THIS ONES FOR YOU PAPA!

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As an artist I’m always looking for things to inspire my creativity so I can come up with designs and concepts I feel good about, granted not all people will understand my angles and inspirations for such projects but this one I think was well rounded enough that it’s more easily understood. We all have grandparents and in my opinion they are the glue that hold the families together and one day we might even be blessed to become that glue for our family’s. This shirt release was my way of passing that Moolelo in a translation that I’m comfortable with. (And share it with the world)
Im not a Role model but my grandfather is.
-Keoni-

The Perfect Pair

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CONNECTING THE DOTS . . .

I cant say I went into this knowing the outcome and at first I did have a game plan and to be honest I had to coax myself back into grind mode and get cracking with this interview. His hospitality was so overwhelming I wanted to just drink beers and talk story with my dude, his very knowledgable background in not only sneakers but the whole hip hop culture was refreshing to say the least. Ol boy comes from Indian decent (Native american- The original land holders) And his tribal Moolelo was very inspiring because I too wish the Native Hawaiians could come together for a more focused and beneficial plan of action. I could launch into a whole political conversation right now but thats not what this blog update is about so i’ll stay on track, but if you ever wanna chop it up over lunch or a couple cold ones I would love to share that moolelo he passed down to me to you.

I wanted this to be a little different from the nice kicks interview, not to say I didnt enjoy the nice kicks interview because in all honesty for the  sneakerheads I think they did a very exceptional job and I was thoroughly impressed. I  just wanted ours to be more grass roots give you a feeling behind what and who every one calls THE PERFECT PAIR!

Sadly though after the trip to Cali was over I felt like I missed out on the chance to meet a very great and inspirational person in Kennys life which was Louis (His older brother who passed on recently) who he and Anthony often referred to in many of our conversations. Sharing stories of people who are no longer around is a way we keep them alive in spirit and now a part of that spirit even lives in Hawaii…

Big  Mahalos to Anthony from immortal kennels, Kenny and the whole Gonzales Ohana for your Hospitality. 

So do you know what the perfect pair is now?… (some will get it)

RISE OF THE OLD GODS- (OLD SCHOOL-PRIME)

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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 justake one up and how long have you been in the game.

John Prime, I started about 30 years ago

FMHI: What made you interested in doing this colab? “Rise of the old gods”

PRIME - Good question! Itʻs always important to honor the past..that way, we know where we came from. Sometimes we get lost on our journey and forget to look at the elders for guidance. Iʻm still learning that today.

FMHI: What’s the motivation behind this piece?

PRIME - Estria and I were approached to put something up that relates to “culture”. He came up with the idea of doing the COAT of ARMS but giving it that graff funk. We really didnʻt have any idea what the hell we were doing. All we knew was..this was for the people! Things were just starting to evolve in Kakaako and we also took into consideration the “unrested” ones needed closure. In our own little way, we wanted to say to them, no matter what changes might come, they( our Akuas, our Kupunas, our Kingdom) will never be forgotten!!

FMHI: What do you think about the graff scene now and how has it changed throughout the years?

PRIME - The scene now is definitely different from the scene I grew up in. Not to say that one is better than the other, but just different. From the styles to the struggles. In the early 80s, things were so simple. Hawaii was still experiencing rapid growth and for those like me, we were losing touch with our cultural identity. Thanks to the elders, we got false cracked right back into reality. Today, is the Age of Technology. Everything is high speed and so I see less interest in the things that guys from my generation took the time to master. Which means in the end, every generation evolves differently.
Put it this way, fast and furious is cool and exciting, but nothing beats a ʻ32 Ford Coupe cruising the streets on any given day! Thatʻs just me.

FMHI: Who did you look up to when you first started writing?
PRIME - Thereʻs so many to list..for me it was all New York. I was already popping and locking around the scene. Krush458 was my partner in grime then. Then, the bboy scene hit Hawaii hard! One of my first influences that I can remember is a rocksteady album cover that Doze did. Then the books came out..(Spray Can Art and Subway Art) Dondi, Futura, Seen, Lee..My early styles definitely came from them.
We didnʻt have internet then, so we would take whatever we could find and kind of worked it. Thatʻs what made Hawaii so special. We were isolated so it meant us having to be creative to avoid being called a biter. Even though itʻs the first step when you got in the game you made sure your shit broke off once you got the hang of it.

