viva las vandal 2017!

May 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm

VIVA LAS VANDALS 2017

 

A couple of years ago I had the idea of throwing a paint jam. My idea was pretty basic in the beginning, have some friends come out and paint and have a good time. So first I needed to pick a city to host it. I naturally thought of Los Angeles, but I wasn’t sure about finding enough wall space in one area that was easy for people to paint at once. I also had to take into account that LA is far on the west coast for a lot of people traveling.  And also LA can be a territorial place to paint for some outsiders.

Then I remembered Las Vegas. Vegas is a city made for travelers and hold events. It has space for painting with a good grouping of walls close to one another. And I had spoken with Ras One before about possibly throwing a jam. The other thing that made Vegas a great choice is it’s an easy city to fly into, get hotels and an easy city to get people to come visit for whatever reason.

 The 1st VIVA LAS VANDALS in 2016 was pretty laid back with about 30-40 people painting, very easy going. The 1st year people hadn’t heard much about the event. I had only advertised on Facebook and Instagram. I reached out a little and figured whoever was going to come would enjoy themselves and I wasn’t going to stress on it. I just wanted to get VIVA LAS VANDALS consistent, something people could look forward to. The first one was cool, mellow and a good time.

 This year I started reaching out 6 months before the event and people were definitely interested. I started putting a lineup together and posted about the event coming up and was instantly flooded with people wanting to paint. The 2017 VIVA LAS VANDALS  was filled with many great artists from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada.

 People started showing up throughout the first day on Friday the 21st Quickly I could tell the event was going to be larger than expected. The store owners and shop people in the area were a little weary at first, not wanting to change the art from 2016.  But once they saw the quality of artwork being done, they got excited about the event itself. Some store owners even opened up a few new walls for people to paint.

Saturday went well, with more people showing up to paint, plus lots of spectators and people taking pictures. There were also custom bicycle clubs riding through the Las Vegas Art District that day, who meshed in well, and were happy to see so much painting. On Saturday night the “Can’t Be Stopped” movie was played in an outdoors area attached to storefront/full bar, so the party continued on!

Here’s a few pics of the movie screening, and then the completed walls of Viva Las Vandals 17…

 

 A word of advice to anyone painting in Vegas. Try to finish on Saturday.  Between the sun, the drinking, and general craziness, it’s hard to give it your all on Sunday unless you’re strict! Pace yourself homie! By sunday you could walk around the 2 block area and take in all the fresh walls painted from that weekend.

The walls came out amazing. Both SOA’s wall on the gym and Gear’s sci fi themed production were amazing with everyone painting and killing it! The UTI’s also brought heat and Thanx One went wild on his solo wall. One of my personal favorites was Jaber and Fishe’s wall.

There were a few headaches, but still it was mostly fun, with the fun out weighing the bad by far. Next years event will be much much better with heads coming in from Europe to paint, as well as a larger vendor area and gallery shows at night. NHLV plans on having VIVA LAS VANDALS become a west coast event that people look forward to attending with more and more amazing artwork year after year.

A BIG thank you to the Las Vegas locals who helped with buff and clean up, and thank you to everyone who came out, brought heart and made the event fun. Next year will be right around the corner.

If you enjoyed this article please promote it, talk about it, or come check it out next year. Please hit the like button, or copy and paste this article so the word gets out, thanks again!

Interview with Paser MFK

May 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

Neighborhood Love:

1. What city did you grow up in what neighborhood do you represent now?

Paser:

I grew up in Memphis Tennessee and stil live here. moved away for a
couple years but like they say, there is no place like home. M-Town
all day.

NHLV:

 2. How did you get started doing graffiti was there anyone or anything that
had early influences on your work?

Paser:

Of course there was influence in my work.  I dont think there is one
writer that can say they did catch influence from there city,state or
an established writer. Crawling under bridges around Tennessee and
seeing TM crew ( Thoughts Manifested ) productions, freights and
street spots really influenced me in the late 90’s early 2000’s.
Seeing Zew and Ounze in Nashville doing spots in the 90’s was super
dope too. Pretty much anyone in Tennessee in the late 90’s early
2000’s have a big influence on my work.

