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05-02-2005, 08:43 PM
haze x adidas
05-02-2005, 08:48 PM
those are fucking ill
i loved adidas since the day i wore sambas and skated in them in '95
05-02-2005, 08:49 PM
The most obvious thread of my work is the written word exploring the restraints and lack of restraints in letter forms. In all my work-as a graffiti artist, designer, and creative director of my own brand-there is an endless exploration of the means and styles to express oneself through the written word." --Eric Haze
Graphic design and graffiti legend Haze wouldn't be where he is now if he hadn't been living in New York City in the early '70s at the dawn of hip-hop. And it's even more specific than that: Haze lived on the subway line that follows Broadway from the top to the bottom of Manhattan--the line where hip-hop graffiti was born.
"I loved the trains even before graffiti," says Haze. "I used to drag my mother to the front of the car and glue myself to the front window. As soon as my friends and I saw our first tag we knew we had to be a part of it. It was automatic."
Haze's original love of graffiti eventually led him to pursue fine art, graphic design, logo design, clothing design and, most recently, product design. In the summer of 2003, more than 30 years after he first started tagging, Haze released an online archive of his work on interhaze.com. The website includes images of Beastie Boy album covers; logos for Club MTV, LL Cool J and Tommy Boy; photos of his graffiti work; pictures of the Honda motorcycle and chair he designed; and the new limited-edition shoes he recently customized for Nike.
Haze's clean assertive style and constant experimentation with new mediums have inspired some of the other top graffiti artists, clothing designers, graphic designers and fine artists today. Here is what some of them have to say about him:
Graffiti artist, graphic designer, clothing label The Seventh Letter
Haze was a throw up king. He was also one of the first graffiti writers to get paid as a graphic designer. What I admire about the dude is his eye for simplicity. He knows what works. He doesn't have to camouflage it. His **** is right there in your face.
I've known Haze since 1987. I had one of the first skateboard stores in New York called SkateNYC. He wanted to get into the clothing scene so he came by the store and showed us a T-shirt with his name in the Batman logo. We'd never seen anything like it. I learned from him that graphics are minimalist art-everything is so simple, just paired down to a simple essence.
Painter, creative designer, graphic designer, product designer, illustrator, former pro-skater, ad agency Imagewerks
Haze was one of the early guys who inspired us to push ourselves to do everything. When he did EPMD and Def Jam and the old logos, that is the stuff that drove me and a lot of people on the East Coast. He definitely inspired a lot of people in our generation.
I saw Haze the other day at a Seventh Letter art show and we were talking about how times have changed. Things are different right now, it's laid out for kids if they want to start a clothing company and do art. We met in the early '90s, and it was a weird time there were no clothing companies like Sean John or Roc-A-Wear. We had never seen any urban embroidery on clothes before. Then Haze came in and he put his twist on clothes the way he liked it. It was a whole revolution right then. Now they have Phat Farm for kids and these kids are rocking crazy denim outfits. There aren't too many people who can compare themselves to Haze or can say they understand the hard work it took for him to get where he is. And the thing about Haze is he has quality control in his head and a lot of that is due to the street. He has influenced me in the way he brands himself and the way he never stopped putting himself out there. He doesn't overexpose himself, but when he does come out he surprises you-a pair of shoes, a hand painted box. And it's inspiring to see how far he goes back. It's good to see someone doing it longer than me.
Clothing designer, clothing store Grey One
I look at Haze as a pioneer in the industry. Knowing him, and actually working for him at one point, it was an honor. I got to know him in the early '90s when I was working retail at Union and I got to see how pioneers such as Haze, Stash, Zeffler, Futura and a couple of other graffiti heads were putting out clothing lines and representing who they were and what graffiti was about. One thing about kids is there are very few who will rise to the occasion and shine and show a whole new dimension, but Haze is one of those guys. He was there at the beginning of this movement, people don't realize that the simple back then was so complex.
Graphic designer, animator
He is one of the guys who is responsible for breaking into the urban art gallery scene and covering all aspects of graphic design. He was an influence as a person who started out as a graffiti artist and then started doing graphic design. I think his style is the essence of what graffiti was in the beginning-the clean hand style. His hand style is the essence of urban tagging.
Haze is an important role model for all of us. Basically he carries on the old lineage and the old ways of doing things that were important to our foundation, and he brought that with him from New York to the West Coast when he moved to LA in the early '90s. He has shown us a way to be successful after being hardcore graffiti artists, and he carries a lot of history with him. He knows I'm part of the future and that I'm on some ultra-progressive style, but without him I wouldn't be here. He built those letter structures that a lot of us use today. He and others built the blueprints.
Artist, graphic designer
I first heard of Haze back in '88 or '89 when I was doing a lot of underground hip-hop clubs. I knew him because he was a graphic hip-hop legend. I don't think there was a hip-hop label he didn't do at that time. I would just sit in the DJ booth looking at all his logos. Ten years later I finally met him. He's the man. We always talk about the days when he hung out with Keith Haring and Basquiat. I always drill him about it and because we're friends, he puts up with me. He turned his tag into a brand, that's amazing, you know?
