One year ago, Kiko, aka Oliver Siandre, was arrested for criminal mischief - he had tagged around fifty locations in Queens. And yesterday, he agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to 6 months in jail and to pay $25,000 back to the city and the owners of the properties he defaced. Siandre will also be on fiveyears of probation and will have to perform community service. Siandre's lawyer says that Siandre is pursuing jewelry design - which seems to sync with a comment from someone claiming to be Kiko that was posted last year on Gothamist:
Hello people of ASStoria , KIKO says he's really sorry for taggin on athens sq. Pillars. I just wanted to tell everyone that night I was really drunk and I didn't know what I was doing. The next day I saw that and I knew I was gonna pay for that.
I really pray that I don't go to jail because I have a good career as a professional jeweler/model maker & I don't want to ruin my life over something like graffiti. Mabye I'll start asking for permission to do murals from now on. Thank you guys for your support
Peace & love ...KIKO©
City Councilman Peter Vallone, who was one of the first people to call and complain about seeing Kiko's Crazy 8 (or C8) tag, said that if Siandre gets in trouble with the law again, he'll be away for a minimum of two years. Vallone added, "All the graffiti he'll be doing for the next six months will be on the inside of his jail cell." Hey, is Vallone promoting vandalism within prison?
This photograph of a graffiti whale is not by Kiko, but Kiko sounds like a whale name; photograph by Bluejake