KEEP IT STREET W/ FROST

April 18, 2020

 

-KANSAS CITY-

 

     By my freshman year of high school in the late 90's I had stop being "the kid who's always drawing" since elementary school to just do basketball. By middle school I had made the decision that I wanted to be known for basketball and art was too boring to be something that represented me. Even though I was pretty introverted, I never wanted to sit still long enough to take art serious. In the middle of freshman year I saw some kid getting attention for drawing girls names in graffiti lettering on folders which made me think to myself, "why can't i do that? I should be able to do that". So during my quest to learn how to draw graffiti , I learned why people did graffiti and that their real identities weren't known. That it was a sport AND an art/hobby . That sucked me in and it was on from there on out. It was the perfect mix of art and action. Learning what was what was a long process for me too. No youtube tutorials back then. I didn't meet a writer until I met SUENO over a year later and he put me on game with a lot of knowledge.

 

How did you get the name FROST?

 

     At 15, Im telling my friend about this rapper named kid frost, but none of my boys were feeling it and they just called me frost when I came around because I was the only one steady bumpin him.

 

look up What crew(s) do you rep?

 

LD, H8U, KE.

 

Who did you look up to when you started painting in Kansas City?

 

     Both SUENO and I both looked up to ATT crew and Mayhem crew. Undoubtedly the big dogs in town at the time. They had it all down, bombing, trains, legal murals etc... It was amazing to start out with literally world class talent being done every weekend right here in the middle of the midwest. SUENO knew them so he passed down some tips to me from them. With roots ranging from Chicago to New York those crews brought a lot of knowledge and energy most locals weren't ready for.

 

How would you describe your letter structure and what did you like to paint the most?

 

     My style is simple. Readable. Painting was so fun I wanted to paint a lot in one night ( trains and walls). So i had to get in and get out, on to the next. Painting street spots is how i started but the steel was a huge part of living in KC. You can't ignore them living here lol. Easy peasy getting freight train panels painted back then. Definitely have painted more trains than anything else over the years. Its an equal love of both though. Love the adrenaline streets can give too.

I heard you lost a good friend, TUES, at an early age. What type of impact did your friend's death have on you?

 

      My good friend TUES, man. Such a good dude. He was going through a pretty tough time coming of age as a teen. He was a couple years younger. His death didn't have much to do with graffiti specifically. He definitely found some sense of belonging after we started hanging with like minded people. It gave hime something to wake up for. A big group of us spent the following weeks putting his name up in paint. Tribute walls and trains. Dude was fat, very agile for fat, sharp witted as a mothafucka, beer bong and blunt champ, could freestyle off the top while we searched for surfaces to color. He will be missed.

 

 

Has there been any intense moments throughout your painting career? Near death? Almost caught up?

 

      Ok so there's a few stories I could tell, every writer has them. I don't have the craziest compared to some I've heard. Once, while grabbing what I thought was pipes ended up being electrical wires (it was very dark), to get up on a roof top I was electrocuted. Like for real but not enough to kill me. Two partners of mine were already up on the roof top so they grabbed my arms while I felt my ribcage vibrating back and forth. SCARY AS FUCK. I couldn't let go for a few seconds. My hands were involuntarily clenched. Sparks were flying at-least 5 or 6 ft above us. After catching my breath and shaking it off we continued to the wall and painted it. Smooth sailing after that lol. Ive been spotlighted a few times but we were pretty good and having exit plans while doing walls. Been in handcuffs plenty and questioned but they've never had quite enough to lock me. Razor wire has gotten me good a few times over the years. I have some scars for sure.

 

 

How has the graffiti scene changed in Kansas City from when you started compared to now?


     Kansas City's scene right now I'd say it's pretty average in a good way. Pretty good for any midwestern town of like size. It seems like its on and poppin' as far as activity and quality goes. History wise what happened in the 90's will never happen again. Not to put anyone down thats active here now but A LOT of big names came through and stayed a while back then! Crazy time and place. The city had a lot more bandos back then too. Its a whole different town now. KC finally wants to live in the areas that we knew were dope right when we saw them as teens. THE CROSSROADS AND WEST BOTTOMS! That shit was a ghost town when we were there. We were living it up painting and partying. The graffiti was better but It was 80 % out of towners then. I like the fact that theres a lot more born and raised locals doing it. It was easier back then for sure. More bandos, less cameras and "heroes" ( snitchin ass passerbyes). Paint was a little easier to come by cheap.

 

Graffiti has been a huge part of your life… do you think it’s the bones to who you are? Do you ever see yourself not painting? 

 

As far as present day, I'll do some legals or chill walls every now and then but I'm done catchin wreck for the most part. Aside from dusting my vintage krylon collection I just sit around talkin' about the good ol days while picking leaves out of the pool.

 

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

 

What is your favorite vintage can? (make and color)

 

Krylon Icy Grape

 

I hear people call you freezy, is that common?

 

Na, I just made it up quick for the net.

 

Besides graffiti, what would you say is your 2nd passion?

 

Basketball (my range is undisputable)

 

Did you write a name before frost?

 

Frost from the get-go

 

If you knew you were going to die in a couple days, what would be the last thing you painted?

 

A NYC subway

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