Your name

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

OKRA.

 

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

Miles Davis

 

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.

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