Speaking with Royce Bannon aka Choice Royce

 I’ve been noticing your work on the streets for years now! When did you first start getting up? I started getting up when I was 13 and old enough to sneak out of my house.

Where were you living at the time?  In Harlem.

Why did you do it? Graffiti was everywhere. And I had some friends who were doing it – so we started our own crew, RKO.

Meaning? Royal Kings Only. The truth is that none of us were kings.

Lately I’ve been seeing lots of your stickers. What got you into stickers? They’re easy to put up and you can keep them in your pocket.

Had you any favorite sticker artists when you first started designing them? No sticker artist in particular. I liked artists like Doby, London Police, Doms KOC and Shepard Fairey – before he became famous.

What about your iconic monsters? How did they evolve?   They started as little sketches that I used to do all the time. Then I started putting them up all over the city using Krink. Now I keep it simple – with stickers.

What’s your favorite surface or spot for your stickers?  I especially love newsboxes and the backs of traffic signs, but I really don’t have any preferences.

How do you feel about folks who remove stickers to take home with them? If they like them that much to attempt to peel them off – more power to them!

Have you ever been arrested?  I’ve been arrested twice. Once for a stupid tag in Brooklyn and the second time in Manhattan for the Public Ad Campaign.

I’ve seen your work in a number of galleries. What are some of the galleries you’ve shown in? I’ve had pieces in Woodward Gallery, Mighty Tanaka, Ad Hoc, Thinkspace, 112 Greene and in 17 Frost Art and Performance Space.

And you’ve also curated exhibits – like this current one Unusual Suspects here at 17 Frost in Williamsburg. Any others? Together with the Endless Love Crew, I curated Work to Do at 112 Greene Street in SoHo in 2009.

Oh, yes! That was amazing! Who are some of the other members of ELC? Celso, Infinity, Abe Lincoln, Jr., Anera.

How does your family feel about what you are doing? My mom likes the shows, but she’s not comfortable with the illegal aspect of street art. My girlfriend is supportive.

Do you earn any income from your artwork? I make some money from the sale of my pieces in galleries and from selling prints and stickers. But nothing that I can live on.

How do you supplement his income? I work as the warehouse manager of Mishka NYC.

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Making more money and curating.

Good luck!

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland

 

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