My brother Novel! Today March 26, 2015 marks one year since you left us and it is still hard to understand why God took you away from us so soon. But to everybody that knew him, we all know Novel is finally resting and watching over his precious daughters, his crew members and family.
I will always treasure all the memories we built with Novel at Landmark. Who else would open up their home and give birth to a place where Graffiti writers, performers and family could also call it home and throw down on the walls. As many of you know, he was the founder of the TCI CREW and of Landmark in South Central Los Angeles and since its beginning; we were always there to support. Novel opened his doors for many of us to have art shows, music performances and most importantly to have a good time and even provided a safe environment for our children as they played along with his own precious girls. Every time we came to any show he was hosting, you would see him grilling the carne asada and the hot dogs to feed the kids. With his cold Tecates or 40’s on hand still managing to take care of every Graffhead that was painting too! Novel was always multitasking making sure everybody was taken care of; Sur Central hospitality at its finest.
Smiling, joking around and having good times; Novel was genuine and humble as a friend. Even during the hard times, he was there with a helping hand. Many times I needed help; Novel never hesitated to have my back and be there for us! Many were the times he opened up his home to me to provide for my family and our Graffiti Family in need.
When I heard the devastating news of Novel passing away; my heart was broken but had to stand strong for Mary and his daughters. It was a sad moment for our Graffiti Community to accept that Novel was taken from us. Remembering Novel with tears in my eyes and trying to hold back this pain today. I want to send love and strength to all his crew members, his family and daughters and most importantly keep him alive forever.
We miss you Novel! We will meet again someday on the other side!
Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon