Curve is a visual artist living in NYC who started as a graffiti writer in Philadelphia. He made a name for himself there tagging but now creates art pieces across multiple mediums painting on everything from paper to pieces of wood found in the garbage.
Artists might tag public places for recognition or the rush of the risk. Now that you do more studio work, how do you channel those energies into the art?
I don’t know. I think about it differently, when doing it, now that I’m older. I treat it differently now, [but] old habits die-hard.
When you do a piece, it takes concentration and thought. How much planning do you do before going to a spot and putting up a piece?
I’m drawing all the time, so it helps me memorize “notes,” and when I go to paint a wall, it’s like playing a song. It just happens.
What are the most obvious ways that the city you work in influences and affects your work?
The city definitely influences my work. It’s not as much as that, but it’s really my desire to leave a part of myself in the city. I like being part of fabric and the landscape of the city I’m in. I want people to see me, what I did, both now and in the future. It’s an honor being a small part of the culture. I write for the kids coming up, my contemporaries, and I am also paying homage to the old heads that are still around.
The NYC artist Chico compared tagging to cannabis. He said, “The more you fight it, the more there’ll be. And you can’t win a fight you’ve already lost.” Do you see similar parallels between graffiti and cannabis culture?
Yes. Both cultures are about being a free individual. It’s about doing what makes you happy.