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I’M IN MIAMI BITCH! Q&A with DAZE

By Whatyouwrite @whatyouwrite

Iminmiamibitch.net did a quick Q&A with Daze :

MY CEYLON

What do you write? Are you in a crew?

DAZE. Never been that interested in the “Crew” mentality but if I have to CYA, Crazy Young Artists.

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?

I started paintings subways in New York City in 1977. I don’t really consider myself a “street artist” per se, more of a subway artist that came above ground a long time ago. In terms of influence I’m not sure who I’ve influenced or how many people. I can surely tell you however that I’ve inspired a ton of people over the years. I’m always meeting people who tell me I was one of their biggest inspirations. That feels good, it feels as if I’ve indirectly accomplished something. I think there can be a relationship between artists and their community, but I feel the world that I’m apart of and the work that I do is more for the appreciation of other artists. If people in the community get that then that is great, but if they don’t it may take a while.

Did you go to school or are you self taught?

I went to the High School of Art & Design(NYC), got kicked out of there in my 3rd year and ended up graduating from Julia Richmond High School. Most of the stuff I’ve learned in terms of art has either been through the lunchroom at Art & Design or through Mad Magazine.

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