Sunday, July 26, 2009

THE ORIGIN OF SEEZ ONE A.K.A CERONE A.K.A JAZ

FIRST OF ALL BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY BROTHER STAF27 WHO KNOWS ALL SO WELL ABOUT THE FOLLOWING SUBJECT IM ABOUT TO TACKLE RIGHT ABOUT NOW. AS EVERYONE KNOWS I WRITE SEEZ ONE WHICH IS THE ALTER EGO I CHOOSE TO BE. BUT DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW THE REAL DEAL BEHIND ME OR MY HISTORY? I DIDNT THINK SO. SO ONWARD WITH THE BEGINING OF THE STORY. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK. THE FIRST PART OF MY LIFE IN THE BK WAS IN SUTTER AVE IN EAST NEW YORK. THE SECOND HALF WAS IN SUNSET PARK BROOKLYN WHERE I STARTED GOING TO SCHOOL AT ST. MICHEAL'S ON 44TH STREET AND 4TH AVE. MY MOM WAS A VERY PROTECTIVE AND LOVING PERSON THAT WANTED NOTHING BUT THE BEST FOR ME SO THIS WAS HER WAY OF SAYING THAT I WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN HER LIFE. OF COURSE SHE WAS BUSTIN HER HUMP PUSHING TWO JOBS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AS WELL AS GETTING HER HUSLE ON MAKIN MONEY ON THE SIDE SELLING HIGH END COSTUME JEWELRY ON THE SIDE. I USED TO SEE HER AT THE END OF THE DAY BREIFLY CAUSE WHEN SHE GOT HOME SHE WENT STRAIGHT TO BED. WHO COULD BLAME HER. WELL I WAS ALWAYS A KID THAT WAS TAUGHT NEVER LET ANYONE DISRESPECT YOU NO MATTER WHAT AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT MY DAD TOLD ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN WHILE HE WAS GETTING HIS BUZZ ON WITH PALO VIEJO(ALCOHOL). YES I ALSO CAME FROM A HOME WHERE MY FATHER WAS AN ALCOHOLIC HOW TYPICAL RIGHT BEING PUERTO RICAN AND ALL.LOL. WELL TO MAKE A STORY SHORT ON MY GROWIN UP I WAS NOTHING BUT TROUBLE FROM THE TIME I WENT TO SCHOOL AND I KNOW THAT NOW LOOKING BACK SO IT WAS OBVIOUS I WOULD END UP BEING WHAT THE IRISH WOULD CALL A HOOLIGAN BACK IN MY YOUNGER YEARS OF CATHOLIC UPBRINGING.LOL,. BUT HEY WHAT DOESNT KILL YA MAKES YOU STRONGER I GUESS.RAN AWAY FROM HOME ,DID DRUGS, TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE(TWICE) ALL BEFORE THE AGE OF 14 , NOW AINT THAT A TRIP. WENT THROUGH ALOT IN MY SO CALLED YOUTH BUT ILL TELL YA WHAT ITS MADE ME THE PERSON THAT I AM TODAY AND HOPEFULLY I CAN HELP THE YOUTH OUT THERE TODAY AS WELL AS MY CHILDREN NOT TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES I HAVE. AS TIME WENT BY I STARTED HANGING OUT IN THE HOOD WITH A COUPLE OF GUYS I KNEW FROM THE BLOCK WHO ROLLER SKATED AND WERE PART OF A CREW CALLED THE RICAN ROLLER MASTERS AND ALONG WITH THAT WEREE ALSO WRITERS . THEY WERE RAP, CUZ, AND THIS OTHER KID NAMED FUNK WHO WAS PREZ OF THIS CREW CALLED TKO(THE KOOL ONES). NOW THIS KID WAS NOT YOUR AVERAGE 12 YEAR OLD , THIS GUY WAS LIKETHE INCREDIBLE HULK' SON. KID WAS HUGE! ANYWAY WE ALWAYS