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AKAYO “I hate the police they all can suck my dick”
Endless Canvas: How many years have you been doing the art thing? (how many years have you been writing?)
AKO: I’ve been writing since 1994 and creating art pretty much my whole life and doing it for a living since 2006-7 i think..My mom is a artist so i started young.
EC: What graffiti artists influences your work? if you could go into some detail how they helped you out that, would be awesome.
AKO: My influences come from the streets of San Francisco and the Bay area. Revs, King Tie, Kr, Mr. McGee, Felon, Rem, Dug one, King Dream where always big influences in my graffiti. Growing up in the Bay I was exposed to the best graffiti in the world and thats all I saw growing up, we didn’t have internet back then so local graff was it. But my big influences in graf are my folks and friends like Serch UTI RTH, Smear, Rekoil, Otis, Graffia, Musk, Susr, Ceze, Branded, Melo and all the homies..
EC: What influences your work other than graffiti?
AKO: Skateboarding, making films, traveling, life’s ups and downs?
EC: Is beer good or bad?
AKO: Beer is good. I don’t drink much I’m way more of a stoner than dranker but beer is kool. Where the weed at?
EC: When was the last time you paid taxes?
AKO: Last year, I did some stuff for a few companies and had to pay taxes. Taxes suck. They just raised taxes here in california
EC: Rate your love for the police on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest?
AKO: I hate the police they all can suck my dick
EC: Would you call yourself a tagger, bomber, artist or what? And could you give a reason why?
AKO: I just do what I do, I’m not into labels.
EC: On average how many times do you go out and paint in a month?
AKO: I get up everyday I’m alive. For some reason I feel the need to write on something everyday, its apart of everyday routine. When I travel I write alot more cause new cities are awesome and I have to leave my mark.
EC: What era/ region of graffiti do you hold up as the greatest (NYC 80 Subway, 90’s LA, etc……)?
AKO: San Francisco 1990s where my all time favorite, its where I’m from seen and lived in. Some of the best graffiti and most groundbreaking bombing was going down in SF in the 90’s and still to this day. I would have like to seen new york during the subway movement,i bet that shit was sick!
EC: What got you started making art or keeps you making art?
AKO: I enjoy making art and I don’t know what else I would do with myself without art in my life. It has enabled me to travel,work on projects, make stuff I, show my work, pay my bills. I’m still excited about making art and when I’m not excited I’ll stop.
EC: What is your favorite beer?
AKO: hmmm weed.?
EC: Have you done stencils or wheat paste? (if not) Have you ever thought of doing such things?
AKO: I’ve done wheat paste before but never really into that much, I like tagging and painting. Wheat paste and stencils are both great mediums if used correctly.
EC: Do you see a different between what some call “street art” from what some call “ego graff/ tagging”?
AKO: Street art and graffiti have nothing to do with each other in my eyes, different ball game and lets keep it like that. I hate the term “street art”
EC: What is your feelings on the buff?
AKO: Its life we have to learn to live with it and its only getting worse these days it seems. Lately its still all about the streets but I’ve been painting more landmark spot where I know it will take the buff years to get it..?
AKAYO “I hate the police they all can suck my dick”
EC: You can only pick one to save from total destruction.
a. your mom
b. your girlfriend
c. your beer
AKO: my skateboard
EC: Nice try but your still wrong, its always beer.
EC: Could you give a brief history of your graffiti career? or. Could you give a brief history of your local graffiti scene? If you want to answer both that would be awesome.
AKO: I stared in 1994 in the sf bay area been working on the streets here since a young age. Grew up like everyone else who got into graffiti. I got into it from mainly from skateboarding and being a little punk kid looking to do some damage..
EC: Anybody you would like to shout out or give thanks to?
AKO: Everyone who’s supported me in my life journey, my family, My Family RTH, Smear, Serch, Osiris Shoes, All the galleries I work with and support me, 531 Gallery, Danny Warhol, my muse, Two Rabbits Studios, James, Susr, Yoshi, Jdis.
BROKE’S ARTIST STATEMENT:
“To the ones who feel that art can only be viewed in a library or museum, I respectfully say FUCK YOU. Art can be everywhere and be done by anyone, whether it’s good art or bad art has very little concern to me. I’m here to destroy the museums and gallery walls, to tear them down and get the art to the streets and end the pandering to the rich. We are the writers of urban folklore.
This series of collaborative Boards is about feeling good. We don’t do this to put a blind eye to the very real and destructive social inequalities going on in the streets, we do it because that shit doesn’t sell. We are broke and hungry and need some food. We are putting our homemade street signs up in the hope to brighten someone’s day. We do it to show a world worth fighting for where we can kick back and drink a beer and not worry about paying the rent, to not worry about the landlord calling the sheriff to come kick our doors down if the rent isn’t paid, because there aint no landlord in the first place and there ain’t no banks holding some phony piece of paper saying they own the rights to the land.
So here we are, you thinking we are all hypocrites because we are selling our art that you think should be free, on a wall somewhere in the streets, well guess what kiddo I pay rent too. I’m in the same boat floating down the same river of shit called capitalism. Even if I’d rather live my life without some fucko telling me to pay the rent, the reality is that there is this asshole telling me too. We are not here to tell you we know the answers. We are just here to point a big middle finger at all the landlords, bosses, cops and other figures of authority.” - Broke One PTV
Featuring artwork by Ras Terms, Turnip, OhWell, Logo, Yenta and others
Please don’t bring attention to the gallery by tagging the immediate area as they would like to keep working with graffiti artists in the future.
This weekend we took a trip to view the “OUT OF ORDER” art exhibition that took place in Santa Rosa, CA. The interior of a warehouse was taken over by an eclectic group of Bay Area graffiti and street art artists.
Come out and celebrate the spirit of Occupy Oakland together at Snow Park on October 10th, starting at 4 pm. There will be a Chalkupy going on at the corner of 14th and Broadway during the day, and starting at 4pm there will be a community potluck with entertainment at Snow Park!
There will be things such as a slideshow of past events with video as well, an open mic, food, presentations about work that is currently going on in Oakland around such topics as Foreclosure Defense and Anti-Police Brutality and more, and an art space to create banners, signs, and perhaps even the famous shields of Occupy Oakland!
Details are still being worked out; if you are interested in helping plan the event or providing food or entertainment, join the Reunion group at Snow Park Monday and Thursdays at 6pm.
Last night we released our first ever book! We’ve been printing zines for years but the Special Delivery – Portland 2011 Book marks our first ever perfect bound, full color publication!
To celebrate we threw an art show featuring many of the artists that will be taking part in this years Special Delivery – Bay Area 2012 (a large scale graffiti mural exhibit that opens September 8th, 2012).
A diverse crowd of hundreds came through the art show. We’re used to events not really cracking off until 9-10pm in Oakland, but to our surprise there were people waiting at the door before 7pm.
If you were unable to make it to the release, the new book is now available in our store… www.EndlessCanvas.bigcartel.com
(ROUGHLY LEFT TO RIGHT: Ras Terms, Upfuck, Cuss, Jeans, Turnip, Ghost Owl)
(Rusted Paint Can by Bella Ciao)
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Broke, Dead Eyes, Nina STM, Attica, Broke, Imp, Safety/Dead Eyes Collab, Irot, GATS)
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Pobrecito, Edith, Pobrecito, Edith)
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Ras Terms, Fresh Prince, BVRS, Logo)