By T. Mikey
ANYONE READING THIS
NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT CERTAIN THINGS THEY REALLY NEED TO
KNOW, ARE RARELY GOING TO BE FOUND IN HARDLY ANY A BOOK OR MOVIE.
TOO MANY SO
CALLED "SOURCES" EITHER HAVE A THEORY OR OPINION OF
OUR REALITY THAT ONLY SUITS AN AGENDA THATS MORE PERSONAL THAN IT IS
CREDIBLE IN APPROPRIATING ITS A THRU Z’S.
IN SOME SHAPE OR
FORM I’VE ALWAYS CONSIDERED MYSELF AN ARTIST AND ALWAYS VISUALIZED A
CERTAIN LEVEL OF WHAT WE DID AS AN ART FORM THAT WHICH WAS CONCEPTUALIZED
AS A RESULT OF THE EXISTENCE OF THIS CULTURE THAT I BECAME A PART OF.
BEYOND IT’S BASIC LEGIBILITY AND JUST COMMUNICATING VIA ONES IMAGINATION AND
CREATIVITY AND TAKING IT BEYOND ANY REALM THAT IT’S ALREADY BEEN IN OR THAT’S
AEROSOL AND WRITING
(WHICH IS WHAT WE CALLED IF FROM DAY ONE, BEING OUR INTERPRETATION OF WRITING),
HAS BEEN ADAPTED BY INDIVIDUALS JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE ON THE PLANET.
SUFFICE TO WHAT
PEOPLE ARE PRESENTLY, AND WRONGFULLY, INSINUATING IT’S IMMEDIATE INFLUENCES OR
HOW’S AND WHY’S DIDNT ACTUALLY HAVE A START FROM ANYWHERE BUT NEW YORK CITY AND
THE PARTICIPANTS THEREIN.
NYC IS WITHOUT A
DOUBT THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE MODERN DAY AEROSOL MOVEMENT AND THAT’S WHERE THE
SOUL AND THE BLUEPRINT WERE FORMULATED. THAT’S NOT A BIG UP THAT’S JUST
WHEN I WAS EXPOSED TO THE
MOVEMENT IT SEEMED OBVIOUS THAT YOUTH LIKE US WERE DOING IT. EVEN THOUGH WE
HAD NO IDEA WHO THEY WERE, BUT THE CONNECTION WAS THERE ON THE SPOT.
SURE WHEN YOU ARE
YOUNG THERE ARE TRENDS AND STYLES AND SO ON, BUT I CAN SAY THAT THE THING IS, I
WENT WITH THEM, FEELING THEM AND FEELING A KINSHIP TO THEM.
SO THAT’S HOW IT
WAS WITH WRITING.
THIS CULTURE EMERGED OUT OF
THE MIDSTS OF MAJOR STRUGGLE.
IN A SENSE IT WAS US
AGAINST A WORLD THAT WASN’T FEELING US. WE WERE DOING OUR OWN THING DEFIANTLY
BUT AT THE SAME TIME PHYSICALLY WE WERENT ON A MISSION OF DISRESPECTING
EVERTHING IN SIGHT.
SURE ENOUGH WE CAUSED A LOT
OF UPROAR IN VANDALIZING THE SUBWAYS AND I’M NOT GOING TO PUT A RIGHT ON IT,
BUT LIKE MY MAN COCO SAID, TECHNICALLY THAT HAD TO HAPPEN IN ORDER FOR WHAT YOU
SEE NOW TO BE TAKING PLACE.
I’VE ALWAYS DRAWN AND EVEN
BEFORE THAT I WAS ALWAYS TRYING TO TRANSFORM MY HANDWRITING BECAUSE I DIDN’T
FANCY THE WAY I WAS TAUGHT TO DO IT.
IT WAS NATURAL TO BE IN
THAT MOVEMENT AS IT EMERGED AND AUTOMATICALLY MORPHOSE AND RECREATE THOSE
LETTERS ON THE TRAINS. IT WASN’T THAT CONSCIOUSLY PLANNED AS MUCH AS IT WAS
JUST DONE WITH THE NOTION AND REALIZATION THAT IT COULD BE DONE AND SO IT
MOTIVATED BY THINGS
SEEMINGLY UNRELATED BUT IMPRESSIONABLE IN A WAY THAT IT CAN SPARK A FIRE OR
BRING AN IDEA TO LIGHT.
