15.12.14

"From Fruitvale to Florida" by Karen Seneferu

This is a powerful piece by artist Karen Seneferu .Read her words: This documentation is a tribute to Oscar Grant, Treyvon Martin, Andy Lopez, Alejandro Nieto, Renisha McBride, Akai Gurley, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamar Rice, and hundreds of Black and Brown people who have been killed by policer officers, security guards, and vigilantes. The people in the video were given the question how did you feel or think when you heard the verdict in some of these cases? Their facial expressions are their responses. The video challenges the idea of gazing out and into the eyes of others who refuse to recognize the genocide occurring in these communities by the judicial system.

Rhymes for young Ghouls-Inspiration


An incredible film worth watching....

4.12.14

Brutality over the years-We will win

1992- I remember how I felt when the Rodney King verdict came down and LA was engulfed; not in flames but rebellion. I was baffled, and without the skill or analysis to do anything about it. But I did not forget it. Like my first time being pulled over for "fitting the description" with my mom by cops-my mom knew what they were capable of even back then and told me to put my hands up in plain sight. Maybe thats why I was allowed to have "Fuck The Police"  or "Holler if you hear me" playing in my room.

I don't have any new words of wisdom and my thoughts on the current state of the state (police, city & state govt, corporations) are much better in a one on one conversation, but I hope to share with these art pieces over the years that I have been speaking on it, with like minds, and I will continue to do so, just trying to find the words and the images to express exactly how pissed off I am. If you are an artist and pissed off too, speak on it. You don't have to have the best analysis or idea, just speak on it and make your voice heard.
 
2001-"Police Brutality didn't die on 9-11" painted in West Oakland 2001 right after 9-11 for an Oct 22nd Police Brutality march, at the time the murder of Idriss Stelley was heavy on my mind and all these folks running around with NYPD on their hats/cars. J-Live's "Satisfied" was in heavy rotation.

2003-Based on a photograph taken after the murder of Timothy Thomas in Cincinatti's Over The Rhine neighborhood, I painted this image over and over again, extremely pissed off. This was around the time that the Trust Your Struggle Collective was formed. The Coup's whole LP "Party Music" was in heavy rotation, specifically "Get Up" .

2006-This was a poster illustration for TYS show All City Sacred show. A show that used fine art, illustration, sculpture, and installation to talk about oppressed people's right to rebel through demonstration, art, actions, and just existing. Was listening to Dead Prez's LP Revolutionary But Gangster a lot, specifically "Turn off the Radio" 



2013-This mural was painted after the decision not to charge George Zimmerman with the murder of Trayvon Martin-with the help of countless hands, I'm just happy I got to work on it for a few hours with my son who was now old enough to understand what had happened and wanted to help paint it. This was a collaboration with TYS , hella local artists, and Dignidad Rebelde.  Bounce, Yoshi, Scott La Rock, and Cece also repped hard by painting Oscar Grant previously. I was definitely listening to Bambu's "Like Us" still and "Rent Money".

2014-Having to continue painting is part of a long struggle for revolutionary change. As I venture more and more into the realm of children's books and publishing and less public art I hope to meet other illustrators who are not afraid of speaking on this because there are so many children being killed and children being left without parents. Rip Mike Brown, Alex Nieto, and Eric Garner, Andy Lopez, and so many more. I think I'm going to go listen to Killer Mike's speech again. Keep struggling yall, keep fighting back!We will win!

If you are seeing reports about protests in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, Mexico-know that it is connected. Your fight is theirs and vice versa.

1.12.14

#YaMeCanse "I've had enough"

Please watch this, and please share the word. Read up, and talk about it with other people. The more folks know, the more pressure can be put on the Mexican Government to resign. In case you are wondering why? And what does this have to do with art or artists? Please click this link and follow the question. If you want to read up about the issue at hand try using the hashtags #Ayotzinapa #YaMeCanse #todossomosAyotzinapa

17.11.14

Children's portrait 34- Maya Grace

This cute little one is mixed with Mexican, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Greek, and German. She likes tigers and her favorite color is green. If you are interested in getting a portrait of your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild gimme a holler at info@robdontstop.com

16.11.14

Some campaigns worth supporting

Cannon Busters by LeSean Thomas, a Bronx native who sets out to tell stories through the medium of 2d animation A hashtag to a movement to open doors for authors and illustrators of color to make more books about the myriad of stories still missing from mainstream bookstores and classrooms. One of the "only" magazines ever to cover specifically Asian Americans, their life, and their stories. This one in particular aimed at health. This is one of the Bay Area's last progressive voices. The more we allow newspapers to be silenced, the more there will be one voice only of San Francisco where my mother and so many other Black People grew up.

11.11.14

Hyphen magazine "Yuri Kochiyama" lettering


Hey, peep the latest issue of Hyphen magazine. There are various articles in the magazine about Revolution, Grace Lee Boggs, Yuri Kochiyama, People's Kitchen, and more. I had a chance to do some hand lettering for a piece using a quote from Yuri. Support this magazine by getting one for your coffee table, classroom, or office because there ain't too many magazines that focus on Asian American life, culture, and history like this one.

To get your copy of the latest magazine GO HERE

Psalm One- boldly go (Inspiration)

"You have no idea how much I wanted to leave this place before I saw you"
ugggh! One of my favorite raps by Psalm One with the Quincy Jones sample. Just rediscovered this song.

5.11.14

Latino USA X Hyphen Magazine

Dope to hear more about how Latino and Asian culture coincide, collaborate, and collide. The art on this soundcloud is from Shizu Saldamando