BBB: As an artist pioneering the graffiti and mural culture in LA decades ago, what was the culture like at this time?
M1: "Back when I first started tagging and doing graffiti LA was a wild west in the modern sense. I rode buses across the LA urban sprawl in pursuit of vandalism and adventure. We stole our Krylon spray paint and used the alleyways to practice piecing and wild style lettering. This was prior to the 1992 LA Riots and the attitude and behavior of the Angeleno youth at that time was defined by gang and graffiti culture, creating a massive youth social uprising - half of it was fueled by creativity while the other half was enraged by the lack of accountability this system had to offer. My crew and I would spend entire nights walking the streets of LA, getting our tags and throw-ups up, sharpening our style, looking to get away with it. Graffiti is the voice of the dissatisfied soul and we made sure it was heard." BBB: Do you feel the public reception of the culture has swayed or changed?
M1: "I think the public reception of the culture mirrors culture itself in that it is splintered in multiple ways. Currently, I see a stark divide between the awoken and the asleep masses, distinguished by one’s ability and desire to discern fact from fiction, that which is real versus the fake and fleeting. The public is a wild beast to interpret right now cut across all lines of politics, race, class, gender, borders, freedom, privacy, it is confused, its identity is lost. Many seem to be paralyzed in their own soma of cognitive dissonance. However, something is brewing. More and more people are growing impatient and I do notice a vast number of people opening up to more conscious living and figuring out what the fuck is going on around here." Link to the full interview on my page @bizarrebeyondbelief #mearone #graffiti