The Kids’ Eye: An Interview with Kid Hazo

The Kids’ Eye is where creative kids interview artists whose work they admire.

We prep — give them tips on proper interviewing etiquette, arm them with a camera, a recorder and then we let them loose.

We’re only there to observe.  The questions are theirs, the interviews haven’t been rewritten to sound like anything other than the probing journalism of a tween.

Tatianna is 14 years old – the kid behind the ‘Kids Eye’.  You might recall her inaugural interview for the series was with Philadelphia artist, Drew Leshko. This time up the hot seat belongs to Kid Hazo (pronounced has•ohh).

This go around is a tad different – Kid Hazo is a pretty mysterious figure.  The Philly based street artists’ work punctuates our daily interactions with his light-hearted – one step ahead of you – clever pieces that parody the heart of Philly culture. We contacted Kid and he arranged a Google Chat. There wasn’t going to be any identity unveiling, not even for a eager youngin’.  What you’re going to read is a cut & paste from their chat session.

Ready? Because here’s what happens when you let a tween off the leash… the creative leash that is.

Kid Hazo

photo courtesy of Kid Hazo

 

Day before the Interview

Kid Hazo: Let’s chat on Hangouts!

Tatianna: Video chat?

Kid Hazo: txt only!

Tatianna: Aww.

 

Day of Interview

T: Helloooo Kid Hazo, it is Tatianna.

KH: Why hello Tati. How are you?

T: I’m good how are you?

KH: Very good, thanks for asking!

T: Ok, are you ready for some questions?

KH: Ready when you are!

 

T: How long have you been an artist?

KH: I have been Kid Hazo since 2013, so 3 years?

 

T: Did you always know that you wanted to be a artist?

KH: I did not. I am just a big fan of street art. When I saw less being put up in Philly I decided I would step in and try to help out with new installations under this new identity.

 

Kid Hazo Insecurity Cameras

photo courtesy of Kid Hazo

 

T: Why did you pick street signs?

KH: Because I was a big fan of TrustoCorp’s work. I wanted to put my own twist on it.

T: Cool. How do you do all of your big pieces? Like the underwear

KH: Depends…sometimes I make things by hand, sometimes I buy things and alter them… Sometimes I use magic.

Kid Hazo takes out the Laundry

photo courtesy of Conrad Benner/Streets Dept

Kid Hazo White Undies

photo courtesy of Conrad Benner/Streets Dept

T: What type of magic do you use?

KH: Usually the same magic spells as Harry Potter does…that’s how I stay invisible!!

 

T: So you work alone?

KH: For the most part yes. Unless I do a collaboration with someone.

 

T: Why do you wear a mask?

KH: Because I would rather people focus on the artwork than deal with identity politics.

 

T: Where does a girl like me go to get a mask like yours?

KH: At the street art mask store…..?

 

T: Are you playing with me?

KH: Hahaha. Yes.

I have all of my secret spots. I can’t just reveal all the magic to you Tati!

T: why not :(

KH: Well I certainly can’t have Kid Hazo look alike characters running around the city ya know!!

 

T: Is being a artist your only job?

KH: No the artist job is just part time!

 

T: So what is your other job?

KH: My other job is working with computers…

 

T: So you’re smart.

KH: Hahaha, perhaps..

 

T: It is time for the fun questions!

KH: Yay!

 

T: What is your favorite TV show?

KH: Hmmm….right now Silicon Valley

T: I’ve never seen it before.

 

KH: What’s your favorite show?

T: I watch a lot of TV, so it is hard to pick just one.

KH: Haha gotcha.

 

T: What is the craziest thing you ever did?

KH: The craziest thing I ever did? HMMM….

One time I dressed up as a city street worker to install my “With Love XOXO” spoof ads and got away with it!

T: LOL. I remember those.

Kid Hazo XOXO Sign

 

T: If you had to pick a song that played every time you walked into a room what would it be?

KH: Boyz II Men – Motownphilly

 

T: Wow, now i’m listening to this and dancing right now. Thanks for that information.

KH: Hahaha no problem!

 

T: If you were a super hero who would you be?

KH: Hahaha awesome.  I like Spiderman, he seems like he has a lot of fun swinging around the city

T: Spiderman is ok.

KH: SPIDERMAN IS THE COOLEST.

