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What do you write and how long you been at it?
Big5 FU BA KSN CBS. I started writing BABY5 when I was ten. 1984. Our crew was “ice5” and everyone’s nickname had a 5 in it and I was the youngest. Breaking was hot and I couldn’t dance so I started tagging and doing letters. just around my neighborhood. My first block letters I did in a Bank of America parking lot off Redondo beach blvd. when I got my DL at 16 is when I really started going out and getting up. At that time I wrote Prae.
How did you come up with your name?
First it was BABY5, then I just wrote “skate or die” for a while in 86, someone gave me the name Chief2 in 87-89, my dad gave me the name Prae from 89-90, then Big5 90-present. Big5 started as a joke, my boy circus wrote Kmart at the time. So we both wrote store names. But it became more than that when I remembered the baby5 days. It’s like the 5 came full circle. It’s just me now. Most people just call me 5.
Can you tell us about your crews and how they got started?
I’m sure most people know the story’s of CBS. I was in from 92-94 & 2011-present. I started Frate Union in 93 and it was just me at first. I first painted trains in 92 and FU was my contribution to the train game. (There was no train game at the time tho). CON BA came to live in LA in 97 and that’s when I became a member of BA. One of the baddest freight crews in America. In 1998 I was put in KSN by OG Shine. Kings Stop at Nothing is an old LA crew and it was an honor!
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Our 3rd issue of WRBT Magazine is a full color 40 page magazine at 5.5" x 8.5" and will be a collector's item! Join us in our journey back to the past with interviews with Jero ICR, Moniker Legend Smokin Joe, and West Coast Legend Big5. Also included is a history lesson on DCV crew from California, El Jefe Blanco, Visual Orgasm, Bencher Spotlight on BobRoss75, Batle remembered, and a write up with Engineer Wade Arthur. Never before seen pictures from the 90's with LIMITED copies printed. You do not want to sleep on this issue!
What do you write and what crews do you push?
I write HAUTE, and I represent ACT and TA.
When did you become interested in putting your name on trains?
I grew up in a small industrial town in the Midwest, trains were everywhere, you couldn’t drive through it without getting railroaded. When I started getting into writing it was only natural to hit the trains, something was very appealing to me about painting something that moved plus we just wanted to paint and chill, the layups were the perfect place to be, that was in the early 2000’s.
We have noticed that you have a thing for seeking out nice cars, what would you say is your favorite to paint?
I like painting everything but I can’t lie, there is nothing better to me than a flat white reefer. The repainted JRSX cars have been great because I don’t like sweeping people. It’s hard work to paint trains for most people and I respect that.
Hit us with an interesting story of one of your adventures.
Last year I drove 6 hours solo to go paint 2 cryos in an active yard, it was a real nail biter, I had never had the opportunity to get one and was kind of obsessing about it, after finishing up i was so stoked I slept in the trunk of my car so I could get flicks when the sun came up. It was fun and a great adventure.
Punkrock or Hip hop?
Everybody loves the classics.
What’s the must have jam to get you hype for the yard?
I’m all over the board with music, I’ve been listening to a lot of classic rock lately, call me dad, haha.
If you were hopping a freight across the country what would be in your bag?
Peanut butter, toilet paper, and book
from WRBT Railroaders Magazine issue 002... See the rest of the interview in issue 002...
How did you come up with your moniker name?
Back in the early 90’s a friend and crew mate of mine was looking through my benching archives and said ‘’Damn Dave you have so many flicks, they should call you The Kodak Kidd’ Right then, and there, the legend of The Kodak Kidd was born!
What crews do you currently push?
In the moniker culture Folklore Brotherhood which is more a movement and testament to the culture, than a crew. In aerosol, BCJ-Box Car Junkiez, NSF, Fr8ophiles.
How long have you been putting your name on trains?
Since late ‘94, ‘95. Just about 20 years.
Any changes you’ve noticed during that time?
A lot of changes. More writers on the scene than before. Obviously different boxcars. The paint has changed. Trains are a mess nowadays. So much stuff riding on them that shouldn’t be there. The rules have changed..THERE ARE NO RULES ANYMORE. The respect factor is a huge deal to me with the newer generation of freight writers.
If you were hopping a train, what would you take with you?
Water, rain jacket, small pot and spoon. Lighters, camera, cell, and sleeping bag
If you were hopping a train, where would you want to go?
Out West for sure, and also through the south west
Interview continued in Railroaders Magazine issue 002...
Remove the wheel sets from the car as you will do them separate. First step is to wash the car in a mixture of black acrylic and water. you can also use odorless mineral spirits and black india ink. The goal for this is to make the wash very, very light. You want this to highlight all the small details in the car as well as add to the weathered look. You can also play with washes of something close to the color of the car or a rust mixture. This mixture should be one drop of paint or ink in a small container of liquid. you want this to be just a tint above clear. brush the mixture on the car from the top allowing it to run down the side of the car. If you brush it, brush from the top to the bottom so you don’t see brush strokes when it is dry. Use the hair dryer to dry the car.
Apply a coat of testors dull cote onto the car. Use the hair dryer to dry this. This is necessary to not only seal the previous work but to give the powders a base to stick to later on.
Take your burnt umber paint which simulates dark rust and apply using a sponge or using a semi dry brush technique. Apply this according to the picture or if you aren’t using one apply it where rust on boxcars forms. Typically around and on the door, running down from the roof and at the bottoms of the car. Small rust pits and scratches can be made by using a very fine brush. Remember less is more. Don’t get too carried away as you can always add more. Once again, dry this with the hair dryer. You can also use the raw sienna around the rust to simulate new rust forming that is lighter in color. Dullcoat the area completed.
Continued in Railroaders Magazine issue 002...