"I think me and Wisk opened up a can of worms with this book
because a lot of these guys were real emotional, some of them were
really hateful towards us because they didn't wanna relive the past.
Some of them were very grateful, and some of them were teary eyed.
We are talking about guys that probably stopped writing in the late
80's so we are revisiting some childhood memories for them. Bringing
out old pictures, reminiscing and it's touching. It's like going
back to something you really loved and it just sparks that light in
you and yeah, it really brought back the energy and they really,
really appreciate us doing this project because its something they
have always loved and they walked away from it for whatever reason
but now a lot of them have actually gone back to it."
A lot of people think graffiti books
are to a limited audience but that's when
we said we are not presenting it as a "Hip-Hop/B-Boy"
graffiti book. That's why we have a cover that's different and
you can't even tell its graffiti. We wanted it to be presentable
and we wanted it to reach out to different audiences, not just
graffiti artists but also to normal everyday people because it's
a history book.
Mear One: Knowledge Of Self
You know graffiti art teaches an awesome thing. One of the most important
qualities that graffiti teaches is knowledge of self. You are the one who
are responsible for your actions. You take the fall and you take the glory
and it all stems from your own hand, your...
Gbenga Akinnagbe On Playing Chris On HBO's The Wire
About 85 to 90 percent of what you see on "The Wire" actually
happened. It's not only like that, but those actual things took
place and I have talked to teachers in Baltimore who have told me about
all types of incidents in these schools...