Speaking with Baser

I’ve been marveling at your stickers since I first discovered them awhile back here in NYC. What an amazing handstyle! When did you first get into street art? It was around 1986. I was about 12 or 13 and started tagging around my neighborhood. By the time I was 15, I was piecing.

Where were you living at the time? In Pittsburgh.

What got you into getting up? I just wanted to see my name everywhere!

What is your first graffiti-related memory? Running around downtown Pittsburgh with my friend, Sage, introducing the town to street bombing.

Any inspirations at the time?  Many Seen, Zephyr, Dr. Revolt, RTW, Phase 2, T Kid, Duster, Tracy 168. MIN, Iz the Wiz

Did you rep any crews?  No,  I’m on my own.

Have you ever been arrested?  Once. I was careless. I was caught tagging with acid etching ink.

What happened? I ended up having to clean the trains.

 These days stickers are obviously your main medium. What gave you the idea to go with stickers? I started noticing them on boxes everywhere. I liked the way they looked and I felt it was a good way to stay connected to the scene in some way.

What are your preferred surfaces?  I like postal boxes, newspaper boxes and road signs

Any favorite spots?  Just about anywhere in Manhattan.

How do you feel about folks who remove your stickers? I take it as a compliment. I just put up more.

Where do you get your materials? I generally use postals or pick up materials from where I work.

Any favorite sticker artists?  Faust, Sure (RIP), RK9, DSense, Overconsume, KA, MTK, Kosby

Have you ever made any money from your art?  I’ve sold some canvases, but I work at other jobs to support my family – jobs that allow me to devote time to my art.

 Any other interests? I love music – especially the heavy metal and rock from back in the day — Black Sabbath, the Beatles…

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Doing what I enjoy doing and hopefully making money from art.

Good luck! Your stickers are among my favorite!

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland

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