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This is the archive for September 2010

Astronomers at UC Santa Cruz have identified an exo-planet named Gliese 581g that lies in the habitable zone of its own solar system. This means the planet is a suitable place for life.

Lead astronomer Dr. Steven Vogt states: "Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say that the chances for life on this planet are 100 percent. I have almost no doubt about it."

No wonder I subconsciously sculpted a mini Devil's Tower out of mashed potatoes at dinner. (Not really.)

More info at

Ian Mackaye always breaks it down. Listen carefully.

This is a limited-edition zine Patrick Martinez and I put together for our New Works exhibit at Tradition way back in 2009. The zines went really fast at the exhibit, but now you can download the PDF and make your own copy in case you missed it (or didn't get one.) Fancy paper not included.

• You can download the PDF here.
(Print pages in order, back-to-back. When done, staple down the middle and fold in half. Or fold in half and staple down the middle. Trim to 5" x 8".)

• Or save some trees and view online here.

The homie Suede put me on to this rad video about a sick sign painter slash glass embosser dude named David A. Smith. Peep game.

Bobby Wratten of Trembling Blue Stars playing "Abba On The Jukebox" on November 14, 2002 at UCLA. Posted after digging through almost a century worth of photographs with my Grandma.

Bobby Wratten of Trembling Blue Stars playing "I No Longer Know Anything" on November 14, 2002 at UCLA. I got motivated to post this after seeing Jupiter and four of its moons tonight.

The homies over at The Uprising L.A. / TenGramz just put out the first issue of their zine RareForm. It features flicks of graffiti, skating, slaptags, drawings, and much more from the streets of L.A. The covers are all hand-silkscreened and numbered in a limited edition of 30. Each one also comes with an assortment of stickers! Definitely worth grabbing a copy.

Check here for more info.

In the beginning of 2009, I got hit up to paint the new student center at UC Riverside (with help from Modem SH, Jorger, and Step.) When my blog went under last year, this post disappeared. Now it is back.

See the whole wall here.

1:AM SF keeps bringin' the fresh exhibitions! This one, titled The Classics, unites work by many of the Bay Area's graffiti legends. Info below:

The Classics
Show runs through October 16, 2010

1:AM Gallery
1000 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Featuring work by:
Crayone, Cuba, Dare WCF, Estria, Furyone, Ink, Kasper WCF, Kaytwo WCF, King 157, Koper, Krash, Mike Bam, Myk, Nate1 MPC, Pengo, Phresh, Picasso TWS, Raevyn, Refaone, Rize TMF, Robz, Sno, Spie One, Twick, UB40, Vogue, Zest KGB, and more!

Peep The Classics Flickr set here.

SensesLost has a great interview with Patrick Martinez. Excerpt below:

As far as visual art is concerned, what do you hope to accomplish through this medium? Do you have a definite long-term goal in mind? What is the mission statement of Patrick Martinez?

I wanna grow as an artist, not just in terms of skill but really digging deep and capturing peoples imagination. Connect with them in a real way…you know make the viewer feel some kind of emotion. I wanna leave a mark on this earth and also with the people on it with my pure unfiltered expression and ideas. I want my personality to shine through the art that I create so people can view my images and visit me even after I’m gone. Keep the money and the cars; I want the museums and books to feature my work so people can continue to visit my visuals. Thats the long term goal. I don’t really have a mission statement. I wanna keep it organic so I can grow with the art.

Read the rest here.

Jupiter is currently visible in the sky, and it will be at its closest to Earth the night of September 20. You can look low in the east at sundown and higher in the southeast into the night to see the gas giant shining like a star.

P.S. Uranus will also be visible (ha ha!) but you'll need some binoculars!

Source: Wired.

These graphics are from an old stamp album I found in my stash of random things. Stamp collecting is hella fun, and educational too.

A sample of handstyles by Tempt from his upcoming zine. Spread The News!

I'm working on a limited-edition zine with Tempt to be given as a premium when you support the Eyewriter project via Kickstarter. Info below:

From the Kickstarter page: "Tony TEMPT1 is an artist, publisher and social-activist based in Los Angeles, California. He was a pioneering artist in the California graffiti scene in the 1980's and 90's and influenced a younger generation of graffiti writers with his vision to build community through art. Sadly, in 2003, TEMPT1 was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ( also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), a degenerative neuromuscular disorder that causes paralysis and ultimately death. Over the course of 5 years, he lost the ability to move his arms and legs, speak, eat and even breathe without life-support systems. But, the disease has left his mind alert, and his creative spirit and drive to make art completely intact.

This Kickstarter campaign is an attempt to raise the money TEMPT1 needs to create a new collection of original TEMPT1 artwork and merchandise using the EyeWriter 2.0 software, robotic technology, traditional print-making techniques, as well as his community of friends, fans and peers. Supporting this campaign will not only allow TEMPT1 to continue to make art and express his ideas, but it will give him a chance to again become a professional artist, independently support himself and his family, pay for his medical bills, and make a contribution to the contemporary art world.

100% of the $15,000 goal will go directly to TEMPT1 to help produce his art, cover his hospital costs and help support his family. Anything above that amount will be split 50/50 between TEMPT1 and research and development costs for future versions and improvements of the EyeWriter system."

Read more about this inspiring project (and kick down some loot) here.

A few weekends ago I romped through San Francisco's Exploratorium with LeHumanBeing, my hermanas, and the Camilocs. We ran around pressing mad buttons, pulling levers, climbing structures, stomping on random things, and generally boggling our minds. The Exploratorium is definitely one of the raddest destinations in the Bay.

From their website:
"The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. We believe that following your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and awareness, and can increase confidence in your ability to understand how the world works. We also believe that being playful and having fun is an important part of the process for people of all ages."

The Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

I was doin' some Spring Cleaning (in the Summer) and came across a bunch of old random stuff I've been pack-ratting away for a rainy day. It doesn't look like we'll be getting rain any time soon, so I figured I'd just start posting this stuff now. As a homie from back in the day used to say, "Minus well..."

1. Colnago Christmas card, 1986.
2. Clear sketch by Gloze 54, 1990.
3. Napalm Death Scum album art by Jeff Walker, 1987.
4. Graffiti Art Expo flyer by Risk (with Jimer tag,) 1990.
5. ...anyhow have a Pamflet Christian (?) zine, ca. 1990.
6. The Smiths at the Universal Amphitheatre concert listing, 1986.
7. Jimmy'z sticker, 1984.
8. The Cure at the Hollywood Palladium ad, 1984.
9. Hip Hop Jam flyer by Joke, ca. 1991.
10. Circle Jerks | Dickies | Uniform Choice at the Celebrity Theatre, ca. 1988.

To Live & Ride in LA
Los Angeles Premiere
September 3, 2010
9 & 11 PM

Downtown Independent Theatre
251 S. Main Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
Los Angeles, CA 90012 |

...this dope flick by one Mikey Wally.

Mikey Wally's blog here.
Mikey Wally's Flickr stream here.