27.10.11

Sometimes it gets shelved #2 -RIP Guru

This is a piece that never got to see a final. Although it wasnt exactly what my client was going for, I liked it. Rest in peace to the incredible GURU. Yall remember "The Conspiracy"? Rings true still today.

17.10.11

Typography 15-Thelonius Monk

T is for Thelonius!! When i was a young teen I remember buying a best of Thelonius LP. I listened to this dudes cd over and over again. Epistrophy is a dope song that was on there, but my favorite from that CD was "Trinkle Tinkle". Something about the speed and weirdness of his playing on there to me suggested happiness and absolute craziness! You can hear two version here. Version 1 and version 2.

14.10.11

Character 26 -Morpheus

Did you know a woman named Sofia Stewart, not The Wachoiski Bros wrote the original story for "The Matrix"?

12.10.11

Short Story 9 + Process

In the age of flight schools there were communities that taught young people of all tribes and ages. At these schools they learned about science, problem solving, mathematics, our story, art, spirituality, and magic. When an outside visitor and his cohorts threatened to destroy these schools of progressive thought and action, the students sought to defend it. And defend it they did, using all the elements of the earth at hand. Some flew on air and land, others flew on water. Descendants of one of planet earths most ancient tribes; "Sena" the oldest of the girls in her surfing class and "Galbadon" who was in the beginning boys surf class escaped a major catastrophy in the northern temple. They were to become the new guardians of the sacred water stone............
A note about this process and these stories: If you are just tuning into my short stories series , let it be known that these are experimental short stories with experimental painting/drawing/ writing technIques. I seek to tell stories about children and people of color that are both real and fantasy, but grounded in reality. I'm working "it" so to speak. If you are viewing this, let me know what you think as I continue to explore my practice of telling stories on a larger scale. Also, check out the drawing process. Click the "short story" label below the post and you will see more like this one...

10.10.11

Inspiration board 10

Inspiration board. Starting from top left. Aryz -Dope Writer from Barcelona. Def Sound+Nikko Gray's "Lunar Sun Light". The 656 crew!Love these folks. Aurora from La Casa Azul because she is creating a bookstore in Harlem focusing on books by Latin@ authors/illustrators. Janine Macbeth because she's fundraising to publish her own childrens book. Dustin Nyugen-a dope illustrator who does a lot in watercolor. Shabazz Palaces-lead by former Digable Planet Butterfly is on some ill coded rhyme shit. Uprisings in North Africa/Middle East included something like 15 countries such as Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and is still happening now. Dont know who did the type w/ the scissors, but I like it. Rage against the Machine-Mincho hooked me and my son up w/ some classic joints, like "Renegades". Illustrator Dan Santat, incredible storytelling skills! Thanks to Hard Knock Radio I heard Dr. Joy DeGruy drops science on race & post traumatic slave syndrome. The Wall Street occupation which is history now! Don't be fooled by the media, there are thousands of people out there in Manhattan, and nearly 900 related actions like it from NYC to the Bay Area. Imix Books (Sol!). I had the chance to meet the owner of Imix Books, a constant force of knowledge specializing in books by/about Latin@ stories; now at "Mi Vida" in Highland Park. Brave New Voices-Youth Speaks! Yo, I was definitely jaded on Poetry, but I took my cousin to see the Grand Slam Finals and we were both jumping up cheering! Lastly, an incredible illustrator, Sean Mack from Detroit. Check these folks,events, things out!

9.10.11

New Music-Shabazz Palaces

The homie Bounce put me onto this and Ive been hitting repeat on quite a few of their songs since. Can you guess the voice rhyming on this track?

7.10.11

Oh oh, Baby Boy, 656 in NYC, La Casa Azul, and "We Like it like that"

My friend Janine Macbeth is self publishing her first children's book.F the publishers, F the agents! She's doing it on her own. Support her kickstarter campaign if you have the time! Its a book about Dad's who are present! Like Ed Og said "Be a father to your child".
The homies from 656 Comics are at the NY Comic Con from October 13-16th. Please go suppor them if youre in NYC.

Also, check out "La Casa Azul", its a pitch to start a local book store in NYC with a focus on Latin@ authors. Again, support and pass along widely. Folks are saying to hell with the talking and "doing it!" http://www.indiegogo.com/LaCasaAzulBookstoreNYC

40K in 40 days campaign, La Casa Azul Bookstore from Lucha Libros on Vimeo.

Just came across this! Looks dope, people telling a story that needs to be heard!!