Born and raised in Trenton, NJ, Willie Condry, Jr., or KASSO has he is
popularly known, grew up in the cities North Ward. Art was a creative
outlet that manifested itself early on. Since the age of 5, KASSO has
been creating art. He first noticed graffiti art at the age of 7 when
graffiti artist from North Jersey and New York were creating murals
for local businesses in Trenton. At age 11, he watched the legendary
battle between LA graffiti writers HEX and SLICK on television and
that’s when he realized what he was destined to do.
KASSO went on to study Fine Arts and Illustration at the College of
New Jersey, where he excelled in painting, drawing and ceramic
sculpture. He furthered his education under the totullage of legendary
graffiti artist, teacher, and mentor Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins, where he
mastered the fine art of aerosol painting.
Today KASSO is primary know for his unique portraits and vivid aerosol
based murals. He is a pioneering force in the Trenton, NJ art scene
and has worked with numerous non-profit organizations, some of which
included: One Simple Wish, ALBUS CAVUS, NJTL(National Junior Tennis
League), Home Front, City Without Walls, Isles Youth Build and The
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Along with S.A.G.E. Collective and
the Vicious Styles Crew, KASSO has produced dozens of murals
throughout the city of Trenton and across the east coast. He has also
been commissioned to produced fine art for numerous celebrities and
avid art collectors. His goal is to keep producing art by any means
and to keep pushing the limits of what art can conceive and achieve.
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OUTSIDE/IN curated by Leon Rainbow
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
22 North High Street, Millville, NJ 08332
June 15th to July 14th, 2012
Friday, June 15th, 2012 6-9pm
free and open to the public
Video Projections by Andrew Wilkinson
Carmelo “Snow” Sigona
Will ” Kasso” Condry
Jon “LANK” Conner
Fore more info:
The Jersey Fresh Jam is New Jersey’s premiere Hip Hop festival. Since 2005, it has grown from a small, humble event into one the most respected celebrations of Hip Hop culture on the east coast. At the twilight of every summer, aerosol artists from far and wide converge to adorn the walls of Terracycle INC with their signature masterpieces, while local and regionally known emcees, bands, and DJs provide the soundtrack for the days festivities.This event is free and open to the public. Come and share the excitement!
Jersey Fresh Jam presented by Vicious Styles Crew
Terracycle Complex, 121 New York Ave, Trenton, NJ 08638
Saturday, August 11th, 2012 10am-8pm
50+ Graffiti Artists Painting Live
video by: Gentrified
Black Collar Biz
Surg & Hellfire
DJ AHMAD on the 1s and 2s
Hosted by: OUTBRST
vicious styles crew
rock the dub
for more info contact: Leon Rainbow firstname.lastname@example.org 609-635-1411
Native Wall 2006: Characters by Kasso, Plan, Rain, Pro ,Pheds, Jicarilla Apache Man (left), Kicking Bear (Minneconjou Lakota)
In March of 2006, VS(at the time we were not an official crew)
completed our first production. A Native American themed wall. RAIN
had the idea to do this theme which is based around his heritage.
Since he procured the wall, we all agreed to the concept and theme and
decided to really take our time with this one…particularly since the
wall was so big…our largest at the time.
PLAN came down from philly to rock out on the wall with his very
technical painting style, PRO(who at the time the wall was procured
was incarcerated) so we wanted till he came home to start and he
banged out a pretty cool straight letter…RAIN produced a Native
American inspired piece and PHEDS(who no longer writes) produced a
nice lil blue burner which was capped off my portrait of Kicking Bear
(Minneconjou Lakota) I also produced another portrait on an Icarilla
Apache Man on the far left.
It was our most ambitious project at the time and we were beyond proud
of it. It was also featured on the historic graffiti website
Fast forward 6 years and VS is firmly established as a crew with
membership throughout the east coast. Our native wall was beginning to
fallen apart after years weather damage. We decide to update the wall
with the same theme, but this time bring out other members to
contribute to the production.
MEK was the first to layout his piece on the new,updated production
and he also produced majority of the background and scenery.
With the exception of the sky that was painted by RAIN.
RAS went over the decaying portrait of the Icarilla Apache Man and put in its
place a beautiful portrait of a young Native American woman. MEK also
added to the portrait by detailing her outfit, hair and accessories.
PLAN(now DELVE), DEMER, and JOE BASE went high up and produce floating
pieces in the space were only clouds were on the pervious mural.
RAIN, PRO and KLARK produced very well rendered burners which
complimented MEKS backgrounds perfectly and RAS, even with his fear
of scaffolding, went up high and filled in the last slot with a nice
lil burner. I decided to do a full figure inside of just a portrait
like years before. I painted a medicine man of the Sioux Nation which
covered up the old portrait of Kicking Bear (Minneconjou Lakota).
We collectively worked on this production for a few weeks…compared
to a weekend like the previous. The one thing we all noticed was the
progression of our skills over the years and how we were able to
attain seamless balance with even with so many personalities. Good
times throughout the course of this wall and we are looking forward
doing more in the near future!
Description by Will Kasso