Being a child of the eighties, naturally I always had a draw towards Hip-Hop and more so the element of graffiti encompassed within it. But let’s see....I remember clearly back in the early nineties watching this documentary on PBS when I was 10 or 11 that spotlighted two well known writers from L.A., Slick & Hex. They were not gettin’ along at the time and instead of handling it like knuckle-heads, they settled their differences by taking it to the wall! Man o’ man! The quality of the artwork these two cats were creating was absolutely mind blowing to me as a youngster! I mean they just set these walls ablaze with style! Just huge, bright, colorful works that spanned whole sides of buildings! And with having cool names like “Slick” & “Hex,” my favorite comic book characters just got bumped down a few notches. Being a kid I was just in complete awe. The next day I went into the basement and out to the garage of my childhood home and decided to raid my folks spray-paint selection! Sneakin’ off to the local train bridge, down in the woods, me and the local neighborhood kids were a headin’! We had a good old time! Not knowing any better we just embellished our given names a little bit and got busy with messages like “Mike is the coolest” & “Guns & Roses Forever Dude!” Needless to say I got in my first bit of trouble with graff by Mom the next time she needed to use some of her paint to touchup a chair or whatever. It was worth it though! Nothing wrong with a little harmless mischief as a youngster as long as nobody’s getting hurt in my eyes. Life’s too short not to have a little fun. Little did I know at that time that some years down the road graffiti would consume the majority of my existence! I know you’ve presented at Bozarts, we covered your first show there a little over a year ago in the Toledo City Paper. Was this your first gallery show, or have you done many others. Where and when?
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