Your tag was the first I noticed in Lima. It seems to be everywhere – on stickers and on walls. You’re quite a bomber! Yes! Bombing to me is the key element in graffiti. If you don’t bomb, you are not a real writer. No matter how many contests I win or mural commissions I get, I will continue to bomb – all the time and everywhere. That’s the real adrenalin rush!
Gee – how do your parents feel about this? Well, when my mother found out what I was doing, she hit me. I was 16! But my dad just said, “Take care!”
The police seem to be on the lookout for graffiti writers here. Have you had any encounters with them? Sure! I tell them that I have permission, and I try to talk my way out of any trouble. But sometimes they just beat you and take your things – all your supplies. Then they drive you off to some faraway beach or deserted place and just leave you there.
Has that happened to you? Yes, but I always make my way home okay.
When did you first get into art? From the moment I could hold a pen in my hand, I was drawing cartoons! I used to draw on the walls in my house in Lima.
Are there any other artists in your family? Both sets of my grandparents paint, and they love art.
When did you first get into graffiti? In 2001. I was 15 at the time, and I had won a black book contest in school.
Umm, that’s interesting! In school? Yes, the school sponsored it. And one of my greatest inspirations at the time was one of my classmates.
Which artists inspire you these days? There are so many! Among the graffiti writers are: Pose, Revok, Cope2, Seen, Can2, Doze, and Ewok. And there’s O’clock from Paris. There are also many street artists I like. There’s Onesto and Pez and Miss Vann and Banksy, of course!
Supplies are quite expensive in Peru. How do you afford them? I do legal murals and designs of all kinds. And Nike sponsors me. Check out my sneakers and hoodie!
Cool! What about stickers? You have quite a collection of your own hand-made stickers! I love stickers. I experiment with different ways of writing my name on stickers, and getting stickers up is certainly less risky than bombing!
Have you ever exhibited work in a gallery setting? I have an exhibit in Barranca this weekend and other events are in the works.
Wonderful! I wish I could still be here. Good luck!
Interviewed by LoisInWonderland