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eder muniz and meal street art graffiti ithaca Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

On our recent stopover in Ithaca, New York, we were delighted to discover the rich and varied street art and graffiti — by local, national and international artists — that have found a home there.  Here is a small sampling:

Italian artist Alice Pasquini, close-up

alice pasquini close up street art Ithaca NY Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Brazilian artist Eder Muniz

eder muniz street art character ithaca NY Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Peruvian artist/activist Paloma Abregu Arroyo and Ithaca-based Caleb R Thomas, close-up

Paloma Abregu Arroyo and Caleb R Thomas street art Ithaca Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Oakland-based artist Desi Mundo

desi street art ithaca ny Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

French artist Roti

roti street art ithaca new york Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

The legendary Copenhagen-based graffiti writer Bates

bates graffiti ithaca new york1 Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Ithaca-based Meal

meal graffiti street art ithaca new york Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

 First image is a collaboration between Eder Muniz and Meal 

Special thanks to Meal for introducing us to Ithaca’s rich public art and to Fresh Paint NYC for connecting us.

Photos: 1, 2, 5, 6 & 8 Lois Stavsky; 3, 4 & 7

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Ramiro Davaro centrefuge public art project Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

With influences ranging from comic book art to South American/European muralism, Brooklyn-based Ramiro Davaro has created a wondrous world of fantastical characters who have made their way onto public and private spaces throughout NYC and beyond. We recently had the opportunity to visit Ramiro’s studio and speak to him.

When did you first paint on a public surface and where?

It was back in high school around 2002. I was about 16 at the time. I painted some mushrooms on a huge rock at a park we used to go hiking in.  It was the worst. I basically ruined a nice lookout.

What inspired you to do so?

I was getting tired of painting on small surfaces. I wanted a larger canvas so I could paint way bigger! But what I painted was so dumb that it took a few years before I was ready to try again.  My first real art on the street was in 2007 in Buenos Aires.

ramiro Davaro little havana street art Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

Do any early graffiti/street art-related memories stand out?

I remember seeing lots of political art – with faces of politicians and names of soccer teams — on the streets of Argentina when I was a young child.

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art these days?

About 70%. When I’m not doing something art-related, I’m skateboarding.

How does your family feel about what you are doing?

Everyone likes my work and has been very supportive.

ramiro davaro studio art Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I don’t feel it, and I don’t think about it. I love both, and they’re both necessary.

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries?  We’ve seen your work at Cotton Candy Machine in Williamsburg and you are now showing with Brandon Sines at Grumpy Bert in Downtown Brooklyn.

I think it’s good for everyone!

What about the corporate world? Any feelings about that?

So long as I can dominate the conversation and be true to my vision, I don’t have a problem with it.

ramiro davaro street art Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

How you feel about the role of the Internet in this scene?

It’s a bit much! It can be insane. But on the positive side, it creates opportunities for artists, and it also builds bridges.

Do you have a formal arts education?

No. I majored in Business. But my mom used to always take me to art museums. While growing up in Massachusetts, I got my very early schooling at the Worcester Art Museum.

Do you work with a sketch in your hand or do you let it flow?

I mostly just let it flow.

ramiro davaro art on paper Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

About 80% of the time!

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

Before moving to Brooklyn, I had been able to visit and live in different countries. As a result of my experiences, my process has become more mature, more thought-out, and tighter. Working with different companies, painting murals in a range of places and engaging in various projects have also helped me become more flexible and fluid in the work I can produce. In these past couple of years, my hand has really taken over and put a definitive mark on the work I produce.

Are there any artists out there whose works have inspired you or influenced your particular aesthetic?

I remember reading about David Ellis and the Barnstormers crew in Juxtapoz back in 2008.  That blew me away!  As far as influences — Os Gemeos, D*Face and Word to Mother come to mind.

sines davaro Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

What’s ahead?

