CROW RA (Rise Above) TH (Team Hater)

Tell us a little about yourself… How long you’ve been painting and who you’re down with etc.
I’ve been painting since I was born. I grew up in the train yard. I know and have met a lot of cool mother fuckers – I’m not going 2 name drop.

What brands of paint did you use most frequently in the early years?
Krylon, Rusto, Rusto American Accents, Excel, and that Euro paint.

You’re a can collector right?
Yes sir I am.

What are some of your best finds to date?
Mint, in-the-box Krylon, Jungle Green, Rusto’ Post Purple and Union Pacific Yellow – custom Rusto colors.

Any specific colors you’re still searching for?
Any color Rusto’s that are 1972. It’s been a while and my paint is all in storage so I don’t know what I have or need anymore…

Can you still find old paint stock in your area?
Yeah, just last week I found some Sparvar paper lables, and about 20 Rust-Oleum Wood Savers. The Wood Savers are still there tho’… the dude wanted full price, like $5.00 a can. Fuck that…

Any good racking stories?
I don’t do that shit. The last thing I racked was a pick-up truck. Took it out joy riding, and then burnt it on a country road. Paper machines! Once you finger out how to open them, they’re great. You just gotta roll up all them coins and spend that free money!

Any favorite old paint stores?
When we hit the jackpot on all that Rusto, Post Purple and UP Yellow… thousands of cans!!!

Worst paint out there right now?
New Krylon.

What are some of your best painting experiences?
Long nights in the yard, drinking beers with my homies and just str8 chillin’ bucket paint fills…

You’ve done some interesting themed cars, like your alphabet series. What else have you done, and any plans in the future?
The alphabet cars aren’t finished. I never did; “Q for Qbert, or X for Xray” and there are too R trains still to do, like Robot and Rocket, maybe one day I’ll do ’em who knows, I was just so bored and “graffiti” and it’s about fun right? I started to do state cars, but only did 13 of them. They said shit like; ‘Vermont… the show me your tits state….’ or some shit like that. I was drawing up some bumper sticker themed out end-to-ends like duck tape 101 uses with the bird on the car. Doing the solo end-to-ends are a bitch sometimes. What’s in store for 2011 hummm???? Going over more people and doing some whole cars I believe!

Funniest shit you seen lately?
Fun times with my boy ASIC and his crew of fun loving guys.

How do you feel about the brands of Euro paint and their impact on the scene?
Like the colors – hate the price.

Craziest shit you’ve seen in the yards?
Wild dogs, and me chilling on top of a hopper waiting till they left

Best old paint colors you can’t buy any more?
Krylon, Coral and Terracotta, and Rusto Post Purple. Miss them old colors =(

Favorite style cars to paint?
I love auto racks, but since I’m doing less road trips Ive been working on armn’s and reefer cars, Gondolas are great too… Ive been called a fr8 slut before because I’ll paint on any type of car, but oh yeah… auto racks would be my answer.

Can you share a dope yard adventure?
One time Ridle and I were doing auto racks in the middle of winter at night. While painting we heard a stick crack behind us and when we turned around a guy in full camoflage was standing there with a crossbow! We looked at each other and were like; “Oh shit.” The guy said; “I can smell that shit in the woods” and then turned and walked away never to be seen again!

Best chrome for bombing?
Ahhh… don’t bomb that much so I don’t know?

Any idea how many cars you’ve painted?
I have attached my car chart for you to peep out. I’m crazy about them fr8 charts! Since 2000 I’ve been keeping track of what I’m doing, as far as pieces, and whole cars and e2e’s. I have no clue how many toss ups I’ve done or how many streaks? Records show from 2000 to date/2011 = 3916 give or take a few!

I know over the years cars get scraped and get gone over and with the on-going beef I’ve had since late 2009 who knows how many I’ve lost out there. Oh well It’s part of the game I guess… FUCK’EM I say……

If you could choose a few cans to have on your shelf, what would they be?
Any paper label Krylon; Icy Grape, Hot Raspberry, Pineapple Yellow, etc.

Any current/future projects?
Slinging artwork.

What do you think of CMC documenting spray paint history?
You and joe_welcome were always so helpfull in the past with questions I had. So glad there’s a site for collectors like us!

Any other comments/shouts?
Yeah… I just dont understand why people like to talk shit on people they dont know. I will not stop painting becuse you don’t like me or my graffiti, so go FUCK YOURSELF! Say goodbye to all them trains. I will get them one at a time. =)~ ..
Rest in peace HEIST and PHRITE. 2013 feel the hate.

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