12 Questions: DEBT Interview – “I Paint to Destroy”
12oz is about to introduce you to one of the New York City’s toughest bombers. DEBT YKK is undeniably New York. He comes from the city where it ain’t about the piecing, but about getting up. DEBT puts in work throughout the 5 boroughs leaving his shot up D where ever he goes, and never being afraid to execute. It’s that mentality that sets him apart, and why we featured him in the newest volume of Counting Sheep . DEBT is also part of the legendary YouKantKompete (YKK) crew which includes members such as Skuf and Kez5. These guys have been holding down New York Streets, exuding the type of graffiti we really fuck with, keeping it real to the city that started it all. So what makes this bomber tick? Check out this interview to find out.
1. How did you get into graff?
A family friend who wrote ACT 2 from the South Bronx got me into it. Also, just looking at the streets, walls, etc. and wondering how the fuck they did that.
2. How would you describe your style and mentality when it comes to painting?
My mentality when I paint is just to destroy. Make my point. Attack mode. Without getting caught lacking.
3. What does it mean to be a native New York writer, how is what cats do in NY different from the rest of the country?
I travelled here and there but I was born and raised in New York. The scene in NY is a lot different compared to other states because NY is the mecca of graff. The buff here isn’t as strong as in other states. A lot of creativity and style comes from NY. A lot of people dream of getting up here.
4. In Counting Sheep Volume 2, you put in some work in the Lower East Side. That area has changed a lot in the last decade, How has that affected the graffiti landscape there?
The LES has changed a lot over the past few years with all the new buildings they are making. Not as many spots as we used to have but it ain’t really change anything. Graffiti is still popping up.
5. In your new video for 12oz you hit the Chinatown rooftops. For the people outside of NYC, can you explain the significance of Chinatown in New York’s Graffiti scene?
Chinatown is dope. Got a lot of graff that runs. A lot of rooftops you can see from the Manhattan Bridge. I like to place my joints where you gonna see them. But, Chinatown definitely goes to SEV TDT though.
“My mentality when I paint is just to destroy.”