FMHI: Lastly and most importantly what does Hawaii mean to you?
PRIME - Hawaii means a lot more to me today than it did 30 years ago thatʻs for sure! Iʻll share with you the knowledge that has been passed on to me by my mentors:
 
Throughout the polynesian chain, some form of Hawaii exists. In Samoa, there is Savaiʻi. Maori people have Hawaiki..Why?
 
It wasnʻt just a place name. It was a gift to us by the ancients. A template, so to speak, on how to live our lives and it breaks down like this..
 
HA-The breath of life. From the first breath we take when we enter to the last breath we leave..nothing is ours to take.
WAI-Is the source of life. Itʻs what makes up majority of our bodies and connects us to the land and all of itʻs inhabitants.
I-Is the spirit. It is that connection between you and I and our creator-IO
 
Basically, it tells us-In this lifetime, take care of your body, your health and the health of others from our keiki to kupunas. Take care of the land that nourishes us. Most importantly, treat each other with kindness and respect! EO!!

FMHI: Wanna give any shout outs?
PRIME - First, Mahalo piha to FMHI for doing this!! I am honored to be a part of this important body of work. Mahalo to all the writers/artists that have inspired me both then and now(sorry, too many to name). Mahalo ke Akua, na Aumakua, na Kupuna! Mahalo

RISE OF THE OLD GODS (MIDDLE SCHOOL-CKAWEEKS)

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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.

CKaweekS.  I’ve been a part time ninja and full time artist all my life.  I’ve been making sprays and digging out colored boogers for 20 years.

FMHI: What made you interested in doing this collab? “Rise of the old gods”

CKAWEEKS- These dudes called the Pineapple Clan came by my place and were like, “howzit Hawaiian, do this collab or we going buss you up bra!”  I was like “ho nah?!”  …then got to work. 

FMHI: What’s the motivation behind this piece?

CKAWEEKS- At first it started off as many of my other ideas.  I was fueled up on the most killah high-grade coffee and painkillers and looking to sketch up something fun and rad.  I was given the task to come up with a tiki design which is always a sensitive artistic subject, at least for me.  Being a Hawaiian born artist and part Native Hawaiian, I started thinking, maybe I should give a little more thought into my subject matter and learn a little while I’m at it.  Basically, do my homework.  I chose Kanaloa because of Kanaloa’s association with the ocean.  My art and my lifestyle revolves a lot around the ocean and the activities within it. It’s also one of the Akua that came up a lot back in the day.  I was actually in a program that learned about wayfinding practices for 2 years and had a chance to sail the E’ala and perform a Kanaloa Ha’a celebrating the Hōkūle’a at Kuoloa.  It seems that nowadays I don’t reach out for cultural knowledge as much I should so it’s always fun to learn something new through the artistic process. While researching for this graphic I came across the “Eye of Kanaloa.”  I read some very interesting interpretations of the pattern, one which states it represents the Web of Life, the symbolic connection of all things to each other.  Without dragging this answer too long, the graphic was done with good intentions of trying my best to uphold respect for Kanaloa.  When you do or experience something with good intentions, you leave with a new found respect and a closer connection to whatever you’re doing. 

 

FMHI: What do you think about the graff scene now and how has it changed throughout the years?

CKAWEEKS- It’s dope to see an active scene.  I think I’m seeing more throws, fills, tags, stickers etc… then I did when I first started painting.  I mean, not to say each era didn’t have it’s high points.  We can reminisce for days on that over a beer.  Right now you have writers like Slang, Beak, Dwal & Tonk holding it down where you can’t go a day without seeing their names or work out in the streets.  You also got writers like Biest, Reak, Block & Prone2 murdering walls with styled out burners.  On the flip side to graffiti there’s the street art aspect that blew up.  Making sprays is becoming a little more accepted as a medium.  Events like PowWowHawaii have made the islands a destination for an awesome spraycation.  Imagine being an artist invited and flown in to Hawaii to paint?!  I’d be like, fuck yeah!  Put me in the game coach!  It is definitely good times right now.  …And you have a ridiculous palette of fancy paint now.  

