One for homie Finok…

Categories: Friends, Studio Art

Haven’t painted on canvas in a long time, but it’s waaaaay cheaper to send a rolled canvas overseas than a flat panel, so when it’s trade time with a friend in Brazil….

for finok

Nick Cave interview in Juxtapoz

Categories: Writing

I had the chance to interview Nick Cave (artist not musician) at the Boston ICA for Juxtapoz a bit ago.  I even got pressed into service as the photographer to do his portrait.

nick cave jux

Revok: Made in Detroit

Categories: Friends, Street, Travel, Writing


Beautiful 164-page new book/catalog of Revok’s work with salvaged pieces of Detroit. He is an artist I’ve long admired, and it was a pleasure for me to write the essay for this book. There were not a lot of copies of this printed, and every one of them has a hand-painted cover by Revok, so each is unique.

You can order one via the Seventh Letter online store, and maybe other places if you look around online.

Finok in Juxtapoz #154

Categories: Friends, Murals, Street, Travel, Writing

I did an interview with old homie Finok for the November 2013 issue of Juxtapoz. He has a big show in Sao Paulo this month, but he’s also been one of the most up writers in the megacity for a decade.

Here’s Me/Ise/Finok in Seville, Spain a few years ago…


Dots….. and a Chuck Taylor

Categories: Exhibitions, Murals, Street, Studio Art, Travel, Writing


Here’s an old B&M boxcar I painted (on all four sides) a couple of weeks in central Massachusetts back at its resting place in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum – a little something for my sis.

As you may have noticed, I’ve gotten into painting dots over the past couple of years. The idea sprung from me wanting to have the most fun possible while I paint. I hit on the dots because they occupy a happy place in the process aspect of graffiti: you’re out painting with friends and you’re basically finished and are waiting for your slowpoke buddy to wrap up. You’re feeling good and your piece came out looking hot. As you sit around, happily exhausted with your other buddies, you take a few of your rattler scrap cans and do a few basically gratuitous dots and bubbles in and around your piece to floss it up and make it sparkle. It’s a really nice feeling.

So a while ago I decided I’d just try to pull that one good feeling out make it the whole thing. Just dots. See where it goes. It’s actually a lot more work to cover, say, a boxcar, with dots than it is to do a piece on one, but I think that’s kind of the humor in it all. The first action – a dot – is the same as the last action – also a dot. That’s it.

I was excited recently to partner with Converse to create a Chuck Taylor covered in dots. You can check those out here and order yourself a pair if you so desire.

Caleb and ZZ CTslr