UVD: Would you mind telling us a little background about yourself (i.e. where your from, when you started designing, etc)?
Gliebe: I’m from Cincinnati Ohio, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s famous DAAP design program back in 1997, with a B.S. in graphic design, but I’ve been illustrating and designing things since at least 1993.
UVD: Can you tell the readers about some of the designs that you came up with when you were first starting out and how designs have progressed over the years? Also, what are some things that influence you and your work? And is there any artist’s work that inspired you and your style early on in your career?
Gliebe: Well, back when Cincinnati had a big underground hip-hop scene, (95 – 2004ish) I was doing lots of album cover art (12 inches & CDs) for all the bigger local acts. I got a lot of attention for doing graphics and promo things for Scribble Jam. I even started a record label with Mr. Dibbs called “Stereo-type” records. All these artists needed logos and t-shirts etc. So I was always doing something on the side. Eventually I hooked up with Rhymesayers (Atmosphere’s Record label) and was able to do some stuff for them and several other record labels. (Note: I designed the now infamous RSE “battle kings” logo.) Inspiration wise, I just took lots of cues from my graffiti work. I was always trying to do some next-level handstyles in my design work, and on the street. Graff was, and is still a huge influence. If I had to name one artist I would say TWIST (Barry McGee) had the biggest influence on me back in the late 90’s and even now.
UVD: With living in Cincinnati, I have heard widespread lore of the days of the DF group and their command of the streets along with Scribble Jam. Would you mind telling us a little about how you were recruited in to the group and maybe an interesting story during your time in the group?
Gliebe: Well, first you should know the original crew that was running big Cincinnati walls and productions (and scribble jam) was TSC. (Tri-State Crew / True Skull Crushers / Taking Suckers Cans / Team Sweet Cream… We would just make up new acronyms every time we did a wall.) Because of Scribble Jam we had lots of DF & ATT guys coming down to Cincinnati to paint, so a lot of the TSC guys got absorbed into that crew. I actually got put down with Bashers crew from L.A. Everyone else either fell off, changed crews, got caught up or quit. We always were cool with the other O.G. cincy crews, TA for example with many TSC mem
bers coming from there. In reality I’m not actually a DF member… but they were nice enough put a few of my pieces in their book.