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

 

 

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

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