Big5 interview in issue 003
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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