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Tuaca Drinks & Ink Tour Denver: What A Cinnaster Evening

Tuaca Drinks & Ink Tour Denver: What A Cinnaster Evening

Posted on 04 March 2013 by admin

Tuaca Girls

Last friday March 1st, as the show got started and all sorts of people poured in, local bartenders prepared their recipes in hopes of winning a tattoo from Six Feet Under’s Corey Miller. You might remember Corey from joining Kat Von D on reality series L.A. Ink. Not to mention the heart pounding performance by DJ Ravidrums, who’s drumset looked like something out of Minority Report.DJ Ravidrums drumset

Stoney’s was the perfect venue to enjoy this event with plenty of room, food, and bottomless bottles of Tuaca. Corey Miller has been on tour with Tuaca for a couple years now. He is the front man helping promote Tuaca’s newest liqueur Cinnaster, in which he has also designed a Tuaca lion that you will see on certain boxes of Tuaca. An ice sculpture ran fluent with Tuaca, and little did the crowd know what surprises they were in for.icecastle

As we sat in to try the concoctions, all attention was on the bartenders. Several drinks were poured, a couple martini style and a few mix drinks. Ranging from super sweet to Spicy to mixtures of regular Tuaca with the new Cinnaster. One martini drink actually had slices of jalapeno to live up to its name “Spice of Life”. You had your variety of flavors and different sugar mixes to coat the rims, but in the end it came down to Katy Reynolds very flavorful drink “Sin City”. She coated the rim with sugar mixed with cinnamon and the drink, which I thought wasn’t going to taste right due to mixing Tuaca with some irish creme type liqueur turned out to be the show stopper. It had the perfect sugar coat on the rim to add to the flavor and get her an unforgettable tattoo by the man himself Corey Miller. Second runner up was Denver’s resident mixologist Angelo Sbrocca from “Ocean Prime”. Angelo came off with a very tasty mix as well scoring himself two ski passes… read his interview with Death and Taxes mag here: Tips Of The Trade. After that it was all party time as DJ Ravidrums kicked it in gear and started rockin the crowd with a futuristic drum show. Little did the crowd know that the Tuaca orange men were ready to come out and get a Tuaca Harlem Shake video going with DJ Ravidrums integrating it with the crowd.

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LtoR: Runner Up: Angelo from Ocean Prime, 1st place winner Katy Reynolds, and Corey Miller!

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(Graff Throwback) Interview with Denz Rocwell

(Graff Throwback) Interview with Denz Rocwell

Posted on 28 January 2013 by admin

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U.$.M. – What do you write?

Denz – I write Denz, Denzone, Denzrocwell, Denzism, Denzo!

U.$.M.- What artist or artists influence your work?

Denz – The legendary trixter, from chicago, that was featured in spraycan art back in the day!

U.$.M. – Explain to us what graffiti means to you.

Denz – Graffiti means vandals, in society. But I look at it as a group of outsiders’ finding ways to excersize their medium of artistik, ability on the wall.

U.$.M. – Whats up with the best paint ,who makes it?

Denz – I love “Montana” from Spain, and also Belton, the paint is thick and it flows out smoothly.

U.$.M. – Have you ever thought about tagging on birds?

Denz – No not realy but it would be dope to tag them with a signature like luggage. But have stamped money for the past 3-4 years on $2 dollar bills, then all of a sudden I looked on mtv when the beastie boys were on tour, and mtv was doing their promotion give away, and they said! If you find a $2 dollar bill with the mtv logo, you get in free! I was like what a fucking bite,,,, because at the Iz The Wiz show I was in New York and I passed out about $500 dollars of $2 dollar bills from the bank, just throughing it in the air around new york, then they decided to do it! Fucking biters’ LOL..

U.$.M. – Have you ever flown 1st class?

Denz – Yes! I can clearly remember me flying first class.. That, it was the same year I got booted out of ATT Crew I flew out to Denmark, Copenhegan for 3 weeks to paint with (Bates), it was the best”. So by being dissapointed! I was like I should treat your self to a new start..

