PH: After you've put up a poster, do you do anything else or do you just move on to the next one?
KA: I collect everything on this computer. I take a picture (of the poster installed) and it goes straight to the system, and shows that you have completed the task. You have a number below each poster. The first half of the number is the station code - in this case, 214 - so they know I' at the 182nd Street station. The second half is the individual section.
PH: I know that each station has a different amount of ad space - what's the smallest and what's the biggest number per station in the city?
KA: The is one of the biggest. We have some that are smaller, but I would say that's more average than small.
PH: Have you ever done one of the Station Domination campaigns where a company takes over a whole station? How long does something like that take to install? For example, if you did Union Square, how long would that take?
KA: Sure. If I did Union Square it would take maybe 3-4 hours. Not with one guy, but with a couple of guys - maybe 6, 7 guys - to do the whole station.
PH: Do you normally work in teams?
KA: Only when we do a Station Domination.
PH: What happens if you make a mistake - say, if you put the poster in spot 21 instead of in spot 15? Can you just peel it off and put it in the right area?
KA: You have to let your supervisor know. Sometimes you can peel it off and fix it - you see I can peel this one off because there's nothing underneath, so I can play with it and brig it into the right spot. But when you have (another poster) under there, it becomes difficult for you to peel it off. So I'd have to have it reprinted.
PH: How do you upkeep the spaces where you put the posters - the blank walls underneath. Do you guys clean it up every now and then if it gets too dirty or cluttered?
KA: The MTA takes care of that.
PH: And what about when posters get graffitied? Do you need to replace them if they have a lot of graffiti?
KA: If it is very bad we change it; if it's something minor, we clean it. There's this kid who has his own signature and will put it on almost every poster in a station, and that day you know you have a lot to do.
PH: Why is this one panel blank right now?
KA: Because somebody pulled it off! So today I have to replace it. Luckily today I have a poster that was going to go up in that spot. If I didn't have a new poster, I would have to let my supervisor know that 035 is missing and we'd need to print a replacement.