble, Hear, Totem, UAA crew, really anyone who’s name I see on trains often is Hot to me.
10. Any particular person or people you love painting with?
SB1: Honestly I’m kind of an asshole in this sense but I really only like to paint with my crewmates because we understand each other. Daks is my partner to the heart. Lern, Save, Leon, Brayne, I really used to enjoy painting with Chase. I’ll paint with anyone who is as methodical about the mission as I am. People who know how to scope shit out right, people who know how to react in a raid before its too late, people who know how not to make a lot of noise and not tag all over the lay-up (that’s a pet peav of mine).
11. Have you ever traveled outside the US to paint?
SB1: Nah, not to paint. But Id like to go to Amsterdam for the Cannabis cup though, and maybe rock some freights over there.
12. Have you had any run-ins with the law for graffiti?
SB1: Of course, but knock on wood I’ve never been bagged. I’ve been in 4 raids, two of which were pretty intense. I’ve always managed to slip away, even when other kids I was with got caught. It is the result of being extra anal about missions. I’m not saying I’m invincible , I just take it a lil more serious than the average writer, and that has paid off for me.
13. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
SB1: I think its great. Even though I get bored with it sometimes. I like the freight message board most of all. What I think is of utmost importance is the fact that writers are responsible for the abundance of web documented graffiti. Whereas in the past graffiti media was always controlled by people who didn’t write, and it has given newer generations a somewhat distorted view of the way things were. Writers will always tell a more accurate story because we are living it. In a thousand years all these websites will be in some database for future generations to research, so that’s a good thing.
14. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SB1: Still painting, still benching, still streaking just like I was 10 years ago.
15. What is your current occupation?
SB1: I’m a jack of all trades.
16. Do you consider graff a part of your lifestyle or just a hobby?
SB1: This is definitely life. Maybe for the first couple of years it was a hobby, but since like 85 when I started taking/collecting fliks its been, my culture, my religion, and my life. I mean my family is always first but train graffiti is always second.
17. What area of graff is your strongest?
SB1: Speed. My aim was obviously never to be the freshest, just to be able to get in and get out of a spot quickly and undetected. Like a Stealth Bomber*.
18. If there was one spot anywhere in the country you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
SB1: Marta Trains, just because its never been done. I’ll never do it though. When I risk my freedom its gotta be for something that’s gonna last.
19. Do you think using brushes/markers/rollers/wheat paste takes away from the original concept?
SB1: Yeah I think it does to a degree. But putting my personal opinion aside it is progression and adds variety to the game. Me personally I use aerosol exclusively I’m kind of thick in the head about that. But I like seeing different shit in the street.
20. President in 2000?
SB1: I think its high time for a female president, a fine one. Id like to see Toni Braxton or Jennifer Lopez address the nation in a bikini.

