I was born in New York (Manhattan) Beth Isreal Hospital back in 1966. My thoughts were always,”Would I still have been a graffiti artist If I lived in Manhattan?” I moved to Seoul Korea several years later and came to San Francisco in 1973. From ‘73 to ‘83, I was raised in a multi- cultural neighborhood in different parts of San Francisco such as the Inner Richmond, North Beach and finally Japantown near Fillmore street. Most were section 8 or low income housing. I had a normal childhood until my parents got a divorce when I was 10. I kept myself busy by playing team sports (Basketball, Football and Baseball).
One day after watching movies like Flashdance, Style Wars documentary and B-movies like Wild Style, I was completely hooked on Hip-Hop culture. These shows literally killed my sports activity and a new activity called Hip-Hop Culture was to take place and take root in my life. My life was to take a road less traveled... for better and for worse. I got into Break Dancing or B-Boying for several years. Then I picked up a can of spray paint and my life was forever changed.
Dharma Mural Celebration
Industry415 Marketing Group/Agency Director
I've known Crayone a little under two years and in that time I have had the pleasure of booking Crayone for both Corporate & Motivational Speaking engagements showcasing his artistic talents and using his life experiences as a platform to spark passion and purpose in not only in the local community but also among the corporate community on a national level. Crayone’s professionalism, passion for his art and passion for inspiring people is what has me continue to utilize him for our clients.
Crayone offers many types of services & products related to graffiti and street art. Below are descriptions of some of the more popular projects Crayone can help you with. Our commitment to clean work with quick turnarounds make Crayone one of the the most reliable graffiti artist in the world.
Owner Designer/ GirlRider Design
I have had the pleasure of working with Crayone over the past few months. Although his history precedes him, my experience working with him is recent. As an accomplished art director and designer, I found Crayone to be not only down to earth and professional but accommodating and humble. Its rare to find artists with such vast experience that still have an open attitude and willingness to share and teach. Because of people like Crayone, the street art movement is sure to flourish and become more accepted as a legitimate mainstream art form.
Connect with your customer and target audience through an authentic brand experience provided through graffiti & street art. Whether it’s custom signage, classic sign painting, exterior logos or interior graffiti wall décor; Crayone and his assistants will create an environment that aligns with your brand aesthetic and message.
Owner of Housewares
"To the people of this community, these murals speak of their cultural heritage. They have become symbols of pride and hope in our neighborhood."
Owner of Liquor Store
"Ever since I hired Crayone to do a spray-can art mural, the art has effectively deterred vandalism (tagging) on our walls. Believe it or not, even the taggers have respect for large graffiti murals. Our neighbors and customers from all walks of life come in and give us compliments. It's hard to believe that this corner is now famous. It also beautifies the surrounding areas with brilliant colors and the artwork seems to lift everyone's spirits.
The idea for a “Triple Vision” style came from a colleague of mine named “Guess” from the early days of the San Francisco graffiti scene. I decided to give it a unique flavor of my own. The UBC letters was placed on top of each other 3 times and the furthest back letters were bigger in girth, while the other two were placed on top. They all got smaller as it came towards the viewer. 1st style (in the back) being a block letter, 2nd style is a Wild Style piece (which is in the middle) then the 3rd and final letter style on top is the thinner 3-D style.
"This Spray-Can Art mural is one of the biggest in Northern California. It shows that this special medium has no limits and the future of this art from has not yet been set. Very few artists have gone the distance with this art form. The person who is on this adventure is 'Cray-Known'".
I was invited to Colorado Crush, a street art event held every year in Denver. While the show consisted of writers putting up only letters, I decided to put up a monochrome with 6 cans of Reds and 6 cans of Pinks. No skinny cap was used in this process. The skill to make thinner line works are produced by cutting up the previous line work with a background color. So in essence, some portions of the wall had to be worked backwards instead of building from the top down. Check my Denver trip video below.
Bring more artwork into your daily life and home. Crayone offers high-end residential mural paintings for private client’s bedroom, living room, children’s playroom, garage or bathroom. If you are not looking to paint directly on your walls, we offer artwork painted on large canvases or custom mural wallpaper installations.
Mural documenter and publisher of Spray Can Art. 1988, Thames and Hudson
"Early on I was struck not only by his technical proficiency, buy by the creativity and imagination that he displayed. I documented all of his work during that period and included him in my book. I observed the growth and development of his work. His talents and abilities are special. He can make a real contribution to imaginative, colorful, and very distinctive wall decoration."
Artist Representative & Gallery Owner
"I have had the pleasure and honor of working with Crayone over the past 5 years. Crayone is by far one of the most respectful, professional and immensely talented artists of our time. Offering a vast range of design options from wild style graffiti to photo realism executed masterfully. Crayone is my "go to" artist for amazingly unique designs for interiors and exterior murals because of his tremendous talent and proficiency. There is never a job too big for Crayone to design and paint. With a degree in graphic deign, Crayone works wonderfully with the client to show how the mural will present upon completion. One of the "great" artists of our time "Crayone".
“A long term goal will soon be achieved”...
In 2016, I got hired on as a San Francisco FireFighter at 49 years old. (I’ve been trying to get in since 1989.) I am a prime example of not ever giving up on your dreams.
“Just as writing can become calligraphy when it’s creatively, skillfully, and consciously performed, so can all other activities become art. In this case, we are reflecting upon life itself as an artistic statement—the art of living.”
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation
- Pepe Le Pew
Still in progress of being completed. Only in testing stage.