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Robert Alton Harris was going to be the first guy killed in the gas chamber in 25 years in San Quentin. And for his last super he wanted Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pepsi. So my friend did a sketch and he painted in acrylic, I painted in spray paint…and then we put it up in downtown San Francisco. So is this graffiti? ‘Cuz here’s this really iconographic painting still life image. Or is it graffiti ‘cuz my friend is working in acrylics? Or is it graffiti ‘cuz we’re starting to show our stuff in galleries…and here it is outside?
I met this guy who was a lot like me…and he’s like, “You know what, man, you do a lot of stuff outside, I want to do stuff outside.” And I said, “You know what? For me, because I’m starting to use all these colors, it’s getting so technical I can’t do it in the middle of the night. I’m thinking about doing these panels and then mounting them outside.”
“Graffiti” comes from the Latin word “graphīre” which means “to scratch.” You can go to see where Alexander the Great conquered and all the way through Europe down to North Africa, everywhere he went he put his name. Tagging is not a new thing.
I came at what they called the Golden Era of graffiti in Oakland. In Fruitvale were these tracks that were about 2 miles long that people from all over the world would come paint at. Here is 1988,this is a picture of me, it has this text on it that says, “The world is my canvas, the canvas is my message, the message is my theory, the theory is my life.” That was me trying to be deep when I was 19.
In the military they give medals to people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain. In business, we are willing to give bonuses to people who will sacrifice others so that we may gain.
Dream a dream as big a dream could ever dream to be, then dream a dream ten times as big as that one dream...
We often try to avoid frustration but frustration is actually our biggest catalyst to creating change for us
It's working for likes, it doesn't pay the bills, but it get's a lot of likes.
If there is something that I'm interested in but I'm really scared to do it, that's the best indicator that I will learn something from it.
"You have to tell them what our value is because if you're not advocating constantly, if you're not constantly educating people, you're not changing the game."
"That desire to learn is really the only thing that you should have picked up from college."
"Learn the thing that you need to learn to make the things that you want to make."
..it is the intuitional combining of different colors altogether
because music isn't about words, it is about sounds and colors
It's one thing to know how to play your hand. It's another thing to know what the player might have. But the best skill to have is to know what the player is thinking about you.
'People' is the one constant.
You gotta create relationships. It's gonna help your career, your soul, it's gonna help you in everything in life.
Our prisons aren't full of dangerous predators, whatever our politicians would like to tell us.
We have a culture that routinely laughs about prison rape.
Imprisonment in America, is a huge social experiment, and I argue that it's failed.
Prisoners are largely cast as "the other", I wanna convince people that prisoners are us and the prisons are ours. Prisons are part of our society so it's incumbent on us to care about how they function and to analyse and keep check if they're doing things well.
I wanna persuade people to care about this issue that's largely invisible.
If you are a black male born today, if trends continue, you have a one in four chance of being incarcerated in your lifetime. For white males, it's something like one in seventeen, one in eighteen.
It's too important that you do work that's important, than you do work that's pretty.
"If you want to make change, make it for people who deserve it. But don't give up too soon, because maybe it's your fault that they don't get the joke."