I recently caught up with INDIE 184 at the Wild Style Reunion in Baltimore, where she was killin the wall with a piece styled on the famed movie’s logo. From one hundred yards away, her piece popped like Bubblicious. Delicious! And though she took over the wall, she stayed casual and humble, taking care of business and taking the time to chat and catch up…
Miss Indie you have three kids—and COPE ! How do you stay so cute with so much to do every day ?
As calm as I may look, things can be very insane at times. I have three children, one with Mr. Cope and he has two grown children and one granddaughter—not all under the same roof though. So we are chock full o’ kids! I love it, balancing out family life and work just gives me a surge of energy to keep moving forward and reach for the stars. Keeping up with kids is like having super caffeine blast! I do more having kids than when I didn’t have kids (go figure) because I’ve learned to cut the bullshit out. My time is limited can’t be a people pleasure or fight someone else’s battle all the time, I have to do what’s best for our family and business.
I love that you are from Washington Heights ! What was it like growing up uptown back in the day, and does it totally bug you out to see a Starbucks at the old crack spot on Ft Washington?
I LOVE the Heights! It has a special place in my heart. The Heights has a sense of community with some pizzazz! In the early 80s we would troop from Far Rockaway all the way to the Heights in the A train (my favorite line of them all), but didn’t officially move there until the early 90s. I don’t remember the crack spot, I’ve always recalled Fort Washington to be the pseudo border between the Dominicans and the Jewish community. Starbucks sucks, I’d prefer to sip some real café con leche, but hey rather corporate than crack spot any day.
Tell me about the Kweenz Destroy fashion line. How did you get involved in designing clothing?
I’ve always, always, always dreamt of having my own fashion brand. I would deconstruct shirts, embellished them and painted numbers on them with acrylic paint and played around with a few fashion names. So it’s always been a sort of hobby of mine until fall of 2006. As I started to get more serious about branding, things always ripen in due time, I said to myself: Hey it’s either now or never! and at long last…officially launched a full t-shirt collection last summer.
Your FAFI collab is super cute. How did you hook up with her ?
Cope and Fafi go way back, when he’d go out to Toulouse and paint in jams out there in early 2000. Fafi is a super sweet heart! I got lucky to do collaborate with her. Starting the first collection with Fafi is a true blessing. When she asked me what ideas to do for Kweenz Destroy, I just let Fafi do her thing. So she created Fafinette “India” you might see some similarities between us, perhaps she based it after me!
I get so many compliments on the SPICE painting I picked up at your show last summer—I am so glad I snatched that up! Any plans to do any shows in 2010 !?
That’s awesome! Spice is an awesome graffiti writer from Australia, she’s been holding it down for about 20 plus years in the graf and hip-hop movement down under. Actually, next month fellow graffiti writer/designer Queen Andrea and I will be curating an all female exhibit in Los Angeles. This art show will be much smaller then last years Queenz Arrive show I curated in Brooklyn. So stay tuned for Sweet Things, July 8th at Crewest Gallery, it will be a mixture of illustration, photography and graffiti art.
Last—but not least! You killed it at the Wild Style Reunion in Baltimore this weekend. Charlie Ahearn was absolutely loving it ! How do you feel about having INDIE done in the Wild Style logo format? And what is it like being the only woman painting among so many men?
“Wild Style” has always been a huge influence and one of the reasons why I wanted to be a graffiti artist! I love Charlie he’s so down and I’m so stoked that he loved my piece there! What an honor to have him, a few of the musical artists from the film, you and Martha Cooper around us that nite! And especially be photographed in front of the piece was also wonderful!
On the train ride to Baltimore I had no idea what outline I was going to do for the event. So Cope suggested that I do the Wild Style logo letters. Great idea since the letters are so bold and simple and stood out just a tad bit amongst the awesome burners the fellas did. I’m not intimidated at all painting around dudes and it’s never really been about sex but more about breaking the ice when you are an amateur painter.