NHLV:

3. I watched your style grow over the years and I have to say it’s very
unique, compared to the trends in graffiti. How do you feel about the trends
of graffiti making so many people paint the same these days and how do you
keep your graffiti looking original and unique?

Paser:

It is easy to look at a style on any social media and say ” Hey I want
to do that style ” , copy it and paint it. Like going to wal-mart and
buying a style pack. I cant really get into it but to each there own.
But hey, if its done well thats all that matters. the real recognize
the real on that trend note. I guess to answer the unique comment, I
do not sketch at all and freestyle everything I do. I cant stand
feeling confined to a piece of paper. That might give it a unique or
natural look. I dont know……. Its hard for me to talk/describe my
work. I just let my arm make shapes and hope for the best. I try and
not let it feel like a job.

NHLV:

4. So I don’t know much about MFK, other than it’s a fresh crew on the rise,

 can you tell me some of the history of the crew and your involvement in it?

Paser:

Originated in 04′ around small town Munice, Indiana. We keep a small
tight nit squad.
A freight based crew who are always hunting the rare and rocking
burners on them the way they should be done in our eyes. I have been
apart of MFK for 12 years so i guess that makes me an elder, but was
not one of the 4-5 founding members. Every member plays a key roll in
keeping the gears turning.


NHLV:

5. Let’s shift gears can you tell me about some of your favorite places to

 paint around the country or around the world maybe?

Paser:

I have had a blast traveling. I would say I really enjoyed Toronto
last summer. All abandon buildings I have painted have been a great
experience. I love bandos, It doesnt get any better than finding a
gutter raw wall to lace a heater on. Finding out the history of the
building always intrigued me. All in all, I love painting in the
south.

NHLV:

6. I know your paint a lot of steel, can you tell me the difference between
painting walls and hitting steel?

Paser:

No comparison. Having your work traveling around North America is 100
times better than having it stationary. I will say, it can get a bit
tiring bottoming out your pieces on panels. You can flex looser on
walls. I like it all.

NHLV:

7. Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to put some shine on?

Paser:

Working on a video project with a film/writer friend of mine. Should
be out in the next month. Pretty stoked on it. Working on a new body
of work in the studio all based on using metallic colors which I
hardly play with. Really stoked to finish up and show them.
 

NHLV:

8. I know graffiti you can be full of headaches and highlights
, can you maybe talk about some the things that you love and hate about the
 graff seen or graffiti in general?

Paser:

All I have to say is this. Do not get to involved with the internet.
Dont worry about what other people think about you. If you are feeling
it thats all that matters. Keep striving for your greater self. Let
the bashers and negativity not get to you, let it be FUEL TO YOUR
FIRE………….  That probably didnt answer your queston at all.

NHLV:

 9. Looking to the future is there anything that you’re hoping that your
artwork will evolve into, or things that you want to do in the future?

Paser:


Paint Sprayer pieces with roller paint cuts and tricks.  I have a
couple I am about to unleash. Bigger,Meaner,Better.    I hope……

NHLV:
10. Lasted like to say from an NHLV A huge thank you for taking the time to
do this interview, you have amazing work and I hope you keep pushing.
 Last is there any shout out you’d like to give to anybody?

Paser:

Thank you first off for the Q and A’s. Much love to NHLV’s. My
beautiful wife Sarah. She is my heart.The MFK’s, CREATURES, AND TM’s.
Thank you for all of the inspiration and love.Sepia MFK for the great
laughs,level head and paint thrashin. My dudes Kuhr, Jaber, and Aware.
The Tennessee boys Zew and Nosey  from the 42’s. Chuck and Bacon the
CN connect.
Vogey, Awful, Eaks, Vodka, Phame, Soer, Codak, Task, Audroc, Pako,
Rex2, Wasp, Jigl, Levis, Snack, Novel, Avert, Velcro, Wruck, Fatigue,
Video, Spud, Bozac

 

 

peeped on the streets…Hunter Photography

March 31, 2017 at 6:58 am

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News Out of Texas

March 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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News was put on my radar about 7 years ago, and I was amazed I didn’t already know who he was because his graff was so fresh. Since then he has continued to grow his style and skills, and keep his work and numbers game up! It was a pleasure to showcase this Texas writer, and I hope you all enjoy his work as much as I do, enjoy!

