“I hate going to restaurants in New York because it’s especially loud, and after spending your days in the streets, you want a quiet dinner place, you know, in an environment where you feel comfortable. So we host dinners all the time here, and even last night, people were just like ‘Hey, I was in the neighborhood, can I come in?’ We invited a band from the street to play, seven of them, a blues band.
And so for every dinner party, we take a photo, we print it during the dinner, and everyone starts drawing. So you would have an Os Gêmeos drawing next to a KAWS, etc.
I’ve always been into documentation and really since the beginning, I was documenting everything. I realized this when Alastair [Siddons, director of the recently released Inside Out: The People's Art Project
] was making the movie. When journalists were interviewing me when I was like 16, I would put a camera up to film myself. I would document everything I would do. I stopped doing that now but I did it for many years.
A lot of people that have known Warhol Factory [make the comparison between my studio and Andy Warhol
’s Factory]. Robert De Niro, who went there, he was here last night, or other artists— Madonna came here, she told me the same thing. But they told me it was different because at the Factory it was all around his work, where here I switched it around—it’s around the Family [aka the JR and Inside Out studio]. It used to be my main studio here, but it’s mainly downstairs. And here, you see other artists’ things going all night and, of course, that’s where we print all the Inside Out posters, but it’s kind of become that space where other artists, other friends, can come and work and stay.”