"I've always been interested in letters and words. I've loved letters from the cradle. It started with graffiti: I wasn't looking at signs, I was into graffiti. Once in a while, I'd see a sign that was special to me. The signs at Coney Island were special to me as a graffiti writer because they advertised pleasure; they had such an irreverent quality. For us graffiti writers, we like what sign painters might call 'gingerbread'—the more crap you can throw on a letter, the better."