Interview with GUSTO KD TFP

1 . When did you start painting and how did you first get into graffiti?

I started painting around 2001, but started hittin’ the books in 1998 and it took 3 years for me to got comfortable enough to want to even bother putting some work out in the public.

2. What crews do you rep, have you ever written anything else apart from Gusto?

4Burners, Kings Destroy, and The Fantastic Partners, are my main crews, with several other affiliations that i rep from time to time. Everyone has old/other tags… everyone just doesn’t share them.

3. What part of the world are you from and what’s the local scene like?

New York City, and the scene here looks like shit, with only handfuls of people putting in quality work… we’ll see how 2010 looks.

4. Do like traveling? Where have you been\like to go?
Whats it like painting away from home?

Traveling is a must! I have been to several places in Europe and South America, I’ve gone across the US and of course I love to visit my homies out in Canada!

5. Any good getting up stories?

Several.

6. Do you usually go out with someone? Or do you go solo?

When i was more [illegally] active, graffiti was more of a social sport to me, I’d be painting with 2-5 people at a time, just funner that way. I would also do solo missions but I get a lot more paranoid.

7. What’s your outlook on graffiti these days?

It’s wack. The new generation is blindly going over vintage work, they don’t take the time to master any sort of letters and on top of that they just go out, doodle on top of something take a pic and run to post it online. As much as the Internet gave graffiti a worldwide audience, it also helped ruin it.

8 – Do you believe in “Legal-Graffiti”? or is it important to bomb? – Why?

It’s important to pay your dues one way or another. It’s not about what the public thinks about you or what you do. Its about what you are looking to get out of graffiti. If you like rocking burners, then rock burners, if u can only do that in dead spots or legal walls, then go ahead. If you like bombing, then go right ahead, just try to do something worthwhile.

9 – flickr. – Good for graff or not? – Why?

I like it, gives me a chance to see walls from around the world with less anonymous chatter than message boards.

10 – In a country that has no graff history at all, what tips would you give to the young writers?

Learn where it came from, and learn why/how it has evolved the way it has. Pick up some old books [Subway Art, etc], read, watch the old graffiti movies [Style Wars, etc].. learn learn learn, practice practice practice and just rock!

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1 . When did you start painting and how did you first get into graffiti?

I started painting around 2001, but started hittin’ the books in 1998 and it took 3 years for me to got comfortable enough to want to even bother putting some work out in the public.

2. What crews do you rep and have you ever writen anything else aprt from Gusto?

4Burners, Kings Destroy, and The Fantastic Partners, are my main crews, with several other affiliations that i rep from time to time. Everyone has old/other tags… everyone just doesn’t share them.

3. What part of the world are you from and what’s the local scene like?

New York City, and the scene here looks like shit, with only handfuls of people putting in quality work… we’ll see how 2010 looks.

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1 Response to “Interview with GUSTO KD TFP”


  1. 1 cros February 23, 2010 at 12:34 am

    while i was visting ny 5 months ago ive got to see your stuff around NYC wow im shocked seeing this here,nice interview!
    🙂


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