This Collective was put together by myself as way of looking back and putting some history into old ,middle and new school as a way of preservation. In many ways I felt a heavy push to educate and help the youth new to the scene have a more well rounded understanding of the graff scene out here in Hawaii. (as it once was and as it is now ) For myself it weaved right into the history of old hawaii and new hawaii and my personal quest into melding the two in my own life.
Each artist was tasked with Incorporating an image they felt was significant to them and represented the Brand as well. We had minimal input other than we said were known for Tiki’s, Pineapples and definitely HAWAII. I enjoyed there personal stories as much as there designs and im blessed to be able to have a relationship with them that transcends to more than just buying a design from a stranger…Imua
My Braddahs my braddahs!
FMHI: Name please, if your not comfortable saying your real name we respect that just take one up and how long have you been in the game.
WOES - Aaron Woes Martin my long time homies know me as Timer. Most recognize me as AngryWoebots these days but I’d rather be called either of the first two.
FMHI: What made you interested in doing this collab? “Rise of the old gods”
WOES - I knew this local Demi God in his own right he hit me up again, the homie and I been friends since I moved here to Hawaii almost 21 years ago we use to mob and bomb around Hawaii and be knuckle heads in a crew called DFA/Alien Natives.
FMHI: What’s the motivation behind this piece?
WOES - Most people know me for my Iconic Woes panda Characters so I remix my version of Painkillers All city All Island Tiki design.
FMHI: What do you think about the graff scene now and how has it changed throughout the years?
WOES - I love that its flourishing in Hawaii so many crews and talent, its dope a lot of the beef chilled out, because Hawaii is too small for that shit, a lot of young writers are getting good fast because of the access and convenience they have via internet, easier to use paint and tons of influences. Its just the times it goes along the line with anything now, being a creative. I don’t consider myself a Graff writer even though I do have roots in it, I just paint and theres respected rules that come with that environment so I respect them. I really don’t give fuck where the line draws from Graff writer to a painter who loves to still paint in the street I’m 36 and been through it all so I’m a keep doing my thing, I just love to paint. Over the years I’ve become good friends with cats I been following for years Chaz Bojorquez, Slick, Scribe, just to name few its crazy a bunch of fools I would consider heroes, not only paint but got to tour, cook meals and hang with these folks on personal level. It’s humbling and surreal so I keep away from the politics and do my thing. As far as Hawaii goes its been an Honor to be recognized as a bridge builder along some of Hawaii’s Graff legends and I’m not even a writer lol. In the past crews like DE, STOKAHBOYZ, 3BM, EV, 808 Giants, ER and my crews AN, DFA, AF have always been a mainstay and influence. Its fresh to see where most of these cats have come since Thinks Hawaiian Knights, writers benches, Funk Pistol and LightsSleeper shows at Ktuh.
FMHI: Who did you look up to when you first started writing?
WOES - I was always fascinated with Mode2, always been a character driven dude so his images will forever be my favorite from back when, it was 1985 my close homie brought a book to school that his brother stole from the library it was Spray Can Art by Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff I copied so many characters from there,got introduce to Seen, Vulcan, Futura 2000, Phase 2 it was an amazing and important time of my childhood because it went hand in hand with my up bringing into hip hop. Later down the line when growing up in Southern California I was introduced to Tagging and it was Tag banging that got my brother and I into graffiti. All about cholo influenced hand styles, from there went to vegas, learned more about real graffiti writting, throwies, wild styles, magazines like “can control” and videos like “Video Graff”. I later moved to Hawaii and cats like East, Katch, I really looked up too, Ive always been a huge fan of Slick and later found out he was a Hawaii cat it was over from there! I love my Island and the talent that rises from its lava rocks.
FMHI: Lastly and most importantly what does Hawaii mean to you?
WOES - It’s about roots, genuine connection with the people that came up with you. It’s loyalty, its family. If you let that go and forget about who came up or who helped you along your travels, your winnings and success’s life why do what you do, its all about family- never forget.
Hawaii is my back bone and my comfort. It’s why I am the person I am and why I am successful, my roots and teachings are from the people who grew up here. One love.
FMHI: Wanna give any shout outs?
WOES - That would be insanely long and my homies and Family know who they are.
So just one respect and Aloha to my Homie and long time friend, Keoni “Terror” Payton aka Painkillers! Proud of your struggles and gains, good to see you rise from the rubble as a Giant. Aloha brah! To everyone who’s involved with Farmers Market-Pineapple Clan, good job homies.