Marcus Leslie Singleton
Your current location
I’m in Greenpoint at the moment.
Your favorite pastime
I’d have to say listening to music. I’ve been listening to a lot of Thelonious Monk lately.
Something you like
I like waffles very, very much, with peanut butter on top, gotta be the creamy kind.
Something you dislike
Your defining characteristic
I’m pretty chill, I think, I guess I could be defined by that? And physically… I got my smile from my momma.
What would someone close to you say your defining characteristic is
Hmm, I was at a bar with my friends the other night, and my friend Mark said “can you imagine getting upset and yelling at this guy…” I guess he meant that I’m pretty relaxed.
Your favorite artist
Favorite word or phrase
Yo waa gwaan
What aspect of your work is most important to you
The energy that’s put into the work. I give every painting all I’ve got.
Who do you admire the most and why
My mother, she was a very special woman. We lost her a few years ago, but she taught me everything. I remember when I first started painting, she’s the one who told me to keep it up. She was realest and the coolest.
Your worst habit
Hmmm, that’s tough, you’d have to ask my ex.
The first thing you think of in the morning
“What’s on my calendar?!”
What have you always wanted to do and have not done
See the bottom of the ocean.
Your best decision
My best decision was probably moving to New York. I contemplated it for years. It’s been so fulfilling.
Your worst decision
Jumping over a hurdle backwards.
Your favorite street and why
It’s probably Tompkins Avenue in Bed-Stuy, because a lot of my friends live over there. And it’s always a good time hanging on that street. My friend's cafe Sincerely, Tommy is also on that street.
What made you become the person you are
Wow, these are tough questions, I’m not sure how to answer that. But I’ll just say, never giving up.
Something that you treasure
My friends and family.
What would the child you once were think of the adult you have become
Bro, you don’t have any games on yo phone??
Your greatest fear
Not being myself.