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Street Scenes #2: The Time Is Now 2:12

Lupe
In the second of our series on Houston's street artists, Art Attack features 2:12, whose singularly colorful, fiendishly-cleverly placed works abound in the older, more run-down fringes of the Houston Heights.

While recent trends in his work -- an altar to the Virgin Mary and "Lupe," a demure yet sexy Latina classic era leading lady -- would suggest that he, like so many of Houston's top street creators, was from a Hispanic background, he writes in via email to tell us that's not the case.

"Sorry to disappoint but I'm not. I work with a very international group at my job and I'm exposed to all of these different cultures on a daily basis. I think that's where I get a lot of my inspiration from. The Virgin Mary/Lupe thing is just a coincidence."

And he answered seven more of Art Attack's questions...

Art Attack: Where does your name come from?

2:12: The thought of coming up with a "street name" seemed a bit ridiculous to me at first, I knew I couldn't use my real name because of the whole legal thing and I was leaning towards the anonymous route, no name, no signature but in the end I figured I was putting a lot of time, money and effort into creating the pieces and that it wouldn't be a bad thing to get credit for my work. I came up with 2:12 because I like the fact that the meaning isn't obvious, it's a bit cryptic. Is it a time? I get this question often and while I have never given away the true meaning, I will say the same thing I say to everyone. 2:12 is a very important time in my life. :-/

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