Con – 20 Questions

1. What crew(s) do you paint for and who put
you down?
CON: My crews are BA, FU, FGS, and NSF. BA is my original crew that Jase put me down with in Baltimore. FU and FGS are my LA crews that Big5 and Apart put me in respectively when I lived out there. NSF represents Pittsburg and Philly and I was just put down by my boy Necs this year.
2. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
CON: Started in Baltimore. Lived in LA for a bit. I’m in DC now.
3. Who influenced you the most coming up?
CON: All the old Baltimore heads were my greatest influence. I really didn’t start doing pieces until the year before I left for LA. Since I was really starting to develop my style, I picked up on a lot of stuff when I was on the west coast. But I’d say NY styles influence me nowadays.
4. How long have you been active?
CON: I started in late 93. Was a street bomber with my boy Super for 2 steady years. Started doing characters and eventually doing pieces. But I haven’t slowed a bit. Just focused in different directions.
5. What is your favorite surface to paint?
CON: Metal. Since the beginning, I was put onto freights. Me, Super and Resk started a crew called CSX when we started. It was our fr8 crew that eventually took over the scene in Baltimore back in 94-95. Baltimore has an incredible fr8 scene though. You’re missing the point if you’re not doing trains.
6. What is your preferred brand of paint?
CON: Rustoleum. And Groco which is now American brand I believe. It was a brand you’d get for $.50 at swap meets in LA. They had great colors and it’s super thick.
7. What are some nice color schemes you’ve used lately?
CON: Cinnamon/Raspberry/Indian Spice fill, Violet/Black 3-ds with Grape highlights, Sunset Orange outline, Teal green border.
8. Any particular person or people you love painting with?
CON: Anyone who has heart for fr8s and quality pieces are my favorite people to paint with. Actually anyone who can get super faded and pull off a slick piece or ill spot – those are my boys.
9. Have you ever traveled outside the US to paint?
CON: Nope. My rule of thumb has been to hit the US first and then move on to other countries. I’ve gotten almost every major city under my belt except for the northwest and chicago.
10. Have you had any run-ins with the law for graffiti?
CON: Tons. Been charged with multiple felonies but never convicted. We have a good BA crew lawyer we use if problems like this arise. My most recent time I got popped was in the South Bronx for benching in a fr8 yard. Spent a few hours in jail but we got off. They thought we were breaking into trains. The cops that booked us were surprisingly cool about it. My boy Zine BFK asked if the cops would take a flick of us in the cell on his camera. One of the cops was gonna get in the cell with us for the photo shoot, but changed his mind. So we now have flicks of us locked up in this ill ass cell in the South Bronx. It was pretty funny. I could go on about chase/cop run-ins, but that would be a long interview.
11. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
CON: I think it’s cool. It’s a natural progression. It’s a great way to see what’s going on in other parts of the country or the world without as much bias you’d find in a mag because anyone can make a site. Plus it gives me something to do at work.
12. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CON: Dunno. I take each day as it comes.
13. What is your current occupation?
CON: Web programmer/animator.
14. Do you consider graff a part of your lifestyle or just a hobby?
CON: Definitely a lifestyle. I spend way too much money on it. I fly from coast to coast multiple times a year just to paint. It’s a problem.
15. What area of graff is your strongest?
CON: Freight pieces. I can rock a mean character if I need too. Love doing Simpson characters.
16. What’s the current D.C./Baltimore graff scene like?
CON: Baltimore is hot right now! So many kids are out bombing the streets like no other time in the city’s history. Same with the freight scene. DC on the other hand is kinda quiet at the moment. And the freights are non-existant except for the handful of us killing them. It’s kinda nice because there’s no toys blowing it up.
17. Do you do most of your steel in yards or lay-ups?
CON: In Baltimore I hit secret lay-ups and the yard on the occasion. Too many kids burned out our spots so we got new ones. In DC I got a yard to myself.
18. If there was one spot you could hit without getting bagged, where would it be and why?
CON: It’s still in the plans so I’m keeping this one on the dl…
19. Do you think using brushes/markers/rollers/wheat paste takes away from the original concept?
CON: Nope. I think any tool is game for getting your name out there.
20. Where can people find out more about you?
CON: https://www.conoperative.com/

Joker BA IHU – 20 Questions

1. What crews do you paint for and what are theunderlying meanings of the acronyms?
JOKER: The collective Transcend… look it up, IHU… I Hate You,BA… Burning America and WOW… Weapons of War.
2. Where are you from and/or where did you start?
JOKER: I’m from the Virginia/D.C. area and I started in the summer of

