Asad Walker


About: Settling on his own identity: “HOBO”, Asad started hanging in the crazy punk and hip hop street scene in Georgetown and downtown DC. Asad became the city’s first native graffiti writer to take on New York style tagging as “RAGE”. In 1985, Asad moved to New York City and had a son with Bronx native LADY PARIS. Spending the next 5 years there, Asad absorbed NYC graf culture at it’s height. In 1990, he returned to DC, chose the new title “ULTRA” and began to create a reputation for himself.

Asad, an experienced street artist and designer, has been an innovator in Washington DC’s hip hop and graffiti art movements for over 20 years. He is featured in the books “Free Agents: A History of Washington, D.C. Graffiti” and “The History Of American Graffiti” and was interviewed for two recent documentaries: “Chocolate City Burning” and the upcoming Cool “DISCO” Dan film. He has spoken at a DC City Council panel and was even invited to paint at an exhibition at the Smithsonian. Since his release from prison, he has been busy painting both canvases and walls, creating a body of work in galleries and public spaces. He also has been teaching, both for the interested public and at-risk youth in DC and Maryland. One of his proudest teaching moments came when he was invited to return and teach at DC Jail as part of the Incarcerated Youth Program. Asad ULTRA Walker is fast becoming considered one of the more important authentic street artists to emerge on the national scene.

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