• October 20, 2003
  • Posted by Marc

Profile : Darius and Downey

hello, this is swoon from brooklyn, i ill be
taking up the airwaves for a week and trying to give a peek into the bowels of
brooklyn (and beyond) to some of the stuff that is nearest and dearest to me,
with that in mind i think it’s appropriate that i start with two of my all time
favorite street artists and biggest inspirations darius and downey. i met these
guys along with their friend quennel jones about four years ago when they had
just begun filming their documentary “public discourse”. i was jut sticking my
first sticker at the time and for some reason they decided they wanted to
document that. the movie is out now and is a great document of all sorts of
street art in new york city…....i’ll let them talk now.

Downey 23, Darius Jones 24
Hometown: Downey- born in Louisville but
represents Atlanta. Darius Jones- born in Richmond represents Cincinnati.
/>Where do you now live? We both just moved from Brooklyn to London about
a week ago.

How long have you been creating street art?:
/>Darius Jones has been involved with graffiti for about 7 years. Downey started
street installations 3 years ago. But our work rides in unison.

/>Wooster: How did you get started in creating art for the street?
/>Darius Jones- he used to be called verbs. He was a traditional graffiti writer
for about 5 years. But he adopted his current pen name more than 2 years ago.
/>Downey- I started making a film about street art with Quenell Jones called
Public Discourse.  Through this I met many people including Verbs.  The rest is

Wooster: What other street artists do you most admire and

JJ Veronis is our Favorite street artist. He has immense
inspiration and commitment. His pieces are always one of a kind and three
dimensional and he never signs them. They seem to fit perfectly into their
environment. But in close second stands Revs. His work has a raw energy that is
unparalleled.  His innovations seem endless and are unique enough to require a
“reinvention of the wheel.”

Wooster: What’s your favorite city,
neighborhood, or block to post street art in?

It is hard to pick one
favorite. Every place has something different to offer. We just love working
outside. We try to make decisions about our world based on first hand
experience.We study the people and the environment before each installation
attempting to speak to them with sincerity and humor.We always say that we do
this “for the people.”

Wooster: What inspires you now?
new audience, culture, and environment.

Wooster: What are you
currently working on?

The City of London

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