Michael De Feo – The flower guy

Michael De Feo – The flower guy

By Arden de Raaij

It already seemed ages ago that we set up the first version of graffiti / street art website crackforyoureyes.com. Not long after we had the honors to meet with New York (street) artist Michael De Feo! We reached out to De Feo to find out that he is as busy as ever, travelling around from Boston to Buenos Aires, leaving his infamous flower paste-ups all over the city. Luckily Michael de Feo still had some time for a CFYE ‘spam’ interview. Check out what the good man has been up to!

by Michael deFeo
by Michael deFeo

What were you doing the moment you received these questions?

I was sitting in the art hallway of the high school I teach at.

Which cartoons did you watch as a kid, and which were your favorites?

I loved all the Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbera cartoons…. Disney stuff was great, too. Then it was Ren & Stimpy and now it’s the Simpson’s and Family Guy.

by Michael deFeo
by Michael deFeo

What got you into to street art, and what makes you keep on doing it?

New York City got me into it… I wanted to contribute something to my favorite city in the world and be a part of it’s fabric and culture. I keep doing it for that reason but now in every city I go to.

by Michael deFeo
by Michael deFeo

What was the first thing you put up on a wall?

Hand painted paintings on blueprint paper in Soho, New York.

Legal or illegal?


Which artist would you like to work with in the future?

My five year old daughter, Marianna, and I are going to do some collaborations.

Favorite city, and favorite thing about it?

New York! Everything.

by Michael deFeo
by Michael deFeo

What is your favorite music/genre/artist/album

This is a tough one, however, I probably have to say the Grateful Dead…. I’m a bit of a hippie.

What is your favorite item to take on the road with you?

My Blackberry, I-Pod, and Canon 5D.

Best graffiti/street art spot we should check out:

In New York there are so many spots… I hear that Melbourne is insane… I’ll find out when I’m there in April.

by Michael deFeo
by Michael deFeo

If you could fill a swimming pool with something, what would it be?

Water so that I can lay on a float along with a floating cooler of ice-cold beer.

Bill (PC) or Steve (MAC)?


What can we expect from you in the future?

More paintings, travel, street art, and a new kid’s book.