L.A. Crews

L.A. Crews -
Interview with TEST*K.I.L*D.C.K*

1.(L.A. Crews)-What do u write?


2.(L.A. Crews)-How did u get your name?

(TEST)-I used to write "TAKE2" but I changed it to "TEST" when everybody started writing one after their name and I couldn't.

3.(L.A. Crews)-What city are u from?

(TEST)-Los Angeles,CA(Fairfax Blvd.)

4.(L.A. Crews)-What crews are u from?


5.(L.A. Crews)-How did your crew(s) get started?

(TEST)-MERGE,MERK,AIM(G-NiCE R.I.P.) made it up while attending Fair Fax High School.

6.(L.A. Crews)-How long have u been writing?. What year did u begin to write???

(TEST)-I began in late '85.

7.(L.A. Crews)-How does it feel to be from one of the most reconized crews in Southern California?

(TEST)- I didn't realize that we were one of the most recognized crews in So.Cal,most writers I meet today have never even heard of us. If were are recognized it is because of our violent past which I am not @ all proud of. Graf is about art not violence.

8.(L.A. Crews)-Did u ever hit Buses? What lines did u kill? Who was the "KINGS" of the R.T.D roof tops, Driversides,Grills e.t.c.....?

(TEST)-Yes. As many lines as possible,primarily Division 7. Lines 27/28/20/21/4/and 217 were my home lines.GIN from TNT had more rooftops running at that time more than any other writer. TRIAX also had alot of TRX rooftops running. Alot of writers had driversides running so I can't really say there was a driverside king. ISH,SKEZ,DREK,and SEKIO5 from NTS had a lot of top-to-bottom driversides running on the 105's in 87. SEKIO5 would get every driverside window in white meanstreak or a silver Sakura Pen Touch Outliner.

9.(L.A. Crews)-Do u still write?

(TEST)->No,I do have supplies though. Miniwide,ultrawide,some Marsh,and a couple of Sakura solid markers compliments of www.urbandesignz.com.

10.(L.A. Crews)-How do u stand out from other writers?

(TEST)-I don't think I did,I was one of many.

11.(L.A. Crews)- Whats your most craziest or worse experience in graffiti?

(TEST)-Too many that would take hours. One in particular comes to mind however. Me KOR,REL 71,and SPEK were hitting Wilshire's on Beverly Glen and Wilshire from 3-4:30PM on a Sat. afternoon,we were going crazy. We were getting Power 106 billboards,top -to-bottoms,and driversides. Then we got raided by LAPD undercovers. We got chased and we all split up and REL 71 and I ran through the high rise condos into the laundry room for one of the buildings,we could hear the police @ the door and see their feet from where we hiding but they kept running and never came in the room. Luckily none of us got caught.

12.(L.A. Crews)-How do u feel about graffiti crews hooking up with gangs and calling themselves tagbangers?

(TEST)-Gangs ruined graf in L.A.,a lot of early writers were from different neighborhoods and as a result certain people couldn't piece @ certain yards and it really had a negative impact on the graf movement. Graf and gangs are two seperate cultures and they shouldn't be intertwined.

13.(L.A. Crews)-How did u get started in graffiti?Any influences???

(TEST)-In the summer of '84 the neighborhood kids were @ my house and we were breakin' and we took a break and started watching T.V. as I was turning the channel I came across the Rock Steady Crew battling the Dynamic Rockers,after that scene was over it switched to CAP doing throw-ups. It turns out that we were watching Style Wars on P.B.S.,anyway from that day on I decided I wanted to be a writer. The writer's @ this time that were my early influences were: SOON,LEGIT,PE'ISM(PJ WCA),DAV'ISM(MINER WCA),ALSKI,NEWSONE,DAEONE KSW(King Style Writer's) CREW,THEME GCW(TERM54 WCA),DIMONE WCA. JINX ONE(a writer that would get up in Westwood and always draw a B-Boy character next to his name with ski goggles he was also up on a lot of Santa Monica Blue Buses @ the time.

