Nobody is killing the Raleigh mural game harder than the creative crew who represent The Peregrine Project. Check out their recently completed mural over at Blount Street on the construction containers.
Posted on April 28th, by Anfernee Afterwit in CULTURE
In 1983 when former Raleigh Mayor, Avery C, Upchurch came home after a long day of ...mayoring (or whatever it is that mayors do), I’m willing to bet he found a comfy seat and a refreshing beverage to unwind with while spinning a record that struck a chord in his soul.
Posted on April 27th, by Richard Livingston in CULTURE
These days, John likes to sit by himself. His legs bother him when spending too much time on his feet. Sitting, he says, gives him time to think. He’s lived in or near Raleigh for nearly 80 years, and his most recent address is the Sir Walter Apartments for senior living.
Guillermo Quetzalcoatl was on the scene for the preeminent jazz festival in the south, The Art of Cool Fest. Day 1 was an incredible show of style and talent featuring Roy Ayers, Robert Glasper, Jesse Boykins III, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and many more. Take a look and what the seen was like through the lens of Guillermo.
Named Clockwork after the infamous film by Stanley Kurbick, this place is by far one of the coolest spots I've ever been to.
So last week my right hand man Joe Bruno AKA U-TURN Man and myself had a chance to sit down and not only enjoy the beautiful interior, but also had a chance to try some impressive Clockwork vittles.
Oak City Hustler Guillermo Quetzalcoatl was on the scene for the Unleashed 2nd Annual K9 Spring Fling Dog & Cat Fundraiser at the NC State Fairgrounds Heritage Circle. The event had included doggie Easter egg hunts, games, contests, vendors, all benefitting dog and cat rescue organizations.
Poet, instructor, community activist, and self-taught artist. Durham resident Gemynii is a woman of many hats.
Posted on April 9th, by Sabrina Galli in ART
“When people come here, I want them to feel valued and cared for. I want them to leave here feeling confident with the information that I present them, the guitar lesson they just got, the bone nut and saddle I just fabricated for them, or the vintage Les Paul they just picked up. I want them to feel solid. I want them to feel at home.”
I arrived downtown unable to get the phrase “wrestling isn’t real” out of my mind. I walked into Motorco and could feel the electricity in the air. A kaleidoscope of light beamed though the rolling clouds produced by a smoke machine. The bar was packed, and the fandom was simply overwhelming.
The universe is big. Roomy, even. Because of the age of universe (about 13-and-a-half billion years) and the speed of light, we should be in a big expanding bubble about 27 billion lights years across (13.5 billion x 2 = 27 billion).
This past week my right hand man Joe Bruno and myself headed down to Capital Club to grab a bite. We were thinking about just doing a light snack, but ended up eating so much they basically had to roll us out the door.
New video post with Seano running wild at the big Oak City Comic Show presented by Ultimate COmics. This is why we can't have nice things.
Hip hop is an art-form rooted in community, mentorship and creative competition. Without these core functions there would be no fuel to fire the engines of a cultural powerhouse that has acted as a launching pad for countless artists since the early 70’s.
A hiving of talent both local and worldwide in the heart of Durham to celebrate the art of DIY zine culture. Illustration heavyweights like Christoph Mueller and Pat Moriarity where in the house at the Durham Armory for the festivities. Follow the Zine Machine Facebook Page for info on future events.
Sometimes you meet people that are just plain-out inspiring. They inspire you with their experiences, their travel, the people they know, their amazing work, and their overall attitude towards life. Lauren Ramirez is exactly that.
So gross we couldn't look away.
CI has been building on an vision of a unified cultural Charlotte, challenging artists with unique themes for showcases and drawing the community together to celebrate art of all forms.
We love lyricists. We follow their words closely and admire how they weave rhymes into beats with amazing dexterity. For many lyricists the challenge is to bring words to life. We celebrate them for how life is represented in their words.
Eight artists and 20,000 balloons - this temporary exhibit aims to be an immersive experience, using the sound from the balloons, lighting, and installations to take over the entire space.
For every painting you admire there is a backstage behind a creative curtain. Pull that curtain and you will bear witness the guts and glory involved in creating any worthwhile piece of art. The gears that turn can include studio rent, supplies, training, marketing, sales and countless hours invested among many other equally unsexy artifacts. That said, as these gears grind and the artist hustles; the output can be glorious.
Posted on January 24th, by DJ SPCLGST in CULTURE
Five Star has not only hosted top tier musical artisans such as Dj Premier, Spinderella, Pete Rock, Ztrip, Dj Klever, Erykah Badu, and many many more. It has absolutely amazing food.
