JAY: I would say I got into graffiti in the early seventies when I would visit my cousins in the surrounding boroughs. I’ve always been attracted to the art world as a spectator and a pop culturalist participant. Cartooning has always been a strong passion for me as well. Plus every city kid wants to see his or her name up in lights so to speak. I started writing graff about 1978 until 1989 doing numerous gallery works and wall exhibits and documentaries, followed up by magazines and several graffiti books.The streets of New York give you a certain edge to carry your name on. My older brother Guy also had an eye for graff and we would sometimes team up. I also grew up with many friends who were very strong influences in my upbringing. Armand “Mirage” Herreras and I have been the best of friends since 1978. His take on graphic arts has been a huge influence on my approach. Our crew was “Bad Company Allstars” circa 1982.
JAY: I really like to use Krylons Rustoleum and Montanas for sprayouts. Markers I love are 2 inch Unis and Paint Markers all size. I like to work on canvas, concrete and wood, and of course metal. Anything industrial. Painting with acrylics has been a lot of fun over the years. Sculpting is another passion that I tend to lean towards every so often. Painting on denim has been keeping me busy these days. Recently doing the RZAs for Wutang Levi Jacket.
3. Who else should we look at?
You should definitely look into the work of Strider and Rime two of my faves. My influences were probably Daze, Web, Tkid, Crash, LEE, Dondi, Slug, Slave, Ceno, Kover, Keka, Strider, Kuzit, Doc, Caster and Menic, Rin, and Aid TVS and many many more. All the writers of Bad Company are also major influences and support systems of what we are today...Peace and love JAYBRAZE
Thank you, JAY!