It's painfully early on a weekend morning in the 'hood, and Phoenix graffiti artist DOSE and his homie FOES head south through streets filled with homeless crack- and meth-heads. The scene looks like something out of a Rob Zombie flick, with undead hookers and addicts plodding aimlessly from one side of the street to another.

The doors on DOSE's sleek, black sedan are locked and, anyway, it's not as though the pair are looking to score rocks. They pass through the area around Madison Street and Seventh Avenue and seek out the train yards farther south and west. DOSE drives through the yards, then follows the train tracks via back roads, going even farther west, looking for freight cars to tag.

"There's not anything in the yards right now," gripes DOSE. "Because the economy is down, there are no trains to fuck with."

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Word on the street: A sampling of DOSE’s artwork, in both legal and illegal spots across Phoenix, and a collaboration between DOSE and SERP that was once part of a Christmas-themed wall at the Madison Event Center, next to the Fourth Avenue Jail.
Stephen Lemons
Word on the street: A sampling of DOSE’s artwork, in both legal and illegal spots across Phoenix, and a collaboration between DOSE and SERP that was once part of a Christmas-themed wall at the Madison Event Center, next to the Fourth Avenue Jail.
Hector Ruiz and DOSE collaborate on a piece at the Chocolate Factory, Ruiz’s studio.
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Hector Ruiz and DOSE collaborate on a piece at the Chocolate Factory, Ruiz’s studio.
Works in progress by Ruiz and DOSE.
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Works in progress by Ruiz and DOSE.
DOSE’s homage to Keith Haring at Scottsdale’s Bentley Gallery in February of this year.
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DOSE’s homage to Keith Haring at Scottsdale’s Bentley Gallery in February of this year.
Tools of DOSE’s trade, a jar of spray-paint tips.
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Tools of DOSE’s trade, a jar of spray-paint tips.
Mad bombers: Outsourced, by Hector Ruiz and DOSE, a 9-by-24-foot diptych, currently hanging in the Phoenix Art Museum as part of its “Locals Only” show.
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Mad bombers: Outsourced, by Hector Ruiz and DOSE, a 9-by-24-foot diptych, currently hanging in the Phoenix Art Museum as part of its “Locals Only” show.
Treg Bradley’s ultra-modern home in north Scottsdale, designed by architect Michael P. Johnson.
House Photos: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography Inc.
Treg Bradley’s ultra-modern home in north Scottsdale, designed by architect Michael P. Johnson.
Bradley, with a Ruiz-DOSE collaboration.
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Bradley, with a Ruiz-DOSE collaboration.
Bradley, with a Ruiz-DOSE collaboration.
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Bradley, with a Ruiz-DOSE collaboration.
DOSE busts out a graffiti piece in broad daylight.
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DOSE busts out a graffiti piece in broad daylight.
DOSE’s palette, in the trunk of his ride.
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DOSE’s palette, in the trunk of his ride.

They finally stop in an industrial area that looks suitably abandoned, jump out of the ride, and get busy. FOES disappears behind a train car — one of the few they see that day — standing alone on a side track. Although DOSE has a palette of spray-paint cans in the trunk, he opts to tag with custom-made markers filled with ink he mixed himself. They're quicker to hide should cops or private security roll up.

Light poles, fences, buildings, the sidewalk, you name it — they all become a blank canvas for urban hieroglyphics. FOES returns from tagging the side of a car and tells how he startled a bum lying under some plywood.

Suddenly, DOSE spots a rent-a-cop parking his security vehicle on a side street near the trio. Rather than wait for the inevitable, DOSE boldly strides toward the guard, engaging him in pleasantries. When he returns, he says not to sweat it. He told the guard they had stopped to take a leak and would soon be moving on.

"The worst thing anyone can do is run like a little girl," says DOSE, easing back in the car. "If you run right off the bat, they're gonna know you're doing something wrong. So I speak to them before they speak to me."

The day bleeds into the afternoon, and DOSE and FOES end up where they started, at a hideout doing bong hits, drinking Arrogant Bastard Ale, and jawboning about — what else? — graffiti.

Life's a ripe plum for DOSE right now. The veteran Phoenix writer (what graffiti artists call themselves) has been steadily increasing his fame over the past few years, helping to form an art collective called Forever In Control, which has sought out legal walls in spots across town, from the so-called "graffiti alley" behind stores on McDowell Road between 18th and 19th streets to the cinder block walls of Miranda's Custom Cars in south Phoenix.

Graffiti alley garnered the attention of ASU's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts and heavy-hitters like former Herberger director of community engagement Joe Baker. This led to collaboration with established Phoenix sculptor and painter Hector Ruiz.

The products of the Ruiz-DOSE collaboration are wall-size canvases filled with social commentary, humor, and regional symbolism — explosions of color and visual references that critique the hypocrisy of modern American society, its racism, and its ruthless pursuit of the dollar. The canvases have caught the eye of Phoenix Art Museum modern-art curator Sara Cochran, who has included them in an ongoing exhibit of Latino artists called "Locals Only." Major local collector Treg Bradley has begun snapping them up. And Bentley Calverley, owner of Scottsdale's Bentley Gallery and Downtown's Bentley Projects, is representing both DOSE and Ruiz and is planning a major exhibition for both artists in November.

It's the kind of recognition that would make an art-school grad salivate. But DOSE didn't go to art school. That's to say, his art school has been the graffiti world, and it operates by different rules. That's why he still tags, even though he's in his 30s (relative old age for a graf writer) and on the verge of mainstream success.

"I keep tagging," DOSE says, "to let the other writers know that just because I'm doing gallery shows doesn't mean I'm sleeping on the streets or sleeping on the roots of what started it."


