Sen1 - outta La West Side Familia

George Morillo. Born in 1968. Graffiti name: Sen1

Even though we were in the middle of New York, all the noise from the streets felt so far away in the apartment we were standing in. It was not just an apartment, but an artist’s home. Small rooms filled with stuff – cassette tapes, posters and brushes. The walls were full of colors. It was like being caught in a time warp. You may not have seen the man who lives there, because he mostly works in the late hours. Especially as a young kid when he spent most of his free time hanging out with the boys in the neighbourhood doing graffiti. We talked to a man who has made a living out of his creative skills, and seen more than an average person.

“Today people hire me to paint pictures and stuff like that. In my age it feels better and safer that way.”

There is a variety of techniques connected by using the cans and painting graffiti.

“I will always be a hip hopper, just in another way today than back then.“

“If I could go back to my younger days, I would do it in a heartbeat. I would rather live as I did back then, without money, than as I do now, with money.”

“My group, La West Side Familia, were constantly in conflict with hip hoppers from other neighbourhoods. We had to carry weapons.”