Duration: Three years.
Staff: One (Jesse Raker). Represented by www.josettelata.com.
Education: University of Vermont and Academy of Art (San Francisco).
Cultural Influences: Anyone who has passion, anyone who is trying to make their dreams reality; the colors, sounds, smells of New York City; the New York Post; urban decay; old street signs; the Mission District in San Francisco; ﬂea markets; found objects and old magazines; street art, photography and real hip-hop culture.
Environment: My studio/home is a sun-drenched space overlooking lower Manhattan, high in the sky (12th floor) towering over many smaller buildings in the area. Sounds like a real-estate ad, but in reality it's an extremely inspiring setting across the street from Tompkins Square Park, where I do a lot of my work as well.
Philosophy: Do what you love, and continue to grow as a person/artist.