Q. What are some of the things you love about living Uptown?
A. Some of the things I love about Inwood
– Inwood Park
– Carrot Top
– La Nueva España restaurant
– The diversity of people
– The Dominicans
– 207 train yard
– having two trains lines to choose from: the 1 and the A
– Piper’s Kilt
– Fort Tryon Park
– its remoteness
– Indian Road cafe
– Parkview Cafe
– that its graffiti friendly
Q. What made you fall in love with Graffiti?
A. The way the trains looked in the 80’s made me fall in love with graffiti. While in high school I was fortunate to see the works of writers like Seen, Zoom, Web, Reas, Ghost, Wane, Sent, Dero, and others running on the trains and it was better than any museum you can imagine. Along with that growing up in Williamsburg there was a writer named Atom that had some of the best pieces in all of Brooklyn right in our hood. He kept Brooklyn colorful and fly even with all the abandoned buildings. Later when I first met the writers that were doing it and they broke down how it was done, I was hooked.
Q. Tell us about your publishing company, From here to fame.
A. From Here to Fame is a book publishing company with a focus on graffiti and Hip-Hop culture. Our motto is “Know Your History” and we stand by putting out books that educate, celebrate, and inform people about the culture that we live and breathe.
Q. How would you describe yourself as an artist?
A. I am a photographer, writer, and outlaw artist. I paint in the streets and on trains.
Q. Is there anything else you would like our audience to know about you or your work?
My work is an extension of my community and my roots in the streets and in the graffiti world.
P.S. – you can check out my 90s work in my new book, Rockin’ It Suckers. It’s out now.
Check out: http://fromheretofame.com/
Check out previous Uptown Artist columns: