VOL. 2 Graffiti.Skateboarding.Art.Music.Culture
TACOE CDC AIDS HRV INTERVIEW SHRED FILES: BILL MARSHALL R.I.P DEFINE FEELIN’ FRIENDLY SNEAK PEAK
Letter From the Editor: Hello, After getting a beer belly from trying out so many different food spots, repeatedly dodging annoying police officers, and doing a bunch of photo shoots with some fly hunnies we’re finally here with the second issue. We added some tattoo, artwork, and music reviews to spice up the recipe. If the world actually does end this year it would really suck that we spent all this time on this. Anyway we’d like to thank anyone that contributed with photos, interviews, or anything at all. Also to Light Hand Tattoo (www.lighthandtattoo.com) for the photo shoot. To everyone reading this while getting wavy at our release party, don’t lose this or you’ll regret it next time you’re bored on the John.
BILL MARSHALL 8-9 TACOE INTERVIEW 10-14 JARED STOMBER 15 R.I.P DEFINE 18-20 FEELIN’ FRIENDLY 22-23 ANGELA PILGRIM 24-25 LEAN & WEED 26 MIDLAND 27 CHILEAN GRAFFITI 31 FOOD SPOTTING 35
This issue is dedicated in loving memory of Antonio “Define” Sibusio Gayle. All photos are submitted by anonymous sources. Art Official Press does not support vandalism. All inside content is property of Art Official Press and cannot be used or taken without permission.
Send Content to ARTOFFICIALPRESS@GMAIL.COM
BILL M d files: ARSHA LL
Digging through the shred files, found some flicks of the homie Digging through the shred files, found Bill Marshall. Originally from down some flicks of the homie Bill Marshall. by the sea, this is one of Jersey’s illOriginally from down by the sea, this is est shredders. After getting his knee one of Jersey’s illest shredders. After getblown to bits he’s still kicking your ting his knee blown to bits he’s still kicking ass. This Shred NJ representative your ass. This Shred NJ representative has has ripped some of the illest spots ripped some of the illest spots from Jersey from Jersey to Arizona and back. to Arizona and back. You can check some You can check some of his sweet of his sweet maneuvers out in his recently maneuvers out in his recently rereleased video, “The Pit II” and Division leased video, “The Pie II” and DiviEast’s “Tomorrow”. More importantly this sion East’s “Tomorrow”. More imfucker drinks more beer than your mom’s portantly this fucker drinks more shoelaces. For all you single ladies out beer than your mom’s shoelaces. there, this guy has the most epic horror For all you single ladies out there, movie collection of all time. - Spaceship this guy has the most epic horror movie collection of all time. - Spaceship Photos by Nick Ceglia
Foreword: Nark AIDS Interview: Larry S. Dixen I first met Tacoe in early 2004 before graffiti was a common bond between us. I dropped him and another friend off to paint a spot and ever since then it’s been non-stop. We may not have been through it all, but I can confidently say we have been through the majority of it. Mission after mission after mission and it didn’t stop. His style of painting is recognizable no matter what the letters spell out and you would probably know who did it even if he didn’t use letters at all. He’s been in the game for years and is constantly getting better and better. Not to mention he single handedly put The Rag Shop out of business. I’m a big fan of what he does and how he does it. I’m fortunate enough to say he’s my friend and my right hand man.
AOP: When did you start writing graffiti? Tacoe: I got into graffiti around 1995, but I actually started writing in 2001. AOP: How did you get into it? Tacoe: This kid in my ninth-grade science class was the reason I got into graffiti. He used to write Levs, that dude was mad good and we used to just sit there drawing graffiti all year. Every day he walked into the classroom and caught tags on the blackboard before the teacher got there haha. AOP: How did you get into actually painting it? Tacoe: I met that dude Navy8 and he took me out painting a couple times and that’s when I started taking it a little bit more serious. I also started doing little shit with that dude Naks, that writes Naked now, back in the day. Chip7 and the FH dudes had a large hand in helping me develop whatever skills I have, schooling me on how to do spots. They were my earliest exposure to freights. AOP: What’s your favorite shit to paint? Tacoe: I like doing fill-ins, but when I’m high I like to piece. AOP: What are some names you’ve written in the past? Tacoe: Well I’m writing Faint now. In the past, I wrote Tacoe, Tacyo, Thunder, Zurich, a bunch of other names not worth mentioning, and painting names just for a piece. Too many to remember haha
