Berk Visual boasts a big personality that can be felt through every extension of his work. The authenticity even rings true on social media, where Berk and his friends throw flea market pop-ups, immersive art installations and are constantly twisting up new ideas.
As has been proven through the captivation of his following, Berk seems to thrive on creative projects whether it be music, fashion or animation – and now, he’s turned his attention to food.
Luckily for us, we were able to snag a few minutes of the busy man’s time during the World Famous HOT BOYS food truck pop-up in Denver last weekend for 4/20. This truck serves up some incredible fried chicken sandos, perfect for the crunch connoisseur and those that aren’t afraid of some serious heat and flavor.
Read on as we talk about early Hot Boys beginnings, staying afloat during Covid-19 and Berk’s mission to make music videos cool again.
How did the idea for World Famous Hot Boys come about?
Way back in the day, my best friend Victor and I sat down and made a list of our favorite sandwiches. We started out doing backyard pop ups and as the ideas started rolling, our friends in Oakland were more than willing to be our test subjects. The name Hot Boys came from the love and success of these events.
You’ve been doing more video directing and set design, more recently with your art popping up in huge music videos, like Cardi B, Halsey, J Balvin, Megan thee Stallion, Selena Gomez and others, which is dope because I have a huge appreciation for music videos, they were a giant part of my childhood. So it’s a real joy to see an artist I admire crossing into that lane. I’d be interested to know if there are any related projects on the horizon, or if we’ll be seeing more filmmaking from you?
BV: Right now video production is definitely what inspires me! I’m working on animation, but filmmaking is definitely not out of the question. In regards to the crazy music videos you mentioned and shit, that all happened so quickly. Sometimes I just get a phone call, so I have no clue what I’m a part of until I’m physically there! Big Sean is one video I’m excited about that has yet to drop – watch out!
BV: I feel like that side of my work has slowed down but luckily music videos are still happening! I hate that Art Basel didn’t happen this past year, but I’m really looking forward to the future of the festival. Music video work has kept me afloat, but loving all the different projects I’ve been a part of throughout the year. I’ve really enjoyed getting to do this Hot Boys food truck tour!