Expressing memories from long ago, especially memories that bring you joy, can be a tricky proposition.
…but the beach, the sand, the water, and all that happens on that one particular day, can stay with you for a very long time, especially growing up in the South Bronx projects.
My memories, of beach balls, the pretty girls with their shades, the old transistor radios playing the bubble gum, early 70’s music… the aerial shows every 4th of July, the fireworks in the evening, after the sun goes down. This is what I tried to convey on my mural for the Coney Art Walls project.
Being 8-11 years old was a magical moment, and I tried to capture that, and I think I captured the spirit of those years in my life.
…especially the little airplanes pulling their messages above the water as we played on…
Born John Matos in 1961, CRASH was raised in the Bronx, New York. At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries, he curated the ground-breaking "Graffiti Art Success for America" at Fashion MODA, launching the graffiti movement that has remained very active through today. CRASH’s career took off and he saw instant popularity throughout Europe and America, and eventually Asia. CRASH has been part of numerous museum and gallery shows around the world focusing on Graffiti and Street Art, and has works in many permanent museum collections. Visually iconic, he has partnered with many companies for projects including Absolut Vodka, Fender Guitars, SoBella Handbags, Levi’s, and most recently, Tumi luggage and Morphik. He continues to work and show both locally and internationally. Enjoy the awe and power of CRASH