Relocating to the west coast signaled a return to his Californian roots: the contemporary artist and graffiti writer was born as Jason Williams in Riverside in 1977. His work is, at least in part, a product of the place. Revok reportedly found early inspiration in comic books, skateboarding culture, his father’s ’60s and ’70s record collection, and the region’s burgeoning graffiti scene. Later, as one of L.A.’s most prominent street artists, Revok exhibited work at MOCA and the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art. He also got caught up in the battle against city officials attempting to regulate graffiti and street art—what could be more downtown L.A. than that?