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Neighborhood Love:
1. What neighborhood did you grow up in and what neighborhood do you represent now?
News:
1.  I grew up in a small south Texas town that borders Mexico. I feel like I have a duty to represent not only my neighborhood but the whole culture of South Texas.
NHLV:
2. Can you talk about your start and graffiti, how you began painting?
News:
2.  When I was in elementary school, I bought a book that teaches you how to draw and I was hooked. Then when I started high school, I became more intrigued with throw ups and tags that I just began going out on my own.
NHLV:
 3. I know for some people skateboarding led them to graffiti, or hip-hop music lead them to graffiti, can you talk about what you’re early influences that brought you to graffiti were?  And was there any person or persons who had a influence on your graffiti in the beginning?
News:
3.  Yup…Skateboarding was definitely the gateway. It really gave me a chance different parts of my town. What I discovered was breakdancers were also graffiti writers. I was amazed how they got up around town.
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NHLV:
 4. I know Texas is really large state can you tell me about graffiti in the area that you come from and your party Texas as compared to the rest of it and maybe the rest of the country?
News:
 4. The great thing about Texas is that all the major cities have their own history and devoted writers that are in for the longevity. I feel that Texas is unique because we are in the center- there is a definite mix of style between east and west coast.
NHLV:
 5. I’ve seen your style change quite a bit in the last few years ,how would you describe your style?
News:
 5. I’ve always enjoyed wildstyle. I feel that represents who I am as an artist- all in! However, the past few years I’ve been focusing on letter structure and developing clean lines. Now I feel at a good point to start incorporating my wildstyle again.
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NHLV:
 6. What’s your next step , what do you think that you would like to see your graffiti go, or your artwork go in it’s next stages?
News:
 6. I would like to do more gallery showings and create a line of gear. I’d also like to travel to more crew meets, shows, and ultimately put together a book dedicated to our crew.
NHLV:
 7. Can you talk about some of your favorite cities that you’ve painted and what made them your favorites?
News:
 7. San Antonio is my favorite city. Their is a lot of talent and good consistent amount of traffic going through town. I would have to say Austin is up there too. They’re some solid writers who give it their all day in and day out. It’s very inspiring.
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NHLV:
 8. Do you have any plans for 2017 upcoming projects?
News:
 8. I think the next logical step is to move to a bigger town. More opportunities to paint and easier access to get to more shows.
NHLV:
 9. Is there any kind of dream project you would love to do if money wasn’t an object, like if you had some crazy sponsor for a project?
News:
 9. I would love to put together a crew and travel across the country. Maybe a dope RV covered in our work!
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NHLV:
 10. Last I wanted to say I think that you are a super fresh graffiti painter I thought that for a while I want to thank you from neighborhood love for doing the interview. Last is there any shout outs or anything you’d like to talk about, thanks again.
News:
 10. I would like to thank Neighborhood Love for this opportunity. I want to give a shout out to CBS, LAWS, and all the friends who show up up at the wall and shows I’ve been apart of. Your support is what inspires me to keep on going.

2nd annual VIVA LAS VANDAL! march 21-23rd

February 9, 2017 at 9:35 am

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Interview with Sloke, Austin!

February 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

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3. NHLV: How would you describe your style that you do and where do you see your style going in the future?
SLOKE:I would describe my style as clean and evolving. I like all aspects of graffiti but wildstyle is where my heart is at. I hope to keep building off of the last piece I painted.
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4. NHLV: I know you and I talked about being a full-time artist and how difficult it can be between jobs. Can you talk about how you started to become a full-time artist I know that’s a difficult transition for a lot of people out there.
SLOKE: I started doing art jobs back in 1994. Back then I was more interested in the streets. I had another source of income at the time so I wasn’t really concerned with commissions. Around 2000, I really started to focus on making a career off of my art or at least pay the bills. There were a lot of setbacks at first but I kept on going. Graffiti wasn’t really accepted by the public at that time so I had to paint what clients wanted a lot of the times but I still did my own art. Eventually, I began to focus on my style of art and really just got out there and hustled hard. It took years to pay off but slowly it has started to. Sometimes it’s steak sometimes it’s ramen. The main thing is to not give up!
5. NHLV: I have to say that both me and my boy for 4sakn really noticed you painting a lot of cities and putting in a lot of work over the last couple of years, can you tell us what were some of your favorite places to paint?
SLOKE: I travel as much as I can. I enjoy meeting and painting with writers from all over the world. It blows me away the level of talent that is out there! There are many cities/countries that I’ve enjoyed painting in. Some of the ones that stick out for me are New York,Los Angeles,San Francisco,San Diego,Chicago,Barcelona,Paris,Amsterdam,Prague,London…to name a few. I have so many more places to visit!
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 6. NHLV: Where there any particular reasons why in the last few years you stepped up the amount and quality of your work?