HUNG OUT ON 52ND ST. AND 5TH AVE IN BAY RIDGE AND WE WOULD DO MOTION TAGS AN BUSES AT THAT TIME THEY CALLED ME JAZ SO I WENT WITH THAT FOR A WHILE. AS TIME WENT BY I STARTED GETTING INTO UPROCKING , BREAKING, POPPING ETC. AND STARTED TO EXPAND MY HORIZONS AWAY FROM THE HOOD AND ENDED UP MEETING A FEW OTHER INDIVIDUALS THAT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE FROM THERE ON.ONE OF THEM WAS THE PERSON THAT INSPIRED ME ALOT BACK IN THE DAYS AND HIS NAME WAS SES THE PREZ OF DEVILS OF GRAFFITI AND HIS PARTNER JOENUTS (R.I.P) THEY WERE DOING A WALL ON THE CORNER OF 53RD AND 4TH AVE AT THAT TIMR AND I SAID DAMN! IVE NEVER SEEN SHIT LIKE THAT BEING DONE UP CLOSE. SES AND I HIT IT OFF VERY WELL AND HE TOOK ME TO MY FIRST LAY UP TO GO BOMBING BIG TIME .NO I SAY BIG TIME CAUSE BEFORE THAT I WOULD JUST HIT THE ELEVATED LAY-UPS HERE AND THERE . BUT HE TAUGHT ME INSTEAD OF JUST ONE TRAIN WHY NOT A HEARD OF THEM AND GO FOR IT LIKE A ROCK STAR . AFTER THAT I WAS HOOKED AND NEVER LOOKED BACK.LET ME TELL YA BACK IN THE DAY IT WASNT EASY BEING A WRITER AND GOING TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL. IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CUT OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL KIDS BUT I ALWAYS FOUND A WAY. I WONT LIE AT THE END OF THE YEAR ID CATCH A BEAT DOWN FROM MY MOM AND DAD FOR DOING IT BUT AFTER A WHILE I JUST GOT USED TO IT. SO AS TIME WENT BY SO DID THE EVOLUTION OF MY TAG. JUST WASNT INTO THE JAZ TAG ANYMORE SO I WENT INTO THE DEEP THOUGHT MODE AND CAME UP WITH ANOTHER NAME THAT I ROCKED FROM 78 TILLMAYBE 80 WHICH WAS CERONE OR AS PEOPLE CALLED ME CER(SIR). AT THE TIME I WAS INTO B-BOYIN BIG TIME AND USED TO LOVE THIS ONE BREAK BY THIS GROUP CALLED CERONE AND EVERYTIME THE BREAK WOULD GO ON EVERYONE WOULD LOOK FOR ME CAUSE THEY KNEW I WOULD BE DOING MY THING ON THE DANCE FLOOR. NOW IM NOT GONNA SAY I WAS THE BEST UP ROCKER , POPPER OR BREAKER BUT ANYONE WHO WAS FROM SUNSET PARK, BAY RIDGE, OR PARKSLOPE, RED HOOK, THEY KNEW WHO I WAS AND IF THEY DIDNT THEY MUST HAVE BEEN AT HOME WATCHING SPACE GHOST.LOL.SO ANYWAY AFTER A WHILE I WAS PUSHING CER ONE FOR A FEW YEARS AND IT STUCK TO ME . EVEN THE OLDER GENERATION KNEW ME AS CER WHICH I DIDNT MIND AT ALL. AS TIME KEPT MOVIN FORWARD SO DID MY HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE OUTSIDE OF PLANET BROOKLYN AND I WANTED TO GO OUTSIDE THE BOX AND SEE WHAT WAS OUT THERE.BOY DID I FIND OUT!! MY BOY SES TOLD ME ABOUT THIS CAT NAMED PASE CB5 WHO LIVED IN PARK SLOPE AT THE TIME AND ABOUT HIS PEICING TALENT. IRONOCALLY ENOUGH I KNEW HIS SISTERS AND A FEW MUTUAL FREINDS . WE WERE INTRODUCED AND WE BECAME THE BEST OF FREINDS. HE WAS MY MENTOR / FREIND / BIG BROTHER AT THAT TIME FOR THE