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Know Your History or No Future – Part Two: James Haunt

02 March 2012, 15.26 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 comments »

For my new installment of Know Your History or No Future, I sat down with up-and-coming artist, James Haunt. This kids been all over the place dropping live art work at a ton of the events I have gone to in the last few months. Recently, I sat down with James to see what’s been crackin’ for him and what he’s got coming up next. Keep your head up or he’ll be there posting his shit on your walls when you’re not looking.

Know Your History or No Future
Part Two: James Haunt

Creeping into the darkness of the night like a Panther preying it’s next slay, James Haunt has been throwing up his name since the young buck age of 14 years old. Like most teenagers trying to figure out what the hell life is, James inhaled inspiration from his older brothers artwork and started stalking the concrete playground with a fresh finger in the unforgiving stomping grounds of East Los Angeles. Anyone that’s green in the Graff game really doesn’t give a fuck who’s watching or where they throw up their legacy, you just bomb whatever you can, wherever you can, at anytime, with complete disregard for everything. As James found out, this shit eventually lands you in the back of a car with your wrists strapped tight in cold metal. Some take this as a wake up call and move on into other shit, but this just fueled his artistic fire to slither and slide deeper into the streets.

James Haunt
This is definitely my favorite piece, how could it not be!?

Wanting to further his knowledge for new artistic forms and styles, James went to art school for a few years to dial in his natural ability. When you’re truly hungry to refine your game and start exploring other styles and interests is when your creative bubble will burst with a plethora of new ideas and directions. This is what lead James into focusing on a recognizable style so when you see his shit you just know he put his soul into that piece. Where did his style go? Come on, beautiful girls and space odysseys of course. Twist in gorgeous women and the paranormal obsession and you will see Haunts polished direction that pops off the art piece like a color explosion in your face.

James Haunt

James Haunt

James Haunt

Enter this dimension and James has become not only a street hustler, but also a self-made art oozy that has been firing out live art installations at events for the last few years for brands such as Red Bull, JSLV, Grenade, The city of Tijuana, Mexico. Yes, you read that right, the fucking city of Tijuana commissioned him to do a mural and even had Federales watching his back the whole time for protection! Insane, right!? See the video below.

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James Haunt

James Haunt

Now James has moved into the business of making fresh threads and has built his own apparel line named after his likeness, James Haunt. Creating a clothing company is not an easy gig for most and he has a strong obsession with keeping shit legit, yet refined for the masses, in all of his designs. Recently, the James Haunt apparel line conducted their first trade show appearance at the Agenda Show in Long Beach, CA and was received with open arms by retailers looking to expand their diverse collections. The James Haunt collection features that direct influence found in James’ art pieces and is tracking well at most retail chains. Go and check out the apparel collection here.

James Haunt

James Haunt

Keep your eye open if you’re at a party popin’ off at the upcoming SXSW, Coachella, or any other gig that’s legit in the street game, you will most likely see Haunt throwing up a piece right in front of you.

James Haunt

James Haunt

- Story by Jones

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  3. HellsYeah:

    Fuck yeah! Awesome style and loving the real girl piece Sexxxxxy!

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