Death of Qui-Gon Jinn (detail) | Mixed media | 36" x 48"
Close-up of my piece for this weekend's Star Wars Brisk Bodega Cantina... See you there!
I have a piece in (and helped curate) the Star Wars Brisk Bodega Cantina, opening Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 in L.A.
Art by Artek | Mark Dean Veca | Jasper Wong | Pose | Leo Eguiarte | Dual Forces | Eyeone | Tristan Eaton
Live performance by Just Blaze.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
722 N. Figueroa Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP: briskbodega.com or email@example.com
(Tell 'em Eyeone invited ya!)
I (finally) wrapped up issue six of my once-in-a-blue-moon graffiti zine Free Copy. As always, it'll be available in limited quantities (depending on however many free copies I can score,) but I will definitely have some at this year's Los Angeles Zine Festival comin' up quick... Stay tuned for more info.
(Apologies for the cell phone shots, but I got anxious to post this... I guess my phone cam can't handle the AstroBright Pulsar Pink.)
I met Christina Rimstad aka C-Rocka a few chapters ago in my life, and she's been one of my fave graphic designers ever since. From typography to print, photography to image making, she's got all the bases covered with mad style and flow. Do yourself a big favor and peep her website christinarimstad.com and make sure to keep an eye on her work. She rocks!
• Christina Rimstad's portfolio is here.
A friend of mine sent me this. He thinks it's a riff on my Zapatista characters. I'm kinda on the fence, even though he did spot it in Pasadena...
I found these stickers over at the local dollar store the other day. I'm not sure if they're bootlegged or where the images come from, but I think they're fresh just the same. Word!
Laboratorios Margen just finished the homie Jorger's latest zine. This particular copy belongs to LeHumanBeing, but you can pick one up at the upcoming L.A. ZineFest through Pentagram Press.
* FIND OUT HOW HERE.
Dug around some old photo boxes this weekend for freight-related stuff to pass on to the homie EricBMW and I found this... 100% faked on MacDraw 1.0 in case they come a'knocking ;)
A friend of mine rolled through L.A. recently. She ended up at the MOCA to peep a much-publicized recent exhibit dedicated to "street" "art" or, more accurately, work by artists who may or may not have done work in or on public spaces that have been or are currently represented by a selection of galleries and moneyed interests. She was amazed at the quality of art "from the streets."
Don't get me wrong, I too dig art from the (literal) streets. These are some flicks from one of my favorite examples of creative work at the street level currently occupying L.A.
Para el Japón (Detail) | 8" x 8"
We Heard The Fireworks | 8" x 8"
Sunbathing | 8" x 8"
Three Stars | 8" x 8"
At this point, the plan for the Dirty Dozen incorporated a 13th piece for a Japan disaster relief fundraiser. You know, good luck and all...
Stealth Typography Network
Work began on a collaborative piece designed by Tempt for the Art in the Streets show at MOCA. Due to gallerist politicking and maneuvering, the piece was not included, although the pamphlet for the exhibit clearly marked a space at the museum for it. This led to much confusion, but the piece was eventually unveiled at the Street Cred exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. I'll post more about this soon.
Stop | 8" x 8"
I did this piece for a Frank 151 / Minneapolis Fashion Week fundraiser for the Minneapolis Home for Children. Big shout out to C-Rocka for inviting me to contribute!
I featured some amazing work by LeHumanBeing with the participation of a group of pre-schoolers involving paper craft animals. Super rad!
• Peep the set here.
Street Team Ninjas
I pitched in on this humongous wall tribute to Tempt. A ton of people painted this wall in Dowtown Los Angeles, donated by the UTI crew, united in their respect for and solidarity with one of L.A.'s dopest graffiti masters. It was an amazing show of force and unity. The wall is still rockin', by the way.
• Check out flicks of the entire mural here.
Cache x Eyeone x La Mano Gráfica
Cache and I collaborated on a print for La Mano Gráfica, a really sick old school printer in East L.A. (peep flicks of their shop here.) For some reason the prints sorta got stuck in the "Coming Soon" stage, but I rather liked the collab nonetheless.
I did this piece with some help from Midzt, Gorgs, Tanner, and Owen -and plenty of beer- for Street Brewed, a contentious exhibition at Angel City Brewery. The homie Tanner's piece and mine are still there!
• Nice Flickr set of the whole thang here.
...and that's that for April 2011. Stay tuned for more recaps. You can peep part 1 of my 2011 year-in-review here.
I did a little bit of work for Getting Up: The Tempt One Story, a film about my friend Tempt, one of Los Angeles' most acclaimed graffiti style masters.
Stay tuned for more details. The documentary premieres at the Slamdance Film Festival later this month.
My nephew made me this card a little while ago when he somehow figured out I liked robots... How did he ever guess? Hooray!!!
The homies Teal and Evol are having a show opening this Saturday. Info below:
Buckwild Gallery presents
Teal & Evol : Femme Fatale
Saturday, January 7, 2012
New artwork by Evol (7th Letter) and Teal (Fame City) with special guests View2 (FC) and more.
12804 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90066
(Photo by EricBMW)
Sunset & Coronado Redux
Cache and I (along with a surprise guest!) started off 2011 tackling a huge wall on Sunset in that gray area between Echo Park and Silverlake. It became an entire community affair, as people donated buff paint, kids came through to do some landscaping/landslide clearing, and even my nephew helped prep the wall. Good way to begin last year!
• Peep the whole thing here.
A good friend and super talented artist Dash 2000 passed away in the early days of 2011. His crew and friends got together to celebrate his art and memory.
• Images from the Dash 2000 tribute here.
Continuing the Tour de Cache, we once again linked up to paint another long stretch of Sunset Blvd. with the homie Skypage and another surprise guest. The mural is a shout-out to cycling in L.A. It was also supposed to coincide with the 2011 CicLAvia route, but for some reason did not.
• Flicks of the entire thang here.
All Day | 28" x 40"
1000 Ideas For Graffiti & Street Art
I had some work in the book 1000 Ideas for Graffiti and Street Art published at the beginning of 2011. The book is a neat survey of graffiti activity throughout the world (with a big focus on Europe,) and I was stoked to be included.
• For a full review and preview of the book, go here.
Every Day | 28" x 40"
I made a limited run of this print for Hold Up Art's one year anniversary show. It features three of my Zapatista characters doin' various things including protesting, spray-painting, and rockin' out. Word up!
• Peep more details here.
This wall was formed liked Voltron thanks to the homie Ian and the Bagavagabonds hooking it up with the Dietch Arts Co-Op in Downtown L.A. It was a fun collab with Bonks, Cache, Kozem, Gorgs, and Eye. Good times!
• More photos here.
Tokyo-based type foundry Wordshape released my first typeface Cinta Adhesiva in 2011. The font is based on the masthead for my zine Free Copy and was drawn using lots of black tape.
• For the full story click here.
This is Temporary | 8" x 8"
Do Not Consider Yourself Free | 8" x 8"
Souvenir | 8" x 8"
Esta luz (nunca se apagará ) | 8" x 8"
I decided to ease away from relying on bird imagery in my work, but I wanted to complete a final dozen pieces featuring our winged co-inhabitants. The above 4 are the first third.
...and that concludes the trip down memory lane for January/February/March of 2011. Stay tuned for further reminiscing.