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Seeking Heaven 20 Year Anniversary
Dia De Los Muertos - Sunday November 1 2009 2-8 PM

Seeking Heaven
(SH) is one of the more unique crews from Los Angeles. As a graffiti/art crew or collective they have established themselves as a unique grouping of artists with different creative visions. All members are from a specific locality within Los Angeles and throughout their 20 year history have earned respect not only in the streets but in the art community. Mid-City Arts is proud to be the host of their 20 year anniversary show opening on Sunday November 1, 2009

Mid-City Arts / 33third Los Angeles
5113 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90019
midcity-arts.com | seekingheaven.com


The audio/visual squad over at Mid-City Arts aka Viejas Del Mercado crafted this neat video trailer for our 20th anniversary exhibition going down this Sunday November 1 at the Mid-City Arts gallery.

More info on the exhibit here.
Peep more of the Viejas' work here.

D.I.Y. Album Art: Paper Bags and Office Supplies
Written by J. Namdev Hardisty
www.markbattypublisher.com


The good folks over at Mark Batty Publisher recently sent me a copy D.I.Y. Album Art, a book that compiles an impressive collection of graphics culled from hardcore records from the 1990s. The book resonates with me personally, as the "do it yourself" approach to making things happen was one of the most important lessons I learned through my involvement in L.A.'s hardcore scene of that era. Also quite apparent is the lasting impact that hardcore visuals have had on my own work. (On the collector geek tip, I was stoked to see that I have a bunch of the records featured in the book, w00t!) x Go x!

From the press release: "In the early 1990s a renewed spirit of co-operation and do-it-yourself initiative took hold of the North American punk and hardcore scenes. The new DIY approach didnít stop at booking your own tours and self-releasing records, now it involved putting together the very packaging for those records. Hand-gluing sleeves, silk-screening manila envelopes and raiding thrift stores for LP jackets that could be re-used became the norm. From there it was only a matter of time before anything could be used as a record cover: aluminum foil, burlap, vintage wallpaper, cereal boxes, tar paper."

More on the book here.








Tempt pointed me to this article he wrote for Estria's blog. I hope Estria is cool with me quoting it verbatim. Here goes:

"My name's Tempt, and I'm a graffiti writer from Los Angeles. I began writing in the early 1980's. My crew FB and I initiated the all-city freeway writing movement that blossomed to include later writers like Oiler COI, Gkae MSK, Ayer LTS and Saber AWR. I also push K2S-STN, one of the first crews in Los Angeles known for fusing the indigenous cholo writing culture of East Los Angeles - which dates back to at least the 1930's - with NY stylewriting, to create a uniquely Los Angeles style whose influence can today still be seen in almost every L.A. crew, as well as throughout Cali and the southwestern U.S. in general.

I've painted with many of L.A.'s most notable writers, and later met, became good friends with - and had a lot of fun - spending several years painting with some of North Cali's best writers, including Racus and Gigs FSC, Josh, Grey, Twist THR, KR, Some, Crayone TWS, Spie and the legendary Dream (R.I.P.) TDK.

Bay Area writing culture has always been special to me, ever since I rode the MUNI in the early 80's and saw the amazing handstyles, executed with Pilots, Uni-Wides and Mini-Wides, flooded with every Marsh ink imaginable. I've always had the greatest respect for the sense of community I witnessed in the Bay writing scene, which laid the foundation for a vibrant, strong graffiti culture that continues to flourish and innovate to this day. Bay writers are rooted in their history, and the Bay writers from my generation continue to shape the newer generations coming up.

When I returned to L.A. in the early 90's, I brought back with me a desire to affect community change at the grassroots level, using writing culture as a platform to address the issues affecting the inner-city. I began getting involved in community murals, mentoring youth, curating art shows, working with non-profits (the Peace and Justice Center, the Social Public Art Resource Center, etc.), and building alliances within the often hostile and violent L.A. writing community. My work addressed gang violence, police abuse and ''at-risk'' youth.

The spirit of community and DIY attitude of the Bay scene was one of numerous factors in my decision to start BIGTIME MAGAZINE in the mid 90's. BIGTIME was the only hardcore writing mag to come out of L.A. throughout the 90's and into the beginning of the millenium. It was distributed worldwide, and focused on skill, style and originality, as well as the socio-political issues affecting Cali writers. My aim with BIGTIME was to foster a sense of community in the graf scene, ground young writers in their history, showcase the illest styles, facilitate dialogue and bring a higher consciousness within the scene. The magazine is credited with many firsts, along with a loving tribute to KING DREAM TDK.

In 2003 I was diagnosed with ALS, a neuromuscular degenerative disease that renders the patient fully paralyzed. I slowly lost all movement in my body, and by 2005 I was fully paralyzed and bedridden 24/7. The loss of mobility and personal freedom was devastating. Prior to my paralysis, I felt a profound sense of fulfillment being of service to the community, and that - coupled with the loss of my ability to paint and draw - left me with a sense of emptiness.


Earlier this year, however, a tight crew of hackers who dig graffiti - known as Graffiti Research Labs (GRL) - got together with Not Impossible by The Ebeling Group (TEG) to create software that allows me to draw with my eyes, which is how I was able to bust the ''pieces'' you see here.