I’m a North Carolina cat currently residing in Charlotte, and I’m a bencher. For those of you who are not familiar with the term benching, it originated in New York City in the ‘70s and ‘80s with the subway graffiti movement. Kids painted trains at night and then sat on benches when trains came out the next day to see and get shots of them. The concept is the same, but the trains are different these days. When regulations changed and subway graffiti was kicked out, writers moved on to freight trains and realized these travel across the US instead of staying within 1 city. So I film and shoot freight trains.
North Carolina born Bobby Neel Adams playfully tears through time and space by restitching the past and present. Time is such an intimately elusive element in our lives and yet it completely envelopes every move every particle makes in the entire universe.
For those that don't know, The Art of Cool Project is the premiere source for all things Jazz in the Raleigh/Durham area. The y sponsor the annual Art of Cool Fest which brings the cream of the crop in jazz talent near and far to the heart of Durham for a festival unparalleled. We caught up with Al Strong, one of the founders of The Art of Cool Project as he played with his Al Strong Quartet at Common 414 in Downtown Raleigh. Boom.
Deep in the heart of the First Friday of 2015 the Helping Hand Marching Band assembled in the main gallery of the Contemporary Arts Museum in downtown Raleigh for a monumental performance.
Posted on January 4th, by Seano in Magazine
2014 was a landmark year for us at Oak City Hustle. Bridging out from a local arts & culture blog to a monthly printed magazine has been a life changing adventure for us. We can't thank you all enough accepting Oak City Hustle into your lives and making this project a huge success. We can't wait to share what we have planned for 2015. We'll keep sharing what this great city keeps creating. Let's go Raleigh!
With this being my first venture into Korean cuisine, I walked into Kimbap a blank slate and with an appetite. Impressed by my first glance, this small quaint restaurant took my palate and me on an adventure that caught me by surprise.
First Night Raleigh never fails to disappoint and the 2015 celebration was no different. Team Kernick was roaming the streets and joined the party for the early acorn drop (7pm) for the families with young kids but the party continued well past midnight. If you haven't attended one of these make sure you plan ahead, read up on all the events that are offered and dive in head first.
We recently had the pleasure of joining Laura Reed at her latest live performance at The Pour House. She tore the building down per usual!
Alas, The Little Leviathan missed its true calling by eighty years. Instead, you can find it in 2014 in a light industrial park nestled off Western Boulevard near the fairgrounds. But don’t judge a book by its cover. Indeed, that would seem safe advice when one walks into this museum and shop of the darkly bizarre.
Downtown Raleigh was ground zero for the art battle of the year pitting our cutting edge creative class against one another to win cash, prizes and the coveted Oak City Hustle "Golden Boy" trophy! Stag's Head Beer Garden was host to the first art show of its kind in Raleigh as 25 artists created pieces under the theme, "The Bad Guys Won".
Guillermo Quetzalcoatl is a photographic beast! Here at Oak City Hustle we see a lot of creative people come through the squad but nobody has hustled harder that Guillermo. Not only is his work ethic first rate but the quality of his work is unhinged. If that’s not enough, he’s a really nice guy. Oh great, now I’m blushing...
Companies pasteurize juice so they can add weeks to the shelf life to increase profit. It is not for the customers benefit. This process kills off contaminants but also kills all the live enzymes that actually make juice beneficial to the body. The natural flavors and colors of the juice is destroyed in the process too so juice companies add artificial flavoring and coloring back in to make it feel look and taste real/raw again.
The birthplace of hip hop is openly known to be a housing project in the Bronx at the crossroads of Sedgwick and Cedar but for a young Micky Minh Tú the birthplace of his love for hip hop took place in a park deep in the heart of Saigon, Vietnam.
We bumped into Raleigh musician Guapo while filming the video for his new track, "Money Never Made Me". Guapo has had collaborations with Freeway, Lloyd Banks, Troy Ave and other so keep your dials tuned into this dude through Twitter and Instagram. Raleigh representative done proper.
Even though the Raleigh Winterfest presented by Ipreo was waterlogged and gloomy the good people of Oak City made sure it was still a good time. I took my two critters and met up with a friend of theirs to explore the festivities and get into the spirit. We played the long game arriving at 3:30 and staying till 9:30. The hell was I thinking?
Oak City Hustler Caroline Cockrell scours our great city and shares the textured nooks & crannies that most of us walk right past. Exploring the details, stay tuned as she applies the microscope on the beautiful decay.
3FB-BANNER2On December 13th the might Victory Knight will rematch the agile Eric Dixon in a head-to-head live painting battle at Stag's Head Beer Garden on Glenwood. Round 1 of this matchup took place at a Mass Appeal event a while back and the battle was legendary.
Posted on December 2nd, by Seano in Magazine
The December issue of Oak City Hustle can be found at every bar, coffee shop and all places cool where people may roam. Don’t be surprised if you are having a tough time locating one. We are having a tough time keeping the locations stocked across our 120 distribution points!
Griffin Hart Davis studied fine art and photography at Brevard College, and has been working with Exum Photography in Elon for the past five years.
