Man, it's been real long since someone mention the 5 Yard Boys. I think even 90% of the so called graffiti cats in this city never heard of the 5 Yard Boys. Good to know that some actually remembers their roots and their city's history. Here is a small write up on SD Graffiti Artist HASLE, owner and creator of "Serye Designs". It appeared in the "CityBeat" mag. and I got compliments of one of my partners in crime SAKE. Enjoy the article and huge salute to Hasle for the big shout. One Love brother. For more information on what Hasle is up too and his clothing line check in at www.seryedesigns.com
Pass the Mic to Hopper
Our semi-regular feature in which we talk to local hip-hop heads, who then tell us whom we’re talking to next
The man: He’s Ryan Hoppe, but everyone calls him Hopper The scene: Hopper loves ’90sera hip-hop, so you can catch him occasionally at U-31 on Thursday nights for the Generations Party with DJs Cros1 and Artistic. But Hopper’s not a DJ, MC or b-boy; he holds up the more behind-thescenes and underground pillar of hip-hop culture—graffiti. Mostly, you can find him hard at work at his business, Serve Design, coming up with graffiti and hip-hop inspired designs for his clothing line and freelance clients.
The Story: Hopper can still remember sitting in the back of his dad’s car as they drove past the infamous 5 Yardboys graffiti crew. He’d watch in awe as artists like Saratoga Sake and Daze painted big, beautiful graffiti murals.
“It just caught my attention, and I knew I wanted to do it,” Hopper says. “As a kid, I’d put on a Smif-N- Wessun CD or something, put my headphones on and just draw—just create and draw.”
That started in the fifth grade. After building up piles of practice sketchbooks and eventually venturing out to do a few hands-on pieces on the streets—he got arrested once when he was still a minor—Hopper found his niche. His work evolved into his current style of bright, big, colorful lettering. One of his murals can be spotted on the Undisputed fitness and training center building in North Park.
“My style is really unique,” Hopper says. “It’s real young and friendly, you know. It’s not real hardcore and dark-looking at all.”
Hopper designed the logo for local hip-hop event producer and DJ Cros1’s first-ever Freestyle Session b-boy battle and has since been asked to do the design work for break-dance events around the world. He was the head designer at Tribal Streetwear for more than a decade before he struck out on his own. His clothing line has become popular among local hip-hop heads.