It's tempting to look at the spray-painted handiwork of Kenos One and Shucks One and call the two "taggers." You might see their bold, 3-D lettering, deft line work and portraits blasted on walls, rest stops and bus benches as projects done solely for the glory of giving society the finger. But for these men and countless others like them, the art goes deeper than that, and their dedication to it is anything but transitory.
Courtesy Shucks One A tribute to late great B-boy Frosty Freeze
"I don't even like that term--'tagging,'" Kenos says, carving up a monstrous wet burrito while sitting next to Shucks on the patio of Taco Mesa in Costa Mesa. "It's more like an old media term. I call us 'writers.'"
As nighttime closes in, they're taking a brief break to enjoy a hot meal. Then it's back to work on some lingering masterpieces before their inspiration runs cold.