THERE WERE CERTAIN BASIC GUIDELINES THAT MADE FOR
THE CULTURE YET THERE WAS STILL A FORMAT THAT WAS BEING CONSTRUCTED BY CHANCE
CAUSE AND EFFECT
WRITERS SET THE STAGE IN UPPER MANHATTAN WITH STYLIZED SIGNATURES AND TOTALLY
BOMBARDING THE SUBWAYS.
THERE WAS ALSO
BROOKLYN THAT HAD THESE REALLY ELABORATE HANDSTYLES. THAT WAS THE EXAMPLE TO
SET ME IN A DIRECTION TO TAKE OFF ON MY OWN CONCEPTUAL JOURNEY.
ASPECTS ARE A BIT TOO LONG AND DETAILED TO ELABORATE ON BUT BASICALLY IT’S
SIGNIFICANT TO SAY THAT I INITIALLY PARTNERED WITH LEE 163D! WHO WAS ONE OF THE
FIRST WAVE OF BRONX WRITERS & THE FIRST KING OF THE BRONX. WE HUNG OUT ON
THE REGULAR AND BEING AROUND HIM ALWAYS CHARGED ME UP.
WITH WRITING WE
WERE TEARING IT UP AND TAKING IT TO A DIFFERENT LEVEL. I’D SAY WE WERE THE ONES
WHO PRIMARILY SET THE TREND IN THE BRONX BECAUSE WE WERE PRETTY CRAZY AT ONE
ONCE THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF
ONLY DOING SIGNATURES BECAME SORT OF PASSE AND THE NAMES WERE MEANT TO BE
BIGGER, ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT DROVE ME JUST COMBINED TO BRING OUT ANOTHER
APPROACH TO THE EXECUTION.
THE MORE I HANDED OUT
FLIPPED AND INITIATED STYLES AND CONCEPTS, BE IT WHAT THEY CALL BUBBLE LETTERS
OR THE FIRST STYLES TO BE DEEMED AS WILD, THE MORE A LOT OF WRITERS ADAPTED IT
AND IT JUST STAYED AS PART OF THE FORMAT.
I JUST CONTINUED TO
DO WHATEVER I VISUALIZED AS WRITING OR SYMBOLISM AS A SCIENCE, BEYOND THE
TRAINS AND BEYOND THE PURPOSE OF COMMUNICATING VIA A WORD. I THINK THAT IT TOOK
ME QUITE SOME TIME TO REALLY GRASP, FOR EXAMPLE, THE MOST SUITABLE WAY FOR ME
TO EXECUTE MY IDEAS OF A MATH WITH UNSPOKEN SPEAK. NATURALLY AT WAR WITH MYTH,
AND ROLLING WITH A SELECT FEW NEXTRATERRESTRIAL RAWARRIORS, IN A DOMAIN OF
ESOTERIC LANGUISTIC ARTCHITECTURE.
ONE WEAPON OF CHOICE BEING
THE SPRAY CAN, THAT HAS NOW BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO AN UNLIKELY TECHNOLOGICAL
50-50 REVOLUTIONARY PAINT BRUSH AND BECOME LOUDER THAN A BOMB THAT CAN’T BE
CURRENTLY A LOT OF THE
ESSENCE HAS BEEN LOST OR OVERLOOKED.
PEOPLE MAY BE ROCKING BUT
EVEN WHERE YOU HAVE BEAUTY THERE CAN BE AN OVERWHELMING UGLINESS THAT CAN
DIMINISH AND EXTRACT ALL THE SUBSTANCE AWAY FROM IT. ITS LIKE TAKING A
TRADITION THAT IS DEEMED SO FOR AN EXPRESS REASON THAT MAKES IT WHAT IT IS AND
EXECUTING IT IN A FASHION THAT MAY EXTERNALLY STAY IN PLACE BUT SUCKS ALL ITS INNER
SOUL AND PURPOSE FROM IT.
BESIDES THE FACT THAT EVEN
IN OUR OWN DIVISION WE HAVE THOSE WHO FAIL TO TEACH THE TRUTH.
PART OF THIS GOES BACK TO
BEING THAT A LOT OF WHAT YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO OR LED TO BELIEVE ABOUT IT ISNT
ACCURATE, OR ISN’T WRITTEN SINCERELY. TOO OFTEN IT IS CONDUCTED AND DOCUMENTED
BY INDIVIDUALS WHO CARE AS MUCH ABOUT THE TRUTH AS THEY DO ABOUT THEIR BEING
DEEMED AS AUTHORITIES OR COLUMBUSSES REALIZING OUR WORTH. OR EQUATING AND
CONCLUDING OUR SOCIOLOGICAL MATHEMATICS TO DEGREES (THAT WE SUPPOSEDLY CANT;)
TO SUBSEQUENTLY COME TO A CONCLUSIVENESS THAT HITS OUR EXISTENCE’S NAIL ON THE
ULTIMATELY A LOT OF
ELEMENTS COMBINED WITH VISION AND EVER EVOLVING EVOLUTION ARE WHAT BROUGHT, THE
NOW POPULAR, STREET CULTURES TO THE MAINSTREAM.
