Claudia “CLAW” Gold is one of the world’s most prolific graffiti artists, a hard earned title in a subculture historically dominated by men. Claudia’s unsanctioned art career dates back to 1989, when her CLAW icon became a ubiquitous fixture of NYC's urban sprawl. Her significance as an internationally acclaimed legend in the street art movement has been commemorated in prominent graffiti films Infamy and Bomb It, as well as the focus of the first in a series of women in art documentaries produced and featured by Google call WIGS. Her first book BOMBSHELL: The Life and Crimes of CLAW Money sold out quickly and is now considered a collectors item.
Claudia has changed the landscape and set precedents by being the first female artist to do collaborations with big-name companies such as Nike, Mountain Dew, NASCAR, Van’s, K2, Uggs, GPen and Calvin Klein. Brands continue to call upon her insight and authenticity to aid in creating or collaborating new products or creative direction for campaigns. Claudia continues to create her work that’s sought after internationally; showing yearly at Art Basel, galleries and events all over the world. She also does commissioned murals for corporate giants and small community organizations alike.
Most recently, Claudia found a new forum to showcase her vision and products and opened up a combined storefront and gallery space in her old Lower East Side stomping grounds. The store is located at 101 Delancey Street in Manhattan and will embody all that is Claudia Gold with her clothing (underClaw Money and Claw & Co. labels), vintage pieces, art and effervescent, one-of-a-kind Claw$ style.
- Hometown, age: Too old to die young, Queens, NY.
- When did you first become involved in the world of street art? I was always a huge fan of graffiti and street art as a kid, but my involvement really happened in my late teens/early 20s, when I started college -- old for most graffiti writers. I wanted to run wild with the big boys under the shade of night.
- Who inspires you? I am inspired by art design that you find in everyday life. Package design, comics, store signage and billboards. I am never at a loss of inspiration working and living in NYC.
- What advice would you give to up and coming artists? Do what you love to do. Don't do it for the money or the fame- do it for the love!
- What is something the street art world would be surprised to know about you? Someone might be surprised that I am also a designer vintage connoisseur and acclaimed fashion stylist and editor. I wear many hats in this creative life of mine!
Tune in to Street Art Throwdown premiering Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 9/8c!