Happy Birthday Mr. Trigz!

Happy Birthday to Mr. TRIGZ from all of us here on the West Coast. As many say that a True Legend Never Dies; not a day goes by without us seeing your face, learning more about you and appreciating the legacy you left behind. Placasos of you are all over the streets and memories of you are vivid to your family and loved ones. We will forever keep you alive! It really breaks my heart that you had to leave your True Soulmate and family on Earth too soon but I know you are looking down on them proud on how strong they live every moment without you. I can only speak from my heart today and we must not be sadden at all. Although tears are falling down from your love Honey, your children, your crew members and the entire world as we celebrate your birthday today, just know that so many people love and respect you Trigz, so much that you can Rest In Peace for Eternity. You can count on all of us to keep your family loved and protected, your name up and never disrespected.

Today I humble myself and wish you all strength, happiness and love! To all his loved ones, his soul mate Honey, your babygirl Vida and all Trigz’s close friends that will be celebrating his birth tonight, celebrate as if he was with you all, drink up & get up with Trigz tonight….
Much love and respect and a big thank you to Honey, Shana and all the contributors for this photo memories of Mr. Trigz

Monica Smiles Tobon



Vivan Las Mujeres Festival @ MOLAA!

I love this time of the Year! As we welcome the month of March; we celebrate Women’s Appreciation Month. Great opportunity to teach our young generations about respect, support and admiration to our creative and successful Mujeres that are using their creativity to empower not only themselves but also the public.

This March 15, 2015 1:00pm-5:00pm at the Museum of LAtin American Art located at 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone 562.437.1689. This is a Free Admissions Festival!

See you all there.
Viva Las Mujeres

Explore the theme of empowerment through the arts with performances, art workshops, and activities for the whole family! Female artists of all ages are encouraged to participate in a virtual display of art to be featured during the festival. Community organizations are invited to share information on their programs and resources at a resource fair for underserved community members, women, and youth.

Call For Women Artists for this awesome event:

Call for Female Artists

Female artists working in any fine art medium are invited to submit digital images of work depicting the theme of empowerment. The images will be projected during MOLAA’s ¡Vivan las mujeres! Festival on March 15, 2015.

Theme: Artworks, in some way, should depict the concept of empowerment.

Eligibility: Girls or women working in any fine art medium are invited to submit digital images of work inspired by the theme. Still images of performance or video works are acceptable. Work must be original. Reproductions or copies of another artist’s work will not qualify. The Education Department reserves the right to reject entries.

To apply, submit a Virtual Display Entry Form to education@molaa.org Deadline: February 22, 2015.




Coming Soon! Exclusive Sitdown with Photographer Wendy Random Chavez.

Los Angeles is such a beautiful canvas in which you can make any dream come true, any ambition, it is so diverse and rich in cultures that so many realities and stories are untold underneath the historical Downtown skyline but we are so lucky to have photographers who are willing to walk the streets and shoot the nostalgic reality of our cities. To bring to the comfort of our desktops, books and newsstands the world we live in. Therefore, I  am so excited for the exclusive sit down I have been working on for months with this talented and humble friend. She is a young Los Angeles Based Lens Queen that is on the rise; Ms. Wendy Random Chavez who is born and raised in the SGV, El Monte California.

Her work can be described as a poetic encounter with the true essence of the streets and genuine interest in the people she shoots. There is a story waiting to be told in every shot, in every event she’s been present at and I am looking forward on sharing  all those stories with you  soon.  We will be exploring her life, her works and projects she has been involved in as well as briefing in further detail some of her iconic pictures with legendary and extraordinary people.

This is going to be a show down so stay tuned as we go down the journey of a little girl who loved to take photos with a 35mm disposable cameras to a young woman shooting professionally nationwide as well as Mexico and other countries.

Here is a little sneak peek of some of Wendy Random Chavez ‘s works!

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

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