CURRENTLY WITH THE AEROSOL
ART BEING SO VAST, PARTICULAR ASPECTS OF IT HAVE DEVELOPED AND EXTENDED WAY
BEYOND WHAT ANY PHD OR SO-CALLED INTELLECTUAL CAN LABEL OR APPROPRIATE IT.
THERES THE OCCASION AND
OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE IT TO OTHER LEVELS;
WHERE BY IT’S ABILTY TO
EXIST BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY, OR JUST BEING WELCOMED ON THE BLOCK, IS A
TESTIMONY TO ITS ENDURANCE AND PRESEVERANCE AS AN INDEFINABLY POWERFUL,
SIGNIFICANT AND TRULY AMAZING ART FORM.
FROM IT’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
THAT IS AN ACHIEVEMENT WITHIN ITSELF. AND FELLOWS LIKE CHOR
ARE A TESTEMENT TO THAT.
I was introduced
to the wonders of spray paint art from local areas in the city of San Diego,
which is where I’m originally from. I had artistic influences such as the
great masters of Gustav Klimt, Dali, Michelangelo, Da Vince… you know, the
highlights of modern art… To contemporary spray paint artists such as… P.H.A.S.E.2, Vulcan, Coma, Sake, Apex, Slick, Hex,..
I felt with in
this medium I had to bring something to the table, and that something would be
an original approach to the spray paint medium that you have not seen before…
Its definitely a
deeper philosophy behind the work… an understanding…
My work is what
it is… ARTGAZMZ…
Even the term
‘Legal’ should not be in the conversation simply because I use a spray paint to
It does not make
sense … but the connotations behind ‘the can’ have definitely taken a
perspective of what is right and wrong.
My artwork is an
abstract expression of a romantic voodoo with an emotional landscape of a
melodic symphony through color therapy. There is a significant meaning tying
together my style, originality, composition, line, color, light, which is
50% mind + 50% heart = 100% body + 100% soul = 200% spirit then add an infinite
universe… its just the blood, sweat, tears, fears, and years we put into this…
I consider it
I believe that
colors have healing aspects, or attributes that have healing effects
subconsciously or consciously whether you like it or not… we tend to just take
it in like breathing air or drinking water. A magnetic attraction, which
sparks a chemical reaction with in the brain, that leads to the rest of the
acknowledged the facts that colors can produce healing effects on problems with
in the heart, mind, body, and soul… tying color therapy with my work is more
of an original concept simply because it has its healing approach.
An example of
the public reaction of this; a large scale mural I was painting in San
Francisco on Market St. about 100 ft long called, “The Perception of Color
Therapy”… Well, to make a long story short I was painting and it was a lovely
day and I notice a shadow next to me and it was a man who was just staring at
the mural… I paid it no mind because there are patrons spectating all the
time… And went back to work…
I take another
look and the guy starts crying.
saying the work and the colors are just so beautiful… Which amazed me… So I
patted him on the back and said, “Thank you, what a compliment…”
I have been
blessed and have been fortunate to have everything come to me through the laws
of attraction from my work… which I’m grateful for.
with a non profit called ALBUS CAVUS from Washington DC… and there approach is more
education related tying in the artistic relevance of this medium along with
many other artistic mediums. Reeducating the masses on the positive
perspectives of how to perceive this medium in a fashionable manner.
I also believe
if there were more artistic communities and outlets for individuals to express
them selves then things would be great… but the government sees this as big
business… There is allot of money involved in the eradication of [what
they consider vandalism] yearly paid by the tax payers money… we are talking
millions and millions of dollars… If they used a fraction of that cost and
aimed it towards art programs or an aimed plan to help the problem then I can
see a decrease in vandalism. I wouldn’t say that’s going to cure the problem…
but its good because it gives the ones who are serious about the craft an
avenue to change.. to attract aspiring artists to be creative.
It also leaves
room for a new meaning and a new understanding for this medium… spray paint
art… the aerosol experience…
would like to thank his sponsors at Montana Colors North America
Issue: The Future Applications and Global Practices