12 Questions With Curve For Release of Styles Wars Portrait Tee
It would be difficult to meet a writer who couldn’t quickly rattle off a quote or two from Style Wars, if they still don’t drop one in conversation every once and a while. Check out these 12 Questions with Curve to learn about how the film influenced him, and hear about the release of his new tee featuring portraits of several iconic writers in the film.
1. When and where did you first see Style Wars?
Around 1994 in New Haven, Connecticut, me and my bro started riding our bikes to the local flea market right around the time we were getting interested in graff. There were tons of pieces on the trailers and trucks of the market, which also drew us in. We could find comics, vintage spraypaint, sneakers, records, mixtapes, so we were there every Sunday. One vendor had a lot of videos like Shaw Brothers, Japanimation, all stuff we were into. Through a growing interest in graff, via things like YO! MTV Raps videos, and the back page in The Source, we followed the clues or somebody put us on about WildStyle, Beat Street, and Style Wars. We decided to take a chance and ask the Flea Market video guy if he could get the film. He was like, “Oh yeah!” and had it for us within a week.
2. Were you with anybody?
Yes, my brother Vital One and our friend David Miller.
3. What were you writing at the time?
I had a new name everyday, All were taken…Spy, Mes, SN to name a few. In ’95 I moved onto the walls and was attempting to do pieces and characters. Because I was so physically small, these were no bigger than 3 ft wide. By the next summer, I grew about a foot and developed a tag, a throwie, and straight letter. I decided on my name and stuck with that.
4. Was it the first graffiti movie you had seen?
Before ever seeing Style Wars in its entirety, I would stay up all night to catch a public access show Graffiti T hosted by a local celebrity by the name of Dooleyo. He had vintage and recent footage of guys like Eroc, DF crew, Crest, Serk, and the TSB crew, Brat, Demo, Cain, Cek, really wilding out, street bombing, and in places I saw everyday on my way to school. There was also footage of walls in Co-op City and 238th St bridge, mixed in with clips from Wild Style and Style Wars, all over funky and sinister beats. Much respect to Dooley-O for bringing music and art to the forefront.
5. What were you thinking after you finished watching?
I was super hyped up, I couldn’t believe how awesome the whole thing was. It was exciting to feel that I had a ton of work to do.
6. Are there any pieces that still stand out in your mind?
The Zephyr and Revolt pieces on the ledge in the Upper West Side. I love how bold, simple, and stylish those pieces were, on a raw cement wall. Also the fact that it was on a wall rather than a train especially appealed to me–because it was a more attainable goal for me at that time.
7. What was the most inspirational quote, scene, character, or piece for you?
The part when Iz the Wiz and company are going underground and someone shouts, “This Place Is Bombed!” I always liked the way Iz talked about personally exploring the tunnels history, finding rooms and maps, etc. That quote about going somewhere hidden from the world to take his time and be creative really inspired me.
8. Who is on the shirt?
From left to right down its Seen, Case2, Cap, Skeme, Min, Trap, Iz the Wiz, Dez, and Dondi.
9. Dead or alive who would you like to paint with on a subway car?
Any of them.
10. When did you last watch Style Wars?
I’ve seen it maybe a hundred times. But I recently watched it on a rainy day while I was sketching. I was sketching faces and I looked up and thought, “Wow here is an awesome set of people that are all icons in their own way.” I thought of it like the character roster of a comic book. I just quickly decided on those 9 writers, I didn’t leave anyone out for any particular reason.
11. Why did you concentrate on that era for this shirt?
There has been a lot of graff with nods and samples from that era being painted nowadays. I feel its important to focus attention on the past in general. At this point in time it’s not considered a rip-off but homage. Henry Chalfant, Tony Silver, and Martha Cooper may not have known the incredible worldwide impact their documentary would have. These people help lay down a foundation of the culture and should be honored.
12. Can you share any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
I collaborated with OnlyNY clothing company on a shirt design. I’m always updating Instagram @Curvazoid and Curvazoid Tumblr. Curvazoidian Shop has some other t-shirt designs, and theres more on the way. I have a small comic coming out and a new print series in the works. I’m always plotting on a handful of things so its really about where the cards land and what comes out first.