Baha - When did you first start creating?
Robin - I first started doing art in San Francisco during the 1980s while drug addicted and homeless. Art was the only area of life that gave me a sense of competence.
I started creating stencils for sidewalks and punk rock jackets, which allowed me to become close friends with artist Michael Ray, who at the time, was a student at the San Francisco School of Art. We immediately bonded together over our shared love of the crude expressionistic art style and pure emotion, now known as street art.
Regretfully, as most drug stories end in death or prison, my story was a slow and agonizing death of my life disintegrating year after year with no way to stop. I soon started to lose the things I loved most, including creating art.
After many years of hard drug use and a painful life on the streets, I hit rock bottom in 1992. I was arrested in Hollywood and sentenced to a 10-month county program for the chronically addicted.
Baha - How do you become interested in your subject matter?
Robin - Reflected in my art you can see the sad, the ridiculous, the painful and the playful life I have dealt with.