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Born 1978 – United Kingdom
Jules Muck had no intention of becoming an artist. Born in Stoke-On-Trent, England, in 1978, she started writing graffiti as a preteen throughout England and Greece. Muck came to New York City in the early 1990’s and began tagging her name on anything and everything. She became familiar among the boys of graffiti, bombing highways and rooftops with Spek and Since of the BTC crew.
Muck apprenticed under established graffiti artist and muralist Lady Pink who found her painting on a rooftop. With the influence of Pink, Muck’s opportunities for exposure accelerated dramatically. She was connected to Smith who introduced her to the NYC subway tunnels and freight yards. In 1999, her first interview with Zephyr was published in While You Were Sleeping magazine.
Today Muck thrives as a female artist in the predominantly male street-art world. She was one of the first among women to paint and organize a female wall at the 106th and Park Hall Of Fame in NYC. Her work has been featured in various books, including, Graffiti Women (Nicholas Ganz) and Burning New York (James and Karla Murray).
Muck has painted many large-scale murals such as Miami’s Art Basel, and has worked on collaborative installations including one for the Bronx Museum Of Art. Her financial success has been achieved through private commissions with businesses and high-profile art collectors. The heart of her craft, however, is a public experience not restricted to the elite.
Muck can best be described as a pop-artist that spits back visual documentation of the status quo. Her murals push boundaries with subjects ranging from famous personalities, social issues, and media hype, to mischievous commentary on the absurdity of life. She is inspired by conversations with random strangers in the streets and on her travels as she paints. The majority of Muck’s work is available on building walls, vehicles, and even garbage. It is shared with diverse communities all around the USA .
As a humanitarian, Muck has given a voice to public grief. Her Kobe memorial portrait and BLM portraits in LA have touched those affected by loss and social injustice. Her mural painted at a Syrian refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece, is a tribute to the displaced and was featured by National Geographic.
In between commissions, Muck continues to paint free art around the USA. She tags her work “MuckRock” as a loyalty to graffiti’s hip-hop roots and to music itself. Aside from painting tattoos on people in her murals, Muck is giving people the real deal as a novice tattoo artist. She also serves the recovery community with her non-profit “muckrecovery” platform.
Muck currently has a home and studio in San Pedro, California. As a painter that doesn’t know how to paint, an alcoholic that doesn’t drink, a junkie that doesn’t abuse drugs, she attributes the profligacy and eclecticism of her craft to God.
Read Jules Muck’s insightful essay on street art!