January 7, 2013.
AK: What do you write? Are you in a crew?
POGO: At the Time of Art Basel last year I was writing "POGO". I painted "POGO for my first year of spray painting sort of as a practice name, something to learn with. Now that I have a little practice under my belt, I've started to write my real last name "FUNK."
AK: In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the street artist and the community in which they work?
POGO: I started in Orlando. I don't think it’s really influenced the community in a way that I can see. I have done some big commissioned walls that have stayed up. Hopefully the community sees them and either loves them or hates them. As long as they feel something.
AK: Did you go to school or are you self taught?
POGO: I've been an artist for as long as I can remember, it’s all I've ever wanted to do. I never went to school for it, but i've learned a lot by working with other artists one on one. I'm always trying out different mediums and techniques to see how I like it. Spray paint is really gratifying because you can paint a massive mural in a very small amount of time.
AK: How did you get started in the street and why?
POGO: I started trying it out with my boy "ERG". We both loved graffiti and always wanted to try it. We both loved doing it right away. It was nice to have someone to learn with. We almost always paint together. I think that working so closely with each other really helped push each other.
AK: How long have you been working in the streets?
POGO: I started in January 2012.
AK: Who or What inspires you the most?
POGO: The Moon and spending time around other artists as much as possible. I believe creativity is infectious.
AK: What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
POGO: It does't all have to look terrible and destructive. There are lots of "street" artists that would love to do beautiful legal murals.
AK: Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
POGO: I've been a tattoo artist for the past 11 years, it’s the perfect job for me. However, with tattooing I have to draw what other people want every day. So graffiti is a great way for me to do exactly what I'm feeling.
AK: What are you working on now?
POGO: The last piece I completed. I worked together with "ERG.” (See below)
AK: What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
POGO: I'd love to do more legal walls for money. The more I get out there, the more likely people will see it and seek me out. It should be a little easier now that I’m using my real name. Keep your eyes peeled for Machine Gun Funk.
Check out POGO's work http://trinitytattoo.com/section/163707_Earl.html