RIP NOVEL <3 TRIGZ FOREVER <3

GOING THRU ALL MY PICS…=(
I remember we all got together to raise money for our friend Novel, and Trigz helped out so much, didnt’ give a shit about the drama, he was just down, brought a big ass bag filled with arte and merchandise & random items hahaha. But he was so worried about Novel’s kids and it breaks my heart that shortly after he was taken away too; life is too short for nonsense. If anybody has the group picture we all took, please send it to me.

TRIGZ AT LANDMARK

Recap of Art = Fashion Freedom

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On August 20, 2016 Wardrobe Divas joined forces with two special foundations CancerMeNot and the Hub City Renaissance which took place at the infamous Art Share LA. located at 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles, Ca. The panchangon was  6:00pm to 11:00pm and I must say that we were excited to be part of the first Annual Gala for Wardrobe Divas. This was an exclusive night filled with fashion, beautiful ladies everywhere, live performances and awesome Arte. Be ready to be inspired by a group of strong Mujeres making it happen in the Fashion industry for us all! And as it is quoted by Wardrobe Divas ” Be your kind of Beautiful”

The event was hosted by radio personality Calipso Aranda from Radio on the Dash, along with the sounds of DJ Tony; they were able to keep the crowd going throughout the night. I got the chance to help set up the last details before the event begun, hung out at the Wardrobe Divas booth among other vendors and stunning models, forgot to pick myself a Q-Vo Tshirt! As the night progressed, and the public crowded the entrance to get a taste of Chicas Catering, con unos tacos to make you lick your fingers. Wardrobe Divas hosted an art space/fashion show/convenient shopping while eating tacos and drinking cold cervezas all wrapped up in one. What else could the public ask for, everywhere one turned, a stunning pinup girl or handsome well dressed vato posing for the media press excited to get dope shots. La gente and the artists all bonded under the same roof admiring this mixtures of genres! Big uos to Bomb The Magazine, DJ Gargamel, Roten SKA, Anuh, Oscar Sketch Navarro, Carlos Funes, Aguilar Photography and all the participants. A big shout out to Cindy from Cartwheel Art that made her presence with a tour group whose jaws dtopped while watching our hot models everywhere; that’s right this is Los Angeles baby!

The runway show consisted of the collaboration of Ceci Punch Designs, NiCoco Creations and Wardrobe Divas. Must admit that this was my first time working with a Fashion show team and aside to the “traditional norms” of fashions shows portrayed on media and the fashion industry. I must say that these types of fashion shows, were you have women from all different backgrounds and physical types and although they are beautiful; are essentially important in our communities.  It might not be appreciated and can be understated by those who feel as if a model should live up to certain size standards. It is important to not only appreciate the culture behind this runway show, but to also analyze the undergoing revolution against the fierce Fashion industry of skin boned models. As we saw stunning beautiful and talented models on the runway that night at Art Fashion Freedom; and although the designers did an amazing job with their clothing lines, these models were representing all Women, mothers, sisters, regular women in all shape sizes. And as the crowd cheered them on, without knowing it, they were also contributing to the mission of Wardrobe Divas and that is to “be your kind of beautiful” powerful words can be taken in from all different types of individuals; believe in what you got, and how beautiful you are, its okay to be different. I left that runway show with an immense respect for Elvira Zamora, yes we want to look cute and fashionable, but not just any woman can rock this type of lifestyle; you got to be a Chingona. The kind of Chingonas that use any form of creativity aside to a rich cultural background and use it to revolutionize our bodies, our fashions, curves and tattoos, oh no we do not just stop there. These women hold degrees, business owners, inspirational role models, and artists to our fellow community. And this was the sole purpose of the entire night, the iconic pinup style beauties are a strong presence, you know they are the ladies that turn heads in any room with their bold statement of beauty and sense of confidence. Much love and respect to all the ladies in the place at Art= Fashion Freedom. A much needed thank you to Lalo Alcaraz and all the UCI Student Volunteers; thanks you for your skills on our Fashion Runway set. To all the bands, artists and vendors; it would not have been a success without your support.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Please click on the links below for more information on the contributors, sponsors and Wardrobe Divas Social Media Networks:

http://www.cecipunch.com/blogs/news/art-fashion-freedom

https://www.facebook.com/WardrobeDivas?fref=ts

http://www.wardrobedivas.com/

http://realnova2.wixsite.com/cancermenot

http://www.hubcityrenaissance.com/

 

 

 

OG Radiotron’s 33rd. Anniversary

Official Press Release

Stage of The Arts Inc. & The Universal Hip Hop Museum Present Celebration of the 33rd Annual OG Radiotron, enlightening “Peace In The Streets” Los Angeles.
RADIOTRON was opened in 1983, as a safe haven for local Bboys, Graffitti artists, & Djs . Known as the 1st West Coast Hip Hop youth center. Featured on the film “Breakin'” and center for some of LA’s Hip Hop Legends.
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100 WEST COAST HIP-HOP ARTISTS & ACTS UNITE FOR “PEACE IN THE STREETS” .

