YabYum Seven: Bill Taggart

Taggart 31. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Bill Taggart and I make Stencil Art under the pseudonym DadSocks.

2. How did you get your start?

I got my start creating stencil art after seeing a couple guys spraying stencils in Manhattan and wanted to learn more about the medium. My first piece was a 1 layer sun on my closet doors when I was 13 or 14.

3. What inspires you?

So many things! But, if I had to narrow it down, the culture of hip hop, specifically Rap Music. In addition, the street art and mural scene internationally. There are so many amazing artists out there to learn from and be inspired by and to see them create massive pieces of public art to visit and observe takes that inspiration to a whole other level!

4. What do you like about AZ?

Winters and the variable landscape. I also really love the food culture here in the valley, and having traveled quite a bit around the country, AZ has one of the best.

5. Where can we see you(r) work?

My work can be seen at www.dadsocks.com, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Just one thing would be hard to nail down but I think it all relates to travel. Visit every continent and more specifically hike the Inca Trail.

7. What is your mantra?

It’s kind of cheesy but the Golden Rule. Treat other the way you want to be treated. Or, a more east coast version, You better show respect where it’s due and earn it where you can.

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