|tyler loves Terry Kennedy|
words and photos: Jeff Potocar
Lil new deadbaby: neckface
kotter: Aye. Squirrel dick
Lil new deadbaby: Yo
kotter: Did u get the couple fotos I sent?
Lil new deadbaby: Just one
Lil new deadbaby: Spray face. Is this the interview?
kotter: Yeah. Do you blaze dudes?
Lil new deadbaby: Only black dudes. So you don't got a chance white boy
kotter: Oh man. Its gonna be like this huh
Lil new deadbaby: Well?
kotter: When did you first start painting. Tagging wise
Lil new deadbaby: I've always wrote on shit when I was younger, but officially it was in like sophomore year of high school or some shit like that. First place I wrote was at these tennis courts I used to skate at all the time. 2 metal benches
kotter: Was it always neckface?
Lil new deadbaby: Yes sir. Always will be
kotter: A neck face is a fat dude with no chin right? Just straight neck to forehead. I'm just guessing
Lil new deadbaby: Nope. Its impossible to have a neck on your face. Then it would just be a neck
kotter: No its not. Who got you into graffiti and skating?
Lil new deadbaby: Its always been around me, my 2 older brothers had a graffiti shop when I was super young, I was like 8. They would sell paint and caps n shit. Airbrush shirts, records
kotter: No fuckin way
Lil new deadbaby: And they would have fools painting the walls out back n shit. My mom would just drop us off there and leave us there all day. So it was like my daycare. Lil nigga runnin around the ghetto ass shop lookin for scrap cans and writing dumb shit on the walls
kotter: Damn. I had to go to youngset day care and sing songs and shit
Lil new deadbaby: Ha. That's why your you and I'm me
kotter: Yeah. I'm rich fool. Middle class!
Lil new deadbaby: I'm a thousandaire nigga. I've been a bad lil fool since day one. Born to lose. And the same shit with skating. My older brothers we're super into it, so there was always boards n shit around. Going to skate shops with them and being so psyched on the stickers
kotter: What was your hommies name that got you into metal
Lil new deadbaby: Haha. Jere
kotter: He put you on right?
Lil new deadbaby: Pretty much I guess, kinda guided me. I was into it already because of skate videos. So I had something to talk to him about
kotter: What was the first skate video you were psyched on
Lil new deadbaby: Damnnnnn. Maybe jump off a building, misled youth, and photosynthesis. All at the same time. But I remember watching old Powell videos and like streets of fire n shit. my brothers n I would watch them
kotter: Didn't you go to art school?
Lil new deadbaby: Yeah for 2 years and I dropped out cause it sucked dick
kotter: Hahahaa. How was it being one of Marilyn Minter's students
Lil new deadbaby: She was tight, she knew I was over it. I would talk shit to all the other students n shit. They would cop feelings and get mad.Then they would try to talk shit back to me and they couldn't even fade me nigga
kotter: So she was cool. How can u like heavy metal, and not like sepultura?
Lil new deadbaby: Nigga I'm on another level of metal. You don't even know
kotter: I bet. You still as heavy in the streets as you used to be fool? Or did you slow all that up cause you blew up?
Lil new deadbaby: Haha, I guess it did slow because of the shows, but after this show I got no ties and hella bail money hopefully
kotter: Yeah. I think you need to step your game back up a little. Sup hommie
Lil new deadbaby: I wanna come over with my boy and play NES tonight
kotter: I'm in ny fool. I wanna finish this interview
Lil new deadbaby: Fuck!
Lil new deadbaby: No nintendo no interview
kotter: Man fuck you. We're almost done
Lil new deadbaby: Ok go
kotter: tell me what's up with your next show . Your family's helping you build the haunted house ?
Lil new deadbaby: Yeah, my fam has been making a haunted house in our front yard for the past 25 years, I grew up with this shit, does it all make sense now????? Duhhhhhhh
kotter: Who was the first dude to put you on in the art world.
Lil new deadbaby: Rich Jacobs was the first dude to put me in like a show n shit, he's sick, everyone trusted him because he's an O.G. and he was my boy, so he hooked it up
kotter: How the fuck did you get a thrasher cover ?
Lil new deadbaby: Damn the thrasher cover is my most favorite shit I've ever gotten to do in my life! So basically I would come home up north for the holidays, then I would be so bored there, so I would get dropped off at the last bart train stop 30 minutes out of town by my mom, then I'd be on the bart to SF for like another hour then I would get there and just skate all day everywhere and write on shit. I guess jake maybe was seeing my shit in SF and knew about me, then he told this juxtapoz fool that he wanted to meet me. So I go into thrasher and jakes there, we start shootin the shit straight out the gates, instant bros cause he's a skater and I'm a skater. Then me and jake go skate this park, I think he wanted to check to see if I could actually skate and I'm not just an art nerd stuck in a cave painting. Any he told me they wanted me to do the cover and I did it and then Fausto Vittelo the owner of thrasher came out of his office and approved it. Jake and I were both fuckin siked!
kotter: What was the first major city you bombed?
Lil new deadbaby: Major? N.Y. My hometowns not major at all
kotter: How old were you
Lil new deadbaby: Just turned 18
kotter: I remember when u hit L.A. Your shit was everywhere!
Lil new deadbaby: When?
kotter: I was psyched. Like 03?
Lil new deadbaby: yeah
kotter: Who was the dude that helped you put out satans bride?
Lil new deadbaby: Oh. Kaws
kotter: Oh yeah, You knew him from ny?
Lil new deadbaby: Yeah
kotter: How'd that work out
Lil new deadbaby: Just hangin out. He likes my shit
kotter: So you got a Thrasher cover... Which like only 3 or so other artists have ever done, then you get a shoe with Vans
Lil new deadbaby: True
kotter: Which I think you got more than one at the same time. Who put that together?
Lil new deadbaby: Can't remember. Tom?
kotter: Yes Neck, Tom does work at Vans. Was he the one who hit you up?
Lil new deadbaby: Yeah Tom hooked it up! I remember chillin with those dudes in japan. Dudes were tight.
kotter: Do you still do art direction for Baker?
Lil new deadbaby: Lil bit
kotter: Is there a reason you're giving me 2 word answers now?
Lil new deadbaby: I'm watching worlds most shocking videos
kotter: So weird... What's the most shocking
Lil new deadbaby: Bar collapsing into a hole
kotter: Bar.... Very descriptive
Lil new deadbaby: Bar nigga
kotter: Stoopid fool. Ok last thing, you're too frustrating to continue on prying shit out of. What the fucks the deal with your collection of mexican snuff mags? Or do you not want people that read this to know you're really that fucked up?
Lil new deadbaby: I don't ever lie
kotter: Does that even make sense?
Lil new deadbaby: I don't hide shit
kotter: You hide your sexuality
Lil new deadbaby: Stoops. I got the snuff mags from my grandma.
kotter: Did the oil slick costume get you laid on halloween?
Lil new deadbaby: The oil spill costume killed it! The only one with it
kotter: Why are you the chip master
Lil new deadbaby: I've had every chip, ever. I get the heads up before the new chips come out
kotter: What's your favorite
Lil new deadbaby: Flamin hot
kotter: Hahaa Limon? That's my shit
Lil new deadbaby: Rock deli chili pepper chips in Australia. Limon too
kotter: Booyaa. What was your first drink?
Lil new deadbaby: Jaeger on the rocks
kotter: Then you made your Jaeger Coke combo And then it was a wrap
Lil new deadbaby: Then it was party time
kotter: And it hasn't stopped has it
Lil new deadbaby: Nope