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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 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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 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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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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Neighborhood Love Radio #119

October 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

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Every ending a new beginning. Fall time is here. Time shed our skin.
This is the N. Broadway playlist. Come past.

The list:
1) “No Time to Burn” Black Heat
2) “Feel Like Making Love” Gene Lawrence
3) “Entrance Theme” Igbo
4) “Well Well, Don’t Worry About Me” The Como Mamas
5) “The Truth” Moonchild
6) “Sly” Jesse Fischer & Sly5thAve
7) “War Is Coming! War Is Coming!” War
8) “Forever Mine” Andra Day
9) “Make Some Room” The Suffers
10) “Anthem” Groove Collective
11) “Respect (feat. Mara Hruby & Van Hunt)” The Decoders
12) “Wild Cookie” Jill Scott
13) “Family Affair (Re-Recorded)” Sly & The Family Stone
14) “25 Miles” Edwin Starr

Neighborhood Love Radio #118

October 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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Sittin’ on a milk crate. Hearing good music with a full belly and an iced tea. This is the Valerio Street playlist.
This week los Angeles DJ Astro 138 (Vinyl Record Association)comes past to speak about tings.
#118 is go!

The playlist:
1) “We’ve Only Just Begun (TM Juke Remix)” Lee McDonald
2) “Family Tree” Sharon Brown
3) “Girl (feat. Kaytranada)” The Internet
4) “Descent” Ticklah
5) “The Offering” Ikebe Shakedown
6) “Trying to Get Over” Sparkles
7) “A Funky Space Reincarnation” Marvin Gaye
8) “Baba Hya” The Lafayette Afro Rock Band
9) “Jan Jan” The Fabulous Counts
10) “Bull” Ego Ella May
11) “I Heard That” Eddie Russ

This Sunday, NHLV interviews the amazing Sril out of SLC!

October 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

check it out as we chop it up with Sril, an amazing and humble artist. NHLV talks about Sril”s start and where he’s at now.Keep posted, this sunday…

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Neighborhood Love Radio #117

October 1, 2015 at 11:33 am

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Autumn begins and red super moon. Please enjoy number one one seven assembled with love in Downtown Los Angeles.

The list:
1) “Hot Shot” Saun & Starr

2) “Cincinnati Growl” Roy Ayers Ubiquity

3) “Calabash” Georgia Anne Muldrow

4) “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” Mayer Hawthorne

5) “A New Constellation” Quantic presents The Western Transient

6) “Feel Like Makin’ Love” D’Angelo

7) “Street Life” The Crusaders featuring Randy Crawford

8) “De La Soul (feat. Biz Markie)” De La Soul

9) “Politickin” Beastie Boys

10) “Groove City” T-Connection

11) “West Coast Poplock” Ronnie Hudson

12) “Yes You Do” Fanny Franklin

Neighborhood Love Radio #116

September 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

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Hey, loved ones. you like soul music? Kick back and put your feet up. It’s all gravy from here on out. #116 for the chill.

The list:
1) “The System” Silk Rhodes
2) “Listen (feat. Ta’raach & Black Shakespeare)” Connie Price & The Keystones & Zach Lucas
3) “Don’t Push Your Luck” Orgone
4) “Under the Spell of the Handout” Cody ChesnuTT
5) “The Scarab” The Shaolin Afronauts
6) “Dance Wit Me” Chaka Khan & Rufus
7) “Izabella (feat. Lee Fields)” An Apple A Day
8) “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” Hot 8 Brass Band
9) “Ur Life One Night” Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10) “Sly” Jesse Fischer & Sly5thAve
11) “Remember the Rain” Kadhja Bonet
12) “Closer” Corinne Bailey Rae
13) “Always On The Run” Lenny Kravitz