Brooklyn, NY present time
Right now, the streets of New York is on fire! Writers from every borough, including street artists and outta towners are all staking their claim to walls that aren’t theirs. City owned. Private businesses. Subway tunnels. Still trains. Churches. Rooftops. Phone booths. And closed gates are being bombed, righteously; with creativity as their motives. But one of those aerosolists is doing something different from the others. His vision like his tag—is pointed and going in a new direction. He’s the funky fresh arrow. The mystery man in front and behind the paint—ZD!
ZD TEXTES ME HES IN FRONT OF THE CRIB. I RESPOND BACK, IM COMING DOWN.
This light skinned brown dude walks into my room and sits on my semi beat up couch, moving all my book bags to floor, placing his on the floor beside him. He tells me he’s from east New York, cypress projects to be specific. If you don’t know, cypress projects are one of the wildest projects in Brooklyn; some might even say in New York. Killers come from this projects, so it’s only right that the man who signature is a Z and arrow (depending on how you look at it). Comes from this notorious project. He said it was here where we started seeing tags like OE3, JA ONE, and VE ONE. He said in 1992, I planned my attack before I hit the streets.
WEED IS ROLLED UP AND SMOKED. Now we’re both under the influence……….
WHAT MADE YOU PICK THE TAG ZD?
“From his Graff knowledge, no one has written the tag before”. (After saying that, he sees a ZD tag in the million dollar vandal book. Desa’s book.)
DID YOU WRITE SOMETHING BEFORE THAT?
“Yep! But right now, that’s irrelevant”.
WHY DO WE ONLY SEE ZD TAGS?
“That what we do the most. Either you are signing a check. Signing your kids HW. Filling out an application for a job; the first thing they ask you for—is your signature”.
WHATS YOUR DEFINITION OF A TAG?
“It’s your trademark. It’s what you brand yourself. What they call you. Like, your mother calling you your name. It’s you!”
DO YOU FEEL THE TAGGER IS UNDERRATED IN GRAFF?
“That’s a good question. Kinda. They are. Cause people look for pieces and burners. Not really the tag
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PHILLY TAG BANGING?
“They got some fresh styles. It’s different than what we use to seeing. In New York, it’s easy to jock a style. But in Philly, it’s hard to do that. And they shit stands out in a crowd.”
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WEST COAST TAGGING?
“Pretty fresh. It’s more about domination. Marking their turf. The arrows point to what blocks their claiming. I know some bk writers that do that and if they was in the west coast—they’ll be marking their turf.”
YOU SMOKE BUD?
“Yeah, a lot of bud. I think if you cut me open, you’ll find a plant the shape of my name.”
WHO ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE YOU BOMB WITH?
“My nigga nock718. My nigga tern and my right now, I’m bombin’ with a young gunner that’s “merking” shit. And he goes by the name of doser 02d.
WASN’T YOU INVOLVED IN THE JFK TO LAX ART SHOW?
“I wasn’t involved, but I was there. We hit 22 states in a week.”
HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE?
“It was fun. Different. I had seen the Grand Canyon. I rode thru an Arizona dessert—it was 113 degrees. It was fresh.”
WHAT SHOULD WE BE EXPECTING FROM ZD NEXT?
“A bombing spree. I’m hittin walls, gates, and freights. Just watch the walls!”
ANY LAST WORDS YOU WANNA GIVE?
“Shout out to all the stores for letting me take their paint and the vandal hour for reaching out and letting me tell my story.”
(THE PAINT ENDS)