The first person I met, before we started the crew, was Kasso. Two other local writers introduced me to him. Later on down the road I met Rain, who already knew Kasso, and that night we went bombin. I started painting with the two of them on the regular at a spot that Rain got as a legal , a factory called Terracycle. Plan came into the picture through Rain, who he and Kasso had previously known. The four of us started getting legals and scouting walls. Not far after, I was introduced to Mek through a writer named Konse, who is a good friend of mine. Mek was just comin up and had a good artistic talent. That made him a perfect candidate for a writer. Soon after, we all started painting together. We also met Kastor, (AIDS Crew), a South Jersey writer who puts in work, and started painting with him…a lot! While Kastor and our crew were painting together, some dude walked up, which was Azma, and said he was a writer. At that time, he went by a different name though. He painted a couple of walls with us, and while were were paintin one, I checked with everyone in the crew and asked him if he wanted to get down. He said yes…and that’s V.S.!
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