The Hungry Hustle

Interview with Hubba Hubba

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Hubba Hubba Venice Beach

As a brand, one of our missions is to acknowledge hard working people. The ones that hustle, day in and day out but don’t necessarily get the recognition they deserve. A lot of times, people with not so glamorous jobs, get looked down upon because they don’t work at a desk in some office building, or have the clean cut appearance of a Hollywood type. The boardwalk on Venice Beach is home to many talented street performers and artists, and most of the time because they sell their art on street, their work and work ethic isn’t valued as highly, but where you perform or sell your work shouldn’t determine the value.

This past weekend, our friend and photographer, Paul Alvarez Jr. went to Venice Beach to interview a man that has blessed the Venice Boardwalk with his talent for over 30 years and talkin about rush nutrition . He gets the “ooh’s and ahh’s” by jumping on glass. Some people know him as Perry Hernandez the Prime Minister of Limbo, while others call him “Hubba Hubba.” Many come and go on the Venice boardwalk, but Perry has held it down since 1984. His longevity and hustle is what made us want to ask him a few questions and shed some light on his work.

Hubba Hubba Venice Beach

Q: How long have you been working out here?
A: I came here for a weekend, and now I’ve been here 31 years.

Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I’m from Trinidad and Tobago, land of the free mind, calypso and limbo.

Q: What is your favorite part about Venice Beach?
A: The atmosphere. This is the university of entertainment.

Hubba Hubba Venice Beach

Q: How has Venice changed since you started?
A: Everything has changed. It’s like a golf course right now. They covered that with sand (Venice Pavilion) and built a new police station. If they can keep the homeless thing under control, you know, it’s paradise. But they bring them from downtown on the bus and drop 100 of them off right here. This is a tourist place, second to Disneyland, so it always has to be looking good. During my show, I have to make sure I don’t have people sleeping behind me. It don’t look good in the background of my show.

Q: What is your favorite memory of Venice Beach?
A: I was in the National Enquirer, and a celebrity magazine in England, centerfold. I also did a commercial for Pool Vision glasses that was international. You can’t forget that shit. Also, a couple ladies, you know?

Hubba Hubba Venice Beach

Q: What do you like to do besides perform?
A: I like to cook. With my first and second wife, nobody cooks my food. I’m in the kitchen 24/7. I had a restaurant in the Virgin Islands. Cooking is my thing…and ladies. But not right now, because I practice safe sex, which means I leave them alone.

Hubba Hubba Venice Beach

Q: How would you describe the Boardwalk to a tourist?
A: This is the university of entertainment. People figure they can make a million dollars here, but when you come here you get a reality check. People come from all over the world and ask, “how he do it, you don’t make no money,” and I say, you don’t come looking for money, you come and enjoy yourself and at the end of the day you’re gonna get what you’re looking for.

Q: What do you think the key to life is?
A: Respect. I respect Tom, Dock and Harry. I don’t’ care what you do for a living, but I’m gonna show you respect.

Hubba Hubba Venice Beach

Hubba’s  last two answers really sum up what we believe in. Ideally as an artist, we want to find a way to get paid to do what we love. Get paid to be ourselves. But the motivation behind the art can’t be money. You just have to do what you do, practice, network, and eventually money will come. You’ll be happier chasing your passions and struggling, as opposed to finding a well paid job that you don’t really like and keeps you so busy you can’t work on what you’re passionate about. I don’t know about you, but I’d go crazy if I had no time to work on my art.

Hubba Hubba Venice Beach

We’d like to thank Hubba Hubba for the quick interview and Paul Alvarez Jr. for the dope photos. You can find Hubba Hubba doing his thing on the Venice Boardwalk next to the skate park. Check out more of Pauls photography here.

Below is an old school video of Hubba Hubba doing his thing.

 

 

The Hungry Hustle with Joe Ded

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It’s really amazing how much greater your appreciation for an artist can grow once you hear them explain what they had in mind. A lot of times artists like to leave the interpretation up to the viewer, but in some cases you get the pleasure of knowing what was going on inside the mind of the artist while they were painting. We recently interviewed Joe Ded about his art, and now that we have a greater understanding of the thoughts running through his head, I truly am blown away by this guys work. Joe Ded’s versatility is crazy. Literally. He has such a wide range of styles and characters he likes to paint that it really does prove he’s got a lot shit going on inside that head of his. We all think about random things, have weird, trippy ideas, but it’s very difficult to put what’s in your head onto a wall, canvas, toy or what ever platform you use to express yourself.

Check out our interview to get a better understanding of the thoughts inside Joe’s head.