DOSE is cagey about his past. He has to be. Graffiti (or "criminal damage," as it's defined by Arizona Revised Statute 13-1602) could get a writer charged with anything from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 4 felony, depending on how much it costs to clean or "buff" the damage.

DOSE claims he's never been caught, and he plans to keep it that way, though as his fame increases, keeping his real identity and his DOSE persona separate will become increasingly difficult.

"I don't care what anyone says," DOSE remarks. "I'm successful at graffiti, and I'm going to keep doing it. Am I going to stop because of the mere fact that it's illegal?"

As a condition of his cooperation for this story, New Times agreed not to show DOSE's face or reveal his birth name.

DOSE shares certain facts about his life, while keeping others in the dark. He's from Los Angeles and moved to Phoenix with his family when he was a teen. After high school, there was a stint in the military, though he remains vague on what branch. He was stationed in Latin America for a time, but ask him what he did there, and he'll give you a sarcastic answer about smuggling cocaine into the country for the CIA.

Until recently, he made money at a square job. He was recently laid off, which has allowed him to pursue his art career full time. Despite the recognition and the gallery representation, the money is not pouring in, but the promise is there.

Phoenix collector Treg Bradley already has picked up some of the collaborations with Hector Ruiz, and gallerist Bentley Calverley says she's pricing the work at anywhere from $3,800 to $38,000, but that will be for canvases offered in November. She's allowing Ruiz and DOSE to operate out of the Bentley Projects as they pump out the art.

Meanwhile, DOSE has to deal with people talking smack about him on the streets.

"Some other graffiti artists think I'm selling out," he says. "I want to tell them, 'Hey, you're not paying my bills, so why would I care about what you think.' I don't pay attention to all the hate and criticism. I think it's fucking stupid."

By all rights, DOSE should have nothing to prove. He started writing when he was 11, inspired by graffiti he saw on the freeways in Los Angeles. Though he had been into sports until then, sports didn't provide the same adrenaline rush as graffiti. He began by writing ASTEK, his version of Aztec. Around age 13 or 14, he switched it up to DOSE because his cousin's dad used to write graffiti under that name.

He continued writing as DOSE after he moved to Phoenix, despite his father's finding out and laying into him about it. At first, his pops didn't know why all the spray paint was disappearing from his garage. When he found out what his son was up to, he was pissed.

"He hated it," DOSE says. "He talked shit to me constantly about it. 'Fucking tagger, why don't you write on your fucking face, and walk around like a dumbass, instead of writing on other people's stuff?' That's kinda how I learned that you don't disrespect other people's property. They work hard for their shit."

Indeed, DOSE is old school in the sense that he adheres to the unwritten rules governing graffiti. You don't hit homes, churches, or mom-and-pop shops. Public property, abandoned buildings, and big-name commercial businesses are fair game, though. He claims to have never written on a church or someone's home. But he acknowledges that younger, still-stupid writers known as "toys" do just that. And he doesn't like it any better than the next guy.

"If I see graffiti in my neighborhood, I buff it," he says. "I don't want graffiti on my house. I don't want it in my neighborhood. It drops the property value. But on a main street, with fucking 10 million Circle Ks and 10 million billboards? Why not?"

Over the years, he's run with a number of graffiti crews — teams of writers who watch each other's backs. The most recent was TAF, or They All Fear. DOSE has a rep on the street for not taking any crap, and he looks like he can handle himself. Slim and muscular, he stands ramrod-straight most of the time, as if he's daring you to try. Maybe it's a holdover from his time in the military. Or just the by-product of being a Latino who grew up on mean streets.

His style is heavily inspired by West Coast Mexican cholo culture, though he's flipped it and reworked it to make it his own. There's nothing pretty or subtle about his work. It's strong, in your face, and full of straight lines with jagged turns. Nor is there anything about it that's been sissified for the gallery or the museum. That's why it's astonishing that the local art world has taken to it.

"No one from Scottsdale is gonna walk in the train yard with us," DOSE says. "So why not bring the train yard with me and drop it in [somewhere] else."


Though few in Phoenix have attempted it, crossing from the graffiti world to the fine-art universe is not exactly a new idea in places like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Paris.

In Gotham in the 1980s, fine-art superstars Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat became famous doing street art. And the trend only grew more popular with time, the rise of hip-hop culture (of which graffiti is a crucial element), and a plethora of success stories of street artists skirting the law and making big money.

Examples include poster-artist Shepard Fairey, driven by his "Obey Giant" campaign. Fairey's fame seemed to reach a pinnacle with his famous Hope poster of President Barack Obama, which Obama acknowledges helped him win the White House. However, success hasn't kept Fairey from getting collared, as he was on the eve of a major show of his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston when that city's finest arrested Fairey for past work he'd done there. The incident involving several charges of vandalism only increased Fairey's fame and street cred.

London stencil-artist Banksy is another who continues to create illegal street art, even though auction houses such as Sotheby's and Bonhams have sold his work, sometimes for hundreds of thousands of British pounds. Banksy is known for his sardonic wall etchings of Queen Victoria flashing her knickers and of masked Molotov cocktail throwers. He once hung on the walls of the Louvre, without the museum's permission, an image of the Mona Lisa with a yellow smiley face on her mug. Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera are among his collectors.

For fans around the world, Fairey and Banksy are the Robin Hoods of the art world. And they are far from the only ones. San Francisco's Twist, a.k.a. Barry McGee, has had shows at UCLA's Hammer Museum and had his work included in the Venice Biennale. The grittier, harder work of Los Angeles' TOOMER, who belongs to that city's notorious TKO crew, also has mad fans, has been the subject of documentaries, and is widely sought after by collectors and those who want him to paint their buildings.

