Clarke: Saves, ok let’s get started, tell everyone your full name, address and telephone number.
Saves: (Laughs) Clarke, you’re funny…
Clarke:You write “JESUS SAVES” why? Did you ever write anything else?
Saves:I write JESUS SAVES to let the whole New York state know the free gift Jesus offers called salvation. Through this message I believe many will be saved. I’m an evangelist in the graff game. An evangelist is someone who spreads the word of god to everyone, all nations such as Billy Graham, TD Jakes and Nicky Cruz. Back then I used to write SPAIN. I only wrote it when ever I had paint in my hand. I wasn’t into it like i am now.
Clarke: You’re one of the most popular taggers in NYC now, you’ve been featured in Mass Appeal, YRB and NY TIMES. How have you maintained a low profile while still getting exposure?
Saves: Well god opens doors and he uses me through graffiti to evangelize others either through walls magazine websites and video.
Clarke: You spent time in jail for writing, please explain what that was like.
Saves: Well first of all, I never got caught for writing on the walls. I got stopped by DTS (detectives) cause of the way I dress with my black baggy jeans and hoodie and black timbs. So what happens is that I get stopped since it’s like 3:00am in the morning. It’s been five times they found paint in my pocket and they took me in. I ended up in Rikers island cause of my records from back then including a felony. Sometimes I end up months in Rikers island doing my time in peace and minding my own business but I still continue to pray every night not caring who’s in there and what they say about me. Nobody in there fazes me or scares me cause I roll with Jesus Christ.
I got the father son and holy spirit with me. I’m untouchable.
Clarke:You’ve lived a wild life and you weren’t always spiritual. What was your life like before you found Jesus?
Saves: Well one thing about me I used to stop committing a crime I got arrested for and moved on to the next scheme. I got bagged robbing people with a metallic fake gun. I got away with loot a lot of times. I did my dirt far from my neighborhood in Bushwick. Manhattan was the spot to rob homosexuals in the village and by Fort Greene PJs, waiting for Mexicans by P.S. 67 …LOL… after I got bagged I went for burglarizing peoples crib and stores after they closed with laundry bags. I got caught in a dead man’s house after my boys Angel, Javi, Max and I broke a lock in the door in 25 monument walk in Fort Greene pjs with the dead man’s property in the laundry bag.
Someone must have snitched after the loud noise of breaking the lock. We got caught and we was taking to the precinct next to the library and P.S. 67. I also got arrested one time for selling drugs in 90 with my boy Timothy on Broadway and Cornilia. I got arrested for smoking weed in the handball court behind Bushwick high school only three blocks from my crib and I was taking to 83rd precinct on Knickerbocker Ave. I also got arrested for fighting, hoping the train, a double charge for trespassing and throwing eggs for Halloween in front of Bushwick high school….(laughs) ….. for being inside a stolen car and a second charge for my escape for having drugs in my pocket after a DT walked his k9 pretending he was a white dude walking his dog, but now god has liberated me from all this mess. I’m a new man in Christ but this is who I was before Christ.
Clarke: Who are your favorite writers?
Saves: JAONE, COPE2, LES, VFR, DINK, GANO, LASE, DURO, RASKO, COLO, TOSKE, ATE, SAPER, DELA, MEPH, CINIK, 323, FANTA, AV1, SKI, RID, KUMA, KORN, BABYCHARLES, JESS, KATSU, RATE, 2LITTLE KRAZ, DIOS, MENOS, SMITH, CHINO, KR, MARCO, SKUFF, NAISHA, DAYS and many more good writers out there with their own flava and skills
Clarke:Most recently Peter Vallone has been campaigning against graffiti writers. What are your thoughts on him?
Saves: He makes me laugh. I think he’s funny. When will he understand that there’s more than 700 graffiti writers in New York city and that graffiti is unstoppable. I mean from toys to professionals, and from the age of 13 to like the age of 50 years of age. I understand to complain about writing on clean property but legal graffiti or graffiti on abandon buildings trees or metallic signs is nothing to be complaining about
Clarke:what are your feelings on snitches?
Saves:I feel that a snitch should never open his mouth cause his own words could get him into deep trouble. There’s rumors about me being a snitch. Come on I know much better than that. I know that words has power to uplift and to destroy this is the main reason that I’m a man who keeps things to my self not caring what I see or hear. There’re times I don’t even care what situation takes place I just continue to go my way and mind my biz.
A snitch doesn’t know how strong words are and how harder it affects some one that could even caused them their life. If they didn’t know well now they do.
Clarke: You’re all over NYC, how do you find the time?
Saves: I make my own time especially for Sundays night every week I go to one borough and bomb so that means in a month I be all city since there is four weeks four every borough Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. A new month comes in and I do the same as the chain continues.
Play! By Sephora│April 2018
3 weeks ago