We had the good fortune of connecting with Krie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Krie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was working a full time job (8-16 hour shifts) raising two kids and doing art projects part time… That’s when I realized I was wearing myself out and I wasn’t enjoying life the way I should. So I quit my full-time job and started my own business. I had thought about the risks and benefits for a while and there was definitely more risks involved. Specially while raising two kids.
But around 2018 when my life got even more complicated is when I finally decided it was the right time to concentrate on my passion for art.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I didn’t get to where I am without sacrifices. Sounds cliché but it is true. I don’t really have an educational background in the art field. I don’t even have a High School diploma.
Most of the techniques, lessons and styles I acquired while painting graffiti.
Somehow I progressed with my art though all the fights, cop chases, family issues, and an endless amount of other obstacles.
Graffiti definitely taught me more about art than any school or teacher ever did.

Everyone needs to know we all face endless amount of obstacles. Some more than others and specially if you are a minority in America. But we still live in a country where opportunities are available.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Whenever a good friend visits, they know graffiti will be involved. Most of my good friends are also involved in graffiti so we try to fit in a paint session or two during every visit
The best times happen at the wall, we usually don’t have a theme or any idea what we will be creating but something out of the ordinary is always bound to happen.
We can paint all day and share stories from our travels and murals we’ve created around the country.
Its hard to say how we would get into an actual adventure but Ass Juice from the Double Down Saloon was definitely one of the starting points for a great time.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe most of my successes to my children. Art has always been a passion of mines but I didn’t feel inspired enough to pursue my art career until they inadvertently persuaded me to do it.
They often give me subjects, random ideas and color schemes to work with. I realized that without them my wild imagination would be obsolete.

Website: https://kriegraffiti.com/

Instagram: @without_a_ruler

Twitter: withoutaruler

Youtube: krie graffiti

Other: Vimeo: Krie

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