What do you write?

Tell us a little about yourself… How long you’ve been painting and who you’re down with etc.
I’ve been writing since 1988 – started using colors around 1990.

So what brands of paint did you use most frequently in the early years?
I would use whatever I could get my hands on. Touch & Tone, and Pergament had their own brand. Krylon & Rusto’ were a luxury in the early days.

Are you a can collector?
Yes, but I don’t collect much these days. It seems like the gold rush is over. Everybody was going crazy at one point.

Can you still find old paint stock in your area?
It’s a lot harder now. More mom & pop stores are out of business, but you can still get lucky… last year I scored some Speedy-Dry ‘Lavender Blue’ in a run down 5&10 close to Philly!

Any good racking stories?
When I was a teenager – you took what you needed… as you get older – a man pays for his shit.

Any favorite old paint stores?
Anything with an old wooden floor & does not even look like their open, that’s a good place to start. I would always score in wallpaper stores too, they always had old paint in the back.

Best discontinued paint, and why?
Rust-Oleum, ‘Avocado’ always covered good, and Plasti-kote, Polyurethane ‘Palm Green’… It would shine like crazy.

Any good racked cap/can combos?
In the late 80s I was with Poet CWK & some neighborhood writers. We were in some hardware & convenience stores. I could not figure out why these guys were putting caps in their mouths! I got schooled on fat & skinny caps that day. Kitchen Magic caps were a hot commodity back then!

Worst paint ever award goes to?
Rust-Oleum ‘Purple’ in the white can & Krylon ‘Pastel Pink’, it’s a tie!

What are some of your best painting experiences?
There are too many to list. Honestly, just piecing with cool people, that’s enough for me.

How do you feel about the brands of Euro paint and their impact on the scene?
This is the question nobody likes to talk about… let’s face it! The paint is easy to use and they have a crazy amount of colors. It turned a whole generation into instant graffiti writers – they bypassed the whole learning process. My question is; Would they be that good with the old paint stock? I think the paint is too expensive to begin with. You can use all the fancy paint in the world, but if your piece lacks spirit and style, what’s the point? I think some of the best pieces were painted in the 70s & 80s, so what does that tell you?

If you could choose a few cans to have on your shelf, what would they be?
Krylon ‘Hot Raspberry’ & ‘Icy Grape’. Only because I’ve never found them paint hunting and I’ve done a lot of paint hunting.

Any other comments?
Thanks to Cap Matches Color for an original website!!! Peace…

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