I was born and raised in West Los Angeles, California. A diverse part of L.A. where I found myself surrounded by a wide range of cultures and scenes that have been a big influence in my work.
I became involved in the L.A. Punk scene and began drawing gig flyers, t-shirt and sticker designs for the local punk bands.
Entering high school I discovered the book Subway Art, a ground-breaking book documenting the work of New York graffiti writers. I was amazed by all the bold colors, line work and movement within the letters - it had me mesmerized. Immediately I began working on my own lettering styles and characters, and eventually progressed to putting my outlines up on walls. Soon after I met other writers and joined the West Coast Artists (WCA) crew, one of the seminal graffiti crews in Los Angeles where I had the honor of painting along side graffiti legends Rival, P-Jay, Miner, Risk, Pyro, and Wisk to name a few. These early years of the movement are documented in the book History of Los Angeles Graffiti: Vol. 1 which I’m proud to say includes a few of my pieces.
Recently I had a piece selected for inclusion in the Getty Research Institute: Los Angeles Liber Amicorum - Graffiti Black Book Project. The book contains 143 works on paper by leading Los Angeles graffiti and tattoo artists and resides in the Getty Museum library archives. http://archives.getty.edu/R/-?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=5858469&curr...
From my early graffiti/street graphics roots I branched out into graphic design and art direction working with the music industry creating CD packaging, marketing materials and as of late designing platinum sales awards for artists Eminem, Nicki Minaj and the Foo Fighters.
Marcel will be a part of The Living Mural (http://www.dwellondesign.com/living-mural) all weekend long at Dwell On Design.
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