Thrillist recently linked up with Detroit artist Scott Hocking (famed for, among other things, chronicling the city’s “bad” graffiti) for a tour of Detroit’s best street art, graffiti, ghost signs, and murals. Knowing the city like he does, we convinced the artist to show us what he considers to be the BEST wall ink in town.
Hocking took us on a trip through time and space (Honda Elements are the new Deloreans) with stops at his favorite pieces: some incredible and eye-catching, some aging and meaningful, and some so bad they are good. Afterwards, Thrillist sat down with Hocking at Supino Pizzeria for a pointed interview, and a few laughs.
So, what the hell did you take me to? Was it street art? Was it graffiti? Was it murals?
Yeah, we took a couple of drives around Detroit, tried to cover some of my favorite spots while navigating through favorite routes and neighborhoods. It’s such a sprawling city, it’s impossible to show you everything in six hours -- and I have a real hard time picking favorites -- but I think we saw a nice mix of old and new, off-the-beaten-track wall art: a mix of graffiti, murals, street art, ghost signs, paintings, all of the above.