Scratching the Surface: B.D. White

July 14, 2015 | Aymann Ismail

Meet B.D. White, the latest subject in our ongoing Q&A series with street artists.

B.D. White

Decade you were born in:
The ’80s.

City you currently live:

Drugs or natural highs?
Unnatural drugs are the worst.

How did you get your name?
My parents.


Why do what you do?
In the simplest answer, it’s fun. But if I wanted to give more insight I would say I just love to create stuff. I feel very empty if I can’t make something new. Street art is such a great way of being able to constantly make new stuff and share it with the public. All of my work comes bundled with a political or social message that I feel very strong about, so it’s really great to be able to communicate my ideals with the community on a daily basis.

How does your mother feel about your art?
She loves it! She’s super proud of me, just hopes I don’t get arrested.

Are you making a living off your art? How’s that working out so far?
It’s coming along steadily. This year has really started to take off with work. It’s very exciting. Got any walls for me to paint?

Fuck the art world or embrace the art world?
Have they started asking about me? I’ve heard nothing from the fine art world so far, but if they ever come knocking I’ll embrace them. In the meantime I just want to paint in the street.

Do you bring your smart phone into the bathroom with you? Why?
I make conference calls in the shower. Doesn’t everyone?


Do you ever feel like giving up?
Never, cause it doesn’t feel like a job. I’ve just got a hobby that I love.

Suggest an artist to follow.
JPO. I just did a collaboration mural with him at Good Co bar in Williamsburg. I love his work. It’s colorful, raw and beautiful.