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QUIK is one of those graffiti writers that has actually painted trains (during the golden age: NYC circa early 1980′s) and successfully transitioned into the gallery scene, selling numerous works to mostly European buyers. For those that know the graffiti documentary Style Wars, he’s the giggly guy with the afro and glasses. Sort of an ex-pat, QUIK has been working and painting in Holland for the past few years. To keep in contact, QUIK often sends out emails to keep his friends and family up to date in regards to his latest ramblings, accomplishments, or just to say hi. His last email, with the subject line: “Negroes with cans of paint” caught our attention and we just had to ask him to please subject himself to a hyper short round of ANIMAL questioning. He agreed. Answers after the jump.


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QUIK is one of those graffiti writers that has actually painted trains (during the golden age: NYC circa early 1980′s) and successfully transitioned into the gallery scene, selling numerous works to mostly European buyers. For those that know the graffiti documentary Style Wars, he’s the giggly guy with the afro and glasses. Sort of an ex-pat, QUIK has been working and painting in Holland for the past few years. To keep in contact, QUIK often sends out emails to keep his friends and family up to date in regards to his latest ramblings, accomplishments, or just to say hi. His last email, with the subject line: “Negroes with cans of paint” caught our attention and we just had to ask him to please subject himself to a hyper short round of ANIMAL questioning. He agreed. Answers after the jump.
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What’s the best thing about Germany?
Why Germany? I’m from New York and live in Holland! Yet, the mustard is the best in the world in Deutschland, and perhaps the high end art market is the best vibrant scene for the international set at the moment. Germany also has a beautiful landscape, a better handle on the Euro, stylish living opportunities and beautiful women. All of this can nurture one’s creativity. The “wild” (hunted) cuisine is also delicious when in season.
What’s the worst thing?
The self-absorbed pretentious phoney hip-hop scene, parallel to a pandering undercurrent of racism.
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Do you miss NYC?
Naturally, I miss the country of New York City. It is unique and my old home. I cut my chops there for nearly 30 years, and it has been a valuable experience. It would’ve been nice to have been born the son of Steve McQueen or James “FLINT” Coburn and have lived in Malibu or some shit. Alas, I’m lil’ Black Afro-Amerikkkan QUIK. If so why / If not why? I miss the exciting eclectic morphing culture of NYC, and of course my old friends there. Funny though, I probably have more friends and intimates in Amsterdam, and I don’t live there either.
Do you think you are more famous in Europe then the US these days? My work has always been more popular in Europe regarding sales of paintings and drawings. At least 90% of the work I’ve ever sold in Amerikkka has returned to the coffers and collections at the center of modern art culture, Europe. Others have been absorbed by Californans. Even purchased work of mine that remains in New york city is in the hands of Europeans living there.
Is graffiti respected more in Europe?
Who cares about European graffiti in such a Q & A!?! Is that what’s this is really about!?! I did graffiti a quarter century ago, and have had many other manifestations of my talented potential since then. Please check Quiknyc.com. This may give your readers a better insight as to who I am, not what iconographic-oriented culture perceives me to be for it’s entertainment and self-gratification.
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P.S.
“Germany also has a very potent absinthe. yet, one must mind their physiology when inbibing, or else it ain’t good in heavy doses for the sexual fantasy that may result if taken with a delectible patner!”