Haze started out as a graffiti writer in 1972 on the streets of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Tagging the walls and subways of New York City he was using the name “SE3”, before adopting the identity of “Haze”. Collaborating with crews such as RTW and Soul Artists, Haze established his name at New York scene and developed unique letter forms as well as an extremely distinguished hand style.
After graffiti bombing the streets of NYC in the 70’s, Haze spent the early 80’s observing and exhibiting alongside iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Though Haze experienced success in the gallery scene, he opted for something for which he held more passion – graphic design. In the mid 80′s, Haze studied design at the School of Visual Arts and opened his own studio in 1986, becoming one of the first visual artists to define the look and graphic language of Hip Hop during its golden years. Some of his most classic works include designs for Tommy Boy Records, Cold Chillin and EPMD in addition to LP sleeves for Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and many others.
In 1997, Haze collaborated with DJ Premier on New York Reality Check, a compilation reflecting the state of New York underground Hip Hop. The CD is arranged and presented by Haze and mixed by DJ Premier. DJ and record producer, Premier is best known for being one half of the rap duo Gang Starr. Haze’s roots as a subway artist and his eagerness to explore new ground have proven to be an excellent combination for success.