STYLE A THON
Last weekend at the Writerz Blok, the San Diego Graff Writers, B-boys, Emcees and Djays all came together to rock the house. Its a pleasure to bask in the sunshine of the art form we created, maintain and practice. Big Ups Writerz Blok and Izzy from Wild Style Technicians for making this years event a continued success. Rock On San Diego…
Last year I had the opportunity to paint the wall above the elevator at the brand new Angelika Theater in Fairfax Va. This year they invited me back again to paint upstairs in their newly renovated lounge area. It has been a pleasure working with the staff at this location and of course Mazi of Word Beats & Life who organized it all. Big Ups to my entire east coast family, it’s always a pleasure spending between gigs catching up with you all. PEACE
“DON’T BITE GO DEEPER” is dedicated to all of those who are seeking to find a STYLE outside of your SELF… go deeper baby
After months of travel throughout the country its finally good to come home rest recharge and create something for myself. Presently I’m working on my 2014 Solo Exhibition… “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” which promises to be the most disturbing and thought provoking work I’ve ever created… so I have to go in deep and this weekend after Seeing the movie “12 Years a Slave” and the play “The Tallest Tree In The Forest I took a break from my canvass work and finally finished this one… enjoy.
Finally Maxx Moses completes his 60×15 ft. mural that reflects his personal commitment to Yoga. This painting is at the Chula Vista Yoga Center in San Diego Ca. Here is one of the places where the transformation begins… and never ends. the first time i painted this wall was in 2007 when i arrived in Cali. The wall got Dissed and i had to re-do it. This challange forced me to push harder and dig deeper within… As we do in class. Thanks Chula Vista Family for allowing me the opportunity to show how i express myself in Cali.
The Graffiti Hall of Fame
When Subway Art legends, Part and Joey of TDS Crew invited me to paint the main wall within the Graffiti Hall of Fame I was honored. The date was set for August 24th. 2013 and thus far the summer had been packed with painting and cross -country travelling. I was creating a mural in Rochester New York when I found out that I was invited to paint the biggest wall within the Graffiti Hall of Fame. Initially I suggested Binho, from San Paulo Brazil to collaborate with me since we had been working together in Rochester. He was excited to join the project but had to return back to Brazil to complete a bunch of art projects of his own. It was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I met Chemis, from the Czech Republic, as we were painting on the historic Lincoln Theater together. While developing a creative partnership he told me had made reservations to travel to New York. I was like oh really… guess what I’ve been invited to paint the big wall in the Graffiti Hall of Fame! Want to join me? Yes of course he replied.
New York City has always been the center of Graffiti/Spray Paint Culture and the Graffiti Hall of Fame holds a special place within the heart and mind of every writer worldwide. So it was a challenge developing a concept that would have a lasting impression while measuring up to all the great art that had been done there in the past. However I was determined to accomplish my goal of bringing a meaningful piece of ART and soul back to New York, a city who’s people are exposed to high levels of stress and anxiety. Therefore we chose colors that were energetic powerful and healing, purples oranges and greens, with red as the center. Like a work out and a meditation combined I practically buffed the entire wall by myself. For 3 days Chemis and I worked diligently on the background for before the other artist arrived and we were glad for this. We really didn’t have a total plan in place so I we didn’t want the pressure of other artist questioning what we were doing at the time. All I knew was that I wanted to create a heart in the center of the wall to symbolize New York as the Heart of Graffiti and I wanted to say something that paid tribute to our journey as Writers and authors of a movement that has inspired and entire generation to create and fight for their freedom of expression.
The historical Lincoln Theater
The Historical Lincoln Theater, which is now closed, still stands as a beacon of cultural significance in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Since 1956 the theater has been a venue for African Americans to enjoy movies and live performances. In 1986 due to an economic nosedive the theater closed. Kevin Harris, the Director for the Museum of Public Art (which is right across from the Lincoln) has always wanted to create a mural on that building. In efforts to revitalize the Lincoln and the surrounding community, this July that Dream came to fruition, with the coordination of Kevin Harris, of MOPA, Brenda Perry of the revitalization committee and Todd Teepell, from the City of Baton Rouge.
Dmitri, aka Chemis and I had the grand opportunity to be the ones to actually paint this dream. The theme for the wall is History Music Art and Culture. By the way that’s James Brown, as Soul Broth Chemis painted on the wall, in his younger days.
July 2013 was filled with travel and art galore. Wall Therapy hosted By Ian Wilson, the Yard collective and 1975 galleries was definitely a highlight of the summer. Who would know that Rochester, the city that Change and Pose 2 pioneered spray paint culture back in the early 80’s would now host such a dynamic art event? Thirty international Street Artist were invited to create over 50 murals in one week, it was a phenomenon. The days were long hot and packed with painting and at the end of each day I was truly exhausted but once we all gathered together to eat dinner the energy of all these creative souls electrified and inspired me beyond my weariness.
I had the grand opportunity to work along side Binho, from San Paulo Brazil, Change my first collaborative partner, and Range FUA, who lives in Rochester and grew up watching us Paint. This collaboration exists along the El Camino trail on East Ridge road, behind Salvador’s Pizza.