FEATURING LEGENDS AS:
Disco Daddy and Captain Rapp (L.A.’s first official rap group),
Ronnie Hudson “Westcoast Poplock”,
Mellow Man Ace (First Spanish/English Rap Hit) ,
Chris “The Glove” Taylor,
DJ Arabian Prince,
Dj Ralph M,
Shabba-Doo,
Handyman,
Air Force Crew,
LA Breakers,
Lil Coco,
Jeckle,
Tempt One,
+++ many many more!!
Much Thanks to All Artists devoting time in honor Peace & Love.

http://culturela.org/grantees/stage-of-the-arts-inc/
33rd OG RADIOTRON is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.
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Saturday, AUG. 27TH
TIME: 4-9pm
PLACE : McArthur Park Levitt’s Pavillion
ENTRY: FREE~!

This Family Friendly event is an invitation to all.
We ask that you join us in activation for justice and peace in our communities.

Honoring the OG’s of street poetry and those who have guided our inspiration to express ourselves through dance, mobilization, & craft.

We gather in the Spirit of Hip Hop in Unity to bring forth our pledge of healing through Art as our catalyst.

—–Give thanks to all who join in our efforts—–
http://www.stageofthearts.info/ &
Universal Hip Hop Museum
https://www.facebook.com/uhhmuseum/ &

We salute those who commit themselves to brightening a better world and we invite those to come in proclaimation of building a better future for our youth.
http://www.stageofthearts.info/Radiotron_2016.html

OG RADIOTRON

 

 

Sneak Peek of Petal’s Limited Edition

Here is a sneak Peek of Los Angeles Original Petal’s new line of custom made clutch purses which will be available at the 33rd Annual OG Radiotron, this Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 4:00pm to 9pm. Free Entry & All Ages at McArthur Park Levitt’s Pavillion. 

PETAL CLUTCH PURSES‪#‎process‬‪#‎honeycomb‬ ‪#‎clutchpurse‬ ‪#‎killerbee‬ ‪#‎swarm‬ ‪#‎print‬ ‪#‎wip‬ ‪#‎signature‬ ‪#‎design‬‪#‎Petal‬ ‪#‎Petaloka‬ ‪#‎LA‬ ‪#‎graffiti‬ ‪#‎art‬ ‪#‎fashion‬ ‪#‎handmade‬ ‪#‎fabric‬ ‪#‎cutnsew‬‪#‎oneoff‬ ‪#‎limitededition‬ ‪#‎madeinLA‬.

El Velorio Coming Soon!

ANTONIO PELAYO presents El Velorio a Day of the Dead event at legendary Plaza de la Raza on Saturday November 5, 2016. Located at 3540 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031. 21 & over Event. 7:00 pm-1:00 am. This is another great cultural event and this year it will be a Mariachi theme! Hosted by Alysha Del Valle featuring Metalachi, Casa de Calacas, Alien Dance Band, DJ Gazo and many more.

Antonio Pelayo will curate the a massive art exhibit in the Boathouse, with a Mariachi theme which I cannot wait to see over 100 artists perspective on Dia De Los Muertos, Calacas and Mariachi!

To purchase tickets click on the link below:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/el-velorio-a-day-of-the-dead-event-21-over-with-valid-id-tickets-25149361417

 

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Recap of Tatuaje 2016!

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On Saturday, July 30, 2016 Antonio Pelayo Productions really set the bar high in entertainment for Los Angeles. Celebrating his 2nd. Annual Tatuaje , there is no better way to say this to you but Lincoln Heights was on fire! If you missed Tatuaje let me take you there and enjoy the way us Angelinos like to celebrate our culture, tattoos, good music and Arte. This reventon took place at legendary Plaza de la Raza and we all know half of the proceeds fund programs for the Lincoln Heights community. Great cause to help our younger generation and to have it done so with style and Tatuajes and to be hosted by Patricia Lopez, Danny Trejo and Emcee Anthony Fernandez, what a night to remember!

First of, I would like to thank Antonio for always welcoming me with open arms to his fantastic events, Natily I love you too your community will always come out and support your hard work. So the night started by picking up my hot Birthday girl Pesky Oner, amazingly talented artist and friend. As we got to the venue which for once got there right when it started to have a better chance of taking photos of the art gallery which was curated by the legend himself; Freddy Negrete. As we walked to Plaza de la Raza we were welcomed by my dear friend Eriberto Oriol; an accomplished photographer whose iconic images are recognized worldwide. Along with the Bombitas, custom bikes and other low riders brought to by Bomb Magazine, one can say that the party was getting started there. The energy walking thru the venue was surreal; so many stunningly beautiful people everywhere we turned; I felt right at home.