U.$.M. – If you could paint a face landmark what would that be?

Denz – ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN WASHINGTON D.C.

U.$.M. – How long have you seen a piece ride on a traincar?

Denz – 12 Years and that’s no joke! I’ve even seen my shit still running and friends’ I was shocked Artistik, from Milwaukee WI, always catch my old stuff rolling when he show me them flix!

U.$.M. – Any last thoughts?or shouts

Denz – Shot out to “God” above to making everything possible for me since 1985, & CREWS TAC, GOD, KD, SAS, TNB, BYI, COD, YNN, PCP, 5MH, URBANDWELLERS, FST, AIA, & UNDASTREAM MAGAZINE, BTB, (BAD CREW IN CHICAGO). You all are catching wreck in the chitown, keep it going! PEACE “DENZONEROCWELL”

Model: Natasha Stone from Playboy T.V.

Model: Natasha Stone from Playboy T.V. reppin’ the Denz Toaster Purse

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Venom – Pimp My Piece

Posted on 26 December 2012 by admin

A parody of Pimp My Ride, but the graffiti version. The Xzibit of graffiti comes through to help Venom(a toy with little skills)… Pimp his Piece out. Hopefully Venom picked up a thing or two from dude!

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LA’s Graffiti Legend Make 1 otherwise known as Galo Speaks with U.$.

LA’s Graffiti Legend Make 1 otherwise known as Galo Speaks with U.$.

Posted on 18 December 2012 by admin

This Interview was conducted in 2008 in Issue #6 (Throwback)

When it comes to LA Graff Pioneer Galo, Make or Time, whichever way you wish to refer to him as, it is almost impossible to define him as an artist. Hailing from the inner city streets of Los Angeles, Make, who refuses to define himself, has definitely put in some work not only as a graffiti artist but a person in general. Cutting through the long intro, let’s start with the basics and hear it straight from the mouth of The Babe…

U$M: So how long have you been writing?

Make: Awe man I’ve been writing for like 30 years now…I remember back in the 70’s – naaaaaah! (laughing) Just kidding man. That’s just a little inside joke amongst us writers. Fools always be adding like five to ten years to their game. I’ve been writing a little over 20 years now.

U$M: What is the reason for writing Make & Galo?

Make: Well Galo is my given name. (pretty tight huh?) Make came after I was Time. Although my first name was Mine, then I switched it to Fraze. I went through a glut of names before I stuck with Time for a bit. But I still wasn’t happy with it though. I remember one day watching Styles Wars and seeing this kat Mare139 and thought to myself, “dang he’s pretty dope!” I also liked his name. So I swapped the R with a K and Make was created and was like “yeah!…Make! That’s me!” And Make is pretty much what it means: to create, to produce, to cause to exist. I am the Maker – your Maker! (smiles)

U$M: What were the first crews you were affiliated with?

Make: The first crew I was ever affiliated with was HR (Hit-N-Run). That was with my boy Krenz/Yem and a couple other heads. About a year or so later, STN (Second 2 None) was formed. Other crews afterwards were AM7 (Angelz of Madness), WCA (West Coast Artists) – although I never really hit up WCA. I also, sort of, stopped writing AM7. I’ve been asked to be in other crews but I’ve kindly turned them down as I’ve also been “kindly” turned down to be in other crews I may have wanted to be in. But I do often romanticize the thought of not being in any crew.

U$M: Who or what are some of your inspirations, mentors, or influences?

Make: Anything that’s related to letters and fonts and whatnot. Things such as: rock-band logos, surfer and stoner letters, the punk and skate scene, gang-writing, Mexican blackletter signage, old rock-art posters, the 80’s, pin-up posters, vintage ads, calligraphy, Haight and Ashbury, ancient scrolls, nice printing, etc. I’ve also, as of more recent, been fascinated with Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Basically I appreciate every characteristic form of lettering. The whole Hip-Hop movement inspired me as well.