Roger Gastman is an L.A.-based graffiti authority whose erstwhile magazines While You Were Sleeping and Swindle were grounded in graffiti culture. He's authored several art books on graffiti for such high-end publishers as Thames & Hudson and Abrams and is currently working on a 500-plus-page history of U.S. graffiti for HarperCollins that, he says, should be out next year. But even he finds it difficult to put a price tag on the influence of graffiti or categorize its success.

"It's not like a stat you can find, say, like, 'Video games made so much this year,'" Gastman says. "Graffiti is an element that's been put into so much. Music videos, fashion, movies, art. It's put into so many different things at so many levels, that it's really hard to classify. But there's definitely a ridiculous amount of money being made by graffiti."

Gastman is sure about one thing. In graffiti, street cred is everything, no matter what sort of popularity is achieved through the legitimate art business. A graf writer first makes a name for himself on the street, putting in the time and effort, then trades it for bank in a gallery.

"What you did on the street is what's drawing your fans in," Gastman says. "That's your story. If [DOSE] was just showing something in a gallery and his art was cool, you probably wouldn't be writing about him. You're writing about him because he was on the street."

For DOSE, it's been a steady progression that began in 1998 with the inception of Forever In Control, a fluid art collective that's included as many as 10 other graf writers and artists and as few as five. The idea was for the collective and individual members to market themselves, to push themselves into the community and the public. For a while, FIC pushed its own line of graf supplies. Then it moved into doing legal walls, in part as a way to showcase members' talents.

Three or four years ago, FIC approached Luis Miranda, owner of Miranda's Custom Cars at Central and Grant. Miranda allowed the artists to utilize a long cinder block wall that snakes around Grant and south on First Avenue. Initially, Phoenix's Graffiti Busters program approached Miranda, asking him to paint it out. But Miranda told the program that the graffiti artists had his permission to paint there. The art has featured dozens of writers, including DOSE, SREK, SERP, FORIN, and WIES.

Every couple of months, the artwork is changed. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, himself no fan of graffiti, used a mural done by WIES for an anti-truancy flier. The County Attorney's Office used a photo of the piece with a faux writer posing in front of it as if he was doing it illegally. Thomas' office obtained no permission, either from Miranda or WIES, to use a photo of this legal piece of street art.

FIC also got close to Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Very close. For a while, the collective was regularly adding its artwork to a legal wall at the Madison Event Center, just across from Joe's infamous Fourth Avenue Jail. Befuddled sheriff's deputies regularly walked past the seasonally themed art — one group of images had a Tim Burton-style Christmas theme; another, a Halloween theme — on their way to work. DOSE and others worked in the open, both day and night, with the permission of the building's owners. Still, there was at least one run-in with the cops.

"I think it was the sheriffs who called the Phoenix police on us," DOSE remembers. "The cop came up to me, flashing his flashlight at me. I looked down from the ledge where I was and said, 'What's the matter? Can I help you?' Real blunt, he said, 'What the fuck are you doing up there?' I was sarcastic right back: 'Fucking writing graffiti. What does it look like?'"

Ultimately, the property manager came out to explain things to the police officer. Sadly, Madison Event Center no longer sponsors the graffiti wall.

However, graffiti alley is going strong. Drive down the alley behind the row of businesses from 18th and 19th streets and McDowell Road, and you're met on both sides by walls of graffiti. There are huge letters of brown and black, book-ended by Fu-Manchu bearded homeboys, and long panels featuring graffiti with cartoon-character themes — Speedy Gonzales and Road Runner and Coyote running through an urban backdrop. There's fat, bubble-letter graffiti and a wall of graf that looks like tightly wound, gray cotton candy. It's all legal, with both residents and business owners signing off on it.

(Graffiti supply store Just Blazed is nearby and also has legal graffiti, but technically, it is not affiliated with graffiti alley.)

The alley is still controversial. Neighborhood Services, the department of city government that oversees Graffiti Busters, would love to buff it tomorrow if it could. But it can't. It doesn't have the approval of residents and business owners to do so.


The printmaking company Armstrong-Prior, one of the businesses along graffiti alley, got Joe Baker, then-director of community engagement at ASU's Herberger College of the Arts, involved.

Baker essentially helped sponsor the alley, which garnered ASU's President's Medal for Social Embeddedness, an award that, according to ASU's Web site, "recognizes ASU departmental, inter-departmental, or multidisciplinary teams that have demonstrated excellence in identifying a community need or issue and fostering mutually supportive partnerships with Arizona communities to implement successful solutions."

Academic-speak aside, the alley was a notable example of business, higher education, and artists coming together to claim a space that was once an eyesore. The graf artists took to maintaining their work, and the alley became a tourist destination of sorts for graffiti lovers. Hip-hop legend KRS-ONE even toured the site last year and added his own tag.

For DOSE, one of the more ambitious writers in Forever In Control's lineup, the connections made through ASU brought him together with Hector Ruiz, an established Phoenix artist and the subject of a 2005 solo show at the Heard Museum. Ruiz operates out of his well-known gallery/studio on Grand Avenue, the Chocolate Factory.

The men are about the same age and share a Latino heritage. They had barely missed running into each other in the Phoenix art community at different junctures. Ruiz had just had an exhibit at Scottsdale's Bentley Gallery last year. Then, shortly thereafter, the Bentley had an exhibition of Keith Haring's work and sought out an authentic Phoenix graffiti artist to tag the entrance. Someone suggested DOSE, who had already created commissioned work for other clients, including Red Bull, which has local headquarters in Tempe.

"We did it as a homage to Haring, who was famous for his subway drawings," said Bentley Calverley, referring to the illegal graffiti Haring created in New York's subways in the 1980s. "I think Haring would have appreciated that this was done by someone like him, instead of the standard issue block letters that all galleries, including us, tend to use."