The Sullen Angels were everywhere that night and as this new movement of tattoo culture acceptance by society has broken many stereotypes and critical judgment on appearance and one of the areas that has changed a lot is for modeling and women. It used to be such a taboo for a woman to be considered a model covered in tattoos and now we have embraced those differences in body shape norms and body appearance by admiring these women as beautiful as they are; tattoos or not, you ladies rock! There was just so much to do, from the Live tattoo competition, awesome gallery art exhibit, catching to take pictures with all the celebrities that were walking all over Tatuaje but where the party really was at the Main stage with our homeboy DJ Gargamel spinning for us throughout the night. I have never witnessed the public get upset every time they made him stop playing! Ah the sight to see, we love you Gargamel; you really brought the best Cumbias, old school funk and boy did my feet hurt by the end of the night. Hot sexy Lizette from Sullen Angels, pinche loko Joe Formula, and you know the presence of the SKAsters was there. As Roten, Phowl, Payback, Big Flaks, and other members came out all the way from San Diego. Always great to see familiar faces supporting the same people I do too. Thanks Payback for dancing the old funky beats with me! Yes, no shame in my game as I got caought slipping a few times on the dance floor with Og Overgold, thanks Nick for keeping up to La Sonora Dinamita.

It was a gathering of talented professionals in the Tattoo industry, artists, friends and community supporters so at no point did I feel out of my element, the vibes at Tatuaje were on that “ Puro Pari” tip. As the night progressed and the crowd was getting loose to the shots of Jimador and Jack Daniels, Johnny Ortiz, Mike Flores, Danny Trejo and all actors lokotes made their rounds around the event cheering on the crowds and the backstage lounge room was the place to be, as you got to hang out with all these talented musicians, artists and models and get to learn more about their upcoming projects. The bands performed in front of a public that was 100% down on the dance floor, as Corey Miller’s Powerflx5, LP3 & The Tragedy, The Blackouts and Gabba Gabba Heys ripped the stage all night. As I mentioned it before, it was a surreal experience but it got real when the one and only Efren Ramirez comes on stage and gets down on the harmonica. He spoke to us about his humbling beginnings in his very own stomping grounds of Lincoln Heights and as you might have guessed it, yes he said it, “Vote For Pedro”!

Tatuaje also held their very first Pachuca contest and it was a hit, as Wardrobe Divas finalized the touch of style with their very own inspired Pachuca/o Fashion Shows presented the Men’s look by El Pachuco Zoot Suit, flowers by Cute by Bupi and hosted by Leslye Rox. Great job Elvira, you are one Xingona Mujer. Congrats to reservoir Tattoo Studio for winning the Tattoo Competition and to Freddy Negrete and Antonio for receiving awards and recognitions from the Museo Casa Leon Trotsky in Mexico City and La Casa del Tatuaje. See, you have to really analyze and appreciate what is going on here with every event Antonio Pelayo produces, to understand that yes, these are events that will give you the ultimate experience and have a great time. But what he really is saying, is that us as a Raza, as a Cultura, we are a community founding our own Galas, our own cultural events and the support and response is as astounding as the hard work Antonio and his entire family and team sacrifices for us all. With that being said, I just want to give a big shout out with all my love and respect to Antonio Pelayo, his family, Natily Gonzalez, Elvira from Wardrobe Divas, Lea Monique, Edwin from Cold Fire Co. My boy DJ. Gargamel, Eriberto Oriol, Anuh and Yasmin Ferrada, photographer Jenny Jen, Drew, Monalisa, Isaac Pelayo, OG Overgold, the SKA Crew and of course my amiga Pesky Oner . Thank you for reminding me once again how very lucky we are to be part of this exclusive Artistic Raza Unida Community! Till next year and remember; keep creating, keep showing your support and most importantly; Be Proud to be from Los Angeles.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

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Coming Soon “All In” Group Photography Show”

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On August 27, 2016, Cold Fire Art Co. & Bob Flowers presents “ALL IN” Group Photography Show with Shooters from the East Coast to West Coast. Located at 5702 E. Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, Califas, 90022. This is an All Ages event and it will run from 8:00pm-12:00am. Brought to you by the same team team that brought us the famous Record Cover Art Show Tour! So you know this is a show you do not want to miss.

As we know photographers are not only artists but they are the ones that walk the streets, and capture the true essence of what is really happening out there. There is no set up on the beauty they capture and the line up of photographers will us just that.