As far as mentors or influences? There was Krenz/Yem-AM7, who was one of my first major influences. The KGB (Kids Gone Bad) crew whom only lived a few blocks away from me. My biggest influence though was RickOne-K2S (Kill To Succeed) who came later. Other influences throughout the years have been, of course, my crewmates like: Defer, Skept, Sine (R.I.P.), Doc43, Relik, Tempt, Easie (R.I.P.). Other artists that have influenced me too were Geo (R.I.P), Prime, Risky, Primo-Dee and the list can go on. Most of them still influence me today. Many other graff heads influence me today too such as: Eyer, Panic, Size, Peque-VRS, and so on – Even I influence myself.

U$M: Where are some of the places you wrote, did pieces, had art shows etc., shown your work at or whatever?

Make: I’ve painted at yards in LA such as: The Pan Pacific Theatre, The Belmont Tunnel, The Jefferson Yard, The UCA Yard, The 2 Yard, Santa Fe Yard, The Motor Yard and too many to list. I’ve rocked walls in Mexico, Hawaii, Milwaukee, Miami, San Diego and hopefully this year Japan and Europe. I’ve exhibited in galleries throughout LA, in Taiwan, in Mexico. I’ve also exhibited in a couple museums.

U$M: Do you hate or love George Bush?

Make: Neither. I really don’t care for the dude. But for the most part I love all peeps man. Regardless of what they do, have done, think or say. I am a lover man. I always try to see the best in people. People often fail me and disappoint me but I try not to let it get to me as I myself may do the same, right? And it’s not that I set myself up for it but I guess in a way I have. I guess we all do in a sense and that has taught me to do things without expecting anything in return. For the most part I nourish having faith in people even if it’s someone like Bush. If I don’t, people wouldn’t have any kind of faith in me. And that’s even if any do.

U$M: Who are some of the cats you write with?

Make: There’s quite a few actually. Maybe too many to name but to name a few I paint/write with my boy: Big SizeOne-OTR, Panic-LOD, Cab-LOD, Ware-SH, Eyer-SH/STN, Unit-LOD, with my boyees from the crew Sketch, Relic, Heaven and Teler. I‘ve also painted a lot with homie Besk-UCA and RickOne of the K2S crew. I‘ve been blessed and privileged to not only meet many great artists but also paint with them too. But overall I have been blessed to paint with the greatest and the wackest of all writers – myself.

U$M: What is your definition of graffiti?

Make: My definition of graff would vary from one end to another. One day it’s this and then next day it’s that. It is black to white, sad to glad, long to short, dead to alive, good to bad, ugly to beautiful, clean to dirty, straight to round, to mean and be meaningless, to create, to destroy, to vanish, to appear, to enrich, to strip, to unite, to divide, to stop, to continue, to be and not be, to incarcerate, to emancipate, to increase, to decrease, to be real and be fake and to be Make and not be Make and vice versa all.

U$M: Do you like blondes, brunettes, or red heads?

Make: I like blondes, brunettes, redheads, jet-black hair, dyed hair, dark, light, pale, tall, short, skinny, petite, midgets, giants, Latinas, Whites, Asians, Blacks, Indians, Armenians, did I say Asians? Long hair, short hair, no hair, two arms no arms, two legs no legs. I like them all man. As long as they are pretty smart, cool and have a great personality. That is always key! Overall, ALL women are beautiful. E-ve-ry single one of them.

U$M: What is your take on recreational drug use?

Make: I been clean for a while now man. Soooooooooo really? No comment. I just don’t encourage it. I guess that qualifies as a comment huh? (laughs)

U$M: Since you’ve been writing so long and you’re a veteran of graff what do you think of the new generation of writers opposed to the old school?

