Known for versatile, adventurous letter-style, Rime (Jersey Joe) combines vivid colors, precise lines, and bold concepts to produce work that stands in a class of its own. Simply put, Rime’s work has character.
A natural artist, Joe began painting graffiti during 1991 in Staten Island, and spent the next years developing his talent in different areas of New York City and New Jersey. By 2003, Joe traveled to Europe and earned international recognition under the handles “Rime” and “Jersey Joe.” Returning to the United States, Joe began to produce work for gallery shows, simultaneously pursuing graffiti and fine art.
Among his recognitions, Joe initiated a pivotal project for the graffiti movement: The Exchange, an interchange of work among top-notch graffiti artists, presented progressive ways of understanding individual lettering styles. The Exchange later developed into a four-city tour, and is followed by a second project called Revamp the 90’s.
Joe relocated to Los Angeles in late 2005, and found work teaching graffiti art to inner-city kids at Los Angeles public schools. Within the next year, Joe joined MSK (a Los Angeles based graffiti crew) and a collective of artists known as The Seventh Letter. Joe also received a spray paint sponsorship from MTN Colors.
Beyond graffiti and fine art, Joe has accepted offers to create apparel and sneaker designs, advertisements, set designs, film commercials and perform live painting for promotional campaigns and time-lapse films.
To date, Joe has painted 25 cities within the United States and 26 cities in 15 countries internationally. Aside from being featured in numerous books, magazines, and videos, many of Joe’s works are still exhibited in original form for public viewing. Joe currently resides in Los Angeles where he actively paints, creates fine art and works on a variety of design-based projects.