But it wasn't there — at the gallery that now reps both of them — that DOSE and Ruiz met. That would come later, as people kept telling DOSE he should talk to Ruiz, about whom he knew nothing. One day, DOSE spied Ruiz walking out of the Chocolate Factory and approached him, asking if he could paint the outside wall of his studio. Ruiz said yes, and soon each man was asking the other if he wanted to collaborate.

"I said, 'Hey I've got some panels in the back. We could pull them out, start messing around,'" remembers the laid-back Ruiz. "He came by. The rest is history."

That was in June, and it snowballed from there. The two artists fed off each other, creating museum-size canvases using their own recurring series of symbols. Huge, round, cartoon-like bombs seem to represent graffiti "bombing," or tagging, as well as a revolutionary impulse. Eagles representing America and its imperialism arise from landscapes featuring the wall along parts of the Mexico-U.S. border. Foreign influence is embodied by Godzillas wearing Kanye West-style glasses. Ladders leading nowhere show the futility of social climbing and getting ahead. A coyote with X'ed-out eyes bares its teeth under an angry cartoon sun. And DOSE's tag makes an appearance on each canvas — sometimes huge, sometimes small.

Soon, folks were coming by to check out the collaborations. One was art collector Treg Bradley, the entrepreneur behind the Chandler hydrogardening company Botanicare. Bradley collects works by Phoenix artists only (Ruiz being one) and showcases them at his residences. He snapped up two of the Ruiz-DOSE collaborations for his sleek, ultra-modern Scottsdale home, designed by architect Michael P. Johnson. The house has been featured in several magazines, including Western Living and Desert Interiors.

One of the collaborative paintings was created over another work by Ruiz that once hung in the Smithsonian. The dense, multi-layered artwork now hangs in a hallway of Bradley's Scottsdale residence. Among the images in the piece are DOSE's tag, the border wall, UFOs (no doubt transporting illegal aliens), several angry suns, and a Spanish version of a Star Wars character called "Vato-D2."

"To me, it's very ballsy that they painted over that Smithsonian piece," Bradley said during a tour of his home, with its vintage Italian '70s furniture, wide glass doors, and negative-edge pool. "There's a lot going on here, and it's going to take me a long time to break the code. There's a whole language going on here."

Another visitor to the Chocolate Factory was the Phoenix Art Museum's curator of modern art, Sara Cochran. She was so taken by the collaboration that she chose two works to be shown in the exhibition "Locals Only," featuring 12 Valley Chicano and Latino artists. She envisioned this smaller show as adjunct to a larger traveling exhibition, "Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement," which opened July 12 at the museum. The post-Chicano art show features Latino artists in their 20s and 30s, and Cochran thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase local talent and attract a new audience to the museum.

"In 'Phantom Sightings,' the artists are primarily from Southern California, Texas, and New York," Cochran says. "I felt very strongly there should be a platform for local artists. That was initially when I started talking to Hector. This work, I certainly hope it will encourage especially younger people to come in and see the museum in a different way."

Cochran said she appreciated the "rawness" and "energy" of the work, particularly a piece by Ruiz, DOSE, and two other local artists, Lalo Cota and Mykil ZEPata, which serves as a sort of allegory of Mexican migration across the brutal Sonoran Desert. In it, coyotes, the sun, religion, and capitalism conspire against indigenous people and the undocumented.

"As soon as I saw it, I knew that I would love to have it [for the show]," Cochran enthused. She said she had no reservations about using art that included a graffiti artist who expresses himself illegally on the street. She also pointed out that the museum had featured graffiti once before, in the 2007 exhibit, Graffiti Art in Fashion.

"I think those who only see graffiti art as illegal probably have a very traditional mindset," she said. "That's been superseded by the way in which contemporary culture has moved forward. If you look at the influence of it on design, on music, it's there. We can stick our heads in the sand and say this is all bad, all illegal, but I don't think that's a particularly progressive way of looking at it."


"Locals Only" continues at the Phoenix Art Museum through October 25. Then the Ruiz-DOSE collaboration will get another boost from a show that Bentley Calverley's planning for early November. It will take place at both her Scottsdale location and at Bentley Projects in downtown Phoenix.

With so much attention, DOSE may be poised for acceptance by the art establishment and collectors, but is Phoenix ready for a crossover artist who continues to engage in illegal graffiti?

It's not that Phoenix lacks writers who've obtained fame. Box-car graffiti artist KAPER is known by graf-heads nationally for his work. Roger Gastman's 2006 art book Freight Train Graffiti featured KAPER, among the many spray-can immortals of the genre. (KAPER was the subject of a 2002 New Times cover story, "America's Ogre of Train Bombing," by Brendan Joel Kelley.)

And then there's Phoenix's El Mac, whose aerosol art can be painfully beautiful and channels the talents of Old World masters. The July 12, 2007 cover of LA Weekly was a photo of a wall-size image of the Buddha on which Mac collaborated with L.A. artist RETNA. The photo illustrated a story about L.A.'s successful Seventh Letter Crew, of which El Mac's a member. He has murals up, mostly on legal walls around Phoenix, and he travels internationally to showcase his art, from Barcelona to Mexico City. El Mac does any non-legal stuff mostly out of town.

Not so with DOSE, for whom Phoenix is a canvas. Also, unlike El Mac, DOSE's work is brutal and uncompromising in its street aesthetic. In other words, it's the sort of graffiti that Graffiti Busters loves to buff.

William Hogans, who heads Graffiti Busters, says the program costs Phoenix taxpayers $2.1 million annually. During the 2007-08 fiscal year, 95,000 sites in Phoenix were painted over or buffed. And Hogans claims that Graffiti Busters has found that even legal walls, such as those at Miranda's Custom Cars and at graffiti alley at 18th Street and McDowell, increase the prevalence of graffiti elsewhere, rather than stifle it.

