One of the artists who will be featured at this Saturday’s event will be Pesci One.
Pesci One is a well known graffiti artist who hails from Palm Springs.
Pesci is an old schooler to the desert’s graf scene. And what we like most about him is that he not only uses a spray can to get his message across, but he also uses the computer and a paintbrush to make sure you get understand it loud and clear. With is modern day abstract paintings and a lengthy desert history, Pesci is one of our headlining artists.
Check out his interview with Kimberly Nichols to get to know the artist a little better.


I met Daniel (Danny) Reller on the jungle gym at Mary’s Playhouse when we were both five years old. The preschool/ kindergarten was located in the historic Cary Grant residence that today boasts the presence of Copley’s Restaurant in downtown Palm Springs. Those were the days when the desert was a quieter place and the big, red double decker bus was about the most exciting thing to do in town. As desert kids, it was common to have a life that included years of memories downtown—there really was nowhere else to go. You grew up surrounded by the same people and although cliques and friends would change and morph throughout the years, you always felt part of a big desert breed utilizing the same creative techniques to have fun. My last memories of downtown, before I transferred into the post-high school world of college, jobs, and adulthood, were those of myself in pseudo hippie/boho punk clothes working at Penguin’s Yogurt and hanging in the back parking lot after work feeding all my skater friends leftover yogurt while they tagged the light poles and dumpsters with their individual forms of graffiti. Those were the days when art was dying to come out of me and as my skater friends would wield their fat black markers, I would be creating images of girls in my friend Jeremiah’s rust-orange Pinto, which was a moving art car in itself, having no interior wall paneling or upholstery, but just covered in graffiti and other images contributed to by friends. Danny was one of those skater guys, and it was no surprise to me almost two decades later to find myself face to face with a painting of his at a show we were both in. It’s kind of a pride thing, like in any small town, to be connected to a group of people who represent your roots, whom when you run into them, kind of feel like family.

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Known in the graffiti world as Pesci One, Reller has crafted a signature style that progresses far beyond simple graffiti. As a graphic designer by trade, his use of cutting edge technologies combined with his graffiti drawings has produced a highly sophisticated, technically superior, and evolutionary style he possesses alone. I caught up with him recently to discuss his path as an artist.

When did you first realize that you were an artist?

I first realized I was an artist very early on but wasn’t sure of myself. It took a lot of practice to convince myself more that I was. I’m very hard on myself and expect a lot out of my work!

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Where do you find your inspirations?

I find my inspirations pretty much from everywhere. I just let it come to me or sometimes ideas just pop into my head from a commercial or a scene in a movie. The Disney Channel has been a cistern of inspiration lately.

What first got you into graffiti?

What first got me into Graffiti was seeing it in LA when I was real young. I was amazed but I never thought of doing it until my friends started tagging. That was what pretty much unleashed the fury, so to speak. We all used to skate downtown Palm Springs and I remember my buddy Jason, who I looked up to a lot, kept breaking out a Pilot and hittin’ up each spot we skated. It looked cool and fun to do so I wanted to try it. That was it from there… I was hooked!

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What are your favorite pieces to do?

My favorite pieces to do are the computer animated styled ones. I’ll give you an example of something I would be jazzed to paint: Woody and Buzz Lightyear fighting at Pizza Planet and the blood from Woody’s face dripping onto my name in 3D wild style letters. That would look sick!

How has digital technology enhanced your work and when did you first start incorporating the digital stuff into your work?

Oh digital technology has definitely taken my work to another level for sure! I started incorporating it as soon as I was able to get good at using Photoshop & Illustrator. I started it around 2005 I guess. Now that is all I ever do is sketch on paper and immediately scan it into the computer so I can start rendering it. That’s the fun part for me. I don’t use markers or paint brushes. Pencil, Computer then Spray Can is all I like to do and use!

As a painter, how does your experience with graffiti work cross over into your painting?

There is no cross over, everything I do is Graff influenced. It’s all I know. Any work you see from me is Graff style because it has been such a huge part of my life.

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What are you working on now?

As of right now I am not working on anything. I just got married, I am an at home dad and it’s the Holidays so I am currently on a half month break to meet those obligations. However, I just finished a Christmas piece in my garage with Hush One a couple weeks ago. I did the Grinch character and Hush did the letters.

Did you go to art school and what effect did that have on your work?

I went to Platt College in Ontario, CA to get my degree in Graphic Design. They taught some art related topics such as color theory, perspective and advertising concepts but I didn’t go to a full-fledged art school. Most of what I do is self taught. Platt College did teach me how to use the computer better and taught me all the basics for Quark, Photoshop & Illustrator. From there, the rest I picked up from just working in the field of Graphic Design for over nine years now. It has influenced my work in spray can art profoundly!

Are you part of a crew?

I have a few things to say regarding crews. Yes I am part of a couple of crews: PSA which is outta Palm Springs and I have been writing that since 1990, and recently I just joined 254P outta Los Angeles with my boy Gil One. The thing about crews though, is that they have become a bit cliche. I am growing disinterested in attaching that stuff next to my name. This is by no means slamming the two crews I just named or for that matter any others either but I just feel like if you don’t paint together on a regular basis, nor talk to the members in a crew then what does it really mean then when you are a part of it! When you are a kid it’s cool to do that cuz you have the time, you see them every day, you can hang with them, paint with them and party with them. That is the essence of being a crew…but as an adult with responsibilities, my opinion about being in a crew is changing. Everyone is too busy to paint due to conflicting schedules. It just happens when you get older. My real crew is my family and I paint for me, period! If I can get together with another artist and collaborate that is way cool and I am stoked but more times than not I find myself painting alone.

Where can people see your art?

People can see my art at my website: www.pescione.com or on December 19th when the Coachella Valley Art Scene is throwing a show in Indio called “Something from Nothing”. I will have a few canvases there if anyone is interested.

Whose work do you admire?

I would have to say Daim first and foremost! Hex, The Mack, Smug, Daddy Cool, Vyal, OG Abel, Alex Forster, Sub, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Edger Mueller… I can go on and on!

What do you think about the desert art scene? And how has it changed in your opinion?

The Desert art scene has grown a lot since back in the day. Regarding Graff, there are way more people who do it out here now then back in my early days! Only thing about some of the desert artists is that they need to check in their egos at the door! A lot of catz out here in the desert think they are a king. Look beyond and you’ll get humbled real quick. All those cats I just named above in artists who I admire put me in my place real quick. That’s what keeps me humbled & hungry to get better. I think any artist who has that mindset will go far in the art world.

How would you describe your signature style?

That’s a hard question to answer. I am still developing it every time I paint.


What is your overall mission with your art?

My overall mission is to be the best I can be at it, and hopeful make a living doing it!

WATCH THIS VIDEO OF PESCI ONE COMPLETING MURAL FROM START TO FINISH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWGHV7-q7D0

IF YOU GO:
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009
at SCRAP GALLERY
46350 Arabia Street, Indio Ca
7-12 P.M.
All ages
$6 general
$5 if you carpool, bike or skate to the party


Direct link to interview:

Pesci One’s myspace:

For more of Kimberly Nichol’s writings:

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