I’ve been to the Zero
Friends store in Oakland, CA and seen the books and zines published, have you
ever thought of publishing a book or zine consisting of your artwork? If so,
what would it consist of?
I think about doing a zine/book all the time! When I was in
high school I started self publishing a graffiti zine called HelmetHeds. It was
total D.I.Y., I’d cut up actual photos, glue them on to paper, write stupid
stuff around them and run off copies at Kinko’s. Making zines was what
attracted me to graphic design, my major at the Art Institute of California in
San Diego. I’ve always loved and collected them. In 2007, I self published a
zine of my black and white drawings called Excessive Nonsense. The ultimate
goal was to do a handful of issues to then compile them all into a book but
funds ran short and time was re-directed towards other projects. I still
fantasize about doing a book and know someday it will happen. It will include
artwork, progress shots, behind the scenes stuff, commentary, etc.
experimenting with graffiti art from a young age, painting at night under
bridges, etc., what was it that attracted you to spray paint art?
When I was in junior high, I got into graffiti because it
was the cool trend at the time. Many kids at school had a graffiti alias and I
thought that was interesting so I came up with “Junior” because I was small.
One day a classmate showed me a copy of Can Control, a 1990‘s graffiti magazine
and it blew my mind. I wanted to paint big, elaborate pieces like what I saw in
that magazine. I became obsessed with it. Most kids stopped writing after a few
months but I couldn’t stop. It became all I thought about, all I did, all I
looked at. It was a combination of my creative desires and rebellious teenage
years that attracted me to spray paint as a medium.
I understand you
recently painted a large mural on the wall of the Phoenix Theater in the city
of Petaluma, CA. Can you explain how this project came together?
The wall I painted recently was something I began
daydreaming about when I began hanging out at “The Phoenix” in 1995. It was so
big and majestical that I only wanted to paint a portion of the wall, I didn’t
think it would be possible to do the whole thing. In August of 2012 I got a call from Scott
Hess of the Petaluma Arts Council asking me to be a part of a show he was
curating for the Petaluma Arts Center featuring Mars-1, Oliver Vernon and Damon
Soule. All three of these men are phenomenal artists so it was an honor to even
be considered. Space for all the art became an issue and Scott proposed the
idea of doing a mural on the Phoenix as my contribution to the show. I agreed
to it, although I was a little skeptical of its possibility. One thing led to
another and Scott, with the help of KickStarter, paved the way to making the
wall a reality.
This is the largest piece I’ve done to date. It’s approx.
60’ wide by five stories tall. The wall
was painted entirely with MTN Colors aerosol paint and took approx. 450 cans to