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The homie Gorg is in a show tonight at Maintain with a group of cool artists including Duce, Cre8, and more. Info below:

Maintain Presents
In Memory Of : Paying Respects to Our Loved Ones

Friday September 30, 2011 | 7pm- 9pm

Maintain
2643 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
maintainshop.com | (323) 226-0420

Featured artists:

Abudu, Ankore, Cre8, Dcypher, Demen, Duce, Fubu, Mark7, Poet, Seze, Gorger, RTSYTM, plus many more.



This is a video clip covering some of the madness that is Interbike. At about 1:49 you can peep some of the ARTCRANK artwork and a brief interview with the show's curator/creator Charles Youel. My piece is lurking in some of the shots... (Thanks for the heads up Erin!)


Stickers courtesy of Sherm. Peep shermgrafik.com for more goodies.



I rather like this flick of me back in my colonia in Mexico City (Agrícola Oriental represent!) chillin' with my Grandma and a Jumbo Kamen Rider X (known as Aquaman) over thurr. No date on the photo, but I would say it was taken circa 1976ish.



These are a few recent zine acquisitons. I'll try to review them at some point, time permitting. Indie media FTW!

Swag Journal
Edited by Utah and Ether
utahether.com

Draw Amok
Designed by Madcreative

MQ Sticker Zine
by Mque
mqism.com

DETHKILLS Catalog/Zine
by DETHKILLS
dethkills.com

Probation Vacation
by Utah and Ether
utahether.com

Black is Beautiful
by Studio B.I.B.
(courtesy of Gorgs)
studiobib.com


































These are some celly shots from Interbike 2011. Apologies for blurs, low light, color shifts, and all that associated with forgetting the camera in my room. I rolled up there with the homies Swank, Gloze, and Modem (thanks!) and generally nerded out on random bike stuff. I was involved with the ARTCRANK exhibit as well, so I had a "professional" reason to be out there, but mostly it was the free beer and games of CougarLicious that dragged me to Nevada. Viva Gloze Vegas!












Trying to revive an old hard drive, I managed to dig up some rad sketchbook work by Precise One from the 1990s. You can peep more of his work here.


Live-bloggin' from atop the Hoover Dam. Full report comin' soon!

Drink Coffee & Ride All Night by Derek Ballard.


The nice folks over at ARTCRANK put together a sneak peek of some of the work featured at this year's Interbike over on their Flickr page.

Peep the full set here.



I have a print in the ARTCRANK Interbike art show goin' down in Las Vegas starting tomorrow. Info below:

Wednesday, September 14 - Friday, September 16, 2011

ARTCRANK Interbike
Sands Expo Center / Urban Yard
201 Sands Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89109

HOURS

Wednesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
13THFLOOR, Aaron Hansen, Adam Turman, Alex Westgate, Anne Ulku, Axel Geittmann, Big Table Studios, Blaine Deutsch, Bobby Dixon, Chelsea Brink, Chris Piascik, Colby Brooks, Derek Ballard, Djohan Johari, Douglas Richard, Doug Ross, Emory Allen, Erica Birkman, Eyeone, Farizwan Fajari, Greg Hubacek, Hydro74, Jason Craig, Jeremy Loyd, Jerome Daksiewicz, Laura Mensinga, Levi McGranahan, Matt Giordano-Bibby, Matthew Lolli, Matt Oxborrow, Mathias Valdez, Paul Rogers, Peter Locke, Rachel Sleeman, Sarah Richardson, Stevil Kinevil, Todd Zerger, Tom Gundred, Two Rabbits, and Victor Beuren.

From the website: "They say to go big or go home. For the first-ever ARTCRANK Interbike, we're opting for the former. Our artist roster for this show features talent from across the U.S. and around the world. It's the most audacious, ambitious show we've ever attempted. And based on the work we've seen so far, it's destined to set a new standard for every show we do from now on.

If you're one of the lucky folks headed for Interbike this year, you'll be treated to an unprecedented show of bike-inspired poster artwork. Prepare your retinas and pack an extra suitcase, because you'll be coming home with at least one new work of art to brighten up your shop or office."

More info at artcrank.com

This the first Zapatista character I ever painted. If memory serves me right, I did it in 1998 at our Secret Headquarters high above Pico-Union:



My Mom found this hand-painted poster on a wall in Mexico, circa 2004:



I like how they changed the pencil in my original to a spray-can in their version. The random EZLNs and other handstyles are pretty cool too. I have no idea who made the poster... I guess that's how it should be.

Some more examples here.





















These are some of my favorite pieces from this weekend's LA vs WAR event. I apologize for not catching the artists' names, but some are fairly self-explanatory.



I'm one of the many participants in LA vs WAR goin' down all weekend long! Info below (and above.)

LA VS WAR II: A PRO-PEACE / ANTI-WAR EXHIBITION

September 9-11, 2011
Noon to Midnight

The Vortex
2341 E. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021


Entry: $5.00 Suggested Donation
This is an all ages event

From their website: "LA Vs. WAR II will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks with a massive group art exhibition and event taking place in Downtown LA from 9/9/11 to 9/11/11. Artists from LA and beyond will examine the questions: After 10 years of the Global War on Terror, where do we now stand as a nation? Is the world a safer place? Where does the Peace movement go from here?"

More info at vswar.org




The homie Patrick Martinez is releasing a limited-edition neon piece on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Noon PST. It will be available exclusively at knowngallerystore.com.



Here are some around-the-way back-in-the-day videos from the Swank One archive. Peep more here.









Met this dude Franz DG at the coffee shop after having spied him drawing some cool ish. Anyway, upon closer inspection, I saw some recognizable icons in the background of his sketch. I hit him up and started talking art, politics, graffiti, and coffee. Homie is way dope, draws comics, is mad involved in social justice causes, and is super talented. (Thanks for the drawing man!)

Check more of his work at franzdg.blogspot.com



This is the last weekend to see the Street Cred exhibit currently on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. PS It's free admission today!

Street Cred: Graffiti Art From Concrete to Canvas
Ends September 4, 2011!

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 568-3665 | pmcaonline.org


Artists featured in the exhibition include Michael Alvarez, ANGST, AXIS, Chaz Bojórquez, CODAK, CRAOLA, DASH 2000, Ekundayo, EYEONE, HASTE, Paul SKEPT Kanemitsu, Alex Kizu, KOFIE, MAN ONE, MEAR ONE, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Jose Lopez, Erick Montenegro, Nicnak, PUSH, RISK, Jeff Soto, Evan Skrederstu, RETNA, REVOK, SABER, SHANDU, Jesse Simon, SINER, TEMPT, and ZES.

MUSEUM HOURS
Wednesday - Sunday
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day.

ADMISSION
$7 for Adults
$5 for Seniors and Students
Free to Members
Free the first Friday of every month!

More info here.



My friend Jason Youth came through L.A. and kicked me down with this firm-ass piece. Thanks meng!

More of his work here.