“KAABOO has been great! And it gets better and better every year. It’s nice that they put a lot of thought and effort into all aspects of the experience. It’s an upscale music festival and art show with gourmet food, drinks, and amenities. It definitely isn’t a music festival where you’re roughing it and melting outside in the heat. I did that when I was younger but I’m too old for that shit now. I want to be comfortable and clean. And be able to hang out in air conditioning, drink great wine, and check out some amazing artists.
I’m really looking forward to this year because I decided to collaborate with some artists that I have wanted to work with for a while. I picked 4 artists that are all totally different from myself and from each other, but I think will compliment what I do and create some amazing work. So I’ll end up probably showing 8 or so of my pieces, and 4 more collaboration pieces.
One artist I chose to work with was CHAKA. It was a no brainer for me, cause along with being a good dude and considering him a friend, he was always one of my idols in the graffiti world. Before I even knew who he was I was seeing his fat cap black tags all over LA in the early 90’s. He was so prolific his tag was put on David Grohl’s drum head in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video, and named one of the top 25 Los Angeles graffiti writers by Complex magazine.
Another choice that was a no brainer was Lyric One. His work is amazing. He’s known most for his custom spray cans that he weathers and rusts to look old and worn. I knew his style would look rad with mine and we would come up with something that hasn’t been done, and I look forward to doing a lot more together.
The 4th guy I chose not necessarily because I thought our styles would compliment each other, but because I just really wanted to work with him, and that’s FOARM (@leathafacee). Dude is a spatial genius and crazy talented. His handstyles are impeccable and his can control is insane. He should be in art school or something because he has so much talent that I think we have only seen the tip of the iceberg with this guy. I can’t wait to see what he has in store.Being a painter is usually a pretty solo endeavor, so it’s been nice to work with other people that I respect. It gets all of us out of our self created boxes and also opens us up to other artists followers or collectors, as well.Not to mention I think I made some new friends that I hope to work with again and again.
So if you’re in Del Mar September 15th-17th, come to KAABOO and check it out.”