Risk has been practicing his art, (not craft!), of graffiti for well over 30 years now. He is not your typical graffiti artist. A graduate of USC, Risk studied fine arts and is a well-respected legitimate artist. Not that he started out that way…
He almost fell into his signature high-up locations – “I couldn’t find a train. I didn’t know about yards. I got chased. It was all bad. So I did a roof top.”
By the time he got to USC, he’d already gained some notoriety as graffiti artist and some credibility as well, winning a London art competition. Risk knew he wanted to be in museums and knew he wanted to be a famous graffiti artist. Which is exactly what he has done.
From fly by night anti-establishment right-of-way graffiti, to major pieces covering the sides of private buildings, to commissioned public art work by cities, to pro bono work for metropolitan school districts.
“I didn’t do it so much for the money. I did it for the paint.”