An introduction to King Easy (PART 2)
In the world of writing aka graffiti, when you mention the name EASY—it’s synonymous with New York City; and vice versa. EASY is what many writers call, “graffiti royalty”. And his title is King. If Graff had a physical food chain—he would definitely be reigning on top, hands down. Shit, he was the only writer to grace our tags and hash blog twice (while writing this article, I notice EASY was our second installment in our tags and hash blog); coincidently.
Some writers call him the “blueprint”, because they feel he set the standard and tone on what we today call “street bombing”; along with JOSH 5, JOZ (rest in paint), BESTER, and TEKAY. His logo aka his tag, can be seen on many dirty and clean gates throughout the boroughs. And on walls pure, chipped, and/or destroyed. Now if you’re a person who has never seen this infamous signature, I’m figuring your either blind, not from New York or just an outsider of the culture; either way, after reading this interview—there is no doubt in my mind you will spot the god’s handle somewhere in the rotten apple!
ACTUAL TEXTES BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
The vandal hour: peace god
The vandal hour: how you doing
Easy: just maintaining
The vandal hour: can I call you in a half to do the interview? It’s only like 12 questions.
Easy: ok Kool
The vandal hour: cool
Before interviewing Easy I roll up some bud, blue dream. (This is a tag and hash article) Not that fake blue dream that invaded the city a few years back. No, this is some grade A shit! Straight from the grow farms out in Cali. Aye, I know some people (smiley face). And right now, I’m extra high—especially with this 90 something degree weather we’re having today. So I turn my fan on high and call EASY……….
HOW DID YOU COME TO BE THE TAGGER YOU ARE?
In the 80’s, I was into simple pieces, block busters, and throw up’s. But In 2004, when I came back to NY till around 2011—I just focused on the tag; up into the present date.
HOW DID YOU GET THE NAME “THE BLUE PRINT”?
It came from the JA’S and the people of that era. I didn’t give it to myself. The people gave it to me.
WHAT IS A KING TO YOU, GRAFF WISE?
Very simple. It’s used loosely on the internet. Out of any individual era, only one can be that. The One that dominates that era. Someone who dominates over everyone. Can’t be a couple in the kingdom. It’s impossible. I only deal with a handful of people that’s viewed as kings.
TELL ME A LIL BIT ABOUT YOUR PARTNER JOZ (rest in paint)?
He was a straight comedian. Funny! One of the neatest tags I ever seen. His penmanship alone had mad style. He was born for this. Anything he wrote with–he wrote ridiculous.
WHY DON’T YOU CLAIM A BOROUGH?
I claim a borough. I was living Harlem but I never claim a borough Graff wise because I represent the whole city.
DO YOU HAVE A CAP PREFERENCE?
The yellow cap that comes on Kobra’s cans; Astro caps. Montana’s grey caps. But fresh paint is my top priority. I represent fresh paint over all. It’s the richness in their paint.
SHOULD WE BE EXPECTING MORE ART SHOWS FROM EASY?
I’ve been invited by KRS ONES and the LATIFAH’S, but, I turn it down. I don’t like taking short cuts. I felt like I was cheating the game. KING B and I got something coming soon though.
WHAT BOROUGHS IS THE HOTTEST TO HIT BOMBING WISE?
In 2016, Queens and Manhattan is hot during the week days; especially, on Tuesday and Thursdays. But I like challenges. (He laughs)
WHO DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW HAS A DOPE TAG STYLE AND HAND?
Karma’s hand style is sick. (I’m trying to think of some other writers) JA has a good hand, and he’s still active. RIME has a dope hand style. TRAP, also has a dope hand.
WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF TAGGING LOOKING LIKE?
A lot has to do with the system systematically trying to get rid of tags. Wheat pasting and stickers, that’s where it’s going. The laws are changing. They’re going to have new gates with holes in them. Also, people that own stores might have to keep up (keep it clean) the gate, and if they don’t– they face fines. It’s looking very dim. But I hope I’m wrong about this.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF EASY LOOKING LIKE?
My future. As far as Graff, I’m going to milk it to the wheels fall off. I’m getting more into the business side. But I’m not going to abandon bombing; that’s the future.
ANY LAST WORDS TO THE PEOPLE?
Yeah, if you’re going to get in this game, you got to have heart; Very important. And do not cheat the game by going over legends. It only worked for CAP because he was in style wars. It won’t work now!
(THE PAINT ENDS)