Your work is such an inspiration on the streets. Your quotes are daily reminders to remain positive in this increasingly challenging world. What message do you hope to communicate through your work?
I simply hope to affect people in a positive manner. I hope my WRDs elicit smiles and/or alter someone’s mood in a positive way if they are in a half-empty frame of mind. Or I hope I somehow add to their mood if they half-full.
Do you write all the quotes you add to your work? What inspires you to create?
About 95% of the quotes you see are my words. I am a writer first and foremost, which was the reason I became a word-based street artist. Occasionally, I pay homage to lyrics or quotes. Usually, they are phrases and thoughts that I think are so good, I wish I would have penned them, which motivates me to tip my hat to them with a WRD.
Do you have a particular piece of art you have created that is a personal favorite or has special meaning to you?
‘Aspire To Inspire’ is a favorite because it encapsulates the entire WRDSMTH endeavor. I am also fond of ‘blush/shine’ because it captures a romantic place and time for me. And finally, ‘the only lie’ because it was a personal WRD that seems to speak to so many individuals, whether they are presently immersed in those emotions or whether they are waxing poetic about the past.
Can you tell me about your creative process and what mediums you use? Are there any mediums you find challenging and would like to experiment with more in the future?
I love to write in many different mediums. I used to work in advertising in a past life, but it was not the type of writing I wanted to be doing. I wasn’t fulfilled. So I quit my job and headed west and started writing movie and TV scripts. A few years ago I opened a manuscript that ended up getting published. Now I just want to write novel’s because there are no rules- you can create any type of story you want structured however you want (something you cannot really do with scripts). Personally, I percolate an idea in my head for whatever medium I am working in until it is screaming to be born onto a page. That process has always worked for me. WRDSMTH came about because I needed/wanted an active hobby. I wanted something that got me away from sitting in front of the computer screen for stretches of time. When the WRDs I was placing in the streets of LA started resonating with people, it motivated me and I just kept going and doing bigger pieces and getting up more often. Then all hell broke loose and the whole endeavor started taking off, which still amazes me to this day. Now I am getting read on a daily basis all over the world and for any writer, that is pretty much living the dream, Bottom line, I am having a lot of fun and I hope that shows in the work.
You have collaborated with a selective group of artists. Can you elaborate more on your ideas surrounding the collaboration process?
I have collaborated with a few artists like Teachr, Thrashbird, C_3, IMHUGE, MegZany, and PolarBearStencils. I enjoy collaborating, but the piece we create needs to make sense to me. I don’t just want to be next to an artist. I want the words and images to interact and compliment one another. Having said that, I’d consider a collaboration with almost anyone. Just don’t be offended if we don’t arrive at an idea that fulfils the criteria.
What is next for you? Do you have any projects coming up that you are excited about?
I am heading to Chicago for a series of installations. I’m excited about that because I used to reside there and this is the first time I am returning since I began WRDSMTHing. It’ll be fun to paint the walls in a town where I have such fond memories.