To say Russ Karabalin is a OG of street culture should be considered an criminal understatement. Since the 90’s the Ny bred artist has pushed his brand of rebellious work focused on the 3 main pillars of Soviet propogand; Sex, Politics, and Protest. His SSUR brand has remained an staple for 16 years for true connoisseurs of culture as his affiliation with NY’s Retail Mafia along side Alife, Frank151, aNYthing has allowed the brand to exist within a secured space embedded within the scene. With talks of an alignment with SF based brand Blackscale as well as an continual push of the brands Caviar Cartel, and SSUR label I felt it was a great time to catch up with the elusive Russ for out 5 minutes with… series.

Name: Ruslan Karablin

location: NYC/LA

What are you reading? The Way of Life by Laotsu

What are you listening to? Classics

Favorite artist? God

Favorite movie? The kid Stays in the Picture

I am influenced by…. Art, Philosophy, and Revolution

Do you parents understand what your job is? Yep

I spent last night… In Greenwich Ct…Decadent. Heating my bones, Burnin’, Drinkin’ Beluga, eatin’ good and laughin’ with old friends.

What do you eat for breakfast? Phonies

Favorite thing to do in your city? Absorb it’s contents

Whats something people might not know about you? I’ve seen it all up close, shit out the movies you’d be buggin

What are you working on this week? Producin’ data, art, gear, acccessories and paintings