A wile back I had the opportunity of meeting the famous White ninja. Going back many years ago I would always remember seeing the famous character on many freight trains that would pass through my city. I was at a hip hop event and was able to chop it up with the white ninja and learn about how he got started in graffiti art and about the many different countries he painted in and well known musicians he painted for. Sit back and check out this awesome interview as well as some amazing graffiti art pictures provided by artist enjoy
What’s your name and what city do you rep?
MY NAME IS JABER AKA THE WHITE NINJA. I REP THE WEST COAST.
What do you concider your self?
I CONSIDER MY SELF A WRITER. I DABBLE IN ARTWORK AND FILM BUT I AM MAINLY A GRAFFITI WRITER.
How did you get started and how long have you been doing it ?
I GOT STARTED IN THE EARLY 90’S WHEN I WAS SKATEBOARDING AT DEMOS IN THE BAY. I USED TO SEE PEOPLE PAINTING LIVE THEN I STARTED TAGGING. I FOUND SOME TUNNELS THEN I STARTED PIECING. FRESHMEN YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL I DREW ALOT AND BY SENIOR YEAR I WAS ADDICTED.
What inspired you to get started?
THERE WAS A CREW CALLED HNR WHERE I AM FROM THAT PAINTED THE BEST STUFF. THEY INFLUENCED ME. MY FRIENDS THAT WERE BETTER THAN ME IN SCHOOL DID TOO. SHAPER AOT (RIP) WAS A BIG INFLUENCE. ALSO RICK AND CHRIS OTHER TWO BUDDIES WHO COULD NEVER STICK WITH A NAME….SO THEY ARE JUST RICK AND CHRIS TO ME. I WAS ALSO INFLUENCED BY METAL BAND LOGOS AND SIGNAGE. I LOVED JAPANESE ANIMATION AS WELL.
Have you had work published?
YES I AM LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE MANY THINGS PUBLISHED IN BOOKS AND MAGAZINES. OF COURSE NOW DAYS THOSE THINGS ARE KINDA PAST THE PRIME SO EVEN IF I NAME THEM YOU PROBABLY WOULD’NT KNOW OF THE MEDIA. I AM ALSO WORKING ON MY OWN BOOK BUT IT IS TOO BIG OF A PROJECT I NEED TO CONTRACT OUT.
What are some of the places you performed at?
I HAVE DONE LIVE PAINTING ALL OVER THE STATES. I HAVE HAD SHOWS IN SPAIN AND GERMANY OUTSIDE THE US.
Have you done any work or performances for any celebs?
WELL I USED TO TOUR WITH BANDS AND DO LIVE PAINTING WHILE THEY WERE ON STAGE. SOME BIGGER NAMES WERE THE ROOTS,LL COOL J,COMMON,BUSTA RHYMES,DE LA SOUL, TRIBE CALLED QUEST AND A BUNCH MORE. THOSE WERE THE DAYS…LOL
Have you performed in other countries?
I HAVE PAINTED MANY COUNTRIES. I LIKE ITALY THE MOST. I HAVE DONE WORK IN GERMANY,SPAIN,AMSTERDAM,AUSTRIA,FRANCE,ITALY,DENMARK AND SWEDEN. MEXICO AND CANADA AS WELL BUT RECENTLY I TRIED GETTING BACK IN CANADA AND THEY WOULD’NT LET ME.
If so which one did you like the most ?
MY FAVORITE IS ITALY. ROME,NAPLES,MILAN. I HAVE SEEN THE MOST PEOPLE VOMITING IN ROME FOR PARTYING TOO HARD. THE SUBWAYS AND PASSANGER TRAINS ARE SO GOOD TO HIT THERE. THE FOOD IS GREAT. THE CITY IS BEAUTIFUL. THE BEACHES ARE LOVELY. IF I COULD I WOULD SPEND A YEAR THERE.
Steel or concrete which do you prefer more?
I PREFER STEEL. MY MAIN FOCUS IS TRAINS. I DO LOVE A NICE VIRGIN CONCRETE WALL THOUGH. TRAINS LAST LONGER AND THEY TRAVEL. THEY ARE LIKE PASSIVE INCOME.
What was your most memorable experience?
MY MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES ARE PAINTING AS A KID WITH MY BROTHER SHAPER. I MISS HIM. I ALSO LOVED THE EARLY DAYS OF SEATTLE BOMBING I LOVED WALKING THAT CITY. I FEAR MY MEMORIES BLEND TOGETHER BUT THE TIMES WHEN MY SKILLS IMPROVED WAS GLORIOUS DAYS. THE FIRST MAG I GOT IN WAS A BIG MILESTONE TO A TEENAGER. IT WAS PHANTOM MAGAZINE, THANKS TO MEWS AND RETRO. BACK THEN THAT WAS LIKE HITTING THE LOTTERY.
Where do you see Graff in 20 years?
I SEE IT BLENDING WITH SO MANY OTHER ARTS THAT I COULD’NT DESCRIBE IT. I ALSO SEE THE DEMOLITION MAN MOVIE SCENE WHERE KIDS DO GRAFFITI AND A MACHINE COMES OUT AND CLEANS IT UP 2 SECONDS AFTER. I HOPE I AM ALIVE IN 20 YEARS TO SEE IT.
What are some words you can say to a youngster that’s just starting out ?
KNOW YOUR HISTORY, DON’T LET YOUR EGO TAKE OVER YOUR GRAFF CAREER,EVERY THINGS BEEN DONE SO DON’T HAVE IT IN YOUR HEAD YOU ARE ABOVE ANYONE,BE RESPECTFUL,LEARN TO FIGHT, THIS WORLD AINT FOR EVERYONE.
Where can people purchase your work ?
I SELL MOSTLY ON INSTAGRAM WHICH IS @NINJAGRAFFITI BUT I AM DOING SHOWS MORE NOW DAYS. I GET HIT UP FOR COMMISSION WALLS. BUT MOSTLY I GET GIGS THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH. I HAVE A SMALL CLOTHING LINE WITH MY LADY AT 2ninjasothing.com ALSO CHECK OUT KOBRA PAINT I DO FILMING AND EDITING.
Any shout outs you wanna give ?
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SHOUT OUT TO BAD HABITS PAINT SHOP, ALL MY NINJAS I PAINT WITH AND YOU FOR GIVING ME THE INTERVIEW.