More shows and more murals! A group show in LA at Luz de Jesus Gallery in September; a few animations with FlipBooKit for the Maker Faire here in NYC in at the end of September; painting at Art Basel in December; a group exhibit at Redefine Gallery in Orlando in February. Books, walls, Aruba, Argentina and more art!

It sounds great! Good luck with it all!

Note: Through Sunday, you can check out Ramiro’s works — many in collaboration with Brandon Sines – at Grumpy Bert in Downtown Brooklyn.

Photos: 1, 5 Tara Murray; 2 – 4 Lois Stavsky

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cern street art mural art battles east village nyc Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

Within the last month ArtBattles local champion, Cernesto, and European ArtBattles champ, El Niño de Las Pinturas, have painted — to our delight – huge murals in the East Village and in Soho.

Cern‘s completed mural in the East Village

cern cernesto mural east village nyc Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

El Niño de Las Pinturas, completed mural in the East Village

el nino completed mural east village NYC Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

El Niño de Las Pinturas, close-up in the East Village

el nino Art Battles NYC Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

Cern in Soho

cern mural street art nyc Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

El Niño de Las Pinturas in Soho

el nino street art nyc edited 1 Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

 Photos: 1-3 & 5-6 Tara Murray; 4 Lois Stavsky

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Committed to healing and transforming communities by beautifying the urban landscape, Wall\Therapy has brought dozens of magical murals to Rochester, New York. Here are a few we discovered on our brief stopover last week:

Montreal-based Omen

Omen514 street art Rochester New York Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Italian artist Peeta

Peeta graffiti Rochester NY Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

West Coast-based Troy Lovegates aka Other

Troy Lovegates aka other street art Rochester New York Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Tel Aviv-based Know Hope

know hope street art rochester new yori Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Rochester’s own Mr Prvrt

Mr Prvrt mural street art rochester ny  Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

West Coast-based Sam Rodriguez

sam rodriguez street art New York Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Brazilian artist Binho

Binho street art rochester NY Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

And kicking off this Friday, July 17, is WALL\THERAPY 2015 featuring an extraordinary array of artists including NYC-based Li-Hill, Vexta and Daze. 

Photos: 1,2, 4-6 Lois Stavsky; 3 & 7  Sara C Mozeson

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Mr Prvrt Roa subway tunnel Rochester Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

With its extraordinary array of wonderful artworks crossing styles, genres and cultures, Rochester’s abandoned subway tunnel is a graffiti hunter’s dream. Here’s a small sampling of what we saw last weekend, while making a few stops in Upstate New York:

Mr. Prvrt and Bile FFL

Mr Prvrt fine art Rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Brazilian artist Eder Muniz

eder muniz art rochester subway tunnel NY Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Ax

Ax stencil art Rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Bile FFL

Biles graffiti rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

FUA Krew

rochester subway graffiti FUAKrew NY Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Chris Pape aka Freedom and Taro AAK

Freedom and Taro graffiti Rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Special thanks to Fresh Paint NYC for introducing us to this space.

Photos: 1 with segment of Roa piece, 3 & 4 Sara C Mozeson; 2, 5 – 7 Lois Stavsky

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gilf LMNOPi mural art Henley Vape NYC1 DEMAND JUSTICE: A Collaborative Mural by LMNOPi and GILF! in Tribute to Kalief Browder at Henleys Backyard Garden

Busy last week in the lovely backyard garden of SoHo’s Henley Vaporium were Gilf! and LMNOPi – two Brooklyn-based activist artists — collaborating on a mural in tribute to Kalief Browder.  When we stopped by, I had the chance to speak to Gilf!

It’s wonderful to see the two of you working together. How did this collaboration come to be?

When Kimyon Huggins, the curator of the Secret Garden Series, hit me up to paint a mural, I immediately thought of LMNOPi.

Gilf LMNOP at work Henley NYC DEMAND JUSTICE: A Collaborative Mural by LMNOPi and GILF! in Tribute to Kalief Browder at Henleys Backyard Garden

Yes, it seems like such a natural collaboration. How did you decide on the subject of this mural?

