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Meet Hector Diaz of 7000GB

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hector Diaz.

Hector, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started my life as a sperm cell, then a fetus and eventually came to this world in human form. I was the kid with a wild imagination and took pride on being called “weird” or “odd” – I didn’t want to be like everyone else. The earliest memory I have of drawing is sometimes when I was around six when Spider-Man 1 came out (Toby Was the Best, I don’t even care) and I wanted to draw Spider-Man.

I developed a style by grade 3 when I had to draw a name tag for my desk in class – I started doing something that resembled graffiti lettering. Throughout high school, I was sketching on my notes and doodling all over them. I did this a lot when I talked on the phone to pass the time. I get all my product ideas and graphics inspired from looking at my old notebooks – a pure and raw imagination just going through the process of school, not having to worry about becoming independent one day and the responsibilities attached to that.

The last time I practiced drawing was when in 2013 – I was like 16 or 17 and would write poetry and draw things in my notebook about the girls in my life haha. It wasn’t until I was at a low peak in my journey here that I got back in touch with roots of drawing – a method of creation that’s mystic unto its self.

When I’m drawing – I think I know what I want to draw but my mind will see other things during that process and one pattern can take many different twists and turns. It’s only been about a year that I share my illustration style publicly. It feels empowering to know that other people enjoy my work even more than I do!

Has it been a smooth road?
I have had many challenges, we all do. For me, much of my stress and worries were intense in the summer of 2019. It was my first time moving out for a few months and I was smoking more than usual & lost my internal compass.

I’ve reclaimed some of my own strength by integrating a stronger sense of personal responsibility, I’m more mindful of my body and how it feels. I take care of myself and my internal voice is more of a “big brother” – a guidance that tries to avoid decisions I’d regret three days from now.

Biggest life tips:

– Drink lemon water

– Sleep at least 8hrs a day

– If I feel stressed I notice it and open my body language.

– Do the responsible stuff first so you don’t feel guilty later.

Please tell us more about your art.
I don’t view myself as being in competition with anyone. I just try to be 1% better each day. I’d like to work with more smaller Streetwear brands and I love when people have the courage to ask me to collaborate. Courage is rare.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I have found like 2-3 other artists who work on collage or traditional graffiti mediums but my work is just a whole new category. I just call it vandalism. In five years I see artists having much more leverage in commercial collaborations and them being open to work with cool online creators – regardless of school credentials. Artists are living in another Golden Age. The real ones know, they can read the signs.

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