被称为涂鸦艺术运动的先驱者Crash与Basquiat、Keith Haring齐名。1961年出生的他，从13岁起就开始在纽约地铁里涂鸦，从社区到火车站遍布着他的作品，偶然的机会下因为不小心撞坏了学校的电脑后，他的名字“CRASH”便开始出现在途经纽约市的各列火车上。Crash在时尚MODA策划了开创性的“美国涂鸦艺术的成功”，被认为是把涂鸦上升为艺术的标志性展览，之后他在欧洲、美国乃至亚洲迅速走红。进入90年代，他以Eric Claton等其他创作而著名，当时纽约已经看不到他早期的墙面涂鸦作品，但由Crash作为发起人之一的涂鸦运动，一直持续到今天。
Born John Matos in 1961, CRASH was raised in the Bronx, New York. At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. He curated the ground-breaking "Graffiti Art Success for America" at Fashion MODA, launching the graffiti movement that has remained very active through today. CRASH’s career took off and he saw instant popularity throughout Europe and America.
MoCA: In the time period when you've just started painting graffiti, what was the attitude of public and the government towards graffiti?
CRASH: The original public attitude towards Graffiti was negative, because of the criminal aspect of Graffiti, because it was illegal and those challenges were very strong towards us, but that same negativity made us want to paint more, to go and create more Graffiti.
MoCA: Why did you decide to mainstream graffiti, such as museums.
CRASH: In the late 70's, I realized that Graffiti was a powerful art form, which made incredible changes from the very early 70's. It became much bolder, more lyrical, sometimes more political. Graffiti grew up from a young child to becoming a young man with a powerful voice. I started to paint on canvas in 1979, and felt in my spirit that what we were doing was very important and I had to be involved in getting Graffiti to be recognized. So the early exhibitions were raw, but also very important because we had to show the world the importance of what we were doing...
MoCA: Are you still involved in street graffiti? Or are you more involved with graffiti on canvas? Do you differentiate the two?
CRASH: I am very active in still painting on the streets with many murals and helping other artists.
I primarily work on canvas in my studio, but the last 6-8 years, I decided to be more active because I felt there was more to do.
MoCA: Compared to the last century, around 1970s, what do you expect graffiti to develop towards?
CRASH: I think the global growth of Graffiti is powerful and the changes from all the countries and all the challenges from all the artists will make things very interesting for the future. I think it's going to be very positive, and the growth will continue to be strong.