1985… in Reston, Virginia to be exact.
3. Who influenced you the most coming up?
JOKER: Etch (who originally wrote Joker) taught me just about everything I needed to know to get started. He also showed me how to do letter connections and characters. As time went on, in those first few years, I became very influenced by T-Kid, Mack and Bio.
4. How long have you been active?
JOKER: About 15 years.
5. Do you see a difference between West and East coast graffiti?
JOKER: When I first came out to the west I noticed a severe difference in styles and hands. I think it was a really good experience for me as far as learning diversity. These last five or six years though have been more about the states as a whole and not just the East and the West. There’s some phenomenal stuff coming out of the rest of the nation.
6. What is your favorite surface to paint?
JOKER: I’m particular to concrete, but love hitting steel, too.
7. What is your preferred brand of paint?
JOKER: Rusto. But I’m a sucker for Clover green and Dove gray.
8. What are some nice color schemes you’ve recently used?
JOKER: I always seem to stick with the greens and purples… I don’t know why. I just like ’em. I did do a piece not too long ago with a variance in gray’s and hint of pistachio and meadow green. The outcome was pretty nice, but I got horrible photos. The piece itself wasn’t that great, anyway. I think “Cloud Cover” has a good photo of it on their web site.
9. Any particular person or people you love painting with?
JOKER: Nah… not really. I mean I like painting with friends, but it doesn’t really matter. I’ll paint with whoever… I just like to paint.
10. Have you ever traveled outside the U.S. to paint?
JOKER: I’ve been to Tokyo, Hamburg and London… in London I did the silliest piece, but at least got to paint with a good friend. That was more important.
11. Have you had any graffiti related encounters with the police?
JOKER: Unfortunately. I guess this is where I’m suppose to glorify a chase scene or something… nobody likes to have run-ins with the police. And those who get caught hate it even more.
12. What do you think about the new era of writers coming from middle to upper class backgrounds?
JOKER: Whatever’s clever. I wasn’t aware that graffiti was structured for lower to poor class backgrounds.
13. Do you have any advice for new writers on the process of laying down a piece?
JOKER: Practice before you go to the wall. Believe me… it’ll make all the difference.
14. Have you ever had beef with someone for disrespecting you art?
JOKER: Yeah, and I hope to never have to deal with that kind of ugliness again…
15. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
JOKER: It’s definitely a neat tool. It’s out there for everyone and I’m not sure yet if that’s a good or bad thing. I like being able to see what’s going on in another part of the world with the click of a button. And the communication is awesome, and scary.
16. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JOKER: I think I’ll still be painting, but maybe not as much. Graffiti is a hard habit to break.
17. What is your biggest graffiti related accomplishment.
JOKER: Progression.
18. What is your current occupation?
JOKER: Grunt worker for a big retailer… it’s a lame job, but I’m somewhat ambitionless.
19. Can you elaborate on your abstract style? Did you give it a name?
JOKER: The style I do isn’t all that original. I mean it may be definitively mine, but others long ago were doing styles that were inspirational. I had been doing the same stuff for so long, and it just got to me one day. I had to make a change. I’m not sure where it comes from or how I got about it, but for the most part it feels right. I feel like it’s what I should be doing. I do wish I were a little more patient with the painting process of it, but that’s okay. I’m not too pressured to speed myself up. I have a lot of ideas and I sketch them all down, but most of them are just ideas. Nothing I would really put up, but it’s part of the process. I don’t have a name for it… people keep telling me I’m on “some next level shit”… so maybe I should call it that.
20. Where can people find out more about you?
JOKER: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joker_transcend/

Totem2 – 20 Questions

1. What do you write and who for?
TOTEM2: Totem2, TATS Cru, 3A, GSK, DotCom, Hoodat, BurnUnit…
2. Where are you from and where did you start?
TOTEM2: Atlanta…
3. Who influenced you the most coming up?
TOTEM2: Jaz, Sense431, Haze, Noah, Case, and Notch…
4. How long have you been active?
TOTEM2: I started in ’91, this is my ninth year…
5. How did you get introduced to your crew(s)?
TOTEM2: Just painting with heads all up and down the east coast…
6. What is your favorite surface to paint on and why?
TOTEM2: Rusty rolling steel…and gritty cinder block…
7. What are some hot colors or schemes you’ve recently used?
TOTEM2: I’m not sure of the names but any Montana color burns, my favorite color is Belton purple velvet…
8. Any productions planned in the near future? If so, with who?
TOTEM2: Nothing planned yet, but I’m always open…
9. Any particular person or people you love to paint with?
TOTEM2: I’m down to paint with anyone who keeps a positive attitude and doesn’t get caught up in that ignorant shit…but I would say my main men Hesk, Nerv, those dirty duo Kem5 and Ges, Nicer, BG183, Bio are crazy fun…
10. Have you ever traveled outside the US to paint?
TOTEM2: I’ve been to Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Amsterdam, and the Philipines…
11. Have you had any run-ins with Johnny Law concerning graff?
TOTEM2: Nah man I run fast, but I had to kick a rail worker in the face once, it was a pretty bugged out situation…
12. What do you think of the present day graff scene in Atlanta?
TOTEM2: I think that people tend to hype shit up that they shouldn’t, and cling to things that they feel safe doing because they know that it is accepted, and forget that graff is about self expression, not just putting up your name. Also people tend to be negative where negativity is not needed, when you can simply stop and control yourself and think about the situation, you might avoid a big mess….
13. Do you think attitudes about graffiti vary from city to city, region to region?
TOTEM2: Different cities is tight, attitudes…see question #12. I haven’t been out west yet but the scene looks fresh…
14. Have you ever had beef with someone for disrespecting your art?
TOTEM2: Yeah this kid Yores, he’s a muthafucka…aside from him…nope…
15. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
TOTEM2: It’s cool you can see what people are doing outside of your city, but there’s an excess amount of trash talking…I’m known to solve problems by talking it out first or the occasional headcracking…
16. Where do you think graff is heading in the new millennium?
TOTEM2: Hmm who knows. I hope somewhere good…
17. What is your biggest graffiti related accomplishment?
TOTEM2: #4 Line NYC train, and #2 Line German DB train. I love burning steel…
18. What is your current occupation?
TOTEM2: Martial Arts instructor, B-boying instructor…
19. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TOTEM2: Hopefully still rocking, hopefully still have control of my bowels…I don’t wear my mask enough…
20. Has your reason for painting changed over the years?
TOTEM2: Nah it’s still about fun, when the fun stops it won’t be the same game.