peeped on the streets! Stephen Pellegrino

July 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm

As NHLV gets back in touch with the heartbeat on them streets, from the East to the West and everywhere in-between, NHLV highlights photographer Stephen Pellegrino. Stephen AKA Emptycans.NYC, shoots images of graffiti, daily life on the East Coast, and scenery of the city. Stephen sometimes shoots people in motion, with streaked or clear clarity on his subjects making them look like ghosts of the city. Enjoy!

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Interview with Ekto out of England!

June 22, 2016 at 4:34 pm

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I Had no idea what painting in London would be like, and I was given a chance to get a wall with EKTO, and it was well worth it. The guy is a wall killer, plus a good all around graft head. He’s on my radar for big things in the future and he should be on yours too!

Neighborhood Love: What neighborhood did you grow up in and what neighborhood do you represent now?

Ekto:  I grew up on the outskirts of East London in a town called Dagenham. It was a pretty shitty estate but we was young and made our own fun, I still live in Dagenham, born and bred I’ve been here since day one.

NHLV:  How did you get started doing Graff, and who would you say were your early influences?

Ekto:  I started doing graff thru friends. I was last to start out of our group. There was ‘dose’ ‘inta’ ‘faze’ ‘lame’ ‘tobs/shiny’ (rip). They had all been doing it a while, so when i started i looked incredibly bad. While they had their handstyles on check, I was just figuring out how to hold a pen.

My influences were mostly local writers, and of course London’s DDS. I was into my dubs and tracks, so it’s natural to look up to them guys. No one’s done it as good as they did since, or ever will. An early influence of mine was ‘tel’ who later become ‘vainz’ of esk and then later awe crew. He was from my estate so all my pals latched on to him and learned a lot.  He got up and crushed it locally. He was the guy for a bit. Before him was ‘binone.’ He was a bombers bomber. My later influences are simple, ‘shine’, ‘react’, ‘ster’, ‘brave1’, ‘stet,’- wildstyle painters and all rounders. Top writers who all crushed it at one point or another.

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NHLV: So these days, the trends in graffiti have switched to basic or old school styles, with an emphasis on color. I consider you more of a wild style type. How do you feel you fit in to the graph seen these days?

Ekto: It seems graffiti is cyclic for most writers. I found myself stuck in a cycle of rinse wash rinse repeat, I wasn’t trying to push myself all the time.  I am now. There are personal reasons for that but that’s a whole different story. Those that know- know. Nowadays I’m kinda breaking down my graffiti into 3 separate tiers: the wildstyles I save for events / big paint ups, the semi wild I keep for the average days painting, and the more styled letters for quick pieces or if I need to paint something faster than usual. I like painting all types of graff whether it’s a blockbuster a character or a wild mild or child ;). I’m not a one trick pony and people seem surprised when I drop something else, but hey- I’m that wildstyle guy! In answer to the question, I fit where I’m needed to fit. If I’m painting with writers that paint simpler styles with chunky shapes, I’ll do the same for the sake of the wall. Nothing better than a nice wall with styles that aren’t too different

NHLV: Graffiti’s growing worldwide these days. Can you tell us about some of the cities you’ve traveled to and painted and what are your favorites?

Ekto: I haven’t travelled as much as I should but for me Ireland is spot on. And if you’re looking for a place to go you won’t find a better bunch of people. No egos. Just real writers where the rules still apply. Cardiff in Wales is a hotshot too. Them guys burn!

