What he does: Skeez181 has a long held interest in art. When he was 12 years old, he first started working with spray paints. By the time he was a teenager at Sam Houston High School in the late 1980s, his reputation as an artist made him popular with his DJ friends, who would ask him to design flyers for house parties.
These days Skeez -- who doesn't want his real name used publicly -- dabbles in a plethora of mediums such as clay sculptures, drawing, designing tattoos and, of course, paints, acrylics and spray.
Skeez's works can be seen in Grandalism:Skeeze181 at DiverseWorks ArtSpace, running September 9-October 29.
Why he likes it: His progression into spray-painting trains led to his arrest in 1996 and a stint of probation. This situation didn't hinder his desire to create art. Skeez feels that if he did not have art in his life, he most likely would have led a troubled life.
"I started to focus on commission pieces. I turned it around," Skeez says.
What inspires him: Skeez credits our own Blake Whitaker for best describing the diverse elements used in creating his art: Aztec hieroglyphics, futuristic style and graffiti. He also finds a lot of inspiration in indigenous Aztec music and dancing. Skeez's alter ego is known as "Skeezer Stinkfist." He chose "Stinkfist," a song by the band Tool, as a reflection of what he feels the song is about that matches his own beliefs about the world.
"It's how the music made me feel. Tired of the norm. Overstimulated media and pushing for something new."
If not Houston, then where? In a parallel universe, Skeeze could see himself in New York City or Los Angeles doing his art. But his strong ties to his family and Houston don't even make the other two cities an option.
"I love Houston so much," he says.
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