Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date Joined: 07/22/2010
Average Artist Rating 4 votes
I was born in North Philadelphia and raised in the Hunting Park section of the city. When I was about nine, I started keeping sketch books that were filled with scenes from my environment, from children playing stick ball next to the decaying factories,to the cool stream of water bubbling from the fire hydrant down the street. I also tried my hand at drawing graffiti which served mostly as background elements to my pictures. By the time I was in high school, however, I wanted to make my drawings seem more "realistic" but my drawings still possessed the lines,movement,and composition of my Graffiti influences.
In college, I had to "unlearn" all of my drawing habits that I'd developed until then. During critiques, I often heard that my paintings were too "illustrative" and sometimes too "graphic." So I took it all in and tried my best to implement what I had learned.
Slowly, I started to develop the style in which I work today. A combination of drawing, painting, and writing using the mediums that traces back to the Graffiti masters of my youth- Acrylic, spray paint, and permanent marker.
Today, I paint mostly about social issues/ vices and Hip Hop.
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