I have a lot of respect for the brand, in particular its work with art and artists. I wanted to work with colors that would represent Miami. I have seen a lot of the teal and pinks around here. I almost wanted it to be something that was inspiring and elegant. The white lettering I did in my [signature] style.
Q. This is not your first project in Miami. Tell us about the other local works.
Right around here I have a few things. I have a total of six murals in the city right now. I did my first mural as part of the Primary Flight project. I also have one at the entrance to the highway [Interstate 95 near the Design District] you can see one of my works. I am also part of the Wynwood Walls. There is also a mural on the Margulies wall.
Q. How did you end up pursuing this as a career?
I still remember as child seeing the graffiti on freeways and in the neighborhood where I grew up. It was very bright and made me feel happy. I didnt know at the time it was illegal, I just knew there was something about it that I was drawn to. The fonts were so bold and territorial, you would ride through the neighborhoods and really see the power of that style of writing. My first real stuff was done in Inglewood. Basically they were names. From there I transitioned to doing things more artistic.
Q. Your work offers a distinct element. What inspired the lettering, which borrows from the Old English fonts of newspapers, like The Los Angeles Times, and ancient letters and symbols?
I was fascinated with the ancient languages and with architecture. I would see it in books or on temples. I wasnt trying to understand it or read it or speak it, I was interested in the structure of the letters, the look of the words. It was the formation of those letters that helped the way I thought about the writing and found its way into my work.
Q. Did you take the street art to the gallery world or did the gallery world find you?
A little of both. I didnt know much about the gallery world, but I had a lot of mentors who helped me. And then I was invited to exhibit my works on canvas my work at the 01 Gallery.
Q. How do you see yourself or define your work?
I am a graffiti writer and a fine artist. I come from the lineage of street writers, but my work has evolved into that of fine art. I just want to be taken as a serious artist.