Risk’s young daughter is encouraged to paint at will. Walking down the street she can point out her father’s art vs. another graffiti artist’s based on their styles alone. Some college art students don’t have that kind of eye.
However, not everyone appreciates Risk’s style, or methods for that matter.
“There’s two detectives in Los Angeles who are still waiting for me…” he says. “There’s also a lot of really cool cops.”
Risk doesn’t pretend his less than legal methods should be ignored or praised. He’s always lived by the Johnny Dangerously mantra – “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”
At the same time, he explains, “Any time you try to contain it, it ends up bad. It has to be what it has to be.”
“For a long time I didn’t use the g word. It’s aerosol art.” He laughs.
For some there’s no difference between tagging, gang signs and graffiti art. Perhaps it takes a connoisseur.