SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium- Nov 24-25th

What up? This will be my second time attending this show and my first time as a vendor. If you’re in the Bay Area come through to this event I’ll be there selling books, prints, and book accessories. 

Bay Area Black Authors mtg

If you identify as Black and /or African come thru. Join us for a talk and sharing of resources.


Photos: Me & my daughter by Kristen Murakoshi

These are some of the beautiful shots taken by photographer Kristen Murakoshi of my baby girl. Kristen is a dope artist currently taking sessions for families, babies, weddings, and special occasions. Please go check out her portfolio and sign up for her newsletter.


Inktober 2018 - Berta Cáceres

Berta Cáceres was an activist, mother, and daughter from Honduras. She was an activist because she looked out for the rights of indigenous people (The Lenca) in Honduras, the land that indigenous people were born to, the environment, and queer peoples. Berta was an organizer and co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations which protected indigenous folks and the land in Honduras against corporations who sought to dam it, mine it, and cut it down for profit. Along with many activists and regular people she fought the Honduran military, Chinese and US based corporations/govt involvement in building dams and destabilizing the Honduran government. She received many death threats, then she was assassinated in 2016 in her home even though she appealed for protection. Before she was killed she received an award called the Goldman Prize, a prestigious award for environmental justice. 

I draw her to keep her memory alive as so many other artists have. Salute to her and the activists from the Dakota Access Pipeline to Honduras fighting to protect indigenous peoples and the earth. After all the oil, water, trees, minerals, and land has been used up-will we be able to eat money?

Sources: Democracy Now, Guardian UK, Wikipedia


Inktober 2018 - Brown Berets

Founded in the 1960s, the Brown Berets are a community founded organization from California who organized around issues such as farmer workers rights with UFW, in solidarity w/ African Americans against police brutality, for access to education, retrieving stolen land, and to gain political power . Inspired by the Black Panther Party (Oakland) they formed a unit if mosty Mexican American high school and college students. They're part in the movement for Brown people's rights was in response to decades and hundreds of years of theft, murder, exploitation, and more by police, the US government, and by their local city officials who would of loved to sweep their righteous demands under the rug. The group still exists and were extremely powerful in organizing Brown people and for calling folks trying to deny their African and Indigenous blood (in order to look and be more white) to be proud of their heritage and identity. Their work moved beyond the voting ballot and they still work for the people today.

Sources: Chicano! Documentary, Wiki, Life, 


Podcast feature: Gimlet Media/ Lyft

This is awesome. This brother named Marcelis is a budding children's book author and drives Lyft in addition to working at a library (means we need living wages). I get a chance to offer him some advice for publishing his own children's books and theres a surprise towards the end of the episode.

Inktober 2018- Headphones


Photo: Tabling

This is a photo of me tabling and signing a book for a family at Hiero Day taken by author Kamaria Lofton.


Inktober 1 -2018 LEE Quiniones

For those who don't recognize this guy. This is the one and only "LEE" or Lee Quinoines from NYC, one of my favorite artists of all time, a pioneer in Graf styles, and the subject of the 80s film Wild Style. 
Who remembers Lee? Who has not heard of him? Comment below


Inktober 2018

So, anyone doing inktober this year? If you're not hip, its an art challenge to stretch out your ink (marker, brush, pen) skills and although there are art prompts officially you can do your own theme: political, women, activists, musicians, typography, etc. Here are some from last year. My focus was Latinxs/Hispanics/Raza/ Indigenous folks and some political issues. You can see my past drawings of POC, Characters, etc here http://investigateconversateillustrate.blogspot.com/search… AND if you want the official 2018 prompt go here: https://inktober.com/rules/


Bookplates 1-4

Check these out. Have you ever wanted to bring a cool custom gift to a baby shower? Or surprise your friend who is a teacher with a gift that not only supports literacy but champions children of color? Get them a book plate or several so they can reinforce positive reading habits as early as possible. 

You can purchase these individually or in packs of 10 and 30. 


New Picture Book - w/ Dani Gabriel & Penny Candy Books

Here's a quick update. More info coming soon. To stay updated please go and follow Penny Candy Books via their newsletter or social media. Really excited to be working with Dani Gabriel (Poet Laureatte) and Penny Candy again!


Trust Your Struggle - 15 years

Wow, can't believe 15 years has gone by since we started building and discussing what TYS would be. The Trust Your Struggle Collective was founded in the Bay Area (Pittsburg, SF, and Oakland) 15 years ago and still lives from LA to NYC. We are a group of artists, activists, educators, parents, workers, etc who created a crew on the principles of making dope art that speaks about some of the injustices we see.