T: I like Batman, he is so much cooler.

KH: Ugh….FINE.

But yea Batman is pretty cool

T: I’m always right.

Now it is time for the last question.

KH: I am actually like Bruce Wayne at art gallery shows anyway.

T: K, last question!

What would you do if some told you that you could never do art?

 

KH: I would do it anyway!!!

T: And if they stopped you?

…….?

…………..?

………………..?

KH: I would start all over under a new name!

Can’t stop, won’t stop!

 

T: This was very fun, sadly I have to go.  I hope to see you next year and good-bye.

KH: Sounds good! Thanks for interviewing me! Bye Tati!

T: You’re Welcome!

 

Kid Hazo Plays Up The Pope Visit with some Pope-tacular Signs

Well, kiddies the Pope is here in Philly, so why wouldn’t Kid Hazo hit up the streets with some Pope-tacular signs.

Our favorite has to be the sign collaboration ‘Prohibited Items’ with Mikey Ilagan (Geekadelphia) and Adam J. Teterus, parodying the crazy list prohibited items Philly dropped at the Pope security checkpoints.

Please can I see a group of people out there breaking the rules doing the ‘Stanky Leg’

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‘Intersections’ with Joe Boruchow & Kid Hazo @ Paradigm Gallery

Checking out Joe Boruchow at Intersections.

Checking out Joe Boruchow at Intersections

INTERSECTIONS brings two of Philadelphia’s well-known and loved “street artists”, Kid Hazo (pronounced has•ohh) and Joe Boruchow, to the same room.  Both artists almost solely install their works in the city of Philadelphia cementing themselves as artists who embody the vibe of our city.

Their work catches your attention and drives conversation… Though their approach to the creation and the life of their works couldn’t differ more, their poignant intersecting in this show brings the evolutionary chain of street art full circle: from the urban to the fine art.

Paperclips215 on her Social Media grind / photo by Kendall Whitehouse

Paperclips215 on her Social Media grind / photo by Kendall Whitehouse

Joe Burochow’s work is often punctuated with words you don’t necessarily associate with street art: poignant and elegant.

He gives his intricate paper cutouts a life outside their custom frames, reproducing them as wheat pastes, integrating his pattern play of stories into the city’s architecture.

Hazo’s belief that art is for everyone punctuates our daily interactions with his light-hearted – one step ahead of you – clever pieces that parody the heart of Philly culture. It reminds us not to take life too seriously (and maybe to stick to just one selfie per day if we can).

The point where one crosses the other plays out on the streets where the impact of their work lies with the beholder who might just want to hold on to that feeling a bit longer.

'Unemployed' Kid Hazo / photo by Kendall Whitehouse

‘Unemployed’ Kid Hazo / photo by Kendall Whitehouse

'Exit Stage Left' / Kid Hazo

‘Exit Stage Left’ / Kid Hazo

 

*review seen first at Paradigmarts.org

 

 

 

 

Kid Hazo’s INSECURITY Takes the Prying Eyes Off You

Kid Hazo Insecurity

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Someone’s always watching…or not.

Kid Hazo comes at you with a new install ‘INSECURITY’, mocking the constant need to monitor everything.  So here’s your chance to let it all hang out without unseen peering eyes.  Is that the joke, and someone is watching you while your guard is down?

Nah. If you’re kickin’ it by Frankford Ave, go crazy!

It’s a great ramp up to the ‘INTERSECTIONS’ show at Paradigm Gallery + Studio featuring works from Hazo & Joe Boruchow on Friday, August 28th (5:30 pm – 10 pm).

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Streets Dept Presents The Evolution of Street Art

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Yeah, so this is going down…

Streets Dept Presents: The Evolution of Street Art 
An Artists Panel Discussion at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
6:00 – 7:00pm
(Pay what you wish)

This hour-long panel discussion will pick the brilliant minds of some of today’s most active and exciting artists and talk to them about how they use public space (both legally and otherwise) to create dialogue, display their work, and enliven the streets of Philadelphia.

Panel to include Gaia, Joe Boruchow, Ishknits, Harlequinade, and Kid Hazo

pic via StreetDept

KID HAZO TAKES OUT THE LAUNDRY

Philadelphia – We get it Kid Hazo, no one likes having to stay in and do laundry on a beautiful day.  I mean, how else would you iron a giant tighty whitey?

