Scratching The Surface: CB23

November 25, 2014 | Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL showcases a different street artist regularly in our feature, Scratching the Surface. This week, we profileCB23. Originally from ATL, the artist moved to NYC, where he began deploying his signature character on the streets by way of stickers, bolt-ups, spray paint, and tiny sculptures.


Decade you were born in:
I was born in the 80’s but grew up in the 90’s.

City you currently live:
A few years ago I migrated from the dirty south to sunny/cold Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Drugs or natural highs?
Natural drugs.

How did you get your name?
Its been passed down from generation to generation.

Why do what you do?
I like to make faces.

How does your mother feel about your art?
She my number one fan, thanks ma.

Are you making a living off your art? How’s that working out so far?
I make a living off working freelance film and photo gigs.

Fuck the art world or embrace the art world?
Embrace the world.

Do you bring your smart phone into the bathroom with you? Why?
I am still a frequent visitor to ratemypoop.com and I never want to be in a situation where I’m unable to document.


Do you ever feel like giving up?
I always play for keeps.

Suggest an artist to follow.
My buddy, Edapt is consistently impressing me with clean character designs and an ever evolving style. Check him out on Instagram @edapt