Uncapped: GREED’s Journey from Graffiti to Holistic Doctor
FA: There is a certain model within some Chiropractor/Physical Therapy/Acupuncture clinics to establish an assembly line approach to fit in as many people as possible on a given day for maximum reimbursement; do you feel this does a disservice or it’s detrimental to the profession?
GREED: I think that large machine like health services can still help some people, but not as well as taking time to really see what is going on with a patient. For some practitioners the bottom line becomes the main focus because it is a business. Some people lose sight of the fact that they are there to help people, not to just make money. I have been taught over the years that the more you dedicate yourself to help your clients, the more successful you will become. What happens when you work with a car mechanic, plumber, lawyer, or accountant who you feel really cares about helping you, and they do? You refer your family and friends to them. It is that simple. I feel that some larger business structure really do help just as long as their first priority is helping their clients. This is what being of service is about.
FA: What would be your advice to someone who wants to pursue a degree in the Holistic arts?
GREED: First they have to ask themselves, why do you want to do it? Do you have a burning passion to help people? Do you have a magnetic pull toward going into that particular profession? Do you really have the drive and patience to listen to people and help them? Before you go to school, meet with practitioners and talk to them about their career. Offer to buy them a cup of tea, coffee, or a juice to ask them about their profession and their life in it. Mentors are the most important thing in a career, find some and allow yourself to be guided by them and your inner voice. In general I feel that if everyone did something as a career that they are passionate about, this world would be a much better place. We all have an important role to play in it and we can find that right path if we listen to our passion.
FA: Getting back to graffiti, what are some of the more memorable productions you’ve done throughout the years?
GREED: I think the some of the most memorable productions I did were the Tilden High School wall in Flatbush Brooklyn where Este, Me, Roler, Cortes (Waqs), and Ivory freestyled 4 handball courts. Another was at one of the early Jersey Graffiti Jams back in 1993 where I did a Greed up high and Cortes (Waqs) did a character hanging in a noose over a silhouette of NYC. I still see and have been sent photos of people who took action pictures of us working on the wall this day.
FA: Ever done or considered doing a piece with a Chiropractic theme like rocking a tribute wall to DD Palmer (Chiropractic Founder)?
GREED: No, that just not me. I do want to do some productions that display the politics of health concerning issues such as processed food dangers, environmental toxicity, harmful effects of some drugs and vaccinations, media, TV, and Hollywood’s use of psychological tactics to control society in an unhealthy way, etc.
FA: Have you met any other Graffiti writers that ended up as Chiropractors and or Holistic practitioners?
GREED: I don’t know of any other doctors in any field but I do know of some writers who became acupuncturists, nurses, and physical therapists.
FA: Thank you so much for your time, the book is stellar, please let me know anything else you’d like to mention: closing comments or shout outs:
GREED: I would like to mention my gratitude toward the writers who have given me such respect when I started painting again. Back in the 1980s-1990s when I was painting, all I saw was those writers who were getting up more than me and who were better than me with their style. When I started painting again 15 years later as a hobby, I started getting many messages on social media about how I inspired people back in the day and that I was an important part of the graffiti culture. This made me take a third person perspective at who I was and has given me even more respect for our culture. Some of these younger writers who admired me back then are the ones I look up to now for inspiration.
Thank you Freddy and Greed and as for the rest of you, if you made it this far, love y’all. Stay healthy.