Q. Graffiti artwork is something that many people dismiss or ignore. Do you believe more people should pay attention to the medium? Why is it worth their time?
A. I believe that everybody should pay attention. Attention is the key in our lives. Graffiti or street art can be used for social change. Protest or expression of community desire.
Q. What does graffiti art mean to you?
A. I needed something to express myself, and graffiti was a perfect way for me to do that. My goals were to enter the predominately white art world.
Q. Do you claim any specific inspirations (books, artists, musicians, etc.) that made you want to put your work out there?
A. In my drawings and paintings. I use the textbook Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray. Leonardo Da Vinci notebooks and Flash of The Spirit: African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy. Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Banksy and Jackson Pollock are some of my favorite artist and painters.
Q. With so much hate and misunderstanding in the world at large between people of different racial backgrounds, how do you want your work to fit into the dialogue?
A. Most of the themes in my art works revolves around social problems, power structures, Class struggle, poverty and system of racism. I want to bring awareness to those issues. People being aware of it means it can be talked about which raises its profile which means important decision making.
Q. Why did you decide on thirty-nine images for your book, and why these 39 in particular?
A. I named the book 39 drawings because there are 39 books comprised in the Old Testament. I chose 39 images because 39 signers of the United States constitution.
Q. If there is one thing you hope readers would take away from your work, what would it be?
A. The ways I experiment with words. Profoundly inspired by Williams S. Burrough cross-reference and interconnection of image. In my paintings and drawing are covered with text and code of all kinds: words, letters, numbers, logo, map symbols and more. Throughout my works I pay homage to heroic figures such as athletes, prophets, warriors, cops, musicians, kings and myself.
Q. What do you hope to accomplish with your art and writing?
A. My art is going to change the world. If not it will spark the mind they will change the world. I want to change the world. I mean that why we are here. To contribute. I want the world to be better. I really do believe that the world can be saved through art.
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