Caleb Neelon Interview

Caleb Neelon AKA Sonik.

Our friend Caleb is one of the most important North American Street Artists and Authors today. He is largely responsible for Os Gemeos breaking into the US via his writings in Juxtapoz, Editing at Swindle and his books. Author of Graffiti World , Graffiti Brasil, Book of Awesome, the children’s book Lilman Makes A Name For Himself and the upcoming History of American Graffiti.

Caleb speaks regularly at universities, international conferences and festivals, teaches in various capacities around the Boston area, and works in various capacities as a creative consultant, writer, and artist with various local and international corporations. He has a Masters’ in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also exhibits his artwork all over the world.

I asked him some questions……
HOW DO YOU MAKE MONEY?

Mine is an income salad comprised of art, writing, and educational endeavors.

WHERE HAVE YOU PAINTED?

I’ve painted in a lot of places that everyone who does what I do have
painted, but my favorites have been off the beaten track. Half my
family is Nepalese, so I’ve painted in Kathmandu a bunch, and I love
that because I get to figure out how to make it work there with local
materials. This year was fun because I got to paint in Nicaragua,
China, and Spain – all very different experiences.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF GRAFFITI YOU SAW THAT INSPIRED YOU?

Childhood memory is notoriously unreliable, but I saw some pieces
around here in the middle 1980s, and I also went to New York.

WHAT WAS THE LAST PIECE OF GRAFFITI YOU SAW THAT INSPIRED YOU?

I met these guys AEC and Waone from Kiev, Ukraine, while I was in
Spain recently. They are doing amazing stuff.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE TO PAINT WITH?

I love painting with anyone who gets it that this is supposed to be fun.

ARE THERE ANY MEDIUMS YOU’D LIKE TO WORK WITH THAT YOU CURRENTLY DON’T?

Fundium.

WHAT’S WITH ALL THE KID’S STUFF & YOUR EDUCATION DEGREE?

Kids are awesome.

DO YOU HAVE ANY HEROES?

People who leave everything behind to come to this country in order to
make a better life for their families and children, and anyone who
fights to punch a hole in the big lie.

IF YOU FOUND OUT THAT ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS SOLD CRACK TO INFANTS FOR A LIVING, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I would show concern.

NAME 3 THINGS IN LIFE THAT ARE AWESOME.

Ellen, Ferdinand, and music.

FREESTYLE ABOUT LEAVES FOR 4 BARS NOW:

LEAVES
LEAVES
LEAVES
LEAVES

It’s for a hype man.

DO YOU THINK A BUFFALO CAN OUTRUN A MANATEE ON ROLLERSKATES ?

Verily.

ANY MESSAGE YOU WANT TO TEACH DA YOUTH?

It gets better.

Caleb is currently showing these paintings at the shop:


Untitled (hand, egg building, tree, on gold) 24″x24″, 2010, $2,000


Untitled (slanty building on copper) 10″x10″, 2010, $500


Untitled (egg building with leaves on copper) 12″x12″, 2010, $600

Untitled (boat in building on gold) 10″x10″, 2010, $500

Holla at me if you want to purchase.

Also Caleb loves the following things:

Rap Chart #5 – Biggie Edition

Is this ok?

Shrine


A shrine I made to Neil Diamond in 2004.

Check his resume. I think he’s gonna be big.

Awards for Neil Diamond
1989
ARTIST : Neil Diamond Lyrics
Award of Merit
American Music Awards
1974
ARTIST : Neil Diamond Lyrics
Best Album of Original Score written for a Motion Picture or Television Special
Grammy Awards
1973
ARTIST : Neil Diamond Lyrics
Best Engineered Recording
Grammy Awards
Top
Neil Diamond Nominations
2009
ARTIST : Neil Diamond Lyrics
International Male Solo Artist
BRIT Awards
2000
ARTIST : Neil Diamond Lyrics
Traditional Pop Performance
Grammy Awards
1973
ARTIST : Neil Diamond Lyrics
Album of the Year
Grammy Awards
1973
SONG : Song Sung Blue Lyrics
Record of the Year
Grammy Awards
1973
SONG : Song Sung Blue Lyrics
Song of the Year
Grammy Awards
1972
SONG : Stones Lyrics
Best Engineered Recording
Grammy Awards
1972
SONG : I Am I Said Lyrics
Pop Male Vocalist
Grammy Awards
1971
ARTIST : Neil Diamond Lyrics
Best Engineered Recording
Grammy Awards

Rap Charts #4

This beat is so good. MIA swapped to this beat for Paper Planes after the 3rd verse at her Boston stop. The bass sounds like your brain is melting when you hear it on a big system. Shout out to Janelle at Royale for hooking up the tix for bodega crew.

In Progress

Process……I learned this Juan Jose Barboza. Photoshop then paint it if you are using a lot of photo images in the final piece.

Rap Charts #3 – Juggalo Edition

Rap Charts #2

Rap Charts #1

We The Best!


The Improper recently named Bodega Best of Boston for Sneakers !

And our gallery – Fourthwallproject Best Gallery of Boston! —-After just a year of operation. Many thanks!

Diggers With Gratitude

dj kon flyer

Diggers with Gratitude……


I just designed the flyer for my homey DJ Kon’s fundraiser(and i’m also playing it)

In case you didn’t know already, every Boston DJ’s favorite DJ has been in and out of the hospital and unable to play his gigs for the last few weeks. Since Kon DJs for a living NO GIGS = NO INCOME!! A few of us have already donated money from gigs to
Kon, but now it’s time for everyone to step up for a great DJ and an even better friend…

$10 SUGGESTED DONATION

EVERY PENNY GOES TO KON + you get to hear Kon
inspired music from Amir, Supreme One, 7L, Ms Thang, Gucci Vuiton & Soul Clap!!!

If you cannot attend or want to donate more money you can send via paypal to djmsthang@gmail.com

Some Masterful Kon mixes here.

Just added :::: Amir from Waxpoetics/ Kon& Amir/ King of digging
Event info here


Our homies Flavorheard just released a fresh mix – download here - filled with afro-latin funk. They also did a 12″ release of some tracks available here:

Whiskey Barons 12″ for purchase

And here’s a freebie for you that reminds me of some Mark Ronson edit…


etta james – 7 day fool (whiskey barons edit)

And tomorrow is a big bike event…..

REG: 1:00PM @ the Fenway Track

RACE: 2:00PM – 6:00PM

BBQ: Columbus Park, South Boston 6:00PM – 9:00PM – FREE with a spokecard, $5 without. ALL YOU CAN EAT (til we run out of course). we will be awarding the prizes for the winners of the race and also holding bicycle-specific side games.

I’ll be DJing the afterparty….

AFTERPARTY: @ Allston Community Darkroom (formerly Blue Zebra) – 119 Braintree Street, Suite 208 in Allston – with DJ Ghostdad/DJ Gucci Vuitton/DJ Mayhem – 9:00PM – ???

Event info here.



Last, Prints of the Rare Rap 12″ poster are going quick – great design by Diggers with Gratitude