Make: Well I believe many new-school writers have no concept of lettering or posses fundamental graff values. The majority of today’s graff looks like a regurgitation of what is seen in magazines and the internet. No one pays dues anymore and no one seems to go through the developmental process many of us old-school writers went through. Many want the instant coffee mix know what I mean? There are, although, many new-schoolers who do have it and know it, execute it and produce nice work. You can see the foundation, the composition, and the understanding of letters in their work. Another thing too, many new-school kats also have no knowledge of graffiti history. And at times some of the history or knowledge some have is false information that is perpetuated through and fueled by gossip and rumors or even site threads or forums.

U$M: Who are some of the old-school guys still painting and what do you think about them still painting?

Make: There’s quite a few who still paint. Many have sort of faded out completely while others still stay somewhat connected, not necessarily in “the scene” but through other artistic mediums with the graff core fundamentals.

As far as some of them still painting? I think it’s dope of course. I think it’s important they do. You gotta understand. A lot of these old-school kats were looked up to and for many to witness them painting and/or paint is a treat. Shoot, It’s a treat for me too. But I do think that old-school kats have a measure to meet though. They should still be able to maintain themselves at a level and skill set that still reps and sets standards. We need to represent that we aren’t all washed-out writers, has-beens, you know? We should still be able to hang. Not to the point where we are out mobbing the streets and dangling off cliffs but be able to bring some fire when we paint. Be able to bring technique, style. Outline our own pieces, shoot…even finish our pieces for that matter.

And I must say that although it is dope that a lot of old-schoolers are coming out of the woodwork to rock and paint, I do think that some old-schoolers need to grab a feel and understanding of what is going on today in the graff scene. Many gotta remember that it is no longer 1985 or 89 or even 91 or whatever year it was they dropped out of the scene. Things have changed. Too many writers are time warped in their time. I find it funny, almost sad, that many come out of a like a 10-15 year retirement, do a few pieces or do something for the LA graff scene and all of a sudden they wanna call shots, make all these changes, criticize every piece and even re-hash old beef. Unfortunately, what happens with these kind of kats is the “crash and burn” process. As quickly as they came in they are gone again. I usually give’em maybe two years tops.

I don’t know man! My advice for old-schoolers is to chill, learn the ropes, know the haps, know the whose, take it easy. Shoot, even learn what material is out there and what peeps are hip to. (laughs) Like some fool came up to me, with attitude even, trying to tell me about this new marker they “discovered”, waving in it my face and all and it’s been like around for like…eh-ver, you know? I am like ohkaaaaay dewd! (laughs) That stuff cracks me the heck up. I can’t even be like “dewd, where have you been?” cause I know! (laughs hard)

U$M: How would you describe yourself?

Make: I wouldn’t. But if had to I’d say, I am who is not. I am the wackest writer. The toyest. The biggest biter. The lamest. The most annoying. The most hated. (oh wait! that’s someone else’s title) The biggest liar. The rejected. The opportunist, the ignorant, the naïve, the oblivious, the unwanted, the unskilled, the washed-out writer, the old-schooler who I just said came out of retirement…I am the complete opposite of what I’ve said I’ve ever been. I am the exaggerator. I am the chief of sinners. I am the non-existent element in the graff scene. The fictional figure in a story. The “here today gone tomorrow”. I am no one.

U$M: Any last words?

Make: Yeah – later!

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EAST DF

EAST DF

Posted on 10 March 2011 by admin

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interview by: Joe Thunder

Interview with East a.k.a-Este , a spray paint artist in Denver, Co who has painted all over the word.  Este is a veteran of the game and has been painting for nearly 30 years! Este paints with his crews DF, ATT, TAC, SM, BSB, FEDS, Hit Men & the Zulu Nation

So where are you from and how did you find your way to The Mile High City?

I’m originally from a small town in Indiana but moved to Chicago at a very young age, after my Mother & Father split. Job ops were slim in the rural area we were living so Mom moved to the Chi! I ended up coming to the Denver/Boulder area in 98′ in order to visit my wifes sister who was living here with her husband & son. A friend of hers needed someone to watch her flat for the summer while she was away in Boston. We volunteered & have been here ever since.