Follow the power lines and take a left at the pine trees, maybe then you’ll be lucky enough to have Yairon Martinez include you in his work. His ability to transform a phone interview into poetic diction mirrors his capacity to fuse nature and humanity into art.
Don't miss out on the best comedy podcast in the Triangle. Check out the 2 Quarts Podcast featuring: "How to Hustle"
They say the good guys always win but this art show battle is in celebration of the bad guys. Explore the theme "The Bad Guys Won" in any way you see fit. Good, bad, ugly -- we encourage all interpretations in this theme. This show is open to all 2D & 3D mediums.
Oak City Hustler Guillermo Quetzalcoatl was on the scene for the full NC Comicon treatment. Pre-party, both days of the convention and the after party. That is some serious fanboy fanaticism in effect. Enjoy!
In 1985, a young boy from Boston was beginning a life-long love affair with style. It was at this point in young Dawood’s life that graffiti became a massive influence and unbeknownst to him, this admiration of graffiti writers like Sly, Wombat, Sick, Target and SPone would ultimately lead him to running his own professional sign painting and printing business called Sign Scientist here in Raleigh .
There’s neither a manicured football field for the Helping Hand Marching Band to practice on, nor even a single, visible patch of grass, for that matter, but this community show band thrives off of performing in unique environments.
David Eichenberger is as much a weaver as he is a painter. His illustrative storytelling manages to weave us out of reality and into fantasy so seamlessly that it is often hard to tell which is which.
Posted on November 6th, by Seano in Magazine
The November issue of Oak City Hustle can be found at every bar, coffee shop and all places cool where people may roam. Don’t be surprised if you are having a tough time locating one. We are having a tough time keeping the locations stocked across our 120 distribution points!
Posted on November 6th, by Tane Addington in Graffiti
Notes from @ChooChooTane on the never-ending boxcar art show rolling through NC. Make sure you stop by www.benchedgoods.bigcartel.com to stay up on what's good with bringing some of the freight yard to your spot.
Don't miss out on the best comedy podcast in the Triangle. Check out the 2 Quarts Podcast featuring: "The Squee of Ultron"
It is rare that this many quality acts of any genre descend on the Triangle in any given week. From Monday through Sunday we see more than six hip hop acts and three New Orleans Jazz bands. A funky week indeed.
If you are anything like me you care about who is in charge of your local community. Leaders matter so you want to elect somebody that best represents the interests of you, your loved ones and your community. Unfortunately, politics have warped elections into an almost unrecognizable process that is designed to make the people confused, disconnected and apathetic.
Posted on October 22nd, by Seano in ART
BLOC Projects presents "3 The Hard Way", a documentary production created by Robert King of Octave Blue Entertainment featuring on what happens when you bring together a graffiti artist from the streets of Philly, a cartoonist born and bred in the South, and a French Puerto Rican mixed media painter to collaborate on a large scale artistic project.
Oak City Hustle was on the scene for the 2014 RedBull Dreamline event held on Oskar Blues REEB Ranch near Asheville, North Carolina. The event was imagined by pro rider Anthony Napolitan and realized with a course created by master builder Adam Aloise. Red Bull Dreamline is one of the premiere showcases the best in the BMX dirt competition universe so we were blessed to witness the best of the best pushing their limits on a course that was absolutely mind-blowing.
We were able to catch a few shots before the sun went down on Cooke Street Carnival 2014. This year was much bigger and better than ever. You couldn't walk ten feet without saying hello to one of the many great people of this booming city. Already anticipating Cooke Street 2015!
Phonte Coleman has been on an incredible artistic journey since the prolific rap group Little Brother released their pivotal debut album, The Listening over ten years ago. During this time he has released more than a dozen albums between his work with Little Brother and the neo-soul collective, The Foreign Exchange. We sat down with the Greensboro native to explore the moment he stepped out of his 9 to 5 job and into a career of artistic expression.
Artie discovered camouflage as a medium sometime in 2009 after noticing a peeling and fading vinyl camouflage wrap and thinking to himself, “hey I can paint that!” After trying it on a few trucks he was fully hooked and started pursuing hand painted camouflage as a business.
We couldn't be more excited, proud and humbled at the reaction to the printed publication throughout the city. The Oak City Hustle tea has learned a lot in a short span of time and will continue to learn, refine and adapt to the needs of our beautiful, creative city. Please let us know any feedback you may have and we'll have our ears open.
There isn’t a nicer guy in the Raleigh arts scene (or anyone who sports a more recognizable beard) than Derek Toomes. The only thing more admirable than his company is his artwork. Derek’s brooding, explorative aethetic grips you in an instant and holds your attention like a compelling conversation. We hung out with Derek in his studio at the Bonded Llama and asked him a few questions about his life as an artist,