TEMPT1 is a Los Angeles-based artist, activist and publisher. In his 25+ year career, he has curated art shows, done commission work for Tribal Gear and Third Rail clothing, mentored youth, spoken at the United Nations and created an international publication on street and urban art.
In 2003, he was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a degenerative neuromuscular disease that results in full paralysis. Never one to give up, Tempt collaborated with the Not Impossible Foundation and Graffiti Research Labs to create software that allows people with paralysis to draw with their eyes. Tempt now rocks styles to help raise awareness about ALS and healthcare… and still keeps it funky.
“When I think about graffiti in Los Angeles one name really comes to mind and that is Tempt. He is an original writer from the old school era and has been pioneering since the early ’80s. He is definitely one of the most versatile graff writers in the world. His hand styles are unmatched on the West Coast, but what really separates him from the herd is his mastery of the LA gangster writing, which is unique on its own. His can control, color combinations and smooth blends are legendary. He has paid his dues on the late night freeway bombing tip, held down yards, buses, and just about everything else imaginable to a graff artist. Tempt, along with Relic, put out one of LA’s first graff magazines: Big Time. The articles and words he expressed in Big Time were insightful, inspiring and downright prophetic. Tempt is the true King of Los Angeles graff.”