Complex: You're from New York City, but you moved out to Los Angeles in 2006 for your girl. You're L.A.-based now?

Alec Monopoly: I am. When I moved out to Los Angeles, I noticed there were all these huge billboards. L.A. is such an early city—it’s dead at like 3 A.M., so it makes it so easy for street artists to work. And these billboards are everywhere. Even in the neighborhoods, where there are all these houses and nothing else, you have these huge billboards. I got out there and was like, "What? What are these things doing here?" We're constantly being bombarded with marketing and it’s illegal, but these corporations have all these lawyers and everything gets tied up in paperwork and in court. That’s why you see all those abandoned billboards in Brooklyn, because they’re finally coming down.

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