SLICK's rise to the top can be traced back to the mid 1980s, painting on the streets of Honolulu and the mean streets of Los Angeles. SLICK spent his early years attending Art Center College of Design during the days and doing graffiti at night. The legendary "SLICK vs HEX" graffiti battle of '89 was a pivotal time in SLICK's career. He went from underground hell raiser to worldwide acclaim, forever changing how graffiti characters are painted to this day. The international attention opened the doors for SLICK to be involved in everything from music videos and feature films to album covers and gallery exhibits. It was during this time that he realized he could reach a larger audience by putting his art on t-shirts. Since his first designs in the late 80s, SLICK has designed graphics for the likes of Stussy, X-Large, Adidas, Obey, Disney and the list goes on. His graphic design aesthetic has influenced an entire generation of artists and designers. He pioneered a movement called "street wear" before the term was even coined. SLICK¹s main focus nowadays is his clothing brand DISSIZIT! Over the past 12 years, DISSIZIT has established itself as a brand not to be taken lightly with their “take no prisoner" attitude on it's assault on pop culture. Slick’s "LA HANDS” logo icon has become a sort of an anthem and symbol for Los Angeles pride! Whether it's painting a mural, designing sneakers, formulating a paint scheme for an automobile, art directing graffiti for a video game, creating an entire collection for DISSIZIT, or signing his name for a fan, SLICK treats everything he touches as a work of art that's worthy of being SLICK. 25+ years in the game and still no signs of slowing up!
• Age, Hometown: 47; Los Angeles, CA
• How old were you when you got involved in street art? 16 years old.
• Who inspires you (artist or non-artist)?: My mom, Tom Savini, Egon Schiele, Doze Green, Futura, Jeffrey Koons.
• What advice would you give to up and coming artists? Know the rules of the game before you can break them.
• What is something the street art world would be surprised to know about you? As a teen, I was preparing for a career in film and special fx make up.
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