It’s not too often that I do something in Portland, Oregon even though this is where I live. The Mural laws here require that if I want to paint a wall, even with the owner’s permission, I have to get a city permit. Involved with getting a city permit for a “mural” is submitting a detailed representation for approval of what I want to paint. Once the city approves it, it then has to be put up to the neighborhood association of the area where I want to paint it. Then if they approve it the city must have access to the “mural” and it must be maintained for 5 years. Continue reading →
Last year one of my old painting homies, Asis, was living up in Seattle and he was responsible for many painting trips. Since I’m now living in Portland, Oregon the 3 hour trips weren’t bad at all to get some painting done. He also introduced me to Hera Won who has been getting busy in up in the Emerald city too. I met a very talented and cool female artist from British Colombia at a Portland gallery show that she was having, Phresha, we talked and she was down to paint. As my graffiti fire started burning again, my old painting partner Cortes NYC (formally Waqs) started getting excited. We planned a trip to Seattle to get together and paint after more than a decade. It was a great experience! Three walls in a weekend, some partying, some injuries, lots of good times! See the video below!
I was recently asked by someone if I usually liked the stuff that I create? This artist was asking me because they were struggling with their own style. A lot of the time I don’t like what I do… to the point where people like ASIS one would say, “Let me guess… you hate it, right?”. I actually like my work only about 25% of the time… and if you think I’m whack, good!
Clouds can have a Rustoleum Silver lining!
I am a perfectionist. I always find fault with my style, my painting, my colors and my skill. This can be a gift though! I am always striving to do better. I always compare myself to the top guns in the graff world… I should be like them! I think that any good artist is their own worst critic. This pushes that artist to improve, to evolve (or be created if you are a fundamentalist christian graff writer). Continue reading →