Last week I received this really cool email, which I was given permission to share. I'm really fortunate to do what I do for a living and I like to share whenever possible. Instagram and Facebook are awesome tools to connect with people, but sometimes you lose track of how you're being perceived and how you influence others. This email below made my day!
Fandango recently bought the youtube channel Movieclips and has been creating new content which is generating a lot of interest. One of their newest series is TAG, where they film time lapse videos of artist painting murals of whatever movie that's being promoted at the time. I was honored to be the first artist to launch the series and totally lucked out by getting to do Furious 7. A huge shout out to my boy Tracy Tubera for referring me for the gig and to David Gonzalez for bringing me on board.
I met with the awesome crew at the Fandango Offices in Santa Monica. We discussed the project in detail and went over specs of the filming on location at Universal City Walk.
After the legistics were all worked out I hit the drawing board! I handed in a rough sketch of my concept for the mural, than we went back and forth a couple of times before we had something everyone was happy with.
Once the sketch was approved the crew scheduled a walk through of the filming location. I got to see where I was going to spend my day painting, Universal Studio City Walk baby! I was pumped!
I was able to inspect the wall the day before the shoot, which was being stored at HD Films In North Hollywood. I projected my sketch on to the wall and did a light trace so I could have a guide for the live painting, since I would only have about 6 hours to knock it out.
Here is the final Furious 7 TAG video, clocking in at 163,830 views! Furious 7 rocked the box office and the Fandango crew rocked this production! It was so much fun to work with a young professional energetic crew, everything went smoothly!
Here's a still of the final piece, which now hangs in the Fandango office in Santa Monica. I'm psyched for the future of this series and for all artist that will be coming on board.
Well, 2014 turned out to be a pretty busy year! so busy that this post is several months late now, let's play catch up! Early last year Kidrobot asked me to be a part of their annual Dunny series, which is always an honor!
Aside from being one of the artist in the Art of War series, I was also asked to design the packaging for it. They asked for the Dunny to be the primary focus of course, and to add their logos, I had total free range on everything else! It's always dope when a company just asks you to do your thing, much respects KR!
The series showcased a variety of artist featuring - Colus, Devious, Frank Kozik, ilovedust, Igor Ventura, Kano, Luihz Unreal, Huck Gee, DrilOne, Sergio Mancini, Patricio Oliver, JPK, Sam Fout and Shok1
Just when I thought my part was over with, Kidrobot called me up and offered to fly me out to Boulder, CO to do a signing at their flagship store for the release of the series. You know your boy likes the rock star treatment so of course I was with it!
They put me up in a super fancy Hotel in downtown Boulder called the St Julien Hotel & Spa, it was pretty baller so I made myself at home! I work hard for mine, so these perks are always appreciated.
I was in town for a couple of days, so I checked out some spots, my favorite place to eat at was the Dushanbe Tea House. I had the hummus, followed by Persian chickpea Kufteh. It was slammin!
Before the launch event I met up with the KR crew at the Kidrobot headquarters, it's always dope to see the creative folks that pull it all together, KR has always been one of my favorite brands.
After the Meet & greet with the KR crew I head down to the store to check things out. I finally get to hold my dunny design in my hand, last time I saw this little guy he was a flat vector image, now look at him... all 3-dimensional and what not, lol. Here's some pics from the event!
The event was a big success and I had fun talking and signing stuff for fans, looking forward to future projects with Kidrobot.
I finally had the chance to throw down on a solo show at one of my favorite spots in NYC, myplasticheart store and gallery. The show was titled "Lost & Found" inspired by my recent experimentation with found objects. Gallery shows are always a tricky thing for me and it's super hard to predict how anyone will receive the body of work. I made sure to remember one of my favorite Andy Warhol quotes during the shows production "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While They are deciding, make even more art."
While the show was being set up on the inside, I was hitting up the outside. The kaNO storefront will run for a full year.
DJ Chela always kills it, This is my second time using her for a show and she never disappoints. She totally gets the art and the tone I'm trying to set for the evening.
The show looked great set up and I was happy to see how certain things popped off of the gallery wall. I shipped the artwork from CA to NY in several installments, so this was my first time seeing everything together. The show was all set up and we where ready to rock!
Once again, A big thank you to everyone who made it out to the show, it's always awesome when I get to show work in my hometown. Almost all of the art work sold, but the remaining of the pieces along with the rest of the show can be viewed online HERE.
February 7th marked the anniversary of the passing of legendary Hip-Hop producer J-Dilla. His life is celebrated internationally on this day throughout the Hip-Hop community. I was asked to design a T-shirt for Dilla day in Hawaii by the Lightsleepers crew. J-Dilla is responsible for so many of my favorite tracks in Hip-Hop, so I was super excited to jump into this tribute piece.
All I needed was some reference and some Dilla beats to dictate the direction and mood.
Once the line started taking form, I simply had to guide it. As a character designer who always has to stay within a said style, there is no greater pleasure then when I get free range to design something in my own style, without restriction of an animation production pipeline.
Once I was happy with the design, I brought the image into Adobe Illustrator, vectorized it and did the color separations for the 3 color silk screen. The color scheme was inspired by those classic Rawkus records T-shirts that I wish I held on to.
Emailed the file to the homies in Hawaii, and VIOLA! the shirts came out super fresh!!!
The shirts where packaged with a "Donuts Are Forever" record tote bag and Free stickers. A portion of the proceeds went to the J-Dilla Foundation to help fight against Lupus. A huge shout out to Truest, sneaker and street wear boutique for holding down the event.
Thank you to all the Dilla fans and to TRUEST for supported the release, I wish I could of been in town for it, but there's always next year, Mahalos!!!
Last but not least, we head over to Barcelona, Spain! where we close off the Bodega artist series with Pez! Pez's trademark "Happy Style" was established in 1999 and has been making it's way around the map ever since. The Pez (which means fish in spanish) has grown, multiplied, morphed and duplicated throughout the years, but the message of happiness remains the same.
As we close of the series, I'd like to thank all the vendors and fans that supported the rerelease of my Bodega figure and all the artist that made the series possible! The Pez bodega is available through DKE TOYS. For more Pez action, follow him on instagram @pezbarcelona