THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS "PEMEX"

Interview by Richard Massie

Age:  46 in my mind, 26 in real life.

 Ethnicity:  Native American and Spaniard. Put Mexican in perentheses.

Where were you born?  Martin Luther King Hospital in Compton, Ca.

Where’s home?  Home is where my art is.

What do you do for a living?  I sell art, paint murals, and do tattoos. Sometimes I sell drugs if I have to.

Did you graduate high school?  Hell no. I got my GED with honors and I went to 6 different high schools.

How long have you been doing graffiti?  For about… (counts his fingers) 9 years.

What got you into graffiti?  I used to draw girls’ names in like 5th-6th grade for Valentines Day or whatever. I started doing graffiti illegally from just skateboarding around and seeing “Lier” tags up. I knew he used to skate so I just started doing what he was doing, you know?

Did you know him?  Yeah, we were cool. He used to give me markers because he would “rack” them. He got into drugs though so I started hanging out with his little brother. Most kids that wrote graffiti were into hip-hop but “Lier” listened to punk rock so I thought that was cool.

You were really into punk rock huh?  Punk rock was the only thing that helped me deal with the shit at home. It was my getaway from family drama.

What’s your favorite punk band?  Eskorbuto from Spain

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done or saw at a punk show?  I had sex with a random girl on the side of the house from where this show was. On the grass, like not in the cut at all, just right there. She said she wanted to fuck me because of my mohawk.

What color was your mohawk?  Pink

Who are/were your biggest inspirations in graffiti?  In graffiti you can say that “Gkae” was when I first started. “Oiler” from COI, “Saber” and “Revok” from MSK, and “Siner” from LTS too.

What’s the best advice you were given?  Some of the best advice I ever received was from “Sedek” (R.I.P.) I’m getting chills just thinking about things he would say. The kind of person he was, he wouldn’t tell you something, he would suggest things and leave it up to you to figure out if it was good or bad. The best advice he told me was: “Why join somebody’s empire when you can start your own.” That’s what LOLc was to him and that’s what it became to me.

In your own words describe what graffiti is about:  Graffiti is about creating an identity for yourself and projecting it onto society for them to judge.

Who would you consider the best graffiti artists or most influential?  Wow, there’s so many… The top 5 to me are: “Ayer” LTS, “Revok” for sure, “Dream” TDK (Oakland) “Sedek”, and “Retna”. Oh, and “Reyes”.

If you could have any job in the world what would it be?  To design cars for Mercedes-Benz.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?  Check my pockets for my wallet, phone, and keys.

What is something you must do every day?  Draw

What’s your favorite tattoo that you’ve done?  Probably the four arm samurai I did on the homie “Doja”

Who’s your favorite Ninja Turtle?  Rafael, the responsible muthafucka.

He’s not the responsible one, Leonardo is.  No he’s not! Rafael is. He’s the one that makes executive decisions.

You’re wrong. Leonardo is the leader, he’s the logical one. Rafael doesn’t think before he acts.  Rafael is the one that saved April right?! He’s the G!

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?  I would have to say Bobby from Bobby’s World.

Favorite cereal?  Life

Favorite book?  ”The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

Favorite movie?  No Country For Old Men or There Will Be Blood.

Favorite past time?  Writing on things.

More peanut butter or more jelly?  Jelly

Thank you. I hate when people say more peanut butter.  That shit is so dry, that’s why niggas are so thirsty now n’ days.

When was the last time you were arrested?  Last year for public intoxication or pissing in public, not sure which one it was.

Isn’t pissing in public a sex crime?  Yeah, you have to register as a sex offender after your third time. I’m on my second.

You better be careful pissing out there.  The second time I gave a fake name so I’m good.

What’s the last song you listened to?  “My Nigga” by YG, Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan

What’s your go-to choice at the ice cream truck?  That’s easy, strawberry shortcake.

How old were you when you lost your virginity?  15. That shit was tight as fuck.

What was tight, the girl or the experience?  (Laughs) The experience. She wanted to fuck before but I was so nervous about getting her pregnant that I waited until I had a condom. She was some girl from my school, we ditched just to fuck.

Was she a virgin?  No. She had fucked 1 guy already, I was heated.

So how old were you when you found out you were gay?  Fuck you. (Laughs)

If you could have a conversation with anyone from the past who would it be and what would you ask?  I would sit down with JFK and ask him how I could get over on the Military-Industrial Complex.

If you could have a threesome with any 2 girls who would it be?  Oh my god… Kate Upton and Tianna Gregory from Instagram, she’s so bad. I hope she sees this somehow. 

Okay, if you could have a one night stand with any girl who would it be?  Hilary Clinton, duh. Nah don’t put that. Umm… Eva Longoria.

What’s the best characteristic in a female?  Attitude

Do you have a girlfriend right now?  That depends, define a girlfriend.

(Laughs) So why not?  Other priorities.

What’s your favorite thing about Those Folks?  Free product nigga! (Laughs) That’s stupid. Those Folks is a family, that’s like asking what your favorite thing about your family is.

Any last words?  Shout-out to all the family and folks that have looked out for me. All the homies from the hood, you know who you are.