Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Interview: TERRIBLE T-KID 170

E.T. Pioneers in anything tend to be the ones to benefit least from their contributions in creating it. This seems to be the case in all genres of music, art and pretty much anything that requires creativity and stepping outside the box. I personally recognize you as a legend and a major contributor to graffiti history and culture. If you could go back and approach something within your career different what would  it be? Also what can graffiti culture do for our pioneers... how can we give back to our teachers?

T-KID When it comes to pioneers not benefiting I kind of agree and disagree. When the smoke clears and it's all said and done. Culture has a way of finding its origins, and the simple knowledge of where it came from or from who it came from is an asset that can't be measured in a monetary sense.  I wouldn't approach anything differently in my graffiti career.
All that transpired was necessary to make me the person I am today, and
today you guys tell me that I'm a legend in this culture. The only thing this culture can do for us pioneers is recognize us. understand and appreciate what we've done and why we did it. What can be given to us pioneers today you ask? Is to do what they did in days gone bye. Let the future know who we were, what we did and  why we did it. Never forget where this all came from.

E.T. As a youngster a writer can be heartless when it comes to bombing and I'm sure in your bombing prime you were about as heartless as they make em. lol. As a grown man living
in 2015 how do you feel about bombing?  Do you view it differently or do you still feel the same about it?

T-KID Someone told me rebellion is a young man's game. A good rebel is as heartless as they come and yes that was me  in years past.  And because of that I have no opinion on how a young rebel in today's world chooses to express him or herself. Those who practice the art of Graffiti do what they have to do and do it as much as they need to do it. We all went through a right of passage to find our talent. Some have no talent and just stick with the destructive nature till they out grow it, where others discover that expression is more then just putting a name up on a wall. To really appreciate this question we have to understand human nature and the effect society has on a young person growing up in this world today.

E.T. The word "TOY" is used to describe a less experienced writer or a straight up cornball that doesn't know anything about the unwritten laws of graffiti. Can you enlighten some of these lost souls and list the rules that T-Kid lives by? I'm pretty sure you can save a few young lives out here. lol.

T-KID "Funny" Real simple.. a Toy is some one who has no knowledge of this art. Has no understanding of who`s who and what`s what. Someone who didn't go through that right of passage. They do this to capitalize on our blood sweat and tears. They pop up out of nowhere with a degree in art, paint a pretty picture and say "hey! I`m a writer" They copy what we did and call it their own! "Biting." Its sad cause the market is saturated with them.. you know who they are.. They call themselves "street artists". Go down to  down to the Wynwood Walls during Art Basel in Florida.
You`ll see them all there from all over the world. Fucking travesty!

E.T. Growing up who were the writers that inspired you most and who are you inspired by today?

T-KID Phase2 The Godfather of Graffiti  PadreDos & Noc167 the nastiest writers ever to bless this art form and Tracy168 the illest genius and innovator, the true meaning of Wild Style. As it was in my beginning so shall it be to my end. These are my hero`s.

E.T. With all the companies out there engineering products specific to graffiti do you feel that legends like yourself deserve to benefit from them financially? Also have you ever thought of starting your own brands or products?

T-KID They're not my companies so they owe me nothing. I`m not a brand, I`m an artist. I live to create. I have no time for conformity.

E.T. What's T-KID up to nowadays?

T-KID I live, I laugh and I love. Getting ready to tour with my documentary! "The Nasty Terrible Tkid 170" Paint more graff and spread the words "Graffiti is art!"

E.T. Is there anything that you feel you've specifically contributed to

T-KID Yeah I gave motherfuckers style. I raised the bar and made writers get real creative. I pushed this art forward with all I have done.

E.T.At what point and time do you feel a writer reaches legendary status and how?

T-KID I have no clue, but y'all told me I was one so I`ll share my experience on that. You do your right of passage. You never rat on anyone. You become the best you can be. You learn respect for your fore fathers and appreciate the lessons that they taught you. Either direct or indirect. You take what you learned and pass it on. The way I pass it on is by doing it over and over till this very day. You stay true to self and to this art.

E.T.What can we expect from T-kid in the near future?

T-KID A New book is in the works stay tuned for that also more shows,,

E.T. Last but not least... If you had an opportunity to speak out to graffiti culture and be heard... what would you say?

T-KID Graffiti is the well spring where all art came from, Graffiti is pure expression, the soul element of all art. Last but not least.. "Don`t be a toy and buy art from these posers. Learn our history and our culture. Appreciate the real Graffiti artists... the true STREET ARTISTs who gave
you this culture"


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