Once I received an invitation to paint at Wall Therapy I began to reflect and realize it was thirty years ago that I was a student at SUNY Brockport College, pledging a Fraternity, Airbrushing at All Day Sunday during the day and bombing the streets of Rochester at night. So returning to Rochester after all this time was monumental. The eighties was a significant time in my life, Hip Hop culture was in its pioneering stage and on the other side of the coin was the birth of Crack. We were the ones who shifted the paradigm within the social fabric of America; Rap music made you listen and Graffiti made you look. 30 years later and the art has gotten bigger bolder and even more exposure. In the words of Biz Markie “Dam it feels good to see people up on it”
While in Baton Rogue Louisiana I had the opportunity to work again with the Museum of Public Art collaborating with a group of 20 teenagers to create two murals. The first project we titled “Unlock Your Mind” a colorful symbolic gesture to the community at large and specifically the students creating it. For many of them it was there first real adventure in bringing a mural to fruition and creating intuitively meaning we had no idea of what we were going to create it was all done on location. It took 4 days of four hour sessions to complete this project and I personally invested a lot of energy in making sure this looked good however I still wanted the wall to have the quality of the teenagers energy. The students and community both were pleased.
The second mural “How We See The World” was truly an eye opening experience. This project I decided I wouldn’t have so much control over. My plan was to develop the sketch and from there let the students take charge. I choose this approach because I wanted the students to think for themselves and escape the oppression of always being told what to do; this type of programing is limiting and doesn’t present a challenge to our youth. My one requirement was that the students bring a pen and paper to work each day and write about how they seen the world. I was fascinated and yet troubled at how they seen the world.
Each morning we began in a circle, our conversations were filled with poetry, emotional outburst and deep thoughts. On this project everyone got pushed to the limit, for some it brought out the worst for others it brought out their best. The students and staff were totally challenged to create on their own. Each day it was nearly 100 degrees and at the end of the day I have to admit I too was drained. The outcome of this mural reflects that it wasn’t about how beautiful the mural became but the process of the becoming. Despite all these challenges I realize there was nothing more valuable then those morning circles, that was the beauty that was the painting, we painted in each other’s minds… Unscene Wildstyles
Museum Of Public Art
“The Final Touch”
As mentioned in the first part of this blog post Kevin Harris, invited Pose 2 about a year ago to. June 14th was the day I arrived in Baton Rouge ready to paint the Museum of Public Art. I’d just come of a 30 day fast from spray painting, (I wanted to give my lungs a break from the fumes) and was hungry to get back in the flow. Initially Kevin Harris wanted me to do a solo project on a wall that was 60×16 feet, so that’s what I was preparing for. Then he had a change of plans. ChorBoogie a long time friend and collaborator had begun painting a huge Wildstyle, Pharaoh in the center of the wall leaving the two sides incomplete. Kevin really enjoyed the collaborations between chorBoogie and Maxx Moses and felt it would be awesome to see this chemistry reunited once again. As I prepared for this project I was considering, what would work well with this dynamic centerpiece? The solution was simple letters; only letters could complement this wall and give it “The Final Touch. “ I recognized that Kevin invited Pose 2 and this identity is known for doing unusual letters. This has to be the biggest Pose 2 piece I’ve ever done and in doing this I reached back to some old sketches for inspiration. This collaboration is special for us because it symbolizes a tribute to our artistic lineage as Writers of Modern Hieroglyphics and our ancestry as the original kings of this Planet, The Pharaoh.
Once all the painting was done I contacted Chor and asked him what was the deal with the angry Pharaoh and he said “nah man he’s not angry but balanced another form of releasing inner rage or inner happiness… like Kali, expresses screams with the tongue out as well, that’s why one half is a mind explosion of colors the other half is the realistic aspect but two together creates this form of balance, a perspective that screams all sorts of feelings.”
There are no coincidences in this life. I ran into Chor the other day in the T-Mobile store and he had hieroglyphics tattooed on his neck… and there I was attempted to read them but couldn’t quite make out what it said…I guess I have more studying to do Earth Center, ill be back soon.
The Earth Center is a school for Kemetic (Egyptian) spirituality and philosophy.
Museum of Public Art
Towards the end of 2012 the Director of the Museum Of Public Art, Kevin Harris, contacted me. He was interested in having Pose 2 Come to Baton Rouge LA. to paint a mural. Kevin was the process of having some of the most internationally celebrated spray painters come to Baton Rouge to do murals. This all began with Kevin Harris an avid art appreciator and James Top, Subway Art legend.
During one of Kevin’s many traveling adventures he landed in New York and became fascinated with all the art on the streets. Hungry to photograph but limited time, Kevin needed a guide to get him directly to the heart and soul of New Yorks Spray Paint Culture. James Top agreed to be Kevin’s ambassador to New York and upon there first meeting James Top insisted first and foremost that Kevin should have a history lesson about the culture of Writing, he wanted Kevin to have a sincere appreciation and respect for what he would be photographing, so they sat down at the Port Authority Bus Station in Times Square, James opened his book and a kinship was forged. They spent a huge amount of time in the Bronx where Kevin to a liking to the works of King Bee.
It was James Top who suggested to Kevin that king Bee, Part and himself, take a trip to Baton Rouge to paint a wall. Kevin agreed and Baton Rouge hasn’t been the same since. The doors have now opened the for the Museum of Public Art, where international Writers Like Smug, Belin, Jimmy C, Chemis, Odeith, The Tats cru, Does and Case have all blessed the place.