"Graffiti ist Jazz mit buchstaben" translates to "Graffiti is Jazz in Letters". Its a book about street art in Germany. I got a full page feature for a piece I did at the Meeting of Styles Graffiti Festival in Magdeburg in 2014. I'm really grateful to be captured in that moment.
Here's a few facts to consider:
1. I bought a one way ticket to Europe and discovered legal graffiti parks. Thats how I learned to paint with spray cans. I had only been painting for one and a half months before the festival in Magdeburg, Germany.
2. I was the only American at the festival and definitely the least experienced. I painted on the last space of an uneven wall that was located in a bed of weeds.
3. Mike Brown had just been murdered a few weeks earlier and I was still processing all the emotions I had regarding domestic terrorism on non-white communities.
I was blown away by the level of talented artists at the festival. I was more concerned with not stinking up my piece. It turned out to be an amazing experience. I met some great people and learned a lot. I left the Meeting of Styles motivated to find my own style.
Fast forward 2 years later and I get a message from my Belgium homie that he saw me in a book. Turns out the authors attended the festival and captured me in a moment- probably when I was uploading a photo to instagram. You never know who is watching you or your work.