In the world of Street Culture and Art, there are few bigger names than Ramm:ell:zee. Having carried himself in an almost reclusive fashion of recent times, I had the chance to catch up with the NYC based Artist. You can find out much much more about Ramm:ell:zee at his very indepth site Gothic Futurism.. but for now here’s a few quick questions and answers from the man himself.The images viewed throughout this interview are from ‘The World of Gothic Futurism’ at Gothic Futurism. View them all.
How did it all begin? How did you end up involved in the graffiti world, and how about the music? when and why did it all begin?
IT ALL BEGAN FROM ME LOOKING OUT OF AN 11TH STORY APARTMENT WINDOW I LIVED IN KNOWN AS GASTION AVENUE ON 67TH STREET, FAR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS. I SAW PEOPLE LIKE PHASE 2, NI, BY, PEANUT 2, VINNY, IZ THE WIZ, JESTER & MOVIN. ABOUT 1974. SO I DECIDED TO START TO DO IT SINCE I KNEW WHERE THE TRAINS WERE IN THE ROCKAWAYS.
Music or art? Which inspires you the most?
NEITHER ONE. ARCHETECTURE DOES. THE GOTHICS. I WOULD RIDE THE TRAINS TO CLARA BARTON’S IN BROOKLYN NEAR PROSPECT HEIGHTS & BOTANICAL GARDENS ON MY WAY FROM CUTTING SCHOOL, I WOULD CUT-OUT & TAKE D TRAIN & I WOULD HEAR A GUY NAMED DYNAMITE D ON THE MICROPHONE AS A CONDUCTOR OPENING & CLOSING THE DOORS. I DID NOT CALL THAT INSPIRATION BECAUSE I ALREADY KNEW HOW TO RHYME. I WAS JUST STUDYING THE DIFFERENT ROLLING PAGES ON THE TRANSIT SYSTEM. I CALL THEM ROLLING PAGES, THEY CALL THEM SNAKES.
You were writing at an era very much at the forefront of graffiti, what writers did you admire the most during this time?
I JUST SAID THAT. THE ONLY OTHERS WOULD BE: GEAR, RENT, ROTO & SNAK. THAT WOULD BE THE OUTSIDES. ON THE INSIDES WOULD BE: OU3 & SONIC002. THEN, OF COURSE, I ADVANCED INTO THE HEIRARCHIES & PRESIDENCIES & THEN I ADMIRE LEE & THE FABULOUS 5. IN QUEENS IT WOULD BE EX1.
Now regarded as a great artist.. were you, are you, a fan of any other artists past or present?
What is Gothic Futurism? Can you explain this..?
LOOK IT UP IN THE DICTIONARY. TWO SEPARATE WORDS THAT ARE STILL THERE.
(SLAM: I TOOK THE LIBERTY OF DOING THIS FOR YOU GUYS…
Of or relating to the Goths or their language.
Of or relating to the Middle Ages; medieval.
Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height.
Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic.
Of or relating to painting, sculpture, or other art forms prevalent in northern Europe from the 12th through the 15th century.
Of or relating to a style of fiction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.
gothic Barbarous; crude.
A belief that the meaning of life and one’s personal fulfillment lie in the future and not in the present or past.
An artistic movement originating in Italy around 1910 whose aim was to express the energetic, dynamic, and violent quality of contemporary life, especially as embodied in the motion and force of modern machinery.
Make of it what you will….)
What are you thoughts on music.. as a comparison to art and as a form of art?
I DON’T LIKE MUSIC. I JUST DO IT BECAUSE IT’S ANOTHER SCULPTURE TO ME. SOLID ROCK, I BREAK THINGS OFF, THE SOUND VIBRATES THE SCULPTURE & THEREFORE, I STAND THERE IN THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF ALPHAS BET.
We don’t see as much of your work as we perhaps would like to these days, what are you spending your time working on?
How, if you can, can you compare the scene when you were involved musically and artistically, in the 80’s and even early 90’s with today?
NO COMPARISON! ALL HAS RETURNED TO TOO MUCH COMMERCIALISM.
What do you think about the internet? Do you have any views on how it affects our lines of communication today?
SIMPLY BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN VIRUSES & ALL CANCEROUS SPECIES BOIL-DOWN TO ZERO. IF WE DO NOT HAVE A MIXTURE OF ANOTHER BREED OF RACE THAT CAN IMPOSE ANOTHER UNKNOWN GENE, THE HUMAN VIRUS DIES ON THIS PATHETIC & TASTELESS MOLD.
..END OF SPECIES.
What’s next for you?
AS WITH ALL OF US – DEATH!!
Slam would like to thank Ramm:ell:zee for his time and support with this interview, I really urge you all to check out Gothic Futurism to find out more about Ramm:ell:zee and to view his work.
interview conducted by http://www.slamxhype.com/