PERSUE interview on IloveGraffiti.de

September 28 2009 . 03:23pm

"Yeah, for me personally I thought I didn’t have style for the first 10 years of writing. I had good characters and a few good pieces but I had it all backwards. I spent more time developing my characters then my letters. If you write then you know letters come first. So I started over in 96. I really took steps backwards to re-develop my approach and a lot of that was mainly because of Wane COD."

When did you start writing, what does it mean to you and can you please introduce yourself to our readers a bit?

I started writing Persue’ in 1988. I was 17 and in high school. I am a writer from the suburbs of San Diego, Ca who got turned onto it from one of my classmates. Its crazy to think that was over 20 years ago. I haven’t stopped since I became dedicated. For me, I think it was easy to dedicate my time to the art and lifestyle. I have always been creative and there really wasn’t any other way I wanted to live my life. Of course I wanted to be in a Rock n’ Roll band or on T.V even a soccer player. Well, I sort of live my Rock n’ Roll lifestyle. I’ve made a living working in the skateboard industry working with the who’s who of the skateboarding world. I’ve toured with them and painted graffiti along the way. I’ve made business trips and made contact with writers in every city I travel to so we can paint. It’s the beauty of our worldly network.
I have met and experience a lot doing the things I do. It has molded me into the person I am today.

What means a crew to you? What does it mean to you being a part of the SUK?

This is a good question. Because I think it is different for a lot of people but for me it has been a few things. I am apart of a few equally important crews. SUK – I am a long time friend ofCanTwo. He put me down in 1998. We both had mutual admiration for each others work. In my eye’s CanTwo is one of the best all around writers on the planet. So it is an Honor to roll with the dude. SUK has heavy ties with TMD from New Zealand. So it really is a powerhouse with a lot of influential writers in the scene today. Sometimes it’s a little lonely being the only American representative, haha.

COD – Has had the biggest roll in me becoming more of a stylist in the past 13 years. Wane put me in the crew in 1996. COD is a Bronx based crew that was originally started by a music producer/writer named Michelob. COD was one of the last crews really bombing the New York Transit line in the mid to late 80’s. Wane pushed me to develop my letters. I build with him the most. He really is my brother from another mother. We’ve been on some good bombing missions together. COD has some amazing members. Enue, Reas, H.L. ROC, Bates, Jaes, Virus, Doves, Dash, OiL (R.I.P.), Goal, Sabe, Ghost, Crazy Wen and Ket to mention a few. These guys give me the encouragement to keep pushing the movement.

7th Letter – I’ve met Eklips off and on in the 90’s. Whether it be in fashion or graffiti. I remember the first time I met him it was in the AWR motor pit. I was with Quasar my mentor at the time. We were going big and Eklips rolled up to regulate the pit. He asked us who we were and who told us we could paint here? To tell you the truth I was a little nervous. He capped a couple of pieces from writers he didn’t want in the pit and said we were cool cause we were doing top to bottoms. It was 15 years later that I would start running into him at art events. Revok has a lot to do of why I am apart of the 7th. He recognized me as one of the most influential writers that kept it real on the West Coast and put me down with the Exchange project and 7th. 7th Letter is an extension of AWR/MSK but deals more with art, fashion, music, video and skateboarding projects. AWR/MSK are some of the most influential writers in the world today and a huge part of me experimenting with my style.

T.V.C – Is my new family in San Diego. I have known and painted with most of the guys since the crew inception some 17 years ago. These guys have put in a lot of work in and out side of S.D. Dudes like Kyzer, Flynt, Jale, Fokis, Herion, Peng (R.I.P) and Kwest either crushed or crushes it.

But besides the crews and before I was involved with these crews I have had a lot of great experiences and painted with a lot of talented writers regardless of crews and politics. Just for the pure fact of getting up and keeping it fun. All of these people have had influence on me and even if we don’t have the same crew name at the end we have the same struggle and we become bonded. It’s just my perception. It’s the way I’ve chosen to see things. Not everyone will experience this or see it like this. My mate Aroe HA/MSK fame told me once regardless of what crew I was in people would want to see my stuff. It was that relevant to the culture. That was a huge compliment but I feel I wouldn’t be anything with my crews and friends.

You has been around lately, crazy china at example, whats your view on that country and is there a so called graffiti movement? Can you share a little experience with our readers?