LONGEST . HIS FAMILY WELCOMED ME WITH OPEN ARMS AND I EMBRACED THEM RIGHT BACK. THE FIRST PEICE HE EVER SHOWED ME HE DID WAS IN HIS WHAT HE CALLED BACK THEN AND STILL HAS HIS CB5 BIBLE OR THE BIBLE. IF YOU DIDNT KNOW HOW TO GET DOWN LIKE THESE GUYS, DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT EVEN TAKING A TAG IN THIS BOOK. WHEN I SAW THE WORK HE HAD IN THIS BOOK I WAS LIKE WOW. I MEAN TO THIS DAY I HAVENT SEEN ANYTHING TO TOP THIS BOOK. NOT EVEN THE EURO SHIT THATS OUT THERE. YOU HAD TO SEE THIS BOOK TO BELEIVE IT. AFTER A WHILE HE ACTUALLY LET ME HOLD THE BOOK SO I COULD GET INSPIRED TO COME UP WITH MY OWN GROOVE WHICH I DID IT WAS A VERY UNIQUE STYLE IN MY OPINION MORE ORGANIC I WOULD HAVE TO SAY.I MEAN THESE GUYS WERE DOIN COLOR BLENDS THAT EVEN EURO WRITERS WOULD HAVE TO KNEEL AND SAY THAT THEYRE NOT WORTHY.LOL. BUT ANYWAY MOVING ALONG I STARTED FOCUSING MORE ON MY PEICING SKILLS THAN MY WRITING STYLE. I MEAN TAGGING WAS THE FOUNDATION BUT PIECING WAS AN EXTENTION OF WHAT I DO AND TO BE A FULLY ROUNDED WRITER YOU SHOULD HAVE A SICK HAND STYLE GOOD THROWEES AND IF YOU WANNA TAKE IT FURTHER A BAD ASS PIECING STYLE, SO OFF TO THE DRAWING BOARD I WENT LITERALLY.AFTER A WHILE I WAS FEELING MORE CONFIDENT WITH MY PEICING STYLE AND STARTED MY ASSAULT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. PEOPLE STARTED RECOGNIZING MY WORK AND WERE LITERALLY COMING TO MY BUILDING CALLING FOR ME SO I COULD TEACH THEM WHAT I DO. I ALWAYS TOLD EM I CANT TEACH YOU WHAT I DO I CAN ONLY TRY SHOW YOU WHAT HELPED ME AND FROM THERE YOUD HAVE TO DO THE REST. SOUNDS KINDA PHYLOSPHICAL BUT THATS THE WAY I LEARNED THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR. ALOT OF PEOPLE NOWADAYS WANT AN OUTLINE AND THEY COPY IT TO THE LETTER AND THINK THEY CAME OFF FRESH, BUT THE WHOLE IDEA OF BEING GIVEN AN OUTLINE IS TO TAKE AND GIVE IT YOUR OWN FLAVOR. THE LAST THING YOU WANNA BE IS ASSEMBLY LINE COPY OF SOME ONE ELSE. TRUST ME , BEEN THERE DONE THAT.BUT GOING ON WITH THE STORY, I EVENTUALLY HAD THE HONOR OF SEEING MY MENTOR PASE CB5 DO A FEW MURALS LIKE THE MOST FAMOUS ONE IN PARK SLOPE HE DID WHICH WAS AT JOHN JAY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE YARD WITH THE REST OF THE OTHER MEMBERS SCORE , REMO, AND RINE. THIS WALL WAS UNTOUCHABLE AT THAT TME ! IT WASSO WELL ORGANIZED AND THE BLENDS WERE SO CLEAN IT ACTUALL LOOKED LIKE AN OIL PAINTING. AFTER THAT MY ROOM NEVER LOOKED THE SAME AGAIN. I WAS RACKIN PAINT ON A DAILY BASIS PRACTICING MY COLOR BLENDS ETC. AFTER ABOUT OF A YEAR OF THIS MY ROOM LOOKED MORE LIKE A TRAIN STATION AND MY MOM WAS NOT HAVUN IT AT ALL. BUT I STILL KEPT GOING. AFTER THAT I WAS ALWAYS WITH PASE DOING A MURAL OR AT HIS HOUSE PRACTICING, OR FOLLOWING HIM TO HIS