14.(L.A. Crews)- So I heard u was down with ROBONE from C.B.S?

(TEST)-ROBONE R.I.P. was a close friend of mine in the early graf years he was from my first crew,we got arrested together on May,15,1986 for tagging,it was our first time getting busted. At that time ROB wrote AGER ONE.

15.(L.A. Crews)-Have u ever hit freeways?

(TEST)-No,that trend didn't begin until long after I stopped writing. KOR and INKER from my crew used to get the 405 around Mullholland Dr. on the way back to KOR's house back in the day(87-88).

16.(L.A. Crews)-Have u ever battled anyone? or any crews?

(TEST)-No. There was always friendly competition within my crew. EXCEL was my partner and we'd have these "one week summer get competions."

17.(L.A. Crews)-What do u like to write with?

(TEST)-Mini and Uni(ultra) wides,roll-ons,new meanstreaks,Sakura Pentouch Outliners,new flooded pilots,and Uni PX-30's.

18.(L.A. Crews)-Whats your favorite Krylon color to "GET-UP" with or do pieces with?

(TEST)-True Blue

19.(L.A. Crews)-Do u have any beef wtih anyone or any crews?

(TEST)-I had a lot of long running beef in the graf world with a lot of "top" writers. It was over some bullshit. Graf is political it's about what crew your from and who's in your crew etc. Anyway I'm not biased I'll tell you the truth,I give props to people I'm not on the best of terms with,If you were up you were up whether or not we got along and you deserve recognition period. These fake ass motherfuckers give interviews and leave out key players in graf history because of personal differences, all they do is glorify themselves and their crew.

20.(L.A. Crews)- What did u like about the oldschool days?

(TEST)-The writer's bench,no doubt. For all of you that don't know that's Fairfax and Olympic Blvd. @ Carl's Jr. On Friday's writers from all over the city would be there. When the bus would pull up you couldn't even get off because it would be getting mobbed. The bench was the place where we networked,were you got in crews,were you placed a face to a name that you had been seeing up. I lived in the area so I would stop by everyday on my way home from school, But Friday was the day. The bench was the place to see and be seen,writer's did some wild shit @ the bench to gain fame.

21.(L.A. Crews)- How has graffiti changed from back them till now?

(TEST)-No longer envolved so I really can't say.

22.(L.A. Crews)- Do u have any last words or advise for anyone?

(TEST)-I like to give a shout out to all the writers that were influental in the movement that have long been forgotten,the ones that for whatever reason fail to get the recognition they deserve.

To the writers that I wrote with: TEZONE,TAZEONE(D.J. Ben Baller),ROBONE(R.I.P),PAZONE,EDGER,RAM,ROME(see you when you come home),PED,VIEWR,KMC,RULER,STEVER,SPEK,RECON,PROBLEM,RIZ(KSN),GONE(KSN),ASTRO,ASIA,LAST,SCENE(KSN),MIST,NOVA. TRIAX(let's go tagging),PRICE, and the rest of the TRIAX family. GIN,SCAB(Thanks for the satellite numbers back in the day),DRAIN,JOE,METRO and all the rest of the 4th and spring crew,we used to kill it downtown L.A.,every line in the city ran through there. KOR,EXCEL(my partner),TERK(R.I.P.),SCENT(R.I.P.)and the whole LIVE MOB(FAIRFAX MOTHERFUCKIN'BLVD.) All the writers that I caught the bus home from school with everyday: DISC,PEACE,PRISM(TAGONE),PRESTO,LEASE,PONYBOY(PONE WCA,RAVER(BOSS WCA),MOVE,STYLE,FOCOUS CGA(Chillin'Grafitti Artist) and SYLO(my DD7 partner).) DESIGN 9(WCA) for always being fresh dipped in the B-Boy gear @ the bench, Adidas referee's,Lee's,bomber jacket,Cazal's and piece book in hand.



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