San Diego native, Dave “Persue” Ross comes from a long line of artists and was drawn to graffiti at a young age. In 1988, Persue (pronounced ‘per-SWAY’) picked up a spray can and with an energetic, illustrative style, his technical ability and poise as a young writer quickly earned him the respect of his contemporaries throughout the world.
Persue was responsible for putting flavor into skateboarding art before street aesthetics were ever incorporated into the industry. At a time when skateboarding was a relatively new sport, he was growing alongside a culture with increasingly well known artistic skill. Outside of his larger than life mural conquests, his extensive resume includes graphic design, illustration and shoe design for brands like Vox, DC, Circa, and Osiris. Recently relocated to New York City, Persue is also reigniting his family’s brand “Home” to its NYC roots where it originated in the 60’s.
You might remember artist Dave Persue’s playful character BunnyKitty bouncing around the walls of Warehouse1425 and SILO. Just as the name eludes, BunnyKitty is a ridiculously cute cat in a bunny suit and Persue’s most recognizable character. What started as a drawing for a friend, BunnyKitty soon grew into a personal project for Persue. “I fell in love with the concept,” he says about the first time he did some sketches of BunnyKitty. Soon after, BunnyKitty would have an array of character friends and even a rock and roll band called the Slugganauts. Today, Persue is a bi-coastal artist focusing on his evolution as a fine artist based in New York City.
Photos and article by Carly Ealey
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