He says the price to the public of graffiti is far higher when the costs to private businesses and utilities, such as the Salt River Project, are included. Added up, Hogans claims, graffiti costs the local public $6 million annually.

"In addition, we find by talking to the Realtors," states Hogans, "that graffiti, once applied to someone's property, can reduce that property value 15 to 20 percent. It deters individuals who want to be investors in that community from investing."

Hogans cites an emotional component to graffiti, as well. Residents, he says, sometimes worry that graffiti suggests gang activity or that they're being targeted, even though it's usually just a writer getting his name up.

On the law enforcement side, the Phoenix Police Department has a five-cop graffiti detail. Three of the officers work graffiti full time, while the other two incorporate catching graffiti writers into other duties. Detective Diane Rowe says 500 people — most of whom were juveniles — were arrested last year for doing graffiti.

Rowe estimated that about 10 percent of those arrests were directly related to gang activity. About 25 percent were "tag-bangers," who sometimes pull a gun or a knife to defend their turf. The remaining 65 percent were considered non-violent.

"They're just out there to show their art, or what they believe is their art," said Rowe. "Some are artistic. That's probably about 5 percent of the stuff we see."

Neither Hogans nor Rowe were familiar with DOSE, but Rowe said she picked up a few hits on DOSE on the online database of graffiti images maintained by Graffiti Busters. (The two agencies share information on graffiti vandals.)

The problem for police is, more than one person could tag under the same moniker — which is one reason Phoenix cops pretty much must catch a graffiti writer in the act to make a prosecution stick.

Asked about the cost of graffiti, Roger Gastman, one of graffiti's biggest boosters, is unapologetic.

"Graffiti is vandalism," says Gastman. "Sometimes it looks great, sometimes it's a tag on a stop sign. But at the end of the day, graffiti is vandalism. I'm not going to argue with that fact."

That, he says, is part of what makes it cool and why he admires it.

As far as DOSE goes, he plans to keep doing it. He doesn't want to get arrested for practicing his art, but it's a risk he's willing to take.

"Graffiti is the voice of the streets," DOSE states defiantly, adding, "and I'm going to do it regardless. It's like breathing for me."

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beerlandtexas
beerlandtexas

Sad to say, there's somebody in Austin right now using your tag name and defacing other people's art and some of the really cool businesses on the east side.  It's a shame and causes confusion and misdirected hatred.  No disrespect to any artists, but disrespecting fellow artists is wrong.

Akbal
Akbal

and it is DOSE not DOZE... dipshit

Akbal
Akbal

ei fkin haters he is makin a revolution with his art... suporting the raza... and all the shit we have taken through the years im proud to say im his cousin...

LISTO KYSK
LISTO KYSK

YO I READ THROUGH ALL THE COMMENTS!! LET ME START BY SAYING THIS. EVERYONE OF YOU BITCH ASS NIGGAS POSTING HATE COMMENTS ON THIS AND NOT LEAVING YOUR NAME WILL BE FOUND AND WILL NEVER GET UP AGAIN!!! DOSE IS A GREAT ARTIST! HE PUTS HIS WORKS IN THE STREET!!! HE MAKES MAD BANK!!! HE IS PROLLY THE ONLY GRAFFER IN AZ DOING SHIT LIKE THIS!!! AND TO ALL YOU FOOLS CALLING HIM A BULLY THIS NIKKA IS PRETTY CHILL. FOOLS ARE TERRIFIED TO HAVE BEEF WITH HIM,, HE'LL STOMP ALL OVER YOUR ASS!! YO AND ALL THE FOOLS SAYING HE IS OR WAS THE WACKEST FOOL IN TAF LOL HAHAH YO EVEN SREK COMMENTED THIS SHIT SAYING PROPS TO DOSE AND TELLING YALL FOOLS OFF YALL NIKKAS ARE BITCHMADE 2 FACERS ... REAL RECONIZE REAL!!! LISTO KYSKKKK

FinestinPhx
FinestinPhx

Dose- I read all the comments and it's funny how people actually sat and wasted time trying to insult and degrade what they obviously envy. I can't believe how far you've come homeboy and I can say I remember your first works of art. All the hate you receive is a confirmation you doin the damn thing . (if they really didn't like it, they wouldn't pay attention). Oh no, the haterz will talk about me now. My life will be over if they say something to hurt my feelings ...hahahahahaha!Please feel free to dedicate your next work to the lifeless retards who blessed your page with what they thought was going to stop you from what you do.

The Critic
The Critic

It amazes me to read all the hate mail from a bunch of self proclaimed "men" that are deathly afraid to put their names up after talking smack. I didn't realize there were so many "PUSSIES" in our great town. It take a very strong individual to do what he has done, while the rest of you "great graffiti artist" talk smack, he's busy planning his next moves and consistently stays 10 steps ahead of his competition.Bravo!!!

P.S. and if DOSE is as "toy" or just started painting, like some have claimed. Then, what does that make the rest of you that will never accomplish a tenth of what he's already done?

fake...
fake...

dose..dose..dose.fake..fake.fake..im not hating bout him selling his paitingggs ...he is doing his thing..shit i wish i can do the same shit, but he is a "fakE"..talking shit bout cope2 how he is fake.."how can cope2 still be paiting n not get cought. when he is showing his face out on videos, braging how he hasnt got cought"...........

