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I was born in Newark New Jersey. When I was like 3 years old my parents got divorced and I moved to the Bronx. When I was about 9 or 10, I lived on University Av. and I used to go to the school called PS 126. That's when I kind of got introduced to graffiti, I remember this little magazine called Read that they gave us to get us to start reading. Looking through it I saw an article on what Phase 2 was doing back then which was some serious stuff. I liked it and started to try to do the same. On 170th street there were always a lot of people just tagging around here and there. I liked it, but I really didn't think much of it 'till I met Tracy 168. He and the people he was hanging out with introduced me to the different sides of the graffiti scene back then. When I was about 13, this kid named Padre (RIP) used to come up to my house. We used to get zooted and battle on paper bags with only a pencil and different color pens. He taught me how to do pieces like with a smooth feeling to them. I didn't have a name, I went threw many different nicknames before T-kid actually came along. Back then people used to call me kid cause I was always tall and the youngest one around. I was tall and skinny and kind of shapped like a T, my brother used to call me big t. So I put the T and the Kid together like that and added the 170 which is the street that I lived on back in '73 when I first got inspired.


What were the early train days like?

Pesser INT took me to the 1 tunnel and I went from bombing to really piecing. I started up this click called The Vamp Squad. Anyplace we wanted to paint at, we made it ours. Back then I was all about taking people's shit, which is what we would do to you if we caught you in our spot. So piecing was really easy, we had plenty of time. We didn't worry about the cops because if they chased us we would still come back to finsh our pieces no matter what.

When did your TNB crew start off?

I started TNB in 1980. At first it was just me and Pesser, Two Nasty Boys. I always liked those lettres so I kept the click as we where getting up. Back in the vicking days it stood for The Neck Breakers cuz that's what we did to people. Later on as I started putting down people who could piece, it became The Nation's Best. Now it's international with kids in France, England, Germany and Spain. I try to keep that name affiliated with good art, nasty art!

What does piecing mean to you?

It's about letters and style. I don't want to knock kids who can draw, cuz I can too. I come up with good drawings every once in a while but to me the meaning of graffiti is to take your name and do something wild with it, something that people can't understand. You now how hard it is to do a different piece with the same letters every time? That's what it's all about, taking something that I like and turning it into something wild or smooth or so complicated you can't even understand it on your bad head days, know what I saying, homes?


How do you see the way that your own style came along?

I took everything I saw and let it sink into my head which was like a big blender. It's like taking pineapple, coconut and some rum. You blend it all together and some fine piñacolada comes out of the mix! (laughter).

What do you keep on writing for today?

I'm 34 years old now. I got to stay out of trouble with the law. For me it's just something that helps me relax cuz I like to do it so much. It's like I am an old timer, which is kinda kool cuz I got a lot of kids looking up to me. I try to give a positive message. I used to do drugs and all kind of wild shit, and all I got from that was hit by a bunch of people, shot and stabbed. The worst thing that a writer can do is use drugs cuz it takes away your artistic abilities and steals your life. This is on a personal tip, I notice my art got a lot better and became a better person when I quit drugs. Today I don't think I am god anymore and I know how to start trouble just as well as I know how to stay out of trouble, and today I choose to stay out. Try to show these knuckleheads that think that since we live in the ghetto we are all about being violent and stupid, that you can do something for yourself. We can be role models. Every time you put graffiti on the wall you are issuing a message, making a statement. Make it positive.

Any conclusions?

If you're out there, do the best you can do. Be true to yourself and to your art. For anybody out there who will be reading this, do the right thing, be nasty and original, peace!

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