BS: I first caught wind of you from a promo for the 5AM DVD. How did you become involved with that project and how has the DVD impacted your notoriety?
BS: How do fellow writers feel about your form of ministry? Do they ever talk to you about it? How open are they to that sort of message?
People have told me how they would be sad , depressed, even stressed but after they saw “Jesus Saves” they felt a relieved- like wow, amen God is speaking to me through walls and through this graffiti evangelist yet others is against it and say, “I’m a contradiction. How can I love God and rep Jesus Christ by vandalizing on peoples property?”. I don’t write on clean property unless is all graffed up
But the other 85% say, ”No, that’s wrong The Bible says is wrong what you’re doing. You’re dirtying Jesus’ name on the walls” and this and that but in my opinion the way I see it God is using me in a tremendous way through graffiti…because of this I been interviewed on graff sites and about 5 graff magazines and this is a good way to have God using me to let others know about the salvation of Christ which is real. is crazy cause is like I’m being condemned for this but at the same time God is receiving all the honor glory and shine through this
BS: For many people, graffiti is not a conventional way to spread the gospel. Then again, the "graffiti crowd" are usually not the type of people whom traditional church-folk speak to. In a way, you’re bridging the gap between these groups.
How do you see graffiti as it relates to spreading the gospel to people who are often overlooked by traditional church? Is it a great platform?
They would help me also blessing me with commissary for doing their names and their girls name in graffiti on envelopes and letters that be sent out to their wives and kids 🙂
BS: It’s ironic that some people would rather see an artist’s false-depiction of a blonde haired/blue-eyed Jesus, yet when a graffiti artist posts "
Do fellow Christians get upset with the way you spread the message? Do any of them see "Jesus Saves" as blasphemous due to the fact it’s graffiti? And what is your response to that?
The closest thing that Jesus ever did in the Bible that can relate to graffiti was the time when the prostitute was going to get stoned to death. The bible says that Jesus bent down and He used his finger to write something on the muddy ground. He got back up and the Pharisees said “teacher, teacher this women has been caught sleeping around and who ever is caught in sin shall be stoned. Jesus replied and said: he who is without sin cast the first stone….they all dropped it and left…but before all this Jesus wrote something on the ground on a muddy ground. This is the closest it gets to Jesus approving graffiti, I guess.
Being Latino, yourself, do you ever get upset or uneasy with the portrayal of "white" Jesus in some Latino households?
BS: I asked the last question because it personally bothers me that people are ingrained with a powerful image which is not true. Sure Jesus’ race shouldn’t be something we dwell on, however, I don’t like the way it has been distorted. And when you ask people about it they tell you it’s not important… okay, if it’s not important why make any images of Him?? Know what I mean?
How can a man born of Hebrew-Arab blood be white??
BS: Shepard Fairey created a worldwide phenomenon with his "Obey Giant" campaign. In some ways, "Jesus Saves" is starting to catch on with people all over the globe. First, how do you feel about this phenomenon? Secondly, did you ever envision your message becoming so widespread?
Jesus Saves: It feels good that from New York my tag Jesus Saves is being known and recognized all over the world and through out the whole United States. I have painted in other states as well beside NY and as for overseas I also painted in different parts of Europe and also in Puerto Rico. The more I spread the Jesus Saves message around the world and across the US, the more powerful the message becomes; not for me to shine and not for me to be based on but for Jesus Christ who is the savior to shine. It’s not about me, it’s about my message and Jesus Christ that’s what I want people to understand!!!
BS: With all the pressure being put on graffiti writers, do you ever feel like not writing as much? Or are you determined to get up no matter what?
BS: What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Pat Boon vs. the real David Wilkerson: Who is the better pastor? (haha):
Pat Boon is an actor and now a Christian, but David Wilkerson is the only pastor with heart to go to the Fort Green projects in downtown Brooklyn, back in 1957, to face and preach to two of Brooklyn’s deadliest and biggest gangs ever… the Mau Maus and the Chaplins.
Favourite hobbies (outside of graffiti) : I love skateboarding , reading The Bible, and drawing but most of the time I work.
Place you most want to visit:Europe continuously
Place you most want to tag: in Israel
City with the best graffiti scene: NYC, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg Frankfurt, England , and Cali.
Biggest Dream in life: to become the worlds universal graffiti writer… better believe I’ll make this dream come true.
BS: 5.10.15. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
BS: Any last words…
Jesus Saves: I wanna thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for coming in to my life and for making a big change in me for so many years. Thank you Matthew for this opportunity and the rest of the bombing science crew. Mom, Chris, Willie, Gesse, my ATC (Addicted to Christ) crew. Nothing much to say but thank you 🙂