That was the point and I believe we have done our very best to bring that energy for 15 years. We have painted canvases, paper, walls, black books, classrooms, cultural centers, schools, streets, galleries, banners, garages, restaurants, and our own hearts. We have traveled all over the United States and many places throughout the world and one thing that comes to mind no matter what we do are the people we've met along the way.

It is the grandmothers, aunties, and the homies from around the way who don't have a holiday in their name, a chapter in a book, or a street named after them. It is the folks who gave a dime when they barely had a nickel. It is the folks who stopped to tell us their story, or give encouragement and sometimes criticism. It is the countless friends and family who helped us with their time, money, resources, food, and shelter that make the art and the struggle meaningful. I think we all knew we were not reinventing the wheel with our work or subject matter. We were inspired by so many different artists and movements of the past.

But through all the great times, the bullshit, and the times when we just got by; it means something to bear witness to what everyday people are going through. It means something to be able to help share their narrative. We believe in basic human rights for all, peoples control over the wealth they create, thinking critically about what our oppressors feed us mentally, and being creative when you break it down.

Salute to all the artists out there fighting back with your poetry, movement, words, organizing, brushes, and hearts. Know that you are loved. None of us are perfect. I know you get tired. Keep fighting, we have to keep going so the next generation takes the torch. The oppressors know how powerful the people are collectively.

A new world is coming.....

-Rob / Tres (TYS Collective Est. 2003)


Alameda County Health Department- Illustration

I finished work on a few illustrations for Alameda County of Health Department and designer Randal Ann Homan (SF Neon). Here are a few (not all) pieces from the toolkit/report. LINK here. 


Amiri Baraka quote

The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.
— Amiri Baraka  (via westindians)


Chapter 510 Poet - Leila

This young lady is Oakland's new Poet Laureate. This is maybe the 8th or 9th time I've painted a portrait for Chapter 510 and the Oakland Public Library's anual poet laureate program. It's an honor to paint these rising and shining minds and an honor to be commissioned by Chapter 510.

You can read her work HERE

And if you are in the Bay you can catch her  performing tonight with some of the other Bay Area poets HERE


KTVU coverage of Hiero Day

Hiero Day was a blast , here's a quick video from KTVU. You can see me and some of my comrades around the 1:20 mark for the kids section.


Modern Mouse Alameda - Go visit!

Yo, wanted to give a shout out to this local independent store called Modern Mouse. If you're in the Alameda area you can get some of my bookmarks and bookplates (english & spanish) there. The store is a haven for locally made cards, posters, pins, earrings, shirts, books, and more. And the best part is that the majority of what I saw is made by a Bay Area native. I invite you to support small businesses like this one over the big box stores. 

Bookplate 4 - Bboy Student (Spanish)

Here is my fourth sticker bookplate. Bookplates are intended to mark who the owner of a book is; whether that be student, teacher, library, or school. This one is in spanish for all the bilingual and spanish speaking folks out there.

You can purchase through my site.

Bookplate 3 - Chess player (Spanish)

Here is my third sticker bookplate. Bookplates are intended to mark who the owner of a book is; whether that be student, teacher, library, or school. This one is in spanish for all the bilingual and spanish speaking folks out there.

You can purchase through my site.


Hiero Day! - Reading and selling books

Yo, the 7th annual Hiero Day fest is here and I will be up in there selling books in the kids section with:
Grace Carroll of Akira's Book Club
Kamaria Lofton "My City is Oakland"
Tiffany Golden "The Midnight Series"
Angela Dalton "If you look up to the sky"

Monday September 3rd from 11am -6pm

Oakland California 3rd st and MLK
There will be face painting, a jumpy house, hair cuts, and other goodies there at the festival so come through

For folks who don't know, Hiero Day was founded by Oakland's "Hieroglyphics Crew" which features Del the Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Domino, Pep Love, etc. And the line up this year features Hiero of course, Black thought, Saroc, Freddie Gibbs, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ruby Ibarra, Umar bin Hassan of the Last Poets, Richie Rich, Mike Relm, Astu, and more... from all over the world.

Tickets are super affordable so go cop them before the day of. HIERO SITE

Here are some photos of the authors:


Audio: East Bay Yesterday - East Bay Dragons

Please listen: Incredible reporting and editing by Liam over at East Bay Yesterday-and great strength by the members for opening up to talk about their lives, art, and discipline. The Dragons are about to be 60! I created this illustration a few years ago and i'm happy to learn more about their legacy. SHARE LINK