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.

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