Can2 – 20 Questions

1. What do you write and who for?
CAN2: I’m writing the name CAN2 since 1986, after all those years it’s still a hobby for me and I’ve never takin’ it TOO serious…I just have my fun with it…

2. Where are you from and where did you start?
CAN2: I’m from Mainz/Germany and I also started here…

3. Who influenced you the most coming up?
CAN2: The one I got most influenced by is SEEN, but also a lot of other old school N.Y. artists…

4. How long have you been active?
CAN2: I’m 29 years and I’m active since I was 13 years (1983)…

5. How did you get introduced to your crew(s)?
CAN2: I was in a lot of crews during my career, but soon I got tired of all and founded my own crew (STICK UP KIDS). We are all friends in that crew, regardless of how famous each member is, that’s very important to me. 1999 SEEN got me into UA, which is a real big deal for me…

6. What is your favorite surface to paint on?
CAN2: Anything is good if the colors cover…

7. What are some hot colors or schemes you’ve recently used?
CAN2: I use BELTON, MULTONA and MONTANA. 1997 I chose some colors myself which BELTON filled into Cans…they’re called OXYGEN COLORS…and I really love the Creamblue and the Menthol…

8. Any productions planned in the near future? If so, with who?
CAN2: I’m invited to Portugal at the 26. Jan., but there’s no big production planned…maybe in the summertime…

9. Do you see any difference in European graff and American graff?
CAN2: To say it real short, America got the skills and the roots, but Europe got the better colors and the better technique… but please don’t take this personal everybody…

10. When is your next visit to the states?
CAN2: I’ll be in Las Vegas for the trade show in September this year and after that San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose…strictly a Westcoast holiday…

11. Have you had any run-ins with the law concerning graff?
CAN2: They once caught me taken pics of a “GEPSY” pieces on a train…that’s it…

12. What do you think about the new era of writers coming from middle to upper class backgrounds?
CAN2: To be honest, I’ve lost my view on the scene a long time ago…too much people doing too much Graffiti…and I see a lot of Bullshit in some Magazines…but there are some talented writers in between which let’s me hope… x

13. Do you have any advice for up and coming writers?
CAN2: Learn the history of Writing before you grab a can…

14. What do you think about the documentation of graffiti on the web?
CAN2: That’s very good…people get informed really quick about what’s going on in the world of Graff…

15. Where do you think graff is heading in the new millennium?
CAN2: A lot of new laws, a lot of wasted money by the government and the scene will get more underground again…

16. What is your biggest graffiti related accomplishment?
CAN2: The foundation of a good crew with good people (as humans, not as writers) and being a member of UA…and all the pics I gave for “On the Run” issue one…

17. What is your current occupation?
CAN2: I’m working at a print company and be responsible for all the graphics and the layout and Design of the websites we’re doing…

18: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CAN2: Still doing Graff, some Kids who do Graff too, and a real nice woman…

19. Has your reason for painting changed over the years?
CAN2: I’m still doing it for the fun of it…

20. Where can people find out more about you?
CAN2: www.cantwo.de

Mike Giant – Interview 1996

@mediaexplosion spent a lot of time with pre-tattooed Mike Giant in the late 90’s working on a graffiti documentary, which was never widely released.This was filmed in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. It features stills, doodles, stickers from Mike’s sketchbooks, some classic skateboard graphics, live painting with Persue in SD, collabs with Felon and Sope in SF. And a couple shots of Giant’s beef with Kept. The main interview was filmed during a wander through SF Chinatown, after a long night hallucinating at a rave. SF was a graffiti wonderland at the time and there are background pieces from legends like Twist, KR, Rem, Bles and a bunch more if you keep your eyes peeled.