How did you get into graffiti and what made you start painting?

I got into Graff via mags & album covers that I would find by digging thru the periodical section of the local library & at my local record stores. I had been b boyin since 79′ & was in constant search of inspiration & materials that would let me on to what was happenin’ in New York. I would find small articles about b boy crews & artists like RSC, Futura, Dondi, Faze, Fashion Moda gallery, etc… I still have those clippings too! At the record shops there was an abundance of album covers that were completely done up by guys like Doze, Stash, Haring, Futura, Seen & Duster, so many fresh joints! I would just sit in the aisle for hours sifting thru albums & staring at the artwork… it was AWESOME! I remember the release of  movies like Wild Style & Beat Street like it was yesterday! I used to go down to the video rental place offa State st. to rent Wild Style every week! I had dozens of sketches that I bit from Lee, Dondi, Revolt & Zephyr by putting the movie on pause while the trains were rolling by or when they would pan to walls in the Bronx! Ya just can’t recreate that kind of unknown & mystery anymore, it was still so new & developmental back then!

How did you choose the name Este?

The name Este is simply a derivative if East. I also write: Aste, Oster & Est. They’re all just East in various languages. I was given the name East by my 1st mentor, Fesski Fess of OMC. ACW. crews. I was writing Grafix 102 at the time but he would constantly call me “Eastside” since he lived on the southwest side & I was east of him… it got shortened to just East!

How would you describe your style?

My style tends to be aggressive at times and kinda cartoony at others. My letters are a direct stem from my b boy mentality. They should have swagger and movement almost like they’re dancing but when its time to really get down and “bust mugsy” then they tend to get lower, stretched out and more aggressive looking. Like being in the cypher just hangin with your boys, havin fun, tryin new moves but then somebody from a rival crew starts to downrock and do house moves in your cypher…then its time to flex!

I know your always traveling around the US and abroad, where are some of the most bizarre places you have painted?

The most bizzarre places would hafta be these funky lil spots in small towns around the Midwest. Ya find these random spots under bridges, along riverfronts, abandoned buildings and think that nobody is ever gonna see these and years later ya realize that kids went down there to do whatever, saw your pieces and it started an entire scene on accident. That’s happened to me a couple of times while randomly meeting guys at paint jams or Hip Hop events. It’s crazy; I sparked an entire scene in Little Rock just from painting a riverfront wall in a drunken stupor one night…random!

What’s the hottest or craziest spot you have ever caught?

I caught all kinds of ill spots all over Chicago. In the subway tunnels, on rooftops, etc. But two spots tend to stick out the most to me as far as “crazy” is concerned. One would be this rooftop that Dase and I spotted from the highway in Kansas City. There was this great wall on top of this abandoned warehouse that we just had to hit. So we went to the building to climb the fire escape and saw that half the steps were missing from various levels. We made our way shimmying up the handrails and utilizing what few steps were still intact. When we finally made it to the top we saw that the entire roof had fallen in and the only thing left was this approxomately 2ft ledge around the roof’s perimeter. The drop from the top was 5 or 6 stories and you could see straight through the roof to the bottom floor below. We ended up clinging to that 2ft ledge, painted the wall and made our way back to the fire escape. Dase went down first and made it with no issue but when it came time for me to go all kinda shit went wrong! I wasn’t even halfway down the first stair set when a stair broke out under my feet and I went down instantly. Luckily the escape was really narrow and I was holdin on to either side of the railings so when it fell, I tensed up and the railings caught my underarms leaving me dangling there. As the step made its way down it took out a shit ton more of the steps causing a huge crash at the bottom of broken, rusty stairs. Dase had to hop out the way to avoid being hit by all the metal pieces and schrapnel. I pulled myself up and clung to the railing closest to the side of the building and made my way down by shimmying along the beams on either side of where the steps used to be and holding the handrails. When I finally got to the bottom we both just yelled out loud from frustration and pent-up energy! We couldn’t believe what just happened. At the bottom of the fire escape I wrote on the wall: stay off the building and roof, fire escape is broken and roof is caved in! I hear that it was painted again though by somebody years later.

