Meet Graffiti Artist Frankie Botz
Brooklyn-based Graffiti Artist Frankie Botz has teamed up with Armitron for an exclusive capsule collection that will be on sale at Coffee ‘n Clothes during our Pop-Up Event on Tuesday, November 5th and Wednesday, November 6th.
Meet Frankie Botz:
1. How long have you been doing graffiti art for?
For about 30 years now, I started tagging and sketching in Junior High School and its all history from there!
2. How did you get into graffiti art?
I’ve always had a creative bug, but when I started Junior High school in Bensonhurst, I hung around with a lot of local kids from the neighborhood and we would often ride the subway all day, which is where I first learned about graffiti art. I would see all the graffiti-filled roof tops of the B and N lines (the outsides of the trains were being acid washed by this point, but the insides were still full of tags) and fell in love with the genre.
I was also exposed to movies like Beat Street and Style Wars by my older cousin and like a lot of other kids I was hypnotized by the street culture!
3. When do you feel most inspired?
I can be inspired at any given moment. Its usually a song or artwork of others that really spurs it and that is when my best work comes out.
4. Why do you call yourself Frankie “Botz?”
It’s the nick name I was given in Jr High. Lets just say I helped break up a fight and everyone just started calling me “Botz,” which is the Americanized version of the Italian word “Pazzo” which translates to “crazy”.
5. Which areas in the city are your favorite to do your thing?
Nowadays me and my buddies who I paint with try to do mostly “permission” spots. We paint in the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. If we happen to do anything “Not Permissioned” I wouldn’t tell you anyway, LOL. In all honesty, if I had to pick a favorite spot it would be the wall in the Bronx where all the old school Cats from the 70’s and 80’s hang out and paint. Shout out to the Ex-Vandals!!
6. What is your favorite watch that you painted from the collection?
I love The King Toad! It was the most fun to paint cause of the size of the dial and the many crevices. I was really able to make the paint pop.
7. What makes you the most excited about the Armitron Pop-Up Event?
I love the fact that I am getting to partner with a great brand to share my work. It was a fun collaboration and I’m excited to see which pieces people pick and why. Each piece is unique and I think that fits really nicely with Armitron’s mission and new campaign. I’m grateful to be part of it!
To learn more about the Armitron Pop-Up Event at Coffee ‘n Clothes, click here.