GIRLS HOUSE WHICH BY THE WAY HE IS STILL WITH TO THIS DAY.I WAS LIKE THE LIL PESKY BROTHER BUT WE HAD EACH OTHERS BACK , WE WERE AND STILL ARE FAMILY. AS TIME WENT BY HE SAID SO ARE YA READY? AND I SAID READY FOR WHAT? HE SAID FOR YOUR FIRST FULL PRODUCTION WALL? I SAID AS I GULPED WITH NERVOUSNESS, IM DOWN. THAT WEEKEND WE WENT TO THE OWNER OF THE FURNITURE STORE ACROSS THE STREET FROM ME AND ASKED HIM IF IT WAS OK TO DO SOME ART WORK ON THE WALL AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE STORE IF WE PUT THE NAME OF THE STORE UP AS WELL, AND HE GLADLY SAID PLEASE DO! I WAS SO EXCITED AND AT THE SAME TIME NERVOUSE AS HELL BUT I SAID ITS NOW OR NEVER. SO WE GOT ALL THE PAINT TOGETHER AND GOT A SIMPLE CONCEPT GOING. BEING THAT WE WERE IN SUNSET PARK , WE DID A SIMPLE CER- PASE WITH A BUCK TOOTHED DUCK CHARACTER THAT RESEMBLED HOWARD THE DUCK BUT WAS HIS TRADEMARK CHARACTER AS WELL AS A "SUNSET " SCENE TO REP SUNSET PARK . MIND YOU IT WAS LATE 78 AND A PEICE OF THAT CALIBER FOR THAT TIME WAS LIKE WHOA!!!! SO WE HAD THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD GOING OOOH, AHHHH!!! IT DID COME OFF NICE AND CLEAN . BUT WHAT YA DONT KNOW IS THAT PASE MADE ME DO A RAINBOW BLEND AS WELL AS HIS BUT HE SAID "TRUST ME IF YOU DO IT THE WAY I SHOWED YOU IT WILL DEFINATELY COME OFF RIGHT. AND IT DID! I WAS DAMN! SIMPLE LETTERS NOTHING WILD READABLE STRUCTURE BUT EFFECTIVE BLENDS. HE SAID WHAT GOOD WOULD IT DO IF THEY COULDNT READ OUR NAMES? I WAS LIKE THIS IS TRUE SO WE NAILED IT AND GOT THE NEIGHBORHOODS RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR MAKIN OUR HOOD LOOK MORE LIVABLE. THAT WALL STOOD UP FOR YEARS. AND WHEN SOME LIL WANABEE THAT USED TO JOCK ME FOR STYLE CAME TO TRY TO GO OVER IT WITH ANOTHER KAT( MY BOY KAVES) WHO ENDED UP BEING SOMEONE I KNEW ABOUT. THEY ATTEMPTED TO START SKETCHING ON THE WALL AND STUFF BUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD PEEPS WERE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT . THEY SAW IT AS A SIGN OF DISRESPECT . THEY DIDNT BOTHER THEM ON THE FIRST DAY WHEN THEY STARTED BUT THAT SAME NIGHT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE I DIDNT EVEN KNOW TOOK PAINT AND SPLATTED IT ALL OVER THEIR SHIT . NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS FLATTERED AS WELL AS SURPRISED THEY RESPECTED US SO MUCH. THE FOLLOWING MORNING THE GUYS COME BACK AND THE FIRST THING THAT TOY DID WAS LOOK UP TOWARDS MY BUILDING AND JUST GAVE ME THIS PISSED OFF LOOK AND SAID DID YOU DO THIS AND I SAID NOPE , BUT THE PEOPLE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE SPOKEN WHICH MEANS STEP OFF AND GO DO SOMETHIN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.