The second crazy spot is when Quisp and I decided to paint on top of a grain silo in Kansas that was visible from a main highway. Those things can be as high as 10 stories. We got to the silo with 2 giant duffle bags of paint only to realize that the ladder we were intending to climb was only an inch or two wider than 2 fists put together. But being young and determined we went at it anyway, stopping several times along the way due to exhaustion. When we finally got to the top we just laid there for about 10 minutes, catching our breath and laughing at how stupid it was to have climbed that shit. Never again would I try that because going down was even worse! Haha…

Now you have been painting for almost 30 years, that definitely makes you an OG in the game. I know you have a good chase story…

Some of my boys and I were painting under a bridge in Chi, not too far from a sketchy area near Roosevelt & State. We get close to finishing when we hear the roar of engines coming from all directions. A ton of undercover patrol cars swoop in and cops are jumpin out with guns in hand. I immediately take off runnin thru this field headed toward Roosevelt St. Bridge. I get maybe 100 ft or so and I hear a cop’s voice on a blowhorn say “Stop or I WILL shoot you!” He follows up by firing 2 or 3 shots in the air and yells “The next ones won’t miss so put your hands up and walk back!” I stop, walk back and get cuffed up. He starts askin me where all the guns are. I’m like “We don’t have any guns!” He ends up taking our crewmate Ages behind the wall we were painting and proceeds to kick the shit out of him. We could hear it all goin down but couldn’t see any of it. No evidence. Turns out that there was a gang war over in the neighborhood offa State and when the cops were called in they stumbled upon us instead! Bad luck f’sho.

What do you think of the new generation of writers?

I don’t have a single, all encompassing opinion about the new generation of writers. Things may be very different from when I was coming up but certain things remain constant. There are dope writers and there are wack ones. There’s writers that take it easy and writers that pay the dues. I simply take each moment as it comes and form my own opinions based on each individual.

There is a fine line between those who see graffiti as art and those who see it as a crime, what are your views on this?

Sometimes, in order for the views of what is accepted as art, people need to be shocked or disturbed first. Through this method people will take notice of it and start to form opinions. It’s no different than what was done at the end of the Renaissance when Da-daaist movements took place. Those artists were often ridiculed, arrested and even mobbed during their shows/performances. But now you can go to most any major museum and see examples of their work. Graffiti will inevitably have its time as a major art movement albeit the underlying goal or not.

For all the toys out there can you give them a few examples of spots that are off limits?

Crew yards, legals that aren’t theirs, churches & any type of sidebusting. Sidebusters are the biggest toys of all! Tryin to get a tag on a wall right next to a reknown writers piece for exposure makes a toy look even more toy. Sidebusters are the bottom feeders of the Graff society!

Do you see yourself as an artist or a graffiti writer?

A true Graffiti writer is out there in the streets payin dues, gettin up, and gaining street cred thru pieces and bombing. I’m retired from that scene so as much as Graffiti was my life and existence for so many years I would hafta fall into the “urban artist” realm these days. Gotta move to the side sometimes in order to make room for those who are younger and bolder! Nobody wants to see my old ass try and climb a rooftop!

Do you have a favorite piece of all time (were, when, and with who)?

That would hafta be the first rooftop I ever did on the line in Chi! Its was 1986, southside of Chi with my 1st mentor, the legendary Fesski Fess. That memory and thrill will NEVER be duplicated!

What are you working on currently and what plans do you have for the future?

Currently I’m just enjoying myself by painting with various people, travelling around and trying to experiment by pushing my styles and techniques. Graff is an ever growing, ever changing scene and I’m just content to still be actively painting and to  have any sort of relevance. The future looks to be more of the same.

Any last words?

