What did you learn from graffiti?
I learned about people. You see who you can rely on and who is flaky. We had so many stupid arguments and beef with other kids and other crews. I was always so kick back, I hated that crew shit. I was never a fan of the graffiti lifestyle and I retired in 1999 but started again 10 years later on my own terms and without a crew. Technically, graffiti taught me all kinds of things. I started painting walls around when I started on canvases so I was learning from both. I think it teaches you about scale and composition. You end up learning what colors look good together, stuff like that.
Nightbomber, 18 x 24in, Acrylic on Arches Paper, 2007
Lifecycle, 24 x 36in, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 2008
In your work you cover themes of nature, life, death, technology, decay, politics, society, etc. What makes these motifs significant?
It’s just all the things I think about. I’m going through a phase where I’m thinking about getting older, and it’s a bit depressing! I try to use art to explore all these ideas floating around in my head. I used to try to send more of a message – political, environmental, things like that – but I don’t know how many people you can reach in an art gallery. My work is still political, but less “preachy” and a little more emotional.