AOP: Why is it that most writers like sticking to one name and getting that name up as much as possible, but you like switching your name up every chance you can? Tacoe: I get bored with the same shit over and over again. If there’s a name that’s cool, I’m gonna paint it. Every time I ever changed up my name everyone knew it was me and that right there speaks for itself. AOP: Did you ever shoplift (rack) anything before you started doing graffiti? Tacoe: I was raised to respect the people around me and that no one deserves to have anything taken from them, but once I started doing graffiti my proper childhood went straight out the fucking window. AOP: What’s a normal day of racking? Tacoe: The truth of racking is some days you make $100 and go home bummed, but you’re still happy you didn’t have problems. Other days you make four grand before lunch time. For the most part I’ve always done my own research and was always pretty good at figuring out which things were the least risky with the largest payout. AOP: What’s the most money you made from racking? Tacoe: As far as one store goes, I’ve easily cleared out three grand from one alone, possibly with in-n-outs. I would rack four or five items worth almost $600 each at a time. It was pretty easy or at least it used to be. I made a
career out of it to the point where I quit my job in 2004 and haven’t worked another job until this year. I was still paying my own rent, my own car, my own food, all that shit. At one point my mother saw an ATM receipt and was dumbfounded by how my checking account had a couple G’S more then she had in her life savings, for real. Simply put, “what you call spending, I call living.” AOP: You’re down with two well known graffiti crews in New Jersey. Any words for everyone in CDC and AIDS? Tacoe: All these dudes are like family, its not like your typical graffiti crew. We all hang out on a more personal level. I prefer that crew members actually hang out outside of graffiti, it makes the experience more fun and you feel more at ease knowing that you’re doing something illegal with someone that cares about you. These friends are some of the more important, supportive people I have in my life. They’re a rare thing in a world of quick snitching and back stabbers. AOP: Where exactly do your morals stand when it comes to vandalism? Tacoe: To put it simply, I’m down to paint it unless it was something my mother would see and get disappointed about. AOP: You said before that you like to travel, what’s your favorite city? Tacoe: My favorite place I’ve visited is Tokyo, but for painting I like
Atlanta or Louisville, Kentucky. AOP: How were these cities? Tacoe: Well Tokyo is like no other place on Earth I’ve been to. I went out to Louisville with that dude Kwote during a blizzard so the city was completely dead. It was like a playground for graffiti. The part I liked to paint in Atlanta was kind of fucking hood. I have a picture of this crack head lady that kind of looked like a man, flashing me in broad day light on the main street for three bucks in quarters haha. AOP: Any final shouts? Tacoe: A.Y.E.R.R.R.R.P. RACKING CREW! I want to wish good luck to Arms KBT, in his new role as a T-ball coach, and hope that his background as a registered sex offender doesn’t come up so he is able to be around the children he loves dearly. My knigga Kwote is the young lightning son, watch out for that little motherfucker cause he’s gonna come outta nowhere and leave kniggas like “what had just had happened here?” Mi hermano Nark on some punching bitches shit, Yuthe my financial advisor, and Draft I promise I’ll stop making fun of you soon. My dirty IZM dudes, Loser and Dzel the prettiest thugs you ever seen, Distort shit yo. All of you CDC, AIDS, and HRV dudes. I love you famalam! Oh and Sape, what up slime! Slimeeeeee!
Tattoo Artists on the Rise
Jared Stomber Brooklyn bred Jared Stomber has been tattooing professionally since 2006. Stomber currently works at Kustom Kulture Tattoos in Baldwin, New York. He continues to explore new mediums and new techniques in his tattooing, artwork, and sculptures. He draws inspiration from cartoons, movies, and things that go bump in the night... KustomKultureInk.com Facebook.com/Jstomber1
His last piece. Painted only a few days before he passed (above).
Relax. In. Paradise. Tone “Define” G. Words: Larry D.
Its crazy to believe that its been more than a couple months since anyone’s seen a new Define piece or the contagious smile of Tone G… When I first began to dedicate these words to Tone I had no clue what exactly to say. I didn’t know if I should show how tragic it was that a gifted young kid passed so suddenly or how he made such a positive difference on the lives of many. The answer was simple, the last thing the kid who always had a smile on his face wanted was for the thought of him to make people upset. The sad fact is that hundreds-of-thousands of people die every day and unfortunately I’ve seen it so much that I can now call the grim reaper a personal acquaintance, but one thing I’ve never witnessed is how the NJ community reacted after Define’s passing. Numerous writers took to the streets and began bombing with Define’s name, while others brightened cities with Antonio Gayle murals. Skateboarding was another passion of his so 5Boro and Shindig skateboards hosted a skate jam in his memory. Antonio shirts were printed and the proceeds went to help out his family. Everyone tried to make an impact, just like how he impacted them.