My work has recently focused on the kinds of issues and injustices related to the case of Kalief Browder‬. And since LMNOPi is such a wonderful portrait painter with a strong social and political consciousness,  I thought we would work well together.

What — would you say — is the intent of your art?

The only reason I make art is to change the world.

gilf lmnopi Kalief Browder mural Henley NYC DEMAND JUSTICE: A Collaborative Mural by LMNOPi and GILF! in Tribute to Kalief Browder at Henleys Backyard Garden

And what is it about Kalief Browder‘s story that has triggered your work?

What happened to Kalief is, sadly, not unique.  And it is outrageous. Yet, many people aren’t aware of these kinds of widespread injustices.  Kalief was incarcerated at ‪Rikers‬ Island at age 16 for three years for a crime he never committed. Two of those three years were spent in solitary confinement. Eventually his case was dismissed. This past June, Kalief Browder committed suicide by hanging himself.

What would you like people who see the mural that you have fashioned with LMNOPi walk away with?

I would like them to question what happened and demand justice.

LMNOP and gilf DEMAND JUSTICE: A Collaborative Mural by LMNOPi and GILF! in Tribute to Kalief Browder at Henleys Backyard Garden

Yes, what happened to Kalief is such a blatant, horrific injustice. We certainly need to raise awareness of the need for radical change within our prison system.

Note:  The mural will be unveiled this Saturday, July 11, at Henley Vaporium‘s backyard garden at 23 Cleveland Place, between Spring and Kenmare Streets, in Soho. The event is free and open to the public — with a BBQ and DJs — from 2-10pm. There will be a Q+A with the artists and curator at 7:30 pm.

Interview with Gilf! conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky.

Photos: 1 & 3 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 & 4 Tara Murray 

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Lady aiko street art mural coney island coney art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Featuring over two dozen beautifully-executed murals representing a diverse range of artistic styles, Coney Art Walls is a cause for celebration. Here are a few images captured this weekend.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh pays homage to the long-time residents of Coney Island

Tatyana Fazlaizadeh street art mural coney art walls coney island At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Lady Pink

lady pink coney art walls coney island street art nyc At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Kashink

Kashink street art coney island cobey art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Sheryo and the Yok 

Sheryo and the Yok street art coney island coney art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

El Seed

el seed coney art walls calligraffiti At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Roa, close-up

Roa skeletan coney art walls coney island At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Buff Monster

Buff Monster street art coney island coney art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Coney Art Walls is located at 1320 Bowery Street off Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island.  And on Sundays — through September 6 – a curated summer music series and dance party happening takes place from 5pm – 11pm.

Note: First image is of mural by Lady Aiko. Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for many more photos of Coney Art Walls.

All photos by Lois Stavsky

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trans1 street art mural Bronx From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Currently gracing the walls of Graffiti Universe up in the Bronx is a range of styles from photorealistic portraiture to stylish graffiti. Here is a sampling of the work fashioned by both international and regional artists:

Italian artist Jorit does the legendary TAKI 183

Jorit street art Taki183 NYC From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Vins and Signl, EOS 

vins and signl graffiti Bronx NYC From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Norwegian artist Stay One, KD

Stayone kd graffiti nyc From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Graffiti Universe is located at 2995 Boston Road in the Allerton section of the East Bronx.

Note: First image is by London-based Trans1

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Wane graffiti Demolition Exhibit Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Green Villain‘s Demolition Exhibition has it all! With everything from stylish tags to captivating characters to first-rate pieces, it is a graffiti lover’s wonderland. Just minutes away from Downtown Manhattan, it is located at 410 Marin Boulevard, a short wall from Newport Mall. Here are a few more images I captured in the interior of the former Jersey City Pep Boys Auto Store while visiting Monday evening. 

