Heres a portrait I painted of Oakland's Poet Laurete 2014 Sophie Elkin. It is the fifth portrait of an Oakland youth poet that I've created for 510 Journal, a project created for Chapter 510 to exhibit and show young peoples creative writing all over Oakland. If you're in the Bay Area tomorrow, you can listen to her reading some of her work at Pegasus Books (5560 College Ave in Oakland) on Wednesday, February 25 7:30-9pm
This is a send off for my brother Pele and a benefit for some great work he's been doing out in the Philippines and here in the Bay with a coalition of volunteers in the arts, education, and organizing. The party is to send my boy off with love and to raise funds so come through and get one of these limited editions posters I illustrated for the organization.
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Hey all, here is an interview I did with illustrator Raul the Third for The Latin@s in Kid Lit blog. Go listen to the interview or read the transcription. The interview is about his process for creating the illustrated book "Lowriders in Space", a wonderful book that i recommend to parents and kids.
My crew got down on this wall along with some very talented artists from Palestine to LA, mentors, graff, and street artists. Check out the video and the work the folks in it are doing. Me and my lady went to the opening of this mural and got to learn more about the struggle Palestinian peoples are dealing with.
This past weekend the ILL group Las Cafeteras from East Los came up to the Bay (San Francisco/Oakland) to do some shows on their west coast tour. But they didnt just come through and rock an amazing show, they invited community organizers and artists to bless the spaces where they threw down. That mean local giants Mass Bass, Culture Strike, La Pelanga Djs, Causa Justa, Black Lives Matter, and my crew got to dance and come together to build bridges. Hence the flyer for the Oakland and SF show. It was a great night with high caliber art from visual artists and the musicians. Check out the shots from my crew (Yoshi, Cece, and Bounce of The Trust Your Struggle Collective), my piece is the one of the kids (you know!). Some photos by La Chucha, Mass Bass, and myself.