I can't even begin to describe how good it feels to be able to rock styles again, and through my art I've been able to raise awareness about my disease, ALS. I've since participated in several art shows in Norway, Tokyo and next week in Vienna. All proceeds from the sales of my art go directly to the TEMPTONE ALS FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who suffer from my disease.

Art is a tool of empowerment and social change, and I consider myself blessed to be able to create and and use my work to promote health reform, bring awareness about ALS and help others. This would not have been possible without the support of my family, my crew, the wider graffiti/hiphop community, and the prayers from my spiritual community.

In the indigenous culture, the concept of ''mitakuye oasin'' - the inter-relatedness of all things - is not an intellectual concept, but a prayer that acknowledges all life in the universe. It is the principle that sustains the whole community, where each individual sacrifices for the greater good of all. I am honored to be a part of the graffiti/hiphop culture that has done much to promote change for the community. We all come together to help each other, and that's dope.

Support local businesses. Be responsible for what you put in your body. Start growing your own food. Don't support products or businesses that are harmful to you and your environment. Take care of your health."

Peace,
TEMPTOLEUM K2S-STN
__________________________

Tempt One ALS Foundation
temptone.wordpress.com

Tempt One
temptone.com

F.A.T.
fffff.at/eyewriter

G.R.L.
graffitiresearchlab.com

Estria
estria.blogspot.com

I don't quite know what to make of this Morrissey/The Smiths cover slash tribute slash impersonation a friend pointed me to. I sorta smiled? Bye bye baby, bye bye. Bye bye baby, goodbye...

















These are some shirts/logos I've done for my local Zoo's seasonal kids camps.


I've spent many a night geeking out -err, rocking out- to the tunes of the mighty mighty They Might Be Giants. Video nabbed from the mighty Boing Boing.







...since I've blogged, my bad. It also took me a while to post this production up. It was painted a few months back in East L.A. by the Seeking Heaven, Locs on Dope, and Visions crews.

For a larger flick of the Sky High click here.
For a larger flick of the Legion of Doom click here.
For a larger flick of the Rock Wallz click here.

Andrew from Tradition posted some rad words and images from the Burning Fight show over on his shop's blog. Peep game here.






















The Burning Fight show went down this past Saturday at Tradition. It was dope; lots of old friends and new faces. Through the nineties I was peripherally involved in L.A.'s hardcore scene, and it was amazing to see a small slice of this era documented. This exhibit made it all new again.

Brings to mind "Kensington Gardens" by Trembling Blue Stars:

Everyone's looking for something that matters and we matter.
To be known is everything.


In case you were wondering...

(Credits, in no particular order: Don Irwin, Dave Sine, Dan Rawe, Andrew Kline, Don Ward, Katie O'Donell, and those I forgot. And me. And sometimes Y.)








I done did this zine to accompany the Burning Fight show at Tradition. It contains outtakes from the book and bonus material from the collections of Andrew Kline and Ray Macondo (aka my other stunt double.)

Grab one while they're hot at the show, or nab the PDF here.

I've been cranking for the upcoming Burning Fight show opening this Saturday at Tradition (which should -ahem- explain the lag in blogging.) The exhibit will feature selected items of 90s hardcore ephemera (flyers, shirts, photos, etc.) as well as a discussion panel based around the Burning Fight book and the topics it covers. x Go! x

TRADITION & REVELATION RECORDS PRESENT
BURNING FIGHT /// A NIGHT OF HARDCORE AT TRADITION

SATURDAY OCTOBER 10, 2009 /// 7-11 PM

FEATURING Q&A AND BOOK SIGNING WITH
BRIAN PETERSON (AUTHOR OF BURNING FIGHT)
MIKE HARTSFIELD (OUTSPOKEN/NEW AGE RECORDS)
DAVE MCCLURE (DOWNCAST)
RYAN DOWNEY (BURN IT DOWN)
VIQUE MARTIN (SIMBA FANZINE/REVELATION)

PLUS A COLLECTION OF ART, FLYERS, T-SHIRTS, AND PHOTOS FROM
DAVE SINE (TIDBIT FANZINE)
MIKE HARTSFIELD (NEW AGE RECORDS)
DON IRWIN (PUNK LIFE ZINE)
DON WARD (SOCIAL JUSTICE)
ANDREW KLINE (STRIFE)
RAY REYNOSO (MACONDO)

GUEST DJ SPINNING 90íS HARDCORE ALL NIGHT AND MUCH MORE!

/// AVAILABLE THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW ONLY ///
LIMITED BURNING FIGHT X TRADITION X REVELATION RECORDS TEE

TRADITION
2895 AGOURA ROAD
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91361
(805) 497-4717

shoptradition.com
burningfightbook.com


Larger version of the flyer here.




Go nab one of these shirts from Slayer. All the cool kids are rockin' 'um, son!

Slay site here.
Slay shoppe here.





I find it neat that pigs lend themselves to so many cool interpretations. Here are five of my favorites.

1. Spotted in Koreatown, Los Angeles, 2009.
2. Street-arter OZI, Diadema, Brasil, 2009. (Thanks Coisa'74!)
3. Another one spotted in K-town, Los Angeles, 2009.
4. Co-conspirator Yem goes big, Los Angeles, ca. 2008.
5. Colony Meat Packers logo, Los Angeles, 2009. (Thanks Le Human Being!)