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NHLV: Do you think the city of London has had an effect on your graff or how your graff comes off?

Ekto: No. I predominantly ignore London and it’s styles. It’s got a great scene, the people are great and I love the writers, but it’s not my scene.  I live on the border of Essex and East London. But I consider myself to be from Essex where everything is wildstyle. It’s what we do.  London is very diverse for style. There is a lot of stencil and arty stuff that goes up. Not a lot of it is good and it dilutes the real graffiti styles.

NHLV: Can you tell me some of your favorite spots of London, like maybe food spots, drinking spots or even places to paint?

Ekto: If I hit London it’s normally Leake Street or a day out that has nothing to do with graff. I live so close, it’s a novelty you never use, if that makes sense. I’d sooner travel 500 miles to a different town as it’s not the ‘norm’

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NHLV: As styles turn to old-school and basic, I noticed that your wild styles have gotten more complex. In fact, in my opinion, you’re one of the best wild style artist out there right now. Do you have any plans for your styling in your graffiti career?

Ekto: Thank you. But I feel I’m far far far from a word like ‘best.’ I know where I’m going it’s just taking a little while. I’m building up to it. I’m personally looking to pull off some of the wildest pieces ever painted but still keep it readable. That’s the trick. If the letters are too wild then it’s a mess. There’s a balance and it’s easy to overcook a piece. I’ve done it many times! Haha that’s the future. It’s wild. Really wild.

NHLV: Do you have any upcoming painting our projects that you’d like to put some shine on?
Ekto: That would be telling. There’s a video dropping in the United States for a paint company hopefully sometime soon but that’s all you’re getting 😉

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NHLV: I definitely would like to see you out in the United States painting.  Are there any cities that you would like to hit or people you’d like to paint with?

Ekto: I plan to hit the US at some point not sure when but it will happen. Maybe a few of us. Definitely swing out West and hook with the CBS guys, they are doing it, ‘saute’, ‘elser’, ‘apexer’, etc etc. And of course NYC, hit up some cool guys there. It’s on my list for sure! It will happen maybe next year.

NHLV: Thanks for everything. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re looking really fresh. Last would you like to give me shout outs?

Ekto: Thank you bud ✌.  Shouts to everyone I paint with and who have pushed me along the way. Especially the past two years, Kanz, and the 4D crew, ster, rask, react, and everyone along the way. Respect to all.

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Viva Las Vandal! 2016

June 8, 2016 at 6:38 pm

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Viva Las Vandal was a great event with 25-30 people enjoying Las Vegas, painting and laughing the whole time with no beef or stress!

I had the idea for “Viva Las Vandal” from a couple of things, and I’m glad it all came together. I felt really lucky to be a part of the first couple of “Colorado Crush” Events out in Denver Colorado, to help them grow and bring both coasts of the USA to paint at that event. Also, in the past, I had painted the “Meeting of Styles” and the “Cobras VS Lords” events in Las Vegas. Ras One was a great host both times. He is a chill easygoing guy who has put in a ton of work to make the old downtown area of Las Vegas, a real painters paradise and an art district respected by the city.

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So I decided to ask Ras if he would help host an event that would grow year by year, and he said “yes”. “Viva Las Vandal” was born! I had bug plans for the first event, but had to readjust – having just moved into a house with my wife. So I let everyone know, if you still wanted to come through and paint, that I couldn’t cover paint the first year, but that it would still be a great time. I’m thankful to all that came through. And I know next year will be bigger and better! Next year, I look forward to getting paint sponsors on board, selling paint at the event, getting food trucks, and vendor booths to help support the event.

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As word of the event grows, I plan on bringing in graffiti painters from both the East and West coast. Plus I have my eyes on Europe, to bring in some dope painters from over seas! I have no doubt that this will be an event enjoyed by many people and will grow to be a staple in the graffiti community. See you there in the future and stay painting.

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a HUGE thank you again to all the businesses and heads that came through and helped roll walls, keep a great vibe and help out. I look forward to Viva Las Vegas 2017!

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NHLV talks with Sril out of Salt Lake City.

October 12, 2015 at 7:07 pm