You can see some more of my illustration here with this collage
Feb 28, 2012
Octavia Butler 4 EAOC(Black Herstory)
Etsy Artists of Color Read the piece I wrote about how I came to know and love Ms. Butler.
Feb 21, 2012
Positive Wall Affirmation- "Play" (hand crafted)
Having more fun with power tools, decided to cut up this old frame and play around a bit, hence the name "play". More power tool messing about coming soon. Heres the link to the store
Feb 19, 2012
Small feature on "Aztlan Reads"
Corky Gonzales, who? Oh, its related to UFW? Oh yeah, No Grapes! After she explained it, she told me, if you want to write it for a girl use "A". If for a guy use "O", but if you really want to be cool (I did, I so did) write it starting with an X and ending with the @ symbol. This is in the mid 90's yall, no one was using the @ symbol. When I was still struggling to accept all of my heritage, she invited me to participate in a Xicano graduation ceremony at my school. I was nervous as hell because I wasn't sure if I fit in at all, but i still have the plaque. Thank you Ms Luna, where ever you are.
Case in point, if I didn't have someone to expose me to cultural ideas like that I would'nt have had the courage to say I want to know more, or this IS who I am. Check out AZTLAN READS when you get a chance. There is a wealth of information here with links to books, authors, and artists I've always loved and people who I've never heard of. Its a new blog, so please spread the word and contribute, they need love so knowledge can over come bullshit and racism.
Folks, this is one step higher on the staircase of storytelling for me. Some of the stories from my series are grammatically incorrect, without a shadow, an extra brush stroke, etc. But, the point is that they are experiments and a practice of letting go. Not over thinking whether they are "finished" but rather sharing them with people, lots of them.
So anyways, check them out and support.See? twitter is worth something! I found Aztlan Reads there. Big thanks to David Cid and Art Meza. Check out the Antonia I. Castaneda prize for writing Flight to Freedom-A story about Central Americans refugees in California, and their list of documentaries is ridiculous, who wants to watch some?
Feb 14, 2012
Løb Stop Stå , Simili Life, and Unpatience . You can hear it if you listen carfeully. Big ups to the Quadron crew! This is number 18 in a series of Jazz Typography. From old school musicians, to new ones that music lovers need to hear.
Feb 10, 2012
Fresh Juice in the Bronx-Styles P
Besides a lot of "you know what it is" and other slang words from NY this is pretty #$%^& dope. A rapper putting his name on something "healthy" for you, his community, etc. Too many cats be trying to put their name on liquor or power drinks.And its a real shop off the Castle Hill stop on the 6 train, check out the article in Black Enterprise. Might have to visit the next time I'm in NYC.
Feb 8, 2012
New Mural in SF "Tuloy Po Kayo"
Tuloy Po Kayo from Pueblo Nuevo Gallery on Vimeo.I had the pleasure of adding a few brush lines on this one. Cece Carpio and Miguel Perez were the quarter backs, I am super proud of my sister, comrade, crew mate Cece because she was the one who ultimately oversaw the production of this HUGE wall. Give thanks to Miguel on the beautiful job shooting and editing the video, while painting some dope #$@%.
Feb 7, 2012
Short Story 11-Furqan's 1st Flat Top
Seoul-ful pt. 3-Blast from the past (Mixtape)
As many of you know I love music, but you have no idea how obsessed I was with buying, listening to, mixing, scratching, organizing, and playing records I was. Now, must of it is done digitally. But this is a mixtape I made more than ten years ago (Can't find the original art/design). I still like it and a friend asked me to share it recently; so I thought why not share it with you. I didnt have a four track recorder at the time, just 2 1200 Technics Turntables, a Vestax 05 Pro, my amplifier, and a CD Recorder/burner. I was and still am a great admirer and appreciator of music. Enjoy. PS: Soundcloud cut out one of the tracks from the mix which included a dreamy Astrud Gilberto song, if you want me to send you the entire mix, just comment with your email.
Feb 4, 2012
Precious Knowledge (Video) Ethnic Studies
Yo! Just received this link Teacher Activist Group from some sisters out in Philly who put me up on a twitter campaign to fight for Ethnic Studies, specifically in response to Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies/ Ethnic Studies, but generally for schools across the US. If you wish to get involved and you are on twitter, type in this hashtag #WishILearnedinHS and write something. If you are not on twitter and would like to get involved please visit FAAN(Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!).
Check out this documentary in the making
Check out this documentary in the making
Precious Knowledge Trailer from Ari Palos on Vimeo.
Jazz Portraits 19 -Celia Cruz (Vocals)
I'm still learning when it comes to Latin Jazz, and I wont argue about whether Celia is Salsa, Latin Jazz, genre's etc. Im putting her into my series because I love "Bemba Colora" (yes this version, specifically) , Mango Mangue, y Caramelo. This is an illustration of her infectious smile in older age, but look her up when she was a young lady too.She was definitely fly!
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