05-02-2005, 08:53 PM
haze x nike
05-02-2005, 08:56 PM
for a show with www.kidrobot.com
As a founding member of The Soul Artists, Eric Haze was an essential part of the collective of artists that brought graffiti as an art form into the arena of art galleries and media consideration. Upon founding his New York based design studio in 1984, Haze went on to design and produce a wide range of works in the hip-hop and entertainment communities. In 1991 Haze moved his base of operations to Los Angeles where, alongside his design studio, he founded his current eponymous clothing company Haze. Haze has also produced limited editions of jewelry, furniture, posters, skateboards and accessories
05-02-2005, 08:58 PM
05-02-2005, 11:47 PM
those black on black adidas are gorgeous. the car is funny as hell. it looks like something a superhero would drive
05-03-2005, 03:23 AM
I definitely approve of that car, especially the interior and specially designed, custom glass rims.
05-03-2005, 03:26 PM
those high top nikes are beast
05-03-2005, 04:04 PM
I saw that Haze Scion in person.
It's fucking ill.
Note the Haze interior repeating pattern.
Upside down OR rightside up.
05-03-2005, 04:13 PM
In the pictures before my post, there are bland tires.. when I saw the tC at the Philly Auto show it had these puppies:
More about the car...
The vehicle that seemed to produce the strongest reaction amongst online forums visitors on the Internet was the Scion tC designed by Eric Haze. Eric has done quite a few significant design projects. The tC was painted pretty much in black and white, but still manages jump at you like some sort of Escher print. You know you are dealing with a designer with serious clout when the project vehicle has custom tires designed by Haze and manufactured by Yokohama. Reactions online have ranged from "Yuck!" to "its beautiful." You'll have to decide for yourself, but it's clear that it pushes some traditional concepts of what a custom paint job should look like.
Here is Scion's unofficial description of the vehicle:
Haze grew up at the beginning of the hip-hop era, on the subway line that runs from Broadway to Manhattan. The subway's influence can be seen in his constant experimentation and expression of the written word. Haze's projects include logos, album covers for artists such as the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, limited-edition shoes for Nike, his line of streetwear and furniture.
The vehicle is definitely different. Isn't that what Scion is all about? It's the "magic" and "uniqueness" that Mr. Farley refers to. If you look at all of Scion's marketing literature, the emphasis is urban lifestyle and self expression. In that theme, this tC fits right in.
Custom paint scheme by Eric Haze
Racing seats by APC
Two 10" subwoofers by Bazooka
Bazooka 85x4 and 1000x1 amplifiers
6" Bazooka coax speakers
3 color carbon fiber interior by Enduratex
Custom Haze designed tires by Yokohama
05-03-2005, 05:59 PM
bump grate post!
05-04-2005, 02:20 PM
woah for those tires.. What were the original Haze tee shirts like? Anyone got some history on the Haze clothes line?
05-08-2005, 03:27 PM
those adidas arnt actually anything to do with haze, but tbecause of there similarity to the dunks he did they were posted on a few sites as haze bites etc....what i loved about the dunks is that every pair was hand painted with an air brush!!
05-10-2005, 10:38 AM
that car looks wack and so does the sneakers
07-04-2005, 03:20 PM
07-04-2005, 03:57 PM
that car is straight bunz,
haze or not.
07-06-2005, 06:43 PM
I would never waste money on that car.
07-06-2005, 07:32 PM
I cant believe the tires, a little over the top, but then again, why not?
07-06-2005, 07:35 PM
Im sure everyone knows,
07-11-2005, 05:54 PM
haze used to be small time (the company itself) just like PNB.
good to see them still thriving in the market.
08-18-2005, 12:47 AM
haze be straight illin dog. check out that car!
06-03-2006, 01:07 PM
Born in New York City in 1961, as an member of the influential “Soul Artsist” group ,
Haze was an essential part of the collective of artists who brought graffiti as an art form into the arena of art galleries and media consideration. Working and showing alongside artists such as Keith Haring and Jean- Michel Basquiat, Haze played an integral part in the New York underground and Hip Hop culture that emerged as a definitive theme of popular culture entering the early 80’s.
Upon founding his NY based design studio in 1984, HAZE went on to design and produce a wide range of landmark works in the Hip Hop and entertainment communities, many of which proved to be both ground-breaking and definitive icons of the times, as well as setting the standard for the commercial viability of the aesthetic and emerging markets that signified “urban culture”.
In 1991 HAZE moved his base of operations to Los Angeles where, alongside his design studio, he founded his current eponymous clothing company HAZE. As one of the pioneers of the “street wear” movement, Haze and his company continue to define the cutting edge urban graphic and product design. With a growing international base, distribution and retail network, the impact of HAZE products now extends throughout The US, Asia and Europe. In addition to the line of graphics based prints, embroidery, and sportswear oriented garments, the company HAZE has also consistently pushed the boundaries of the marriage between art, design and product, producing limited editions of jewelry, furniture, posters, skateboards and accessories.