Around that time, countless people passed away, even celebrities like Heavy D and Steve Jobs. Many people cried for Steve Jobs, but did anyone run around Newark ducking cops and writing his name everywhere to keep his legacy alive? Nuff said. During his years of painting, Define put more work in than most writers in NJ at the time. His progression and passion for the game gained the respect of many writers young and old. He hated graffiti beef and was one of the few dudes that never caught problems with any other writers. His legacy will live on even after the paint of his last piece fades away. Tone G. was known for his charisma and how his goofy antics would have any group of people laughing. He was the type of kid that would get way too high and laugh at fart jokes. He made his own beats under Beat Lampers Production and was an enthusiastic hip hop fan. Oddly enough he gave the title “Afterlife” to one of the last beats he made. Days before his passing he called one of his close friends to apologize about the way he was acting during those last days and asked to reconcile with the rest of his friends. A few of us think he knew his time was coming and he was getting prepared for it, but we were never ready for it. Seeing such a gifted skateboarder and graffiti writer go at such a young age and so suddenly makes you realize that you never know when your time is up. For now, we just have to smile that cheesy Tone smile and treasure every moment like it may be our last. Until that time comes, I won’t know what place lurks beyond the pearl gates, but I do know that there’s a Define tag on every corner.
Matt Mann Photo: Mazz
Joey Bouillianne Photo: Mazz
Eric Dermond Photo:Mazz
“Feeling Friendly” dropping this year. Filmed by William “BJ“ Wishard skateboard tricks done by Matt Eaton, Nico, Derm Money, Chris Rozbo, Nick Immediato and Bryan Schroader. All local homies who destroy spots you’re to lame to throw your boards down on. This one should be funky. www.FeelinFriendly.com for some skate stuff he’s been filming.
Angela Pilgrim By: Dr. Zorch
AOP: How would you describe your work? Angela: A mesh between my dreams, exuberant visions and everything around me. A lot of my work is inspired by photographs I take of people, nature from unique perspectives, and sketched out dreams from the night before. All constructed together to make a final piece. A process that is usually a flow from my cluttered brain really.
AOP: Are these dreams ever nightmares? Angela: Haha, I would say they can get a bit scary. I remember back in 2009, I would have sleep paralysis which can be a bit spooky. Anyway, during that time I would have weird dreams that blossomed into a lot of ideas that year. Bittersweet nightmares, so my dreams can be a blessing and a curse! AOP: Have you had your work featured in shows as of recent?
Angela: Yes, actually about a month ago my work was shown in Hoboken, NJ. It was held in a cool, chill venue and the event was called The Digable Arts Festival. Really great vibe and awesome space. AOP: What are you up to when your not doing pieces? Angela: I’ve recently took up bellydance, so I’m meditating on that. Also, I’m a big nerd when it comes to videogames and quite the collector of them! Amongst that, I’m usually in the city checking out new artwork out there and just finished an internship with Brooklynite Gallery. AOP: Whose work are you into? Angela: Minnie Evans, hands down. AOP: Sega or Nintendo? Angela: Nintendo!
I used to live here. I shared a room with my friend about the size of a closet, it ruled obviously. Beer diets and skateboarding. Almost every person I’ve skated with has lived here or flopped here for some period of time. Mad hunnies, “We threw a party yea we threw a party...” Finding out BBQ taste just as good in the snow. I heard the neighbors hated everyone so much that they’re buying the house to destroy it and make it into their parking lot or some shit. They always did suck... -Zeke the Plumber.
CHECK OUT: A bit of old mixed with the new. 40’s blunts and cooling out. Makes me feel like its 1995 and I’m walking down the street with headphones on. Probably sweating heading to the corner store to cop an Icee. Give it a listen. -Zeke
CHILE, SOUTH AMERICA Graffitis de los Chilenos requilaos en barrio bellavista, Santiago Chiiiiile weon.
Eric Dermond photo: Mazz
Mike Collazos photo: Fred McG
Sean Colello photo: Mazz
Food Spotting Words: Grateful Ned
Faye and Kings-1417 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, NY
After a day of flick hunting in Brooklyn, I stumbled upon a hidden Jamaican West Indies restaurant with a Miss 17 hollow on it. There’s a million of these spots in Flatbush, but every local pointed me to this one. The fried chicken has a moist taste with a golden glaze that’s similar to General Tso’s Chicken. The jerk chicken has a spice that will kick your teeth in. The platters come with plantains and grilled veggies and you can get some banging pineapple soda. What you waiting for batty boy?!
Costanera Restaurant- 511 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair, NJ
In the middle of Montclair where there are barely any Peruanos is this delicious Peruvian restaurant. I’ve been to many South American food spots, this one had the most exotic taste of them all. You can start off with their ‘El Ciudadano’, where you get a seemlingly endless seafood dish with a variety of items such as east coast oysters, colossal prawns, and choritos a la chalaca (mussels topped with onions, peppers, and glazed with a sensual lime juice). Then you can get a starter such as their Causa, which is delicious cold mashed potato cakes, where the middle is filled with your choice of marinated artichokes, chicken breast, and lump crab (shown below). By the time you finished your main course you’ll think you’re standing on top of Machu Picchu itself.
:SH!NDIG BOARDS OUT NOW!
STEVE ROMERO: /:DAN VOGEDESE.