Thanks for the opportunity; Let us know what you push, how many years you have been in the game and how you first got into graffiti?
Yo wuttup my name is FLIK and i rep the FHZOO MGBOYZ CH VX3 XMEN and NRG AS!! Ive been doing graff for about 5 years now! Picked up cans from time to time in my life but never really got into it since about 5 years ago. I got into graff from being a breaker! I grew up around a lot of writers and then decided to pick the can up myself one day!
How did you get your name and how did you get down with your crews?
I got my name FLIK from my homies back in the day when the movie a bugs life came out! My homies said i reminded them of the lil ant character because the small ant cares and loves for his colony and is always willing to battle and burn!
What’s your favorite aspect of graffiti?
my favorite aspect of graffiti….well its unlike any other art form because there are no laws…you are able to express yourself in your own way with out any boundaries…RESPECT is the only law in graffiti!!!
Everyone knows graffiti is predominantly led by guys , how did you feel coming into the game as a girl?
how do i feel about being a girl??? hmmmmm…i never saw it that way..the question makes me feel singled out. like i said before..respect is the only law…it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female!! Graffiti comes from the heart!! question is how much heart do you got!!!
When did you feel & what did it take for you to gain respect from the guys as a graffiti writer?
there it goes again as far as guys go!! i don’t do it for them!! as far as gaining respect….you put in work and that’s how you get down in your crews!!!
What are some of your favorite spots to hit?
My favorite spots are anything and everything!!! I got a lot of spots to hit but Im not telling no one!! SHHHHHH!!! lollll
When you paint can you try and explain what motivates, inspires & why you put your name out there?
When i paint something new is what motivates me! Originality is my gasoline! I put my name up to let people know that i exist and it makes me feel alive and always makes me feel like I’ma Kid!!!
Name a Miami writer not affiliated with your crew that you think is dope and why?
theres alot of miami writers that i think are dope and inspire me!! too many to name!!
Right now, what are you focused on and what are some things you’ve been working on?
what is every graffiti writer focused on…getting up…staying up…and conquering the world!!!
How do you feel about what is happening now with the graffiti scene here in Miami – specifically in places like Wynwood and the whole legal vs. illegal topic?
This is the question that deciphers weather people think im a Pre-Madonna asshole or if you think i’m a realist!!! Wynwood??? How do i start….i think its pennit. Its the place where people tag up to collect cheap fame!! Excluding the ones that actually get up on the real streets! Wynwood has become the place to destroy the credibility of the subculture of graffiti…basically a 5 points if we were in New York! everyone knows how and where graff started….the dirty grimy streets! now there’s all these yuppies and trendsters that call themselves graff artists but never bombed the streets!! Yes they are artists that are influenced from graff! In order for you to call yourself a writer ….you have to bomb!! point blank!!! A real writer doesn’t limit themselves to legals..we actually have a name for them…LEGAL EAGALS!! don’t get me wrong there are a lot of dope productions in Wynwood that i myself have been apart of as well! But we all know that Wynwood caters to all of the out of towners!! but at the end, I really don’t give a shit!! I’m no hater!!! I choose the streets cuz that’s what really matters!!!
How have you witnessed graffiti evolve from when you first started?
I don’t think it really has evolved…its been glamorized!! and biting has been accepted…there was a time when people had to be original cuz if u weren’t…u would get your ass kicked!!! nowadays..people carbon copy and cookie cut peoples work…they stunt their growth by doing so…That’s why i choose to gravitate towards people that have the original essence of gaff!!
For anybody reading this that admires you as an artist and may be an up and coming graffiti artist themselves, what advice would you give that person?
Get up! Stay up! Be humble! Be yourself! And def FUCK HATERZ!!!
What writers outside of your crew have you had the opportunity to paint with and what places outside of Dade have you got up in?
ALIVE5(CIAFBA)..KEY(CODTMB)..KIT17(MGBOYZ)..BOOTS119…SLAVE(TF5)..! outside of dade….roadtrips to N.C and back…Toronto and of of course my home state NYC!
Any interesting stories you would like to share?
What writer doesn’t have an interesting story to tell… Ive been chased and had to hide like everyone else…but my favorite story to tell is when i traveled to NY. I was invited by ALIVE5 to paint an event with him and god bless his soul…REST IN PARADISE my brotha who I miss dearly passed on!!! I still ventured anyways solo.. a little frightened to travel and meet and paint with guys i didn’t know…who accepted me and believe in the same philosophy of graff that I do, the honor and feeling is indescribable of how these old school strangers welcomed me as one of their own.
Last one’s not a question – it’s a chance for you to speak. Say what’s on your mind that you would like to share with South Florida?
Ok…before i give my shout outs the only thing i have to say is that i listen to writers/bullies complain about people spot jocking!! well there’s no such thing! a writer gets up when and where they choose! the buff is something that we all have to deal with! but the main people that complain about this spot jocking bullshit must be scared to go back and hit a spot again!! you aint gonna run forever homiez and if u do then props! it doesn’t matter if someone gets up next to you! spot jocking is a new school term! basically if you dont want other writers to get up next to you then u should go big or go home and shut your mouth!!!
I wanna give a shout out to the people that have always kept it real and stuck with me from day one!! Motherfuckin KNOW7..RCIE..KIT17..KEY..SCAE..MARK198…PLOT162..AID..SEEZ…PEREZ…TRIPO…ELEMZ…ABLE…WINK…
IF I FORGOT ANYONE MY BAD! U KNOW I LOVE YA! AND ONE MORE SHOUT OUT TO MY HATERS!! U KNOW WHO
U ARE! U INSPIRE ME TO KILL IT!!! RIP ALIVE5…TEROR…DERRICK..JOSH…BILLY167! THANK U MR. AND MS. USVSTHEBUFF
FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK MY MIND!!!!PEACE OUT! STAY UP! BE SAFE MY BROTHAS AND SISTAS!! ONE LOVE!!! ALWAYS KEEP IT 100!!!!!