Interview with Queens NYC artist Hoacs!

April 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

 

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Neighborhood Love

Where did you grow up and what neighborhood do you represent?

Hoacs

I grew up in and will always rep QUEENS NYC!

Neighborhood Love

Tell us how u got started doing Graff, what were the influences in your early years?

Hoacs

I started doing graffiti in the mid to late 90s. Back then NYC graffiti was on smash, from highways to track spots to street spots, all crushed.  I remember going places with my parents in the car and just watching the never ending graff out the back window.  Thats back when TMR owned the clearview expressway.  Almost all highways really.  It was like they were everywhere.  In 6th grade I came up with a tag of my own and started fuckin shit up everywhere, but mostly in school.  Once high school came I took it to the streets.  Eventually highways, trackside spots, and the occasional freight if I got lucky enough to find one.

 

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Neighborhood Love

How do you think graffiti has changed over the years in New York City and in your neighborhood in particular?

Hoacs

NYC graff has evolved a lot since the subway era.  Now trucks, highways, and roof tops are the shit.  The sticker game has popped off heavy too, writers are slappin instead of taggin these days.  Legal walls are rockin a lot too. The buff is crazy here, so one of the ways to keep shit rockin are the legals.  Writers are evolving from the bombin to piecing cuz pieces last longer.

Neighborhood Love

Where did your influences come from or how did you develop your own style?

Hoacs

My influences came from what I saw.  Which back then was NY style, clean block straight letters, with the simple handstyle.  TMR, WSK, RIS, DBI were prime examples of 90’s Queens graff.  As I got older and started my attempt at piecing TATS Cru, Wallnuts, AK and YNN had the burners on lock.  Their work couldn’t go unnoticed.

The Early Days of Hoacs

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And Hoacs now! 

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Neighborhood Love

What is it that you want to do with your graffiti career? Do you think you have goals set or you just holding onto a wild ride?

Hoacs

Other than fun, I have no set goals for graff.  My graff career has gone much father than I ever though it could or would.  I have had no expectations, and continue to keep thinking that way.  I cant wait to see what happens.

Neighborhood Love

If money and time were not an obstacle, what is it that you would paint? What would be your ultimate wall project?

Hoacs

Thats a tough question.  I cant lie, I like graff, straight up graff. So I’d say doing a 60 foot wall 15 feet high wall would be fresh. A burner would be it for me. There’s a lot of extras and add ons these days in graffiti. No characters, no frills, just a big ass fuckin burner! That’s the kind of Graff I would be feeling.

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Neighborhood Love

Let’s talk a little bit about neighborhood-love.com, how did you get involved with them and what part you think you play?

Hoacs

I got involved in NHLove thru Elser.  I met Elser in 2011 and we have been boys since.  When he spoke to my about his ideas and plans for NHLove I thought he really had something.  I feel like I’m a part of the promotion team, if thats what you call it.  I rep Neighborhood Love by putting it up on walls and slapping up stickers around NY.  It’s a dope movement and proud to be a part of it.

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Neighborhood Love

Let’s talk about Brooklyn a little. I know you have a lot of walls there. How do you see the change over the years? Do you feel that there’s been a hipster invasion? Do you miss the old hood side?  Or do you think it’s reaching a nice balance or do you think that the balance is out of whack?

Hoacs

Brooklyn is crazy and I mean crazy.  As you go block to block you see a huge change in the neighborhood.  One minute your in the projects, the next in a little hipster neighborhood with organic stores, and wine shops.  Then back to the projects, its crazy.  The one thing hipsters bring is art.  The more hipster, the more potential for murals, graff and art throughout that neighborhood.  Is it a good balance, I dont know for sure, but it definitely is interesting.  To be honest, I dont care either way, as long as I have walls to paint I’m good!

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Neighborhood Love

2013 is almost halfway over, what your plan for the second half of 2013?

Hoacs

I plan on painting.  Any free chance I get.  I have a bunch of walls planned with some dope writers that I’m excited to burn.  I’m also going to Miami for Art Basel this year.  Gonna crush a few walls out there.  It’s going to be a good year.

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 Neighborhood Love

Last let’s talk about the Future and what your plan is for 2014 and beyond, what do you want to get accomplished?  And last, feel free to give any shouts to anyone that you want.  Keep in touch Hoacs. I can’t wait to see where you’re headed!

Hoacs

My plan is to grow as a writer/ artist, keep painting canvases and take my graff to the next level. I’m consistently pushing myself and trying new things.  I cant let myself get lazy or complacent.  I’d like to shout out Elser, 4Sakn, Sebs, Owns and the homies at A Dying Breed. Also, Rest In Peace to my brother Louis, you’re always alive in my heart, LA12 always up in my pieces! And to Neighborhood Love for giving this interview.  Thanks.

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