BASELGEDDON! DVS Q&A
What do you write? Are you in a crew?
I write DVS, TNSB, 28Crew, BBLOVE, IMMORTALCANMASTERSCREW.
In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
Miami, Wynwood and the Princess Park Area.Influence to create I hope. Let me break it down like this, a lot of it is Poppy Cock and rubish I say. The art commuinty wants a certain format or a poster boy so to say. In the ghetto all you get is Love. Cause I can make a war zone beautiful with color and it's not Fugazzi. I only do it for the kid who was just like me growing up in a world of chaos. Then graff saved my life.
Did you go to school or are you self taught?
I went to the school of hard knox and am self taught. My environment played a big part. Whether it was watching the surfers at Haulover Beach or the surfer ratz. Ridding around in my Dad’s car and hitting the corner in Wynwood and seeing graffiti which stated The Ghetto Dutchess & The Ghetto given Combo.
How did you get started in the arts and why?
I was always drawing as a small child and studying comic Books. Most of all I’d have to say the ghetto gave me my start, with all the Afro-Rican centric writings on the wall.
How long have you been working in the streets?
I came back to the Streets in 2009. AIM CREW, SEEL, MECS & DONVO5 brought me back. After walking away from the scene in 1988. I started writing on walls in 1982. Then introduced the street moniker DEVIOUS IN 1983.
Who or what inspires you the most?
My inspiration came from my Pops before he passed from Prostate cancer. He ask to see my hands. He stated, “you dont have any paint on your hands anymore, Rick.” Then he stated, “look at Wynwood how Beautiful it is. So don’t give up the dream please. Think about painting again. That's my fuel, his last words...
What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
Anything can be street art. But most of all graffiti is somthing small an meaningless. Like, Paul loves Jill. We are the ancient children of the petroglyphs. Our language or murals tell a story, a theme. We are a secret society.
Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
My day job is writting my name in graffiti on the wall. I’ll leave you with this qoute which should sum up the life of an artist. To be as the great, I must study the greats, listen to the greats and most of all believe he is great.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a Cultural Icon Meme. The Taino Sun, Cuyo is his name. Or Guarocuyo, which means the great light from within. In honor of my father and his Taino Descendant.
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
Awareness, that we are the builders of this golden age. Most of all to touch every soul and to create BEAUTY where there is pain and suffering while trying to find my soul thru high vibration of creation.