KURUPT
KURUPT

THIS IS GRAFF TALK...BLAH,BLAH HATING ON DOSE, HES MAKINGTHAT LOOT,PAYING HIS BILLS, ETC....WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HIS GRAFFITI, HES A FUCKING TOY! AINT ARTISTIC EITHER IF YOU SEEN HIS WORK WITH MR.RUIZ. WHY GIVE PROPS TO SOMEONE THAT AINT GOOD WHEN THERES PLENTY OF WRITERS THAT CAN BURN HIS WORK THAT HAVENT EVEN BEEN PAINTING AS LONG AS HE CLAIMS TO HAVE. JUST CAUSE THEY DID A STORY ABOUT HIS PUNK ASS HE'S NOW THE GRAFFITI KING OF ARIZONA?!?!? FUCK THAT! HE SUCKS AND WHOEVER IS STICKING UP FOR HIM IS OBIVIOUSLY BLIND OR DOESNT KNOW WHAT GOOD GRAFFITI OR ART IS. SUCKERS! KEEP IT GULLY IN THE STREETS!

Its a STORY
Its a STORY

it is a story about a guy. it could have been about anyone. take it for what it is. you are all just jealous. grow up.

KRYSTLE
KRYSTLE

So many assume, so little know...I agree with comments #13 (Shaft, see you at work, lol) and #43. Haters only hate the things they can't get and the people they can't be...and by hating you're only making his name more known, bringing him more recognition, more fame...suckers! he mind as well thank you for the favor...DOSE, mad props to you homie, you're making it happen, no one else is there supporting your ass, paying your bills, taking care of your family, you're making it happen, and that's more than any of your haters can say...while they're out there wasting their time chasing and prosecuting people, working at some 9-5 job at Mickey D's bringing in 38,000 a year...your art is selling for 38,000 a piece. You do what you do, and you're happy, it is what it is. All the haters need to get over themselves, go catch some real fucken criminals, the ones selling crack and raping your kids...you're just a bunch of unhappy, cowardly failures, get a life, and go make something of yourself like this guy did, defeating all odds...NO BITCHASSNESS!!!

SREK TAF ICR MD
SREK TAF ICR MD

Dose is going to keep doing his thing regardless, hate it or love it. Get that Money!

no mores
no mores

david harris we did not understand what the hell your post says you type like you have a dick in your mouth or hand or whatever good luck with that

David Harris
David Harris

Nothing starts a neighborhood into a downward spiral into being run by drug dealing gangsters faster than graffiti. Taggers should be shot on sight.

AZGUY
AZGUY

Props to New Times for supporting this local artist. Congrats to the artist Dose for crossing cultural borders and taking his art to a new level. Always strive for more in life. From some of these posts it sounds like you must be a strong minded and motivated individual to break away from the crowd. As a native hispanic myself, it feels good to see another rise above and follow his dreams. Dont pay attention to anyone you left behind for its their loss not yours. I look forward to seeing your work in your upcoming show.

this guy
this guy

DOSE YOU ARE NOT SICK! YOUR GRAFF LOOKS THE SAME AS THE DAY YOU STARTED. GET THAT CAN OF PAINT OUT YOUR ASS AND GET THEM CHEEKS BACK ON THE CORNER GUY. TAH

Weknowwhoare
Weknowwhoare

You guys only know dose as the writer. None of the real homies even care. We all support Dose as the artist he is. But for you or your homie to talk about his wife and kids is not acceptable. If it wasnt you then it was your homies that you allowed to talk this way. Graff shit is one thing but family is another. Dose has more love in AZ than you can imagine. I for one hope it isnt one of the people I met from Dose. But if it is...trust me, we dont take kindness to rape talk about his wife and his children. I regret to inform you that I will not only take it out on you but your family members for putting it out on my brother. Do yourslefs a favor and bow out now. Trust me we will find out who the truth is and make an example out of him. Let it go. Dose left you. You are still writing. Its all good. Pubes, you are intelligent, let it go. Tell your homies to let it go. If not, then it is what it is. When I find out who the truth is we will end the story.

no more
no more

wow if i had the time to sit on the web and talk shit but i am to busy creating , but talking all that shit and not saying who u are is really toy its like crossing some one out and not putting your name thats pussy there will b a time when all is truth...... u cant tell time cuz time will only tell........ karma is one bitch i will not cross ...

Disapointed
Disapointed

Stephen Lemmon should have picked another candidate with far more integrity for a graffiti artist that actually wants the scene as a whole to unite and progress instead.

Jesus_Loves_You!
Jesus_Loves_You!

What a waste of fucking time. If I caught you knuckleheads spraying someones shit I'd put that can up yo pussy ass. Faggots.

FOWL  602
FOWL 602

wad up dose? looks like you got a bunch of haters on ur dick,lol, for them 2 take the time out 2 write about u and talk shit, they are just makin u more known. Ur makin money, taken care of urs. funny, none of these pussy's will say this shit to ur face and wont put their names, internet bangers. CONGRATS

N.O.R.E
N.O.R.E

ONLY RESPECT HES GETTING IS FROM ALL THE YOUNGSTERS AND PEEWEES HE REFERS TO THEM AS TOYS-HEY KIDS DONT LOOK UP TO THIS ASSHOLE!

BUMPY KNUCKLES
BUMPY KNUCKLES

WONDER WHY FOOLS ARE BACKING UP THIS PUNK? ALL HE'S THINKING IS YOUR JUST "DICK-RIDING" HIM LIKE HE TELLS OTHER WRITERS WHEN THEY GIVE PROPS TO ANOTHER WRITER OTHER THAN HIS PUNK ASS! ALSO WONDER WHAT WOULD THE REST OF THE FLY IDFAMILIA WOULD THINK WHEN THEY SEE ALL THE NEGATIVE BUT TRUE FEEDBACK THEIR "NEW EDITION" GOT FROM HIS INTERVIEW?

Sidestepper
Sidestepper

Comment 43 'Let's review the facts'-you're oh so wrong, and its so clear that a majority of your 'facts' were through what you've heard....not actually been there for ; ).

