The story from the man himself – Seen explains how he came to do graffiti on the famous Hollywood sign.
Back in ’85 I started to explore beyond New York city and I took a trip to Los Angeles, California. Back I believe it was in 1984 with Blade One.
We went out there to do a project, a it was a painting project, a mural, for Capitol records.
When we went out there I noticed the Hollywood sign and the letters were huge, gigantic, on top of this hill.
And to me when I look at it, I realised it that it was Los Angeles’ pride and joy and I looked at and thought it would look really great with a ‘Seen’ piece on it.
So after I returned from New York I kept thinking about going there again and paint the sign.
And about two months later I bought a plane ticket for myself and a friend of mine and I asked him to come to California with me because that had something I had to do.
So when I got out to California I climbed up and checked out the sign there and it was bigger than I thought it was, this thing was huge, but it was still something that I wanted to do.
So I gathered up about 50 cans of paint, and I bought a few hardware gardening tools to cut down some small trees and weeds that were at the bottom of the letters.
And I climbed the mountain…
When Seen Painted The Hollywood Sign,