I started traveling outside of the States around 95. First place I went was Norway. I met Goal AIO, COD and painted with him. This was before e-mail. I just showed up and the first night I was getting up, so sick! I started traveling to Asia for the footwear around 99. I was going to Korea at first but I really didn’t do much. Just some street tags and a couple of silvers in Pusan. I left that company I worked for at the time and started a new job. I go to China for Vox. Actually the first writer I met in Hong Kong was Redy a girl bomber who knows her shit. Through her I met more writers in HK. So every time I travel out there we paint. Hong Kong is like the Hollywood of Asia. The city never sleeps and it is as dangerous as you make it. Actually Redy, Xeme and Sinic do an Asian graff magazine by the name Invasian. It’s really a great mag. They asked me if I wanted to judge the Wall Lords competition in Shenzen, China in late 2008. They wanted two judges and who better really then Rime. So I asked if he wanted to join me and he was down. Rime and I put a video out documenting our trip. China’s scene has potential especially in the bigger cities. American culture really hits home with the youth. But because if how hard living can be out there the last thing the youth is thinking about is getting up. First I think most of them are thinking of surviving. Paint cost money and if your gonna rack out there you better not get caught because you might just get a limb chopped off. I was just in Shenzen to paint with some friends and I asked how large is the scene in the city of 5 million plus. They told me there are only 20 active writers. There is no beef and no politics. I think what would be dope is if more writers from America and Europe made frequent trips to Asia to collaborate with the artist out there. It would in turn motivate and stimulate the scene. Dezio from France lives and works out there. He kills it, such a great stylist. There is a lot of talented artist in Asia so be on the look out.

Whats the story on the sneakerdesigns you did?

We’ll it all started after High school. I was working in a deli and I was drawing and painting with all my free time. I could have gone out and partied my ass off when I was young but instead I wanted to work on my craft, art. I wasn’t worried about getting girls cause they were always around. I let a couple of good ones go thought. I spent sleepless nights drawing until one day I got noticed from a company named Eightball. They had a great skate team at the time, guys like Danny Way, Sean Sheffy, and Alphonzo Rawls. They wanted some street related art so I gave them a drawing. The t-shirt sold really well. So they wanted more from me so I kept it going. Then they started DC, Dub and Droors. I was there to help concept the look of those companies. From there I met more people because at the time what I was bringing to the table graphically was very fresh and hip. So more opportunities presented them selves. I started to do skateboard graphics cutting rubies. That was a lot of fun and before people were using computers to separate the colors. When people found out there was a lot of money doing footwear, companies started to come out of the woodwork. I launched Osiris in 96 and Circa in 99. I actually named and did the Circa logo.

I got into footwear because I was tired of drawing graphics for boards and with all the board companies the more competition there was you were forced to change graphics faster. It was starting to feel repetitive. So I wanted to learn something new. I started designing skateboard shoes in 99 and kept the drawing more personal. TodayI am President for a hardcore skate brand by the name of Vox. I am in charge of all sorts of stuff. Not only designing the product I have to make sure things around the business run as smooth as possible. In the end if the bottom line isn’t wherethe CEO wants it, it’s my neck. It’s all good though we have a sick program. Check it out on the VOX website. We are doing a great art series with a few members of The 7th Letter. Ewok, Steel, Reyes, Push, Young K and Eklips will have models in stores mid November so be on the look out.

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New Known Gallery artist | Persue

March 27 2009 . 09:09pm

Persue pronounced (per sway) is somewhat of an anomaly among his
peers. His design resume pre-dates almost any example of street aesthetics being paired with skateboarding. His earliest designs and art were essentially the catalyst that created modern day
youth culture as we know it. MORE HERE

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Senses Lost | Persue Interview

February 02 2009 . 10:11pm

PERSUE INTERVIEW

Senses Lost
www.senseslost.com/interviews/persue-interview/

 

Persue Graffiti

Persue Rooftop Graffiti

To start off with. Where are you from? What do you write? What crews do you rep?

Persue’: I was born and raised in San Diego, California. My Dad was from the Bronx and my Mom was from upstate New York near Woodstock. I write Persue’ (per-sway) but I don’t mind being called per-su, It’s common. I rep COD from the Bronx, Stick up Kids, The Seventh Letter, Bunny Kitty, Transcendental, Bloodclots and SBA.

Persue Graffiti

Where does the name Persue’ come from?

Persue’: It was given to me by a friend in High School. He thought it was an original name so thats why I started to write it. It took me years to actually turn into Persue’. I think I live up to the name.

Persue Seventh Letter Graffiti

How long have you been doing graffiti?

Persue’: 20 years now. I picked up a can in 1988.

How did you first get started? What was your influence to start?

Persue’: Actually it was the same guy who gave me my name. He had a black book he called his “Bible” it was full of colorful drawings. I was blown away at that moment. I went back to class and started drawing and my life has been consumed by it since then. I had already been drawing prior to my introduction to graffiti and my parents had been calling me and artist since I was born. When I was a kid I didn’t know what an artist was. But now I completely understand.