Wipe it up...a little more...no, on your left cheek....there you go. : )

no mas
no mas

its sad when a person works hard for what they got and every one hates cuz its not them selves and cry cuz they cant find the road to success so go call the wwwwwwaaaaaaammbulance cuz all your doing is pounding sand when you should be pounding on a door so you can get a foot in and do your own stuff go hate on the government ,I N S ,or sheriff Joe cuz your words will do nothing ssssooo nnnnnooooo mmmmaaaaaaaassssss bull shit

excessive
excessive

your all a bunch of hating jerks lol

THE TRUTH
THE TRUTH

I SAID STAY BEHIND THE SCENES ,NOT UNNOTICED BUT I NOTICE YOUR WIFE IS GETTING LONELY ID POUND THAT AND LET YOUR KIDS WATCH ! LMAO KEEP TELLING YOURSELF HOW REAL YOU ARE IM SURE FLYID WILL BE THE NEXT TO GIVE YOU THE BOOT...

THE TRUTH
THE TRUTH

I GUESS THIS IS WHAT GUYS WITH SMALL DICKS HAVE TO DO WHEN THEY CANT AFFORD A RED LAMBO!LOL

HaterAidKills
HaterAidKills

Let's review a few facts.

Who's in the museum?

Whose shit is getting repped by a Scottsdale gallery?

Who's doing collabos with a major AZ artist?

Whose shit is still all over the street? (Sorry haters, it is.)

Who helped push the concept of legal walls in PHX, when his homies told him it was too dangerous to cross over?

Who got on the cover of New Times?

Whose stuff is being collected by those with deep pockets?

Who got Luis Miranda to turn his walls over to major writers from in and outside the Valley? (C'mon, yall can't tell me that shit ain't cool.)

Who's been scoring gigs from Red Bull, etc.?

As for previous comments by the ignorant about FIC. FIC is an artists coillective, not a crew. That's why you don't see anyone putting up FIC. You do see TAF.

DOSE has something a lot of you posers don't: AMBITION. For the buttpirate who said real writers stay unnoticed. Right, only those who wish to remain LFL: LOSERS FOR LIFE.

For the other writers out there who're are convinced they're better than DOSE, you may be. But without ambition, brohas, you'll never get out of your moms basement.

Finally, DOSE has included a lot of people on his rise. Sure he's got an ego, but he's honest about it.

Ya'll should do the same. Hate the game, not the playa.

For those calling DOSE a toy. Please tell DOSE where you will tell him that in person, and then PLEASE, PLEASE tell us all, so we can go down to wherever and watch you get served.

BOXCARSTAR
BOXCARSTAR

LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE CLOSE TO DOSE AGREED WITH WHAT I SAID EARLIER.ITS ALL GOOD GULLY YOU DIDNT WANT HIM TO LOOK BAD OR MAYBE JUST YOUR WHOLE CLIQUE, JUST REALIZE WHO YOU REALLY CLICKED UP WITH G-FUNK.

YTG
YTG

AGREE TO DISAGREE...

fuck you
fuck you

this is the type of crap, which is 95% of the time this guy churns out

http://www.skateallcities.com/...

this is a picture of him going over another writers artwork!!! this is a common sight from this guy!!!!

just ignorant shit!!

way to go newtimes on picking the right guy to showcase!

goes to show lack of what you know! and more of who you know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this guy will not get any respect from me, respect is earned not given!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The heart behind his work cancels out everything he worked for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DeRailed
DeRailed

Aint hating on Dose but he's weak! How can I hate on someone that sucks?! Maybe cause he's trying to steal the spotlight on real writers with some actual skills! No skills and always crying about how AZ looks bad in graffiti forums and you have the biggest toy in AZ on the cover of the New Times and even interviewing in the 5AM vid.WHY???? He doesnt speak for all of the AZ Writerz!!!Caliming to be a king but he cant paint or draw for shit! He's the REAL definition of a toy: someone whos been painting since '89 still sucks til this day, he has the skills of a beginner or a female writer, just look when the Exchange Tour came last year to Phx and they painted the Miranda wall, Dose was the weakest one on that wall! STOP MAKING AZ LOOK WEAK LIKE YOU! GET OUT THE SPOTLIGHT CAUSE YOUR JUST NOT THAT GOOD AT ALL PUNK!!!!!

FOES ONE FYK
FOES ONE FYK

LOL^^^^^^ Im putting him on a pedestal ? By saying Congrads...? Dude is paying his bills... Sounds like a Old member from an old CREW is SAD. So sad he cant leave a name... MAN UP... STATE YOUR NAME...

fuck toys
fuck toys

Serene and Dose have a lot more in common than we all think, and they're both big time toys, they both quit their PHX and LA crew because nobody liked them, they both have cheesy interviews where they lied their asses off to achieve fake street cred, they both bite and steal letter styles, they both try to be someone they're not, they both had to suck a lot of dick to rep a crew on the opposite side of the country, they should team up and be best friends!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA and i find it funny that foes, swel, xs put this phoney on a pedestal they dont have an inch of skill in their pinky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LUV THIS SHIT EVEN MORE!!!

TLOK and RIME sitting in a tree: K-I-S-S-I-N-G First comes love, then comes.......................

THE TRUTH
THE TRUTH

LETS SEE THOSE PICTURES 1989 THROUGH 2004 ? LMAO REAL KINGS STAY BEHIND THE SCENES...YOU CAN FOOL THE PUBLIC LITTLE PUTA BUT YOU CANT FOOL THE WRITERS

TILZILLAH
TILZILLAH

BUMP THIS SHIT EVERY BODY SHOULD QUIT HATING

THE TRUTH
THE TRUTH

DOSE was a fucking toy just in 2006 pubes put him on the letter game and serk 2 showed him some techniqe ,give me a fucking break..you can earn your keep in the game or you can decieve everyone who gave that fag a name and front like your a king with 3 and a half years under the old belt 32 year old nobody,theres kids in cali half the age with twice the destruction ...you do the math keep manipulating the weak minded people because thats all youll ever be in life keep cheating on your wife your kids and your friends you piece of shit.oh i cant wait til youre locked up for your fake ass publicity stunt at least KAPER earnrd and deserved it FUCK THE HYPE FAME HORROR YOU SCARY ASS BITCH!

