A Dozen Answers w/ Shirt King Phade

Where are you from and what did you take from there?

I am from the East New York section of Brooklyn. I took the resilience of the boro that so many heroes came from like a Michael Jordan a Mike Tyson a Spike Lee a Jay Z or a Jimmy Lovine. We are built to win.

Why do you do what you do?
As an artist you walk through life wondering “what’s my niche?” I found mines early on in graffiti and stuck with it.

Where do ideas come from?
My ideas literally stem from God, my environment, my experiences and my passion for life.

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What’s your average workday like?

I get up early 6:00am, go running come back meditate, drink tea. Read all my thoughts that were jotted down the night before and begin to tackle my “to do” list. Any 
appointments I may have that day I do a prep. Image is everything in Hollywood. So I choose carefully how I want to be projected that day. I then check my social media. It’s like reading the newspaper but juicier. If painting is on the agenda then I put my all into whatever project is beforehand.


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What’s your favorite color combo?
Hues of blue were my favorite colors as a kid. But now whatever is the most brightest and cheerful.

What materials do you work with?
I have worked with a Paasche airbrush for 30 years. But I enjoy using other mediums like watercolor, acrylics, but pen and ink is my favorite.


all images courtesy of Shirt King Phade

What’s your favorite place on the Internet?
Graffiti sites are key to me today. The graff sites enable me to constantly revisit my roots as a NYC subway bomber and the wave we started.

Where do you hang out in Los Angeles?
I like to hang out at Escala Ktown restaurant where the music is authentic Hip Hop, the food is Colombian and the walls are filled with art.

What’s a mistake you’ve made?
Every mistake I make eventually turns into a victory. That’s the irony of life. But maybe giving too much of my style to the point some don’t know the source on the internet.

What is love?
Love is seeing your God given gift enabling others and yourself avenues of revenue.

Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Myself in 15 years, spreading the Good News all over the World.

all images courtesy of Shirt King Phade


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