Nino "Tselone" Rodriguez

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


I was born in 1972 in Mexico but raised in the Uptown community in Chicago's North side.



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


At age 5 in was copying drawings my older brother made, then I began to draw my own art, but at age 11 I discovered graffiti art, that was in 1984.



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


I don't have ties to skateboarding, but I saw an amazing documentary on NetFlix about the 1980's pioneers and I was amazed at their talents and passion for skateboarding.



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 


I admire the works by Jackson Pollack and the early NYC graffiti pioneers who started the movement and sent it to where its at now.



When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


I enjoy raising my four children and keeping my wife happy..



Who are your biggest influences?


I was influenced by my older brothers who painted and created art. I was also influenced by the early Chicago graffiti art on walls that I saw in the early 1980's



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


I enjoy using all kinds of mediums like, spray paint, pencil, ink, charocoal, pastels, acrylcs and house paint.



Anything else you want to tell?


I hope my art inspires the next generation.