Justin Bua is a one of the most popular artists of his day. His portraits which encompass images of the life and urban culture that raised him have gained him an enormous following all over the world.
With his latest book, “The Legends of Hip-Hop”, Bua uses his tremendous talent to capture the heroes of his youth. From James Brown to Biggie Smalls to Eminem, his portraits epitomize all those larger than life musicians that have shaped their own musical genre.
In this second part of my interview with Mr. Bua, he discusses any other subjects he might be considering in the future, his advice for aspiring artists and what it means to be a true New Yorker.
5) Do you have any advice for the young artist, especially graphitti artists?
My advice is that you have to believe in what you do. Persistence and determination are omnipotent and I truly believe if you do what you love and you put your heart and soul into it, the whole world will put their heart and soul into supporting your vision! Think about all the musicians out there that you’ve bought a ticket to go see. Think about the artists that you have supported by buying a print of their work. You loved them so much that you have supported their artistic journey. They will see the love in your music and your art. Whether it is graff or painting or stencil work. They’ll find you.
6) Are there any other subjects that you are considering drawing?
I am considering a whole other direction right now that is not necessarily a departure from my life’s experience but a deviation of my artistic norm. You will have to tune back into justinbua.com for the second coming of BUA. Give me six months.
7) I understand you now live in California, (the phoniest place in the world to native New Yorkers, by the way), what do you do about the homesickness that only true New Yorker’s understand?
New York lives inside of my veins. In fact if you cut me I’ll bleed blue. Now that being said I definitely don’t think California is the “phoniest place in the world”. I love Cali. We have so much cultural diversity here and on top of that it is beautiful. Besides, don’t let all those “native New Yorkers” fool you. Most of them that dis’ Cali are really transplants from other states talking about, “yeah I’m from NYC” but you ain’t from the big apple unless you’ve gone to public school your whole life and been stomped down by eight Dominicans with steel toe boots, in sheepskins in front of the Apollo Theater in the dead of winter. I’m actually from New York and can say that me and my NY boys don’t hate on Cali. We ain’t got nothin’ but California LOVE. That being said I still think that NYC is still the greatest city in the world, I just wish that all those transplants would stop claiming that their from NY when they ain’t… Case closed!
I hope you enjoyed both parts of my interview with Justin Bua. An extremely talented artist, I am forever grateful for his honesty and participation. I highly recommend his new book, “The Legends of Hip-Hop” to art lovers, Hip-Hop lovers and anyone who appreciates true talent.
Coming up next, my interview with Frank Cascio, best friend of Michael Jackson, and author of “My Friend Michael”, as well as, my review of Darrell Hammond’s new book, “God, If That’s Not You Up There, I’m F*cked”.
And, of course, for all things Anne Rice, please visit my Anne Rice Examiner page.
Till the next time!