Stay tune for more details, as this event develops to its final product; please follow them on Instagram to keep posted with the line up of photographers.

Follow: @COLDFIRE53  @BOB_FLOWERS

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon 

COLD FIRE FLYER MONICA SMILES TOBON

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UTI Crew 30th Year Anniversary Celebration!

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Get ready Los Angeles! On August 13, 2016 UTI Crew presents a memorable night for all Graffiti heads and Graffiti supporters at the Undercurrent Arts Collective, located at 417 E. 15th Street, Los Angeles 90051. 5:00pm to 1:00am. 18+over. This is a FREE event and free parking. cash bar and food vendors.

The event will feature a 4,000 square feet Art Gallery by various UTI members and outdoor live painting. Live performances by Mellow Man Ace, Jizzm High Definition and Spoon of Iodine, Kosmic Four and Just One Reason. And you know they will be spinning for all you ladies to get on the dance floor with DJ Snap, DJ Trix, DJ Luman and many more. 

As we all know, Los Angeles Graffiti History would not be complete without the contribution of the UTI Crew. Their diverse crew members have excelled not only in Graffiti Art but also as muralist, fine artists, history makers, activists, community builders, musicians and teachers. What best way to celebrate their 30th Year Anniversary than to come together and join this legendary crew and take it back to 1986!

For more information please click on the link below and check out any updates, dope pics and posts from the “UTI Crew 30th. Year Anniversary Celebration” Official Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/305065703177681/

Follow the uti crew social medias:

Instagram: @uticrew

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/uti.crew.50?fref=ts

 

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Antonio Pelayo presents Tatuaje 2016 !

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Tatuaje 2016 is coming to you this Saturday July 30, 2016 at legendary Plaza de la Raza located at 3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 9003. 7:00pm- 1:00am. This is a 21 & over event so get ready to party all night and dance to the tunes of DJ Gargamel and many others. This year will be hosted by Danny Trejo and Patricia Lopez, Emcee by Antonio Fernandez. You will also enjoy an amazing Fashion Show by Wardrobe Divas and art exhibition curated by Freddy Negrete! Last year I was able to attend Tatuaje and it was a blast from beginning to end so you do not want to miss out on another dope event from Antonio Pelayo Productions. 

To purchase tickets please click on the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tatuaje-a-tattoo-event-21-tickets-24759486290

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Antonio Pelayo presents TATUAJE 2016 2nd Annual Tattoo Culture Tribute Soiree Unites 100+ Tattoo Artists, Latin Celebrities, Painters and Musicians to Raise Money For the Arts.

The 2nd annual Tatuaje festival celebrating the distinct tattoo culture of Los Angeles will return Saturday, July 30 at Plaza de la Raza, a kids arts education non­profit that will be benefitting from proceeds from the event. Hosts Danny Trejo (Machette) and Patricia Lopez (Mex 2 the Max), and emcee Anthony Fernandez will guide partygoers through the night, featuring over 100 top tattoo artists, live painting, a live tattoo competition, an art exhibit by curator Freddy Negrete, music by DJ Gargamel & DJ ChrisRox, band performances by LP3 & The Tragedy, Corey Miller’s Powerflex5, The BlackOuts and Gabbas, and a fashion show by Wardrobe Divas.

Tatuaje 2016 is the secod production of the event by Antonio Pelayo, who will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Plaza de la Raza, a non­profit that provides after­school arts education and mentorship programs to children on the eastside of Los Angeles. “The main reason I produce Tatuaje and events like this is so I can raise funds for organizations that teach kids art,” Pelayo says. “Drawing was how I dealt with things growing up, but I had to learn how to do it on my own. What I love about Plaza de la Raza is that these skills and techniques are taught by artists who make a living from their work—who have mastered their craft. That kind of mentorship can’t be taken for granted.” The tattoo is one of the oldest art forms in the world, with the ink on skin phenomenon present in nearly every major civilization throughout history. Tatuaje 2016 is a tribute to the unique tattoo culture of Los Angeles, and its multi­heritage melting­pot. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 7pm to 1am at the Plaza de la Raza headquarters, located at 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.tatuaje2016.eventbrite.com.

 

27 Junkies Present Studio 60 Grand Opening Warehouse Party!

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This Saturday July 16, 2016 World Famous 27 Junkies presents the grand opening of Studio 60 which is located at 1819 Belcroft Avenue, South El Monte, California 91733. 1:00pm to 7:00pm. This is an All Ages, Free Event and will be hosted by our homey Burstrock and DJ Caveman; so you know this is going to be a dope event! Aside to the live BBoy/BGirl Performances there will also be a Car Show, Lowrider, Old School and Original Cars competition.

Come out and support your community.

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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