NEKST, of course, comes from the phonetic spelling for the word “next.” At first it looked quite strange at the top of page, but quickly it started to feel right. When we obtained www.nekst.biz, I knew it was meant to be.
The name suits me personally because it is my newest and NEKST career challenge. But, on a much larger scale it characterizes an entertainment industry struggling to redefine itself.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered (via Google) that NEKST was also the tag of an infamous, secretive and recently deceased graffiti legend. According to the CultureMap Houston, “The graffiti world lost a giant with the death of NEKST—the prolific street tagger who got his start in Houston during the mid-’90s before making his way to the New York big leagues with the notorious Mad Society Kingscrew. [But] as one might expect, there’s not much in the way of biographical information about an artist whose career requires him to spend much of the time dodging police.”
NEKST reportedly died in late 2012. The Texas native’s real name is thought to be Sean Griffin. His work has been honored by several museums and of course appeared mysteriously on real life canvases worldwide. Graffiti tagger Jersey Joe wrote, “Nekst was a straight up dude with a savage attitude when it came to painting and life in general.”
Don’t expect to see this enterprise import the graffiti tradition to Nashville’s streets. We will do our best however to stretch our talents, street-smarts and integrity to create a new music industry brand we hope will someday become real familiar.
David M. Ross, Publisher