BY: GABY MORENO
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be sharing an interview I did with Pablo the founder of Horrific Thoughts. I stumbled on their clothing brand when I went to the THOP fest a month ago. They were selling t-shirts, beanies and other clothing items. I thought the tee designs were dope! I even copped me a tee. You can see me rockin’ it below. I loved the dark vibe and the horror inspired designs, from what I observed. As a horror fan/t-shirt addict I thought the art was amazing and I wanted to shout out their brand! They are based out in Ontario, CA where the THOP fest took place. Pablo was kind enough and took time out of his schedule to answer the interview questions via email. Thanks to Ariel who facilitated the interview. Without further a do please read below to get to know more about Horrific Thoughts and what they represent!
Networking is how we get all of our events nowadays. Other vendors refer us or Event Planners reach out to us having seen us on other events or flyers. We also have a solid street team that tunes us into new events we may not see as well as artists we have grown relationships with that put us on to new crowds. Our next events will be on 11/2 (two events one day) I (Pablo) will be at Hip Hops Most Haunted brought to us by @thestonersystempodcast and Ariel will be at Dia De Los Growing Pains brought to us by @growingpains.ca. This will be our first event with @thestonersystempodcast and our second Growing Pains event. Honestly if you want to be at an event but maybe you aren’t sure of the crowd or a set up fee isn’t in your budget definitely show up to the show for yourself, meet other vendors, meet the coordinators, mingle. The more people we meet the more opportunities we can all share with each other.
THOP fest, amazing performers, amazing headliners, amazing crowds. We got to hang out with Grieves! Every event is always amazing, I can’t say we have been to any that did not leave a memorable impact for us, but come on, WE GOT TO HANG OUT WITH GRIEVES!
I (Pablo) do. We have another artist on our team @ter5eone that we have dropped a collaboration collection with in 2018. Life inspires these designs, mostly stress, I tend to do my best work under some kind of pressure.
We have a stranger things rip, so clearly that inspired us. Other designs have underlying tones of movies like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. We are all pretty into horror movies so it’s fun to bounce ideas around or sneak little horror homages into our designs.
Since we started local at Hip Hop and backyard Hardcore shows we have had various local artists wearing our brand since day one. Super cool, when we met Grieves at THOP Fest in 2018 we were able to gift him one of our first Dad Hats and he wore it for the remainder of his tour. We have a pretty solid Street Team and each year we grow a bit more. There’s always new ideas we have in mind, we just like randomly announcing new items or having Pop Up Only sales/gear.
It changes daily. At this moment in time heavy on rotation is Grieves, Murs, Jelly Roll and Tech N9ne and we always add some new artists to our playlists before/during/after events. It is so cool to do events with so many amazing local artists and over time we develop relationships with them so not only do we get to work alongside them we get great views of them on stage.
I love all the Halloween movies but I really love Rob Zombies Halloween remakes.
Michael Myers because he’s tall but… probably Freddy Kruger because it’s cool to invade peoples dreams.
Growing support, it’s crazy, it’s awesome!
Be patient, do your research, be patient.
I don’t really think about that.. I guess I want to create art that has a great impact on people.
Right now we are taking it day by day so I can’t say I have a set five year goal at this moment, just in the past year a lot has changed for us and will continue to, I’m just excited for whatever is next.
There’s so many people who helped us get to this point. Everyone who rocks our gear, everyone who invites us to events, YOU! Thank you for being our first (official) interview. The list is endless. Shouts out to the New?Love Network, all of us local homies who have been through it all the past decade or so. Catch us all doing various things at local events! @zzay92 for always putting us on to new events and keeping us in mind. @60east and the entire THOP Fest team for amazing events where we met @theguttedcigar and @bricktoyaface who both constantly keep us in mind and are great people to run into anywhere. Lastly our HT Fam, thanks to everyone who is constantly supporting, re-posting, sharing posts, liking posts, providing feedback, offering time out to model gear for us, sewing, folding, cutting stickers, packaging orders, driving to the post office. I am one man, but I have a great team!
Facebook: Horrific Thoughts Clothing Co.
Thank you for your time Pablo and Ariel! I always love supporting dope local independent clothing brands and just creatives! I live in the San Diego area, but Ontario is only hours away. You guys have something unique and amazing! Keep it going! Thank you to those reading this interview. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, iTunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz and Google Play Music to listen to my audio content under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.