AZ Bencher
AZ Bencher

1st off you can ignore this comment because I am hiding behind a screen name, a scrawny white fella who cant hold his own if you must know. I have seen and documented a big share of Az's graff life for approaching 20 yrs now, and am familiar with all of our states alumni and graffiti big leaguers. For what its worth congrats to Dose-he's doing for himself and thats that HIMSELF. Is it Real? is it Wrong? Naah, its him doing for what he needs like he said and we all gotta respect that. Only those dozens of people in the graff scene who have worked with him or paid dues with him will know the honesty behind this fella. I more recently became familiar with him as a person just before the 1st event he put together. i would take photos and gather round to watch him and many others do their thing. Numerous times have I footed over to where him and others were painting and have seen the character from afar. A 'bully'-right on the nose you can say. It was an individual who would chew out or put kids right on the spot, or bully them, if things werent the way he wanted them or rollout the gossip carpet in order to persuade new onlookers to his way of mind. The tale of this 'OG AZ' writer dates back to '89 its said elsewhere. and where are these 1989 photos? 1995 photos? 1996? 2000? There are several individuals in this state that should reign supreme and few were mentioned above. (not you Excess im sorry-id believe maybe u started in 1989 beacause your style is still after all these years...stuck in it-go get more nachos).I pitty that this might fool some readers to believe hes in the same spotlight as El Mac or Banksy-as its brought up. i do agree with an above comment mentioning his abilities on an art level-definitely not the worst in the TAF crew and i too would like to know the story behind the FlyID enrollment-Serp?-but his top works artistically were hands down when Gnes Serp Srek Pubes Clark had involvement. His letters are definetly font driven and can only be manipulated so far. A wildstyle? a solo production? not at that level-so he takes what he has and makes it work with new direction from Hector-(a really good individual when i met him and a shocker when i heard they work together). This moment will ride out so far, maybe when his former friends,turned enemy,turned friends again realize the game of Dose. Graff gossip is loved and spreads like VanBuren thighs in this city-in other cities and even Tucson writers would cringe or look shook on the letters TAF -and why was that??? Because the saw a TAF wholecar roll thru town? they saw a TAF thread online? no....DOSE. The online and face to face bully "he stands as if trying to test you'-AHA! The beefs he had started im sure may have been a perfect open door for his crew at the time to walk in and have problems with someone because of him...or were they bullied to?Since no longer affiliated, the waters have calmed and the scene and beefs have settled and old enemies are now , praising him...i mean, his friends.Keep in mind an article has many fables within-one to address could be 'the collective FIC started in 1998'? I do not recall any FIC tags or walls in 1998? i dont recall seeing FIC productions next to CDK or TWK or BWS or NG? based on what was said in threads or flyers and his show...the name was a combination of his 2 former crews?Again congrats to the many comments,exposure and journey that Dose is on, it truly is great. I'll continue to support and attend his shows and watch as i have been from afar simply out of the love for graffiti and seeing the movement from what i believe was the start here in AZ.Good luck to you all!

EXCESSIVE1
EXCESSIVE1

THE REASON THE GUYS WHO WALL GETS TAGGED DONT BEAT US UP IS CAUSE THEY FLAT OUT CANT ...WERE GROWN ASS MEN THEY CAN TRY ...BUT THEN THERE GONNA GET BEAT DOWN AND WERE GONNA KNOW WHERE THEY LIVE HAHA SO I"LL SAY IT AGAIN CONGRATS TO DOSE AND HECTOR .LOTS OF GRAFFITI HEADS HAVE DONE LOTS OF GOOD STUFF AND MADE TONS OF MONEY BUT THE ARTICLE IS ABOUT DOSE'S JOURNEY .. ME AND HIM WERE ENEMIES..WERE NOT NOW AND WE DONT LIVE IN THE PAST LIKE ALOTTA OF THESE HATERS ...P.S. DONT HIDE BEHIND YOUR SCREENAME IF YOU SO FUCKIN TOUGH .....

jojo
jojo

Wouldn't it be funny if a guy who had his wall tagged by "DOSE" showed up at that gallery or his studio and just kicked the tar out of the guy. Not a normal "beat the tar out of the guy" but an old style Kung Fu, Wing Chun, wake up in the hospital 2 days later "beat the tar out of the guy". I'm just saying that if the guy does not care about the laws why can't we just wail on him? There is no law stopping us.

trainwreq
trainwreq

your garbage son! was weakest fool in taf and now fly i.d...how did u get in? come on no drawing skills whatsoever all u can rock is those simple circle faces u done 10000 times!feel sorry for the fools buying that garbage only thing worth it is the work from hector ruiz~no disrespect but theres alot more writers in phx that are 100 times more artistic & skillful than this fool! he must love happy faces i guess? and had the nerve to call the other dose from florida a toy pleeze hes killed more spots other than your weak trains u painted! just saying this fool is weak his stuff is garbage looks like hes been painting graff for 2 years hasnt progressed yet some kids that aint been painting as long as this fool and can burn everything hes done in the past 10years! go teach art class to 1st graders!real talk son!

Mandy
Mandy

I must admit, I'm no fan of graffiti but these guys paintings are choatic yet beautiful. Dose & Hector, you gentlemen are on your path to success.

Something tells me, the so called DOSE comment above me is not the real DOSE!

Alina
Alina

Hi, do you know how to hire Dose? I'm an event producer and I'd like to hire him for an event

 
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