Back in 2003, when we were first getting Kidrobot off the ground, my friend Tristan Eaton brought me up to the Bronx to meet Richie Seen, one of the legends of subway art. By this time Seen was mostly painting on canvas, and had been since the 1980s when his work was showing alongside Basquiat and Keith Haring in downtown galleries.
One of the things I love most about street artists is their passion.
Think about it: you're being paid nothing to make art at great personal risk (in the 1980's police routinely beat up and occasionally killed subway artists). You rarely, if ever, meet your audience.
That's one reason why I made so many toys with graffiti artists at Kidrobot. Another is their tendency to create a signature style that carries through just about any medium.
One of my other other friends, the French bubble letter master Tilt, once explained to me that the letters in Seen's name are the best ones for graffiti, because they curve, push onwards, and love to repeat.
The the letters T,Q,K,R, cut back and are much more difficult.