Doves

Doves graffiti Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Curve and Mr. Mustart

curve mr mustart graffiti Demolition Exhibition Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

The prodigious Evikt

evikt graffiti jersey city demolition exhibition  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Jahan

Jahan graffiti jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Mes, ThemoDistoart and Kingbee

themo kingbee mespfe distoart graffiti jersey city  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Era

creep cloth era pfe graffiti Demolition Exhibition Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Goomba and Stay One

goomba stay one graffiti   Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

And the mastermind behind it all — Greg Edgell aka Green Villian

Green Villain  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

This amazing feat — coordinated with dozens of artists and community members — was accomplished in partnership with real-estate developers Forest City Enterprises and G&S Investors. Through this weekend, you can visit the space any day from 12-8pm.

First image is Knows aka Wane; all photos by Lois Stavsky

Note: Check out StreetArtNYC on Instagram for more photos of images from Demolition Exhibition, and keep posted to our Facebook page, as well.

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For over three decades Bronx native Just One has been making his mark on NYC public and private spaces. We recently had the opportunity to speak to the prolific artist.

Just One graffiti Bushwick NYC Speaking with Bronx Based Just One

When did you first get up? And where?

It was back in 1984 — over 30 years ago — in the West Farms section of the Bronx. I was 14 at the time.

What inspired you to do so?

My older brother and his friends were all doing it. It was the natural thing to do.

Any early memories that stand out?

I was at a handball court in Crotona Park when the spray can I was holding in my hand almost burst into flames.

How did that happen?

It came into contact with a cigarette lighter, and could have easily blown up.

We’re glad it didn’t! We’ve noticed your work in quite a few projects these days – from JMZ Walls in Bushwick, Brooklyn to Operation Skittles at August Martin High School in Jamaica, Queens. Do you prefer legal or illegal surfaces?

I love painting anywhere – but to experience the full essence of graffiti, there is nothing like painting on a surface I discover on my own. Finding a space, being there alone and creating something out of nothing is the ultimate experience.

just one JMZ Walls graffiti NYC Speaking with Bronx Based Just One

Have you ever been arrested for graffiti?

No!

How’s that?

I have good instincts.

What was the riskiest graffiti-related thing you’ve ever done? And why did you do it?

Hitting an elevated abandoned train line, where I had to hop over each wall to do another letter. Why did I do it? I’d been eyeballing that spot for quite awhile and nobody else took it, so I’d figure I’d take my chance. And, yes, it was worth it!

How does your family feel about what you are doing?

My children love it!

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art these days?

About 70%.

Just graffiti three pieces1 Speaking with Bronx Based Just One

What keeps you painting after all these years?

Passion and the adrenalin rush!  It also relieves my stress.

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I, myself, prefer the movement and flow of graffiti. But art is art. And street art can be beautiful.

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries? Have you shown your work in galleries?

I don’t have a problem with that. It’s a good thing! I’ve shown at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Long Island City and in bars and other alternative spaces around town.

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

Both.

Is there anyone in particular you would like to collaborate with?

I’d like to paint with Mitch 77, Jamie Hef and Lee Quinones.

just one graffiti street art mural NYC Speaking with Bronx Based Just One

Do you rep any crews?

TMC, TFO, KD, COA and I’m the prez of WF, World Famous Crew.

How you feel about the role of the Internet in this scene?

It can be too much. When it gets too much into your business, it’s bad.

Do you have a formal arts education?

I’m self-taught, but my teachers always encouraged me to draw.

Do you work with a sketch in your hand or do you let it flow?

I freestyle.

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

Most of the time!

Just one graffiti august martin high school nyc Speaking with Bronx Based Just One

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

It’s sharper and neater. And I work much faster.

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

To inspire others to express themselves.

How do you feel about the photographers in this scene?

The more exposure our works get, the better for us.

What do you see as the future of graffiti? Where is it going?

It will continue to evolve.

And what about you? What’s ahead for you?

I plan to keep painting.  And I want to get back into the canvas scene and hopefully — sometime soon — do a solo show.

Interview by Lois Stavsky with City-As-School intern Diana Davidovaphotos: 1, 3-5 courtesy of Just; 2 & 6 (with Awez) Lois Stavsky

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