Uncapped: Back to 1984 with Just One
From the BOOGIE Down Bronx, “Uncapped” welcomes the President of World Famous Crew: Just One. We last caught up with the man two years ago after commissioning a mural for Deadly Dragon Sounds. Now he’s back ready to tell the world (or NYC, anyway) all about Just. Reppin’ twb, wf., cya, Tfo, tft, hr, ted, 4ma, otc & kd.
BOWERY BOOGIE: Everyone’s favorite question … how did you get your name?
JUST: “Just” was created because it was just me at home. My brother went out, I was alone.. just me.. just you survive in time .. just.. 1984.. youngest out of 7.. so while everybody was out I was alone at home .. just me..
BB: That sounds sad, bro. But you turned something sad into something that has literally made you World Famous and it’s definitely not just you anymore. Getting into it: is graffiti street art? If not, whats the difference?
JUST: To me these days, art is art no matter what form. And for graffiti to be recognized as such.. to move away from the vandal stereotype.. we must evolve!
BB: And that’s why we started “Uncapped.” To show the evolution of graffiti and the artists. Tell us about your beginnings in this world. What do you call the world of graff anyway?
JUST: My beginnings started in the Bronx watching my brother go out with his friends. I couldn’t go, like I said, so I stayed home and sketched until 1984! That’s when world got their first taste of the Just! The world of graff is like [how an] athletic person gets his fame.. this is our fame from one of the realest forms of hip hop.. we go out and get ours. That’s how we get recognized if not you just a toy… feels great when someone come up to me and says…”you Just??? Wow. . Can you sign my [black] book please?” That’s our fame..
BB: I know, I get that all the time. “OMG you’re that historian who writes about graffiti!” Nope, that never happens. Anyway, where can people see your pieces?
JUST: Haha! People can see my stuff thru the web [google] ‘just wf’.. or thru instagram as @justoleumaster, but I’m not a big social media fan.
BB: I hear you. Unfortunately that is so much of the world nowadays. So NY now or NY in the ’80s and why?
JUST: The ’80s was the best because you saw all evolving and growing.. Like seeing a brand new whole [train]car come out of the yard and you thought damn.. how he did that?… the dedication it took and the things we had to face to get the job done.. but now.. graff has to continue in a positive form as well and to be recognized all over the world.. and now you have the time to sit back and really evolve your skills…back then it was in and out.. now colors and cans are made for this evolution.
BB: Future of street art?
May graffiti be recognized as art for future generations to come.. because it will not go away either.. justone. world famous crew.. 2015
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