29 June 2012

WALT WHITMAN (on green)

my latest design for Griot Apparel! based off a painting i did years ago, this portrait is literally comprised of lyrics from his renowned poem, "Song of Myself" from Leaves of Grass. i've always enjoyed and valued walt whitman's work, and given his connection with both brooklyn and philadelphia, all the more reason to relay this story.


WALT WHITMAN (on green): walter whitman (1819 - 1892) was an american humanist and writer. he received schooling to the age of 11 and then went to work to support his family. whitman began as a legal clerk and continued his learning through apprenticeships, including as a printer’s devil. throughout his life, he was politically active and composed poems and essays in his free time. at various points he worked as a government clerk, a school teacher, and in journalism. whitman lost his position as editor of the brooklyn eagle because of a political dispute with the newspaper’s owner. he said it wasn’t until after years of chasing customary awards that he decided to become a poet.

25 June 2012

gyration @ toro lounge, tribeca

lotta good nightlife in nyc this time of year, but if you're looking for a spot to hit this saturday night in manhattan, check out this cool (and free) jam. the music will be good and i'll have a painting or two on display. a quickie, informal one-night-only gig. stop by on the early side and have a drink with me..

Toro Lounge at the Smyth Hotel in Tribeca (85 west b'way), featuring music by DJ Cloak Dagger and Joe Ballance with visual art by me, Joseph Doeffinger, Matt Enger, Janina Fischer, and Nestor Betancourt.



22 June 2012

Mural Arts Training Program Exhibition Photos

Thank you to everyone who came to the Mural Training Program Exhibition opening in Philly last Wednesday! Show will remain up through June 29th, so if you're in the area, stop by the Thomas Eakins House (1727-29 Mt Vernon St). Shoutout to our instructor Dave McShane and all the mural students who participated: Reut Asimini, Brian Baker, Julia Cocuzza, Marcine Franckowiak, Domenic Frunzi, Jean-Jacques Gabriel, Erica Harney, Erik Reinertsen, Lauren Rinaldi, David Staller, Polina Volfovich, and Emily White.

Visit the mural arts program blog for more info. And if you can't make it there in person, here are a few quick snapshots of the show..












21 June 2012

"you cannot throw me in the briar patch, bitch, that is where i live!"

(el-p "$4 vic")

studio grind has taken a hit between my philly mural trips and griot tee production, but here's another small, smokey cityscape i finally wrapped up last week..





and after extended confusion, heartache, and neglect, i think i've finally resolved this poor overpainted child. two city night skies. just need a full moon to anchor it. boom. goodnight..



12 June 2012

Thelonious on Green

thelonious monk, now available on green..


THELONIOUS MONK (on green): thelonious sphere monk (1917 – 1982) is considered a significant avant garde artist in music history. he played the piano and wrote pioneering compositions that redefined harmony in a deconstructionist mold. he was one of the creators of bop and an innovator of modern culture.

11 June 2012

Thelonious on Black, Fela on Green

two new shirts..


THELONIOUS MONK (on black): thelonious sphere monk (1917 – 1982) is considered a significant avant garde artist in music history. he played the piano and wrote pioneering compositions that redefined harmony in a deconstructionist mold. he was one of the creators of bop and an innovator of modern culture.


FELA KUTI (on green): fela kuti (1938-1997) released 77 albums, invented afro-beat, and stood up to the brutality of military and police force across africa. he was repeatedly targeted by the nigerian government for his dissent. but fela continued urging african humanism, and political awareness among all men. he called music a political weapon and wielded it to connect people across the world.