 

FMHI: Who did you look up to when you first started writing?

CKAWEEKS- Some of the first stuff I was exposed to that made me go “holy shit?!” was work by Katch1 and the 808 Giants.  They always had the most technical productions that just blew your mind.  Katch is an alien.  His techniques were way before his time.  It’s like he was sent from outer space.  The dude painted massive one man productions and whole cars.  The best thing about Katch is he always threw up Hawaii wherever he was at.  Chee!  #neverforget

FMHI: Lastly and most importantly what does Hawaii mean to you?

CKAWEEKS- Hawaii means knowing that rubbah slippahz on your hands will make you faster.  It means fighting your friends then shaking hands and exchanging a hug directly after.  It means a good spam musubi is the Hawaiian Powerbar and a pack dried saimin can be the greatest lunch to a kid that caught bus to the beach and no more money for eat.  It means playing in the ocean and knowing how to bomb and jump rock.  It means throwing up a shaka as a sign of gratitude while driving.  Hawaii means sharing Aloha and respect with everyone.  Hawaii is our Kuleana.  It means we are responsible to protect al these things whenever we can and continue to learn and share about our past and present culture.

FMHI: Wanna give any shout outs?

CKAWEEKS- Shouts to the whole FMHI team for the opportunity.  Big ups to everyone that has supported my art, my passion and my lame humor throughout the years.  I am grateful to share positive connections with positive people through my art.  Art is a rad journey. ParaDise Boyz for EVR.  Holla and let’s make some sprays!

 

 

 

 

 

POW WOW HAWAII 2014

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RISE OF THE OLD GODS. (MIDDLE SCHOOL- WOES)

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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!

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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.

Rise of the old Gods. (new school – UNOMAS)

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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!

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FMHI- Name please, If you’re not comfortable saying your real name we respect that. How long have you been in the game?

UNOMAS- My alter ego is UNOMAS.. Ive been writing that name since 2004.

FMHI- What made you interested in doing this colab “Rise of the old Gods”.

UNOMAS- I am always honored to be a part of pineapple clan collabos and I hold a lot of admiration for Keoni Payton and the other artists who are a part of this project.

FMHI -Whats the motivation behind this piece?

UNOMAS -My motivation behind this piece is being able to be a part of this whole thing. And I love the emotions and fierceness of tikis.

FMHI-  In your opinion what do you think about the graff scene now and how has it changed throughout the years?

UNOMAS -I don’t have much to say about the graff scene in Hawaii. Other than Hawaii has a lot of talented artists. I will say, however, that due to Instagram and other social medias, any hack with a can or chick with a boob job can unfortunately rise up overnight.

FMHI – who did you look up to when you fist started writing?

UNOMAS — Other writers that I look up to are Steven Powers, Barry McGee, OERA, SMUT.. and many more typography experts. I’ve also been very influenced by Shon Lindauer and his traditional tattooing styles.

FMHI- What does Hawaii mean to you?

UNOMAS - To me Hawaii simply means home.

FMHI – Any shout outs you’d like to give?

UNOMAS – Sshout out to my crews UK, ANK, HP, MO!!!

FMHI X KICKS HI

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FARMERS MARKET X BRICE SURFBOARDS X UNKNOWN

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Ocean Therapy.

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The place i go to when nothing in life is going my way and oddly enough the same place i go to when it is, a place to clear your head and wash your problems away. If you surf youll understand what im saying. When your riding a wave nothing else matters but that wave, its almost like your having a mental conversation with the ocean asking it what are you gonna do and what are you gonna allow me to do and just for a moment you forget about lets say maybe a break up or maybe a family or friend who passed away.
Surfing for me has always been a painkiller or refuge of some sort…I will run to her always.