Big ups to all of my friends and crewmates that keep me inspired as well as my sponsors for supplying me with the paint and means to keep pushin’ forward! Landmark graff shop in LA & www.004connec.com! I also can’t end this without giving ALL THE CREDIT to my past mentors who taught me racking, style, ups, history, technique and er’thing I know in order to keep myself going till the end. Fesski Fess, Hit Men Bombing Crew and the greatest crew Chi has ever known, The Feds! Thanks for the shine Unda$treaM, and as I always say: Keep it Zulu!!!

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Danny Diablo

Danny Diablo

Posted on 23 January 2011 by admin

Today we get a peek into the life of one of the coolest cats I know, from the Legendary DMS crew, Danny Diablo a.k.a. Lord Ezek.

Yo,  Danny what’s good brother?  I  Have A few question’s for you.  First let’s  talk about your family, do you have any siblings?
I have a younger sister that I am very close to.  I also had a younger brother name David who committed suicide in 1994.

You are a New York Native, that now resides in Cali,
Do you miss New York?
I am actually doing this interview in N.Y.  I am in Queens at my boy Lash’s crib.  I live in L.A. and got mad love for Cali. But I am a New Yorker through and through!!!  No city is like N.Y.C. period.

So you are officially on tour again correct?
The tour got cancelled booking agency!!!  I will be in Europe in October with The Shotblockers feat. Grizz Rock, Panic, D.J. Stress, Skam Dust, Haeler & Risky. It will be a tour with Graffiti/Hardcore/ Hip-Hop love to travel and meet new people. I love that this is my job!

You have done different genre’s of music with many artists, do you remember how many colabs you have done over the years?
I have done so many collabs with so many dope underground artist. You can hear them on my street c.d.’s. I am putting one out later this year. If you are cool and do dope underground music, I will do a track with you…

What is new with ILL-ROC RECORDS?
I am putting out the new ADLIB, Jimmy Williams(Maximum Penalty), PANIC, WHITE OWL, U.G.P. and G-FELLA Street C.d.’s this year.

ILL-ROC RECORDS will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. You can go to the site by going to ill-rocrecords.com Please stop by the ill-roc records blog spot ill-rocrecords@blogspot.com

Who influenced you as an artist?
Celtic Frost, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Schooly D., Marley Marl, Mantronix, Underdog, Easy E, RUN DMC, Leeway, Beatnuts and many more have influenced me. I also learned a lot about the game through Necro and Danny Boy.

Did you ever dream this would be your life?
I never thought that I was going to be a musician when I was a kid. I was a street kid from Jackson Heights, Queens. I loved graffiti and fighting.  I got into the music thing later on…

How old were you, when you knew you were as talanted as you are?
I don’t think I am the most talented person in the world but I know I have that certain special thing that people would die for!!! I am a born leader and I know that I can make something outa nothing. I also can write a dope song!!!

You have a grip of tattoo’s, do they all have a different meaning?
Some tattoos mean something and some don’t. I have my son’s name tattooed on my neck. I also have all my friends that passed away tattooed on me.

Of all your tours, is there one that you thought was the dopest?
Skarhead tour in 1998 with Hatebreed, Earth Crisis, Madball and Blood For Blood. Danny Diablo with Necro and Psycho Realm and Danny Diablo with Hed PE. All 3 tours were dope.

I think International Hardcore Superstar is such a sick album, what is next for you? Any plans for new colab’s?
I am doing a record with Stress The Whiteboy called “Audio Pharmacist”. I will have mad guest appearances. Will be out in a few months on ILL-ROC.Grizz Rock and I kill it. Special guest appearances by ILL BILL, SLAI NE, U.G.P, G-FELLA, The New Kaos, 13 Bang Bang, Skam Dust and Night (Tuff City).

Who are a few of your favorite artists?
D.J. Muggs, Sick Jacken, Necro, Vinnie Paz, Thirsten Howl the 3rd, Chino XL, Madball, Slaine, Grizz Rock, G-Fella, Puerto Rican Myke, Quicksand,Eye-Ra-Haze, Deftones and Bad Brains.