Persue 7th Letter

When you first started out, who did you look up too?

Persue’: First, my crew mates Xpek and Fose. Then as I was getting around San Diego, Quasar, Zodak, Dyse, Sake, Peng(R.I.P), Zane, Joker and Nyse. As I started to venture out of San Diego there was Giant, Slick, Risk, AWR, Revok, Rime, Sever, Ewok, Aroe,Twist, Spie, Aladdin, Rayven, Dream, Wane, Mode2, Futura, Gnome, Virus, Bates, Ghost, Ket, FC-TC-5, Toast, Goal, and Can2. Shit, really I am inspired by alot of people. I have been fortunate to have met and painted with most of the people I mentioned. Out side of Graff I really like Shel Silverstein, Peter Saville, Klimt, Schiele, Ralph Steadman, Bode’ and Jim Henson.

Know Persue Graffiti

Out of all the pieces you’ve done, is there one you can call a favorite?

Persue’: Yeah, I really like the wall Wane and I did in the Bronx in 2003. It was right after the USA went to war. It’s our pieces that read,”Know war, Persue peace”.

Rime Persue Graffiti

You were recently over in China for the Wall Lords Tour, what’s the graffiti scene like over there? How was the tour?

Persue’: The tour was dope. I was with Rime(Jersey Joe) MSK. We have been involved with a few projects in the past so I knew it would be a good trip. We painted alot! After the event we went out to my factory were we make our Shoes. I work for a Skateboard shoe company by the name of Vox. So I did some work and we painted the factory. I think it might be the only graffiti out in that province. The over all scene in Asia is booming! I have been going to Asia for work for the last 10 years so I’ve been able to watch it. A must see for any young traveler would be Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam. You’ll never be the same after that my friends! Rime and I filmed our trip and made a video to share with our friends. You can find it on my blog or you can google Persue, China.

Persue Bunny Kitty

How did you come up with Bunny Kitty? Can you tell us about Bunny Kitty?

Persue’: At the time I was drawing a lot. I remember Toast from Switzerland was living in San Diego at the time. He was a great drawing partner because he does it so well. He helped me develop my drawing skills. I met a girl who asked me to draw her a Bunny Kitty. I had no Idea what one looked like so I made it up. I remember the night I drew up the first sketches I fell in love with the concept. When ever I come up with something good I can’t sit down. I start to pace the room and my mind starts to race with scenarios. So I developed more characters, a story and even a rock and roll band called the Slugganauts. Then I introduced it through my network. I had been involved with so many successful skate brands in my past. People would always ask when I would finally do something for myself. I had no Idea it was going to be Bunny Kitty, but I am happy with it. I don’t care if it ever makes me money, its all good!

Persue Designed Logos

You’re not only involved with just graffiti. You’re also a graphic designer, illustrator and shoe designer. Can you tell us a little about what all you’re working on?

Persue’: These days I am President for Vox Footwear a Skateboarding shoe brand based out of Vista, California. So I manage the company and design footwear with my friend B House. In the past I was involved launching DC shoes, Osiris shoes, I named and did the logo for Circa footwear. I have done countless T-shirts, Skateboard graphics and Snowboard graphics for brands like Dub, Droors, Special Blend, Forum, Tribal, and Evol to name a few.I got into the industry around ‘91 or so. Skateboarding was not as big as it is today. So I grew with industry and so did my reputation of being a talented artist. I am responsible for putting flavor into skateboarding art at a time when it was lacking it. This was before Dave Kinsey, Andy Howell and Shepard Fairy lived on West Coast. My brothers and I also run a shop in Encinitas by the name of Home. There is a good story behind this project. You can see it at www.amomentinyourlife.com.

Persue

What’s the craziest thing you’ve either seen or experienced while out painting?

Persue’: Geez, Been pretty lucky so far. No craziness yet. Doesn’t sound possible with 20 years under the belt does it?
Oh! I sat on a cactus after a bombing mission once. I had to have a friend help me pull the thorns out of my butt cheeks. NO BUENO!

Los Angeles Graffiti Wall

What can we expect to see from Persue in the near future?

Persue’: More Burners, more Bunny Kitty, more missions. There has been talks of a book but Im not holding my breath.

Any last words for the Senses Lost readers?

Persue’: Good Luck !

Persue Cat

www.itsbunnykitty.blogspot.com

www.knowngallery.com

www.voxfootwear.com

www.amomentinyourlife.com

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The Seventh Day Project – Persue

January 08 2009 . 12:57pm

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Persue Bunny Kitty Blog Launched!

January 06 2009 . 11:14pm

Check out Persue’s new blog at itsbunnykitty.blogspot.com

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