Mask-Art Show & Masquerade Ball Event!

Pinchi Michi Art & Dulce Steins presents the “Mask” An Unveiling of Identities – Art Show & Masquerade Ball” on Saturday, July 11, 2-15 at legendary KGB Studio which is located at 1640 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. The event will kick off at 6pm to 2am. It is an ALL AGES event but keep in mind the late Full Bar.

I am really excited to be a part of this night and cover for this upcoming event; as you all know I love my city and always looking forward on showing you the diverse and exquisite Art scene we live in. The Mask Art Show & Masquerade Ball will be showcasing art from over 70 local and international artists, vendors and visual art performers. The list of artists that are part of this night is very exclusive and I am so honor to be able to walk among such legendary creative individuals.

Take a look at the line up and purchase your tickets ASAP before they sell out!

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

You can get more information at their Facebook Page and also for ticket information just click on the link below:!/events/496923763792842/

Online $5 Tickets

Day Of Event- $10.00 (at the door)





Recap of Dark Nights @ L.A. Live

If you missed L. A. Live last friday, here is a little recap of what went down in our beautiful city of Angels. Because as you know; our lives are lived in the most spontaneous and extravagant way! Los Angelinos West Coastin’. Frida, Pryer, Evol, Wendy Randon Chavez, Vyal One and Mr. Blackbrain were the highlights of our crazy night. (for those of you that were there; you know what I mean). I had a very special date as Frida and Pryer and myself came out to enjoy a family art night with our friends; especially to support Evol TSL, the 7th. Letter and for the first time to meet Mr. Blackbrain, an artist I had previously mentioned on this site with his awesome art and prints for sale at Haven Studios.

As we drive to Downtown Los Angeles, we can already hear the “Ghetto Birds” (LAPD helicopter) on a high-speed chace. The sounds of sirens and fast driven LAPD cops was just the way to enter the night with a Krylon on his hand and a bottle of Rose Moscatto on mine. Lil Frida came with her B-Girl jacket to bust some moves on the dance floor too! To my surprise, the event expanded three times its size from the last time we attended when my girls Petal & Blosm were live muralist. Therefore, there was more art, live artists and vendors. I was a bit disappointed on the DJ music since they were different areas for music. They did have a few dance crews performing on the floor and as you know our little Frida just had to show her moves to the entire event. She was a bit shy at first until a lady from the audience gave her a $20 bill, then Frida wowed the crowd  as they all cheered on for her. We Love you Frida! As the night progressed, my dear friend and talented photographer Wendy Random Chavez and we got to sip on some wine and take photos of the night. Thank you for coming thru friend.

It was good to catch up with new upcoming artists as well as supporting those that are always relevant to the Art movement here in our city of Angels. And as I had mentioned before, one of the main reasons I needed to attend this art night was to finally meet Ariel Vergez aka. Mr. Blackbrain. and I must say he is a very talented but most importantly humble person and that is key in this movement. To be humble, eager to learn and not think you got it all figured out because that is how an artist becomes greater with time. Thank you for my awesome Malcolm X from your upcoming Malcolm X-Men series prints. I will cherish it forever. Really looking forward on working with you in the near future.

A special shout out to the Container Yard for their Los Angeles installation.

Please enjoy this cute video clip from our Lil Frida shocking the crowd with her freestyle moves!



Much Love and Respect;

Monica Smiles Tobon



Dark Nights is back! See you @ L.A. Live this Friday

The L.A Live Downtown Dark Nights is back and right on time for this Summer 2015. Our friend Evol TSL, The Seventh Letter will be one of the Live muralist for this event so you know we will all be there to support him as well as shake our money makers on the dance floor too. Other muralist that will be painting live is Germs, MDMN, Phobik. SART, Septerhed, Michael Pukac, Vyal One and many more. Also, live easel artists; Nicholas Bonamy, Bert Hewener-Esenherz, Dan Gonzales Milnor, and over 10 featured members of RAW Artists.

The last time we were there, we got to hand out and watch some pretty dope muralist and Graffiti Artists such as Petal, Blosm, Mear, Man One, Sand One among other artists. Music was also great so I am really looking forward to this Friday, June 12, 2015.

Support our local Artists & See you all on the dance floor!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon



For more information just click on the link below:



Ariel Vergez-Mr.Blackbrain Exclusive @ Haven Studios & Gallery

It is always an honor to learn about new artists! Especially when the artist is genuinely passionate about what they present to the world; using Art as a tool to educate the masses is of such great importance to me as an art lover and writer; it is an inspiration. With all that being said, Haven Studios & Gallery which is a Los Angeles based closed silkscreen and artist space studio is working along with Ariel Vergez- Mr. Blackbrain, an upcoming artist of Dominican decent, Miami raised. I want you to