Need more antics?  Kid Hazo’s having his first-ever solo show this Friday, October 3rd at LMNL Gallery at Bluecadet from 7-9PM.

Via Streets Dept
Photos: Conrad Benner

Fun Fact

Kid’s public art is actually using public art. That Monopoly piece is just one of the giant game pieces you’ll find scattered outside the Municipal Services Building in downtown Philadelphia.  The sculptures are called, Your Move by Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis, Roger White.

 

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Philly Artists CORNBREAD & Isaiah Zagar will speak at I AM HERE Artists Talk

Legendary Writer Darryl “Cornbread” McCray and Mosaic Artist Isaiah Zagar are scheduled to speak this Thursday, June 26th,  at a special Artists Talk in association with the I AM HERE exhibition currently up at James Oliver Gallery.

McCray and Zagar are expected to drive a lively discussion with stories on their many years of work and future endeavors.

Other artists in the exhibition are scheduled to join the discussion on the artists’ iconic work – and how their movements had an effect on the new generations contributions to this ever growing movement.

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I AM HERE is a group exhibition presenting a phenomenal roster of six Philadelphia artists (Ishknits, Streetsdept, Kid Hazo, Joe Burochow, Cornbread, and Isaiah Zagar) whose individual passions represent a link back to the blossoming graffiti culture – to the burgeoning generational shift that is pushing us to stray away from using generic terms such as “street art” to define the diversity of artistic work.

 

SPECIAL ARTIST TALK WITH 
DARRYL “CORNBREAD” McCRAY & ISAIAH ZAGAR

Thursday, June 26th 7-9pm at James Oliver Gallery
James Oliver Gallery | 723 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106
Refreshments will be served!
View the I AM HERE exhibition pieces at shop.paradigmarts.org.

KID HAZO PARODIES THOSE VISIT PHILLY POSTERS…

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The Visit Philly campaign posters aren’t so bad – they just don’t always read as my version of Philly. If I didn’t look close enough, I’d think they’d finally gotten hipper and more in tuned to the city’s vibe. But I should have known…that’s what’s so fun about Kid Hazo’s work, you really have to be observant to catch the joke.

Our favorite Philly Art Blogger & photographer was first on the scene (as usual). He gave a really great breakdown of Hazo’s Dear Street Art Lovers Poster:

“In case you need a little help cracking the ‘Dear Street Art Lovers’ one: We got Tagged Up Elephants (Cornbread), Sticker Characters (The Sticky Bandits), Black and white paper cut outs (Joe Burochow), Yarn bombed stuff (Ishknits) , stick dudes (Stikman), Mythical Animal Murals (NoseGo), Braille Art (Sonia and Austin), Conspiracy Street tiles (Toynbee Tiles) AND Ben Franklin wheat paste stencily janws (Get Up Art).”

You can find these new installs around Chestnut Street between Broad and 18th.

*For more installation shots check out StreetsDept.com photo 3

SELFIES ARE THE GOLDEN TICKET IN PHILLY’S WEEK LONG STREET ART SCAVENGER HUNT

Philly Tech Week  2014 is hosting something new this year, a citywide street art scavenger hunt.

The scavenger hunt, organized by community arts supporters, Tattooed Mom, Philly Tech Week and HAHA x Paradigm is designed to spotlight Philadelphia street artists, their work, and the neighborhoods that inspire them. So far, the lineup has included artists:  Joe BoruchowKid Hazo (work pictured below), HurrayForBraille Street ArtBobWillReign and Scrandy.

Daily clues to the stashed artwork locations get released at midnight.  Each day is a fresh hunt, a new artist, and a new winner. Hunters must take selfies with the art and share them via Twitter or Instagram using the scavenger hashtags for a chance to win an exclusive piece of art

Dedication is the key for participating art lovers – daily selfies are entries counted toward your chance of winning special prizes awarded to participants who find the most art at the end of Tech Week.

The scavenger hunt began on April 4th, 2014 and will continue until Philly Tech Week commences on April 12th, 2014.

Can’t join in the fun? You can watch it evolve using hashtags #ptw14 & #hahaxpara.

Check out HAHAxPara on Twitter or on their website for more information.

*story ran first in artnerdnewyork