LW - What do you find more rewarding? The finished piece or the process of creating?
CANE - Creating something new is is always a good feeling but nothing like driving by and seeing your finished piece in the street , Or having someone show interest in a finished canvas that you worked on . So definitely the finished product.
LW - Insights on how you handle a career, family, and graffiti at the same time in your life?
CANE - As I’ve gotten older there’s a lot more to manage. I’m not a teen anymore with no worries or bills. A lot more to lose now, family, mortgage to pay, good paying job. With that being said I still make time to get my gear ready and head out a few nights every month. Kinda like back in the day, just more calculated about what I’m doing. Life comes first before my graff life. If you would have asked me that when I was 18 .... totally different answer.
LW - Does cannabis play a role in your creative process, before, during, after?
CANE - All of the above, I smoke before I sketch. Once I'm halfway thru coloring and of course right after as I’m giving it the final inspection. Unless I’m street bombing then it’s usually once at the beginning of the night and again on the ride home.
LW - Do you have any personal rituals when it comes to smoking?
CANE - Not really. I don’t do the cyphers with ten heads like I used to do lol. Nowadays I just twist paper mostly or an occasional gar. Usually just leaf but I dabble in all sorts of products... oil/dabs/resin. No edibles for me tho, I go right to sleep.
LW - Credit for previous artist? Inspired by? Mentor? Someone you built off of artistically?
CANE - My mentor was SEME KBC crew. he started me off with my first throwie and hand style and I ran with it from there. I never even looked at graff until he put me on. Inspired by so many it’s hard to list em all. Sak/tabe/ric / nesta/remo/ yes2/ces/ per/notak/Jnice/chad/ cope2/ skid/dolt/mate/xs/ melk/meth/ 9volt/just/ pen/shine /mast .. that just some off top. I can’t list everyone but those dudes I saw up all over the BX.
LW - NYC is said to be the birthplace of modern graffiti, in your opinion, does it still influence the scene on a world scale?
CANE - NY is definitely the birthplace of modern graff and will always have an influence on the graff scene. The internet however has exposed us to all different genres of graff from all over the world. You used to be able to distinguish NY graff from any other part of the world. Now I see throwies in NY that have a straight up Cali influence or European influence. Social media made to where I can see how they’re painting in Brazil or Japan so New York isn’t the only thing people are exposed to nowadays. The NY style of street bombing will forever be what I remember... and that what influenced me.
LW - What makes you happy?
CANE - Happiness to me is being able to provide for my family, being mentally and physically healthy and enjoying life while you’re here. No sense on wishing I did something when I can do it now and not worry about “what if?”
LW - If CANE had their own brand cannabis genetics, what would your strain be called?
CANE - KushyCane of course 🤙🏼