Born in Miami Florida , raised in Louisville Kentucky , currently residing in Louisville !
Got into Graff “notice I cap the word Graff or Graffiti ” very important words get capped ! So yeh , got into Graff in 1995 , painted my first Freight in 1996′ . I feel victum like some , and entered Graffiti threw Hip Hop , I was B-Boying in the early 90’s . Threw films like Beat Street Wild Style , Style Wars , Breakin The Electric Boogaloo there was always Graff goin on in the background . So I started to doodle and hooking up our boom boxes and back packs , girls names for five bucks on paper in school and what not . I just got caught up with it , feel in love with the craft , and have been head over heels about it ever since . People like Graff , people love graff , I am Graffiti ! I don’t miss a beat , I exercise it in some way every single day . I’ll die Painting . Nobody will ever say “yeah” “Dark Quit” . That will never happen . Nothing worse than a “retired” Graffiti artist . No time for that .
My buddy use to write a bit . He was never serious about it . He wrote Sek for a bit and was from Nashville Tennessee . But he had Style and somehow knew a lot about Graff . Still to this day he had dropped more science about Graffiti than anybody I’ve ever talked to . My eyes would light up , and I’d soak up anything he’d have to say about it . Other than him , it was some of the Writers in the films I mentioned earlier , and a handful of guys also from Nashville . There was Jeka , Pako , Rex 2 , Quest , Beno , and Tackz . Merely no Graffiti was going on in Louisville in the mid 90’s . Think about it , we’re a hole in the wall city here in the midwest , so we were a little behind . Not a bad thing though , to be on the forefront of the craft in your city and watch it evolve and change , pretty exciting ! I’d say that 98’ish Graffiti was here to stay in the city . I’m happy to say I reside here , Louisville is a hidden gem ! One of the coolest cities in the midwest , as I’ve traveled every which way .
How would you describe the style that you do now and what your favorite paint to use?
I know you push FST how long is this crew been around and can you tell us a little bit about it?
FST , Family Stays True , First Second Third , Forever Starts Tonight , Freight Style Technicians started in 1996 by Mines . It is a Minneapolis Minnesota based Crew , were it had started .People have come and gone just like any Crew . I was put in by Mines in 2002 , when he had moved down to Louisville . To sum it up we are brothers that represent the same three letters . It is a special thing to be apart of . It does not rely on how good one is , if it don’t feel right you’ll never be down . It’s as serious as a Crew can get . I am happy to say that I am apart of and a member of my favorite Graffiti Crew ! As of right now , members are based in Minnesota , Kentucky , Ohio , Tennessee , Michigan , and California . I also shove VOA , Vandals Outlaws Always , Vandals Of America , based out of Los Angeles .
I think I have just painted enough of them , that they are circulating fast , and more likely to get caught . I try to paint consistently , sometimes you’d think I’m on crack . Last month I painted sixty trains and a couple legal joints . This spring and summer it’s on ! Deff getting tired of this cold weather and snow .
I tattoo full-time as of two years ago . The whole plan for that was to get on own schedule , get more freed up with time and money . And create more time to do what I want to do , Paint Graff ! Tattooing has become a second love ! Going into it , I had no feelings , wasn’t even sure if that was going to work out . I was at a time in my life where I had to make a quick decision and get on it . Enough fucking around and being in and outta jobs . Fast forward , it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me ! I’m blessed and really on a permanent Vacation . I type these answers to this interview , while on the clock . I work and manage a little shop . I get to work everyday with my Best Friend / Crew Mate Akae FST . I hope in time , to get my own shop , maybe a Crew Shop . Who knows …… there are a few of us that Tattoo.
Everything , everything , everything , really everything ! Every little piece about it . I will literary look at my paint for an hour ! I enjoy that . Then emptying them , even better ! Exercising my freedom , and going behind Americas back time and time again and getting away with it . Getting to see stuff that the regular nine to five guy will never get to see or experience . Traveling and meeting people , being put on from people that have never met you , just solely on what they know of you from online or through he said she said . There are a lot of golden perks of being a known graffiti writer .
That’s easy , an endless amount of paint , and traveling with close Friends and Family ! It’s really that simple .Food also ……… korean , mexican , and japanese !
I Don’t really feel any way about it . People come up all the time . It’s up to me and others to keep the bar raised , and give the newer guys/girls something to chase .But believe me when I say the chase will always be on . There is no finish line , all you can do is “just” paint more Graff !
Nothing set in stone ….. people ask me about art shows , t-shirts , stickers and what not . I need to get on that stuff , and keep it in rotation . I’d like to do a book later on . I’ve got behind a bit , truth is I put whats important first , so any free time I have , I go paint my name . Deff going to do my first solo show as soon as I gather up enough pieces . Bigger , larger scale stuff .
FST / VOA Crews
The Family …. Lady Bella , Lazer , and Suke ! I Love you guys ! Yes more than Paint …. ” Don’t Trip” . Haha
Thanks for the Love and the Interview ! I appreciate you guys at Neighborhood Love !
If anybody wants to see my Graffiti Letters , you can give a follow on Instagram @daautorackking or on the Web @ www.darkwashere.com Thanks for Looking .