(KAVES WASNT THERE THE NEXT DAY). AFTER THAT I WAS DOING MY OWN THING WITH THE AIRBRUSH SPOT DOING JACKETS SNEAKERS, SHIRTS AND EVEN ROOMS. BY NOW I WAS DOING ART SHOWS IN MANHATTAN WITH TRACY 168, PASE AND A FEW OTHER FELLAS . I WAS INTRODUCED TO HENRY CHALFANT AND FROM THERE I MET THE GUYS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE ALL OVER AGAIN. STAF 27(AKA_GOD) WEBONE(AKA SUDZ,SAD,YARD 148 ETC) WERE TWO OF THE MOST OUT OF THE BOX KIDS IVE EVER MET AT THAT TIME I MEAN WE WERE ALL LISTENING TO HIP HOP AND THEY INTRODUCED ME TO CELTIC FROST, METALICA,BAD BRAINS, ETC. . ASIDE FROM MAKING ME MORE OPEN MINDED MUSICALLY, THEY ALSO SHOWED ME THAT GRAFF HAD A SORT OF SCIENCE TO IT A STRUCTURE TO WHICHMANY WRITERS OUT THERE DIDNT FOLLOW OR UNDERSTAND.I HAVE TO THANK MY BROTHER STAF FOR SHOWING ME THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE BEAST.AND FROM THERE THINGS WENT WELL . I MET DOC,EBN,SKATE ,DOZE,BEAM,POKE,GNOME,AS WELL AS FEW OTHER CHAPS WHO STRUCTURED MY GRAFF IN WAYS I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD. EVENTUALLY EVERYONE HAS PROBLEMS AND I HAD MY SHARE SO I HAD TO DEAL WITH THOSE DEMONS BEFORE I COULD RETURN FULL HEARTED INTO THIS THING OF OURS I LOVE SO MUCH. SO 30 YEARS TO THE DAY IM BACK IN ACTION STILL ROCKING IT TO THE FULLEST BUT KEEPING IT REAL TO THIS DAY. I WILL NEVER BE A SELL OUT TO THE CORPORATE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO GRAFF , BECAUSE THE ESSENCE OF IT IS TRULLY REBELION AGAINST SUCH THINGS AND THAT WHAT MAKES IT SO BEAUTIFUL. DOESNT MATTER WHAT RACE , COLOR, YOU ARE ITS JUST ONE BIG CAN OF MULTI CULTURE STIRRED INTO A BEATIFUL THING WE CALL UNACCEPTIONAL BEAUTY. WELL THATS ALL FOR NOW HOPE YA LIKED MY LONG WINDED STORY. SO IF YA EVER THINK THAT IM JUST ONE OF THESE GUYS THAT DONT KNOW MY SHIT. READ THIS AND IT WILL DEFFINATELY PUT YOUR WANNABEE WRITER ASSES IN PLACE . MUCH LOVE TO ALL MY TRUE SKOOL FELLAS OUT THERE THAT KEEP IT REAL TO THIS DAY. CB5, DOG,ACC,FMD,ASD,RSC,ZULUKINGZ, TST,AK,KAOS,TC5,FC,FBA,UA,KD,MPC

Friday, July 3, 2009

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! CARE FOR A CHERRY? BOOOOM!!

SOMETHING FAST FOR THE FOURTH . HOPE YA LIKES IT...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

MY BOY SYE TOOK THE TIME OUT TO DO A SKETCH FOR ME ON PAPER AND I WANTED TO SHOW MY APPRECIATION BY DOING THE SAME SKETCH WITH A SLIGHT TWIST TO IT. NEEDLESS TO SAY HE LIKED IT . BUT MIND YOU IT ONLY TOOK ME LESS THAN AN HOUR TO PUT THIS UP. HATE GOING FAST BUT AT THE SAME TIME THATS THE WAY WE DID IT BACK IN THE DAY WHEN WE HAD TO GO FAST BEFORE THE VANDAL SQUAD OR THE WORK BUMS CAME STROLING BY. THANKS TO SYE , ATRUE GRAFF PRACTITIONER AND SOLDIER OF THE CAUSE... ONE LOVE HOMIE. BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY.....