Spray Paint Artist
San Francisco-based spray paint artist Chor Boogie pioneered the inverted can technique, slowing down the pressure of the paint to create dense tones, which gives room for more detail on a broad perspective. This attention to his craft has propelled Boogie into one of the most sought-after spray paint artists today. Boogie talks about experiences in his childhood, teens, and 20s that most stand out in his career.
Chor Boogie is a world-known master of grafitti or as he refers to it “Modern Hieroglyphics.”
Boogie was born as Jason Lamar Hailey in Oceanside, California in 1979 to a military family. He was first handed a paintbrush at age 5 and knew then and there that he wanted to become an artist. He took up illegal spray painting at age 10 and subsequently changed his name.
Boogie dropped out of high school and never received formal art training, as spray paint was discouraged as art.
In his 20s, he underwent what he calls a “deep spiritual healing” and transformed his life, quitting drugs and alcohol. This had a major impact in his style of color therapy and innovativeness.
At 28, Boogie moved to San Francisco and took the leap to pursue a full time career in art, where his art began to receive widespread recognition.
Boogie sites being commissioned to create a mural of Ol’ Dirty Bastard following his death as a career highlight.
In 2008, he painted the Beijing Olympic Games Mural.
In 2010, Boogie’s “The Eyes of the Berlin Wall” sold for 500,000 euro, making history for the street art genre.
He widely credits the influence of artists such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Klimt and Dali on his work. He combines his appreciation of art history with street culture, learning from the great masters of spray paint PHASE 2 and Vulcan. His visionary works ignite the hearts and minds of the masses world-wide.