1. Neighborhood Love: What city do you live in and what neighborhood do you rep?
SLOKE: I live in Austin,Texas and I rep for the neighborhood of South Austin.
2. NHLV:Can you talk about how you got to do graffiti and what some of your early influences were or maybe some of the heads that helped guide you or bring you up?
SLOKE: I got into graffiti through skateboarding. I would see graffiti in the tunnels and ditches that we skated. I thought this is the shit!!!! Graffiti was underground back then. You had to know the folks who were doing it. In 1990, I met SKAM (Supreme King Al Martinez) who gave me an outline and showed me how to paint a piece. SKAM was the one who opened the door for me to graffiti. I will forever be grateful for that. He showed me Style Wars,Subway Art,Spraycan Art, and an old copy of IGT. I was hooked!!!! My early influences definitely came from those books. In 1991, I traveled to the Bay Area of California and was blown away by the wild styles from crews such as TWS,TMF,TDK,etc. I had never seen styles like that before. The biggest influences early on in my city (Austin,Texas) were SKAM, SEK, and SAINT(NBK).
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.
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!
6. NHLV: Where there any particular reasons why in the last few years you stepped up the amount and quality of your work?
SLOKE: I’m getting older! I’m trying to make the best use of my life while there is still time!
7. NHLV: Getting back to where you live, can you tell her some things about your neighborhood or your city that other people might not know about that you think are really great or make it cool?
SLOKE: Austin is a great city. (That’s why everyone is moving here!) For Texas it’s open minded. The vibe is chill and the real locals are nice. It’s my home.
8. NHLV: Is there any kind of inspiration out there that’s been affecting your work,maybe people or things you’ve seen that you feel like Its made an impact on you that you feel other people should know about?
SLOKE: I think the biggest inspiration for me has been my crews,traveling, and painting with the locals I have met along the way. It pushes me to want to grow as an artist and as a human being. Get out there and meet your neighbors!
9. NHLV: Can you tell us what you have planned for the future where you see your career going, or maybe what your plans are?
SLOKE: My goals for the future are to continue traveling the world and painting. I have two solo gallery shows coming up this year and plan on many more. What keeps me going in this game of life are the endless possibilities that are out there. Anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.
10. NHLV: I just wanted to say that painting with you was an honor,you’re a great guy who does quality work and I wanted to give you this opportunity to give some shout outs to anyone you want. Big thank you from neighborhood love!
SLOKE: It was honor to paint with you OG Else! I would like to give a BIG shout out and THANK YOU to the Universe, My Family, My City, My Crews (NBK,CBS,GTO,RWS,OTM,LAWS,LORDS,CREATURES), MTN (MUSA,SEAR,JASE), NEON BA, My FRIENDS that have stuck by me through thick and thin, and NEIGHBORHOOD LOVE for the opportunity to do this interview! Peace!