Miami Graffiti

July 2007
1) What do you write and what crew do you represent?

I wrote Brim. STV was my crew. Specialized to Vandalize / Stop the Violence.

2) Where did you get your tag? Any special meaning behind it?

My tag was given to me by DONE of AIM crew. It stands for Born and Raised In Miami.

3) When did you start writing and what were some of your early influences?

I caught my first tags in 1984 after watching Beat Street. I did not really understand the graffiti kulture at that time. Around 1988 is when it became more clear to me. Some of my earliest influences were Scam, Icey, Demo & Avee. That was before I was an actual writer. When I began writing & bombing, my influences were AIM Crew. I learned something from everyone in AIM. Done taught me how to bomb and write my name. Meer gave me throw up styles. Seal taught me how to organize a crew. Doze taught me fill ins. Meks and Foe showed me a lot as well.

4) What was your favorite Penit/Wall and why?

The Fountain Blue Penit (Doral) was by far my favorite. It reeked of Hiphop Kulture. There was a language there that only we could understand.

5) Is there any crazy story that sticks out in your mind from the early days?

My favorite graff memory was riding the Metro-Rail for the first time with AIM Crew. Foe bought a ticket and ran down the fire exit to open the door for us. Seal was called the Walter Kronkite of the graff scene. He pointed out all of the pieces on the rooftops from Dadeland South to Hialeah. Before this point, I had no idea that real burners existed in Miami.

6) Name a Miami writers work that you respect a lot (thats not in your crew/associated crews) and why?

Krave. I love Krave's work. He represents the new school of graff writers, but he employs all of our old school techniques. Krave is crazy talented and his work is dope!

7) Any good stories about a time you got chased or busted?

My favorite story like this was when I was hanging out with G***. I was already done with bombing, but he talked me into going out to paint in Cutler Ridge. So we did a big WH for the crew he was beginning at that time. After we finished painting this abandoned house, we got in the car and sirens popped on out of nowhere. I began telling him to chill out, I would talk to the cops and get us out of it. As soon as the cops come to the car, G*** begins telling the police, "You can't stop me, you could never stop me. I got paint in my blood....". Eventually we talked our way out of it with a promise to buff the piece in the morning... WE NEVER WENT BACK!

8) Whats the biggest problem with Toys nowadays?

Toys disrespect art. I hate seeing a dope piece with some sucker catching a tag on it. Writers paint with their heart, and when a toy just spits a tag or throw up over that piece, thats whack!

9) Tell us a bit about STV and how it started?

STV was a crew that was brought down from NYC by Bekay aka The Brass King. AIM crew visited DS (the pres of STV) in NYC, and when they came back down, they decided to make STV crew a union for other crews. STV was originally a union for AIM, FA, RA, WBB & BOM Crew. Me and MUCH were the first writers to be put down in the crew with out having any other previous affiliations. SO one day, DONE & SEAL asked me if I wanted to be down with TBK (The Blunt Kings). This was a tight group inside of AIM Crew. They said all I have to do is smoke a joint with them and I will be let in TBK. I had never smoked weed at that time, and I did not plan on doing it then, so I said, "NO!" Then they said, "Alright Brim, you are the president of STV!" History was made in front of my cousins house!

10) What do you think of the Graf Scene in South Florida and Where do you think its headed?

I'd like to see Miami's rooftops painted like before. It was like a Hiphop gallery. I admire SODUH's technique of massive bombing. I'd like to see cats get more conscious with themes and messages. Instead of painting your name everywhere, Put up a message that makes people think. Whether it is political or spiritually charged, bring awareness to others, besides graff writers.

Blessings! -Brimstone127