In your opinion, what is the dopest place to do a show?
I love playing in N.Y. and L.A. I also love playing Poland, Portugal and the Chek Republic.

I haven’t been to church in sometime, but if I remember right, the prophet Ezekiel was compared to  “THE HAND OF THE LORD” but symbolically was power, and a prophet is someone who has been contacted by or encountered supernatural or divine and serves as an internediary from entity to humans, Does the name Lord Ezek pull from any of these meanings?
Lord Ezec is def. Derived from the bible.

THANK YOU DANNY FOR TAKING TIME TO TALK WITH ME AND THE Unda$treaM Magazine, DO YOU HAVE ANY LAST WORDS? WHERE CAN YOUR FAN’S CONTACT YOU?
Thank you so much Teena for this interview!!!  Please hit the ILL-ROC RECORDS pages up and def. Hit the ill-rocrecords@blogspot.com blog spot up!!!If you want to buy any of my merch just go to Ill-rocrecords.com ,allhiphopshop.com or shopshogun.com at the lordezecsworld store.

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TLOK: TKO Crew, California

Posted on 16 August 2010 by admin

First things first…..What do you write and why?
And what crews do you assosciate with?

’’Tloko’’ because all the cool names were taken.TKO AWR MSK VANDALS INK

How long have you painted for and what got you started?
16 Years. I had 2 choices bang or write.
What do you enjoy writing on the most? walls…steel…..etc…
Girls asses.

What was your best experience in graffiti?
Getting head from hoodrats just because i’m from TKO

Ever been arrested or in some serious shit over art?
Hell yeah my door is still fucked up from the last time the pigs kick down my door. Fuckers!.

Give us a good chase story….everyone has em……
I was bombing in east L.A. and some gangsters started blasting at me. So I ran into the freeway and the cops seen me and they thought I was blasting. They pulled out there guns on me. So i ran back thinking the gangster and the cops can just take each other out, but when i got back to the spot the gangsters were gone and the cops were there waiting for me and like lucy i had some explaining to do.

What kind of music influences you?
70’S porno music

Who was the first writer you met?
MAE 2 R.I.P

Do you rack paint or buy it?
Both.

Where do you think graffiti is going
in the future?

Where ever I go!

With harsher penalties for being caught, do you think thatʼs only gonna make people go bigger and harder?
I do!

What do you think about a graffiti artist spending 3 years in jail and
a rapist doing a year?

It means a writer will only get raped 1 year and he’ll have 2 years to get over it.

Why do you write? Is it to see your name all over? Is it to show your
freedom? Is it for vandalism?

I’m a fuckin’ ‘’vandal’’ not fit for society.

Do you plan to paint forever? Or do you see yourself being satisfied
at one point?

Till the grave!!!

Whats the worst part about graffiti to you? Is it the penalties, the
beef, the toys….?

No dental plan.

Seeing how we were all toys once, what do you think about toys?
THEY MUST DIE!!!!!!!!!

Who is your favorite writer when it comes to letters and what are they
about?

Mr.Cartoon from the Soul Assassins. A dope tattooist and a smart business man.

What influences your letters?
Tattoo artist & sign painters.

Do you like stock caps, thin caps, or fat caps the best?
I use all kinds.

What 2 people do you admire outside
the graffiti world and why?

Who ever is fucking j-lo!!!

What motivates you to paint in the middle of the night?
All the fucking people walking around in the day time.

Where do you see your art in 10 years?
On a fuck load of trains, walls, and asses!!!

Any last thoughts
‘’YES’’ IF ANY COPS ARE READING
THIS. I’M JUST PLAYING “VANDALIZM IS BAD, VERY BAD AND DON’T DO DRUGS KIDS! AND MAKE SURE THE GIRLS YOU ARE F#*%ING ARE NOT 15 YEARS OLD EVEN IF THEY LOOK ALL HOT AND SEXY AND SHIT…………….PEACE TO MY HOMEBOY OVER MAY HE REST IN PEACE”.

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