Gradient Magazine Feature: THE GRAND VANDAL by ERIC LEGASPI

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Written by ERIC LEGASPI & Photography by MATT FRIED

“Can you put some of that condensed milk in there?” He leaned over to me and remarked, “I loved that stuff when I was a kid.” The way that he found a cup of coffee, let alone with the option to include an estranged ingredient from his own childhood, with such swiftness was fairly impressive. A staggeringly tall man with lanky limbs, he had a disarmingly cordial sentiment that I’ve found in most native New Yorkers – one that seems to be as inviting as it is dominating. His short black hair swirled chaotically on his head and welcomed the sparkle in his brown eyes that belie his 40 years of age. RD dispels many of the preconceptions established by typical graffiti artists; his voice was gruff and forceful (free from the ubiquitous “hip-hop-isms” society has been acclimated to), his dress was plain and practical. These days he pays both rent and taxes. It all seems outlandish if RD is a stranger to you, and that is exactly the point. READ THE REST HERE

9 thoughts on “Gradient Magazine Feature: THE GRAND VANDAL by ERIC LEGASPI

  1. IVE HEARD DAT BEFORE NIGGAS TALK THAT UNTIL THEY FEEL MY PUNCHES IN THERE FUCKIN BRAIN!!! OR SLAMED GROUND AND POUND!!!!! YOU WANNA TEST COME!!!! THE WORLD WILL SEE WHEN I FUCKIN CHOP THIS TALL TREE DOWN!!!

  2. Cope. I really respect you as an artist and individual for your major contributions to graffiti culture. But is it really necessary for you to get so angry? You are internationally known and one of the very few writers that profit off of graffiti. You are also a mature adult with children. I really don’t need to be telling you this but it’s kind of crazy how you get so angry and voice it out in the public on a consistent basis. Please don’t take this as an insult. I am just curious why you do this.

  3. YO,,,,,,,,, THAT INTERVIEW IZ WACK,,,,,,,, JUST LIKE THE WAY RD LOOKS,,,,, IN HIS INTERVIEW,,,,,, HE LOOKS LIKE CRACKED OUT BIGBIRD IN BLACK ,,,,,,,,,,,,RD THINKS HES NEO FROM THE MATRIX,,,,, I THINK NOT,,,,,,,,,,,,,THAT DUDE IZ A JOKE WORD UP,,,,,,,,,LOLLOL,,,,,,,,,,,

  4. CHECK OUT THIS CLOWN RD,DONT HE LOOK LIKE THE TALL GUY FROM THAT HORROR MOVIE PHANTASM,,,,,,,,,,,LOLLOLLOL,,,,,,,,,,,COME HERE BOYYYYYYYYYYYYY,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,LOL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  5. LOOK AT RD THE BIRD,,,,,,,, ROCKING THE SALVATION ARMY GEAR,,,,,, LOL LOW BUDGET WRITER……….LOLLOL,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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