Life Free Quotes By Barry Mcgee

For me, graffiti   means making marks on surfaces using just about anything, be it markers,   spray, paint, chalk, lipstick, varnish, ink. Or it can be the result of   scratches and incisions. The aim is to maintain the energy created by   disturbance or excitement in the street.

I like the idea   that you can paint something outdoors, and anyone can see it. It's open to   anyone, and people have to deal with it. In the gallery, it's the same 150   people on the San Francisco art scene. There's a dynamic on the street that's   definitely more interesting.

Some of my   favorite pieces are from thrift shops. When I find something I really love, I   live, work and sleep in it.

The parts of   graffiti I like are really antagonizing still - it's not something that a   museum would really embrace.

I love   biographies. I read Patti Smith's 'Just Kids.' I'm into that time frame in   New York, the '70s and '80s. In art school, I read 'Close to the Knives,' the   autobiography of the artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz.

Street artists   need to get back to actually doing things on the streets instead of in the   galleries where they all seem to be ending up. I hope this term 'street   artist' falls from the face of the earth, in my honest opinion.

It's very intense   to go back to the past and revive work that I've already experienced and   moved forward from. It's like seeing an old girlfriend - awkward at times,   nostalgic at times and downright maddening and embarrassing.

If I could get the   respect of 14-year-olds, I'm happy. They're the toughest audience.