A Look Back: Nekst Makes His 1xRUN Debut With Rolling

Back in October of 2012 we linked up with legendary graffiti artist Nekst for what would end up being his first ever print, a time limited edition featuring a massive roller here in Detroit apty titled “Rolling”. Long sold out and printed to  the extremely limited timed quantity of 35, this print will always hold a special place with us here at 1xRUN as a piece of history from a true legend. Read on for our conversation with Nekst where he discusses his first and only print edition, gives us some insight into process and more. RIP NEKST. . .

1xRUN Thru Interview
Rolling by Nekst

1xRUN: Tell us a bit about the original piece, when was it done and with what materials? Is it still for sale?
Nekst: The actual painting was done in June of 2012. It’s in Detroit off the I-94 freeway. I picked that location for everyone coming from the west and all the arrivals from the airport. My work has always been about scale and visibility.  It is difficult to have those ideas represented in a way that is marketable. I decided a photograph of my work in progress could give the environment, scale, and narrative better than any illustration, or painting alone. The painting was done with black and silver Rustoleum Exterior Oil based paint.  Everything has its price. You’ll have to talk to the building owner.

1xRun: How long did this piece take? What is unique about this piece?     
Nekst: 4 hours give or take. I really like the silver making it all the way down the wall in some places.  It was not a safe place to work. Gunshots pretty regular…prostitutes SUPER regular…The freeway is right there and there is not a lot of places to go if the police hit that corner. (pictured below)

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?    
Nekst:  This gives a little view into my world and is a way for people to support work that is not for sale but needs to continue.

1xRun: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.     
Nekst:   Proper

Rolling by Nekst

1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?      
Nekst:  I’ve always made art since I could hold a crayon. I started writing graffiti in December of 1996.    I painted a one story tall hip-hop version of the Animaniacs.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?    
Nekst: Vizie, Damet, Jade Worms and Revok.

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Nekst:  Revok, Adek, Wyse, Vizie…and my families… DTS, D30 and MSK.

Vizie Art Basel

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?    
Nekst:   I paint with the best already.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?    
Nekst:  Dash Snow, because I miss him.

Poloroids by Dash Snow

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?    
Nekst:   Ive never bought art. I am blessed to have gifted friends who have given their work to me. Framing is surprisingly expensive even still.

1xRun: Where else can people find you? 

Nekst:  search “Nekst” on Flickr its pretty amazing how much is out there…