Having relocated his studio and company headquarters back to New York City in 2005, Haze continues to direct his international clothing brand and product line, while also maintaining his individual involvement in various art and design projects worldwide. Recent collaborations and products include sneaker designs for Nike and New Balance, a G-Shock watch for Casio, a Bearbrick design for Medicom Toys, and a custom show car for Toyota / Scion.
06-03-2006, 01:08 PM
HAZE WORLD TOUR UPDATE
June 1, 2006
Haze was born in New York City in 1961. As a member of the influential "Soul Artist" group, he was an essential part of the collective of artists who brought graffiti as an art form into the arena of art galleries and media consideration. Working and showing alongside artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haze played an integral part in the New York underground and hip hop culture that emerged as a definitive theme of popular culture entering the early 80's...
1) Where are you from?
New York City, born and raised on the upper west side of Manhattan.
2) What was your earliest experience with graffiti? Who put you on?
I grew up riding the broadway train line which was probably the first line that graffiti started showing up on in the city. So graffiti was almost like a flower that started growing all around us in the neighborhood and I just knew there was something new and exciting happening that I wanted to be a part of. There were also a lot of great writers that lived and wrote in my neighborhood and I was fortunate enough to meet some of them early on. A couple of the older writers like Malta and Steve 161 put me down with some of my first styles and trips to the train tunnels. I became part of a neighborhood crew called the Soul Artists in 1973.
3) Who did you look up to when you first started writing?
The original broadway style kings like Snake 1, Stay High 149, Phase 2 and Jester, and also LSD 3 who became my real mentor once I began to mature as a writer.
4) How long did it take you to develop your own style?
I started when I was 11 years old, and like most people, I was probably just imitating the great writers of the times for the first few years... I think I had developed some of my own tag and bubble letter styles by the time I was 13 or 14, but it was around 1979 that I began to use the Haze tag style (with the swirling e) that I have been perfecting for almost 2 decades now.
5) Was it hard to move from the graffiti world to the design world to the clothing world?
Yes and no-
Stylewise, it wasn't that hard to make the transition, especially because the streetwear market was still a lot more name and logo driven when I was getting into it. At the time, I approached clothing mainly as a new canvas to apply the same kind of logos and graphic sensability that I had been developing as an art director, including further development of logo and identity samples that I had been developing within my record covers and hip hop graphic design.
However, as a business model it was really different and the whole new learning curves of production, marketing, sales and politics were not so easy... As a graffiti artist or graphic designer you are often much more free to do your thing purely according to your own interests, where to be successful in the clothing game you also have to apply yourself to a lot of business principles that are not especially fun or creative. In many ways, I still find those to be the more challenging parts of that world than the development of design and aethestics.
6) Are there any artists or designers out there you look up to?
Sure, though I'm not sure looking up to is the way to describe it, as I think it's the people who I feel on the same level with inspire me the most... Some of the people like Keith Haring who I did look up to the most are no longer with us. It's current artists like Delta or Ease who I admire these days for staying true to themselves and their own styles in ways that have allowed their work to mature so beautifully over time...
7) What are some of your favorite movies?
I have always been moved more by reality than fantasy in movies... especially epic human dramas. The Scorcese classics like Mean Streets and Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now and Coppola's best, Once Upon a Time in America, Deer Hunter, Drugstore Cowboy... and of course, Clockwork Orange, 2001 and the Kubrick greats too.
8) What music have you been listening to lately?
For all my involvement in hip hop over the years, I am still kind of a rock dude at heart when it comes to music... Hendrix is and will always be #1, and I went back and listened to all my Smashing Pumpkins and Guns N' Roses the other day... and they rocked.
9) Favorite car?
Hmm that's a tough one. I have a lot of favorites over the years (and I own 4 cars now) but at the moment my favorite is the latest one I bought a few months ago:
A 1991 Ford Crown Victoria Undercover Police Interceptor- it was originally a special order by the Connecticut Police Commissioner in a rare dark charcoal paint over grey interior. It is the very last year of the older "box" style which I always loved and is in as close to mint condition as you will ever find a real police model car of any kind.
10) Favorite marker?
Sharpies. It's all about the sharpie for everyday use... (and when it comes to bigger tags, it's the Posca wide tip paint marker from Tokyu hands.)
Haze is part of Stussy's World Tour Project. His tee drops this Saturday, June 3rd along with Futura, Revolt, Ease, Lyons, Elms and Ghost at Stussy stores around the world.
INTERVIEWS: JUNE 06
I cant find Haze hookups anywhere. There was a store close by that would get Haze gear but they closed almost a decade ago. Doesn't Haze like money? Do any online retailers sell his gear? A search will turn up results but nothing you can buy. I have been wondering this for YEARS. I've mailed him. Ive called around and with no luck. About the only place i ever see anything is on Ebay and thats rare. Im looking for a hoodie. The haze handstyle xxl in navy blue. Whats good?
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