November 26, 2020

Ring the Alarm – OKTO DFM

That’s the Hookup is ringing in the new year with one of Boston’s finest OKTO DFM. A staple of the Boston graffiti scene and a contributor to the infamous DFM crew, OKTO is a writer that continues to push the limits of style and still staying true to oneself . I was lucky enough to meet up with the man/myth/legend as he dropped some knowledge and rocked a piece off the dome. Check out this little video I put together of the day and some exclusive flicks from the man himself. And a huge thanks to everyone that has been supporting the blog this past year. We will be coming back correct into the new year with some fresh, original content.
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Where you from and what do you write?

I write OKTO. I’m from Boston.

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When did you start writing? How’d you get started?

I started in the mid/late nineties. I used to play video games at Emak and Bolio’s and 2001 arcade. Lots of writers used to skip class there or whatever. I  remember the old asian guy would never tell me the right time.

What do you think your greatest accomplishment as a writer is?

Getting over always.

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What crews are in or have you been down with?
I push DFM DCK AP primarily.
Who would you consider your biggest influences?
 My crew and the history of Boston Graffiti.
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What is your favorite era of Graffiti?
Our era now and the era that got me started.
How would you describe your style?
N/A
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Who were you influenced by when you started out?
There’s alot of history out here. The tracks around my neighborhood were very active. OD, DCK, KBN, and  5AV crews were very active. I also took many trips to R.I. when SPOKE had the Highways smashed with the “e”  that had a tongue hanging out.
What writers influence you today?
Some cats on my team are doing some amazing things right now.
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Has your reason for writing changed at?
The reason will always remain the same although the game does change.
Have you ever caught a charge for painting?
There would be too much info to share here.
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Where’s the most interesting place you’ve painted and why?
I think getting bagged in Japan or the Paris airport are the highlights.
What’s been the biggest influence on your work over the last year?
I think inspiration is different from influence.
Favorite food?
Spicey anything while listening to rap music.
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