THE BIGGEST ISLAND

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A little over a year Ago I did one of my first releases out in the Big Island, half of the stuff I dropped was hand pressed in a small work shed at my girls house done by her father and younger brother. I didnt make alot of money and in fact when I crunched the numbers I barely broke even, my big pay off came in the form of connections and friendships made during that trip. At the time my girls brother was the booking agent for an up and coming reggae band called “The Steppas” I run a very grass roots styled marketing program and did a small after party at Karma in Hilo, Very moved by there music and performance I knew we would work together again in the future. Happy and proud of how far both of our camps have come in just a couple years I know 2014 will be very pivotal in both of our journeys.

The Journey continues…

HOT IMPORT NIGHTS HAWAII

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We havent been able to do a shop drop in a while now due to all the events and special venues weve been working on but somethings in the air and comin up real soon. Hope you all enjoyed our booth at Hot Import Nights and we look forward to seeing everyone at SPOCOM.

BLVCK FARMERS MARKET PART 2

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RETURN TO KAUAI

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Kauai is like Oahu 30 years ago, beautiful and uncrowded white sand beaches, small local restaurants with that genuine home cooked love and taste. You can still bbq and drink beers at parks and beaches without being bothered by law enforcement as long as its within its legal boundaries and nobody is fighting…lol…Locals have pride in the up keep of Kauai and pick up there trash no matter what so others can enjoy the same beauty they were afforded prior to being there. I could go on forever but Kauai is just Kauaiswhy

We will always be back to KauAI

LEGENDS NEVER DIE! (Rest In Power Montgomery Buttons Kaluhiokalani)

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The moment I heard Unko Buttons passed away i was at a loss for words, called the fam to see if it was true and heart breakingly enough it was. Drank a couple beers to slow down all these racing thoughts and emotions I have right now in my head because in someway i would like to grow from something as sad as this. (weird as that may sound). I have one wolf in me i want to feed with anger about cancer, loss and how unfair this fucking shit is but then i have another wolf in me that i want to feed with compassion and value of life…I went with the right side.
Reasoning: The reason why his passing for me is such a hard reality to swallow is because I loved how he seemed to always bounce back with his positive outlook on life, also the honesty he had with his bad habits.
I can relate to his struggle and I will always admire his comeback story, not to mention he was one of my fathers favorite surfers and listening to the way my dad and unkos used to talk about him made him that much more legendary and as we all know LEGENDS NEVER DIE!

I Have so much more I would like to write praising his accomplishments and strength but im pretty sure those that took the time to read this already know.
A hui hou Kanaka your presence and light are timeless

BANZAI PIPELINE PARK ADVENTURES

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With the amount of clothing lines popping up everyday it seems im constantly asked what we do that lends credence to the brands seemingly overnight success and the honest truth is that it wasnt overnight, not by a longshot. Sean-Paul started a brand called Autumn Arts right out of high school and although it didnt quite go anywhere he learned alot of what not to do’s from it. When teaming up for this venture I told him when someone asks you for a free shirt and tells you they wanna support please remember thats not supporting because theyre getting it for free, put some confidence and faith into the brand and when we do our job correctly and design stuff that people like they wont have a problem purchasing it. That also brought us into our second convo of what will make us different from the other brands and that for me was the easy part
“Use hand drawn art work rather than the pick a font off the internet with a somewhat funny or seemingly deep quote” and although typography and fonts are pretty necessary it wont separate you from the rest who are in it for the fame or just trying to cash in. Lastly and what i consider a pretty big piece of the puzzle is that when putting ourselves out there as a lifestyle brand, get out there and get dirty, be a part of that lifestyle instead of just trying to take from it. How many other brands do you see involved directly with the lifestyle they say they represent? Thank you Sean-Paul for being such an important and patient part of this team.
-Keoni Payton-

SAN FRAN POP UP SHOP

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21 QUESTIONS – PART ONE

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DOORS OPEN MAYNE

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Hele on to Kauai

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