Miami Graffiti

November 2008
1) What do you write and what crew do you represent?

I write Kool, Koolstar, and Enri 538. Today I represent QSC. We started the QSC family in 1986 in Madrid. I met Fly ID through Clark and Erótica67 when I lived in NY back in 1998. I also represent N(etwork), due to my partner Baser. An original b-boy from my generation, who I met when I was living on Miami Beach from 1993-1997. Of course I'm also still in touch with guys from Ink Heads like Cer and Edec, and of course Freek of DAM crew.

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

I chose my tag from the easy and quick way that you can write the letters. The original inspiration was because some my friends: Guillermo, Yopo, and his cubans friends, Sergio, La Vieja, Sissi y Luis, they call themselves Golden Music. They're original b-boys that did a piece of "Kool" back in 1982 in Madrid that was like a revolution. I was 12 years old, and didn't understand the meaning because I didn´t speak any english. 4 years later Yopo told me the meaning , and I said ok, I liked it.

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

My influences and the guys who introduced me to this art form were Seone and Yopo, Imp 2 from Non Stop, London, and also writers of my time like Ags-Sems, Snow, Mata, and Luca.

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

Hialeah Penit, Baby Penit, Freek's neighborhood walls, and the Miami canals. I really liked all of the Miami area to paint. Because it is very real and authentic, the colors, the light, make everything very unique.

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

Quite a lot, especially when you're doing solo missions or you have graffiti partners like I had. Mike129, TMob, TC5, TMT..., Freek DAM, Mote WBB, Cer IHS.

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

Some Miami writers that I like a lot are Baser, Freek, Smash 74, and Mike 129. Cause these guys are some of the original writers who are still alive down there and they are good, true people. Also they are in this because they like what they are doing, and its not for the fake fame.

I also like NSKings, Most Wanted, Bom 5, Afrocubanactivist, musicians from South Beach, 14th St., Seel AIM, Terms, Kvee, and Meta4 from BSK.

7) Whats the biggest problem with Toys nowadays?

I believe its not only toy problems now, also the same problems from yester year. People who think they are good or better then others, thats a toy for me, or people who disrecpectfully treat younger kids just because they don´t have a clue. Instead people need to be an example (or guide) for them. Another problem today is a lot of kids with a lack of interest to know the original masters of this art form. It gets even worse when after painting 1, 2 , 5 or 10 years, people start to think they are graff masters. Only a few get that power. Finally the control of, and actions by, the media, video, magazines, publicity for starlettes who have the bling - bling fame and forget what is this is really about. Go out and paint. Not just for the show or the media.

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

I liked South Florida very much. It is one of the toughest places I have ever seen to paint graff and I've painted in Madrid, Paris, London, Barcelona, Basel, Frankfurt, New York, Turkey, México, Glasgow, and all over Europe in general.

I think Miami should have a production paid to us, like a reencounter of graffiti writers like us who make up the originals of our generation. Vamos a hacer una descarga con los pintores mejores.

Thanks to Miami, I had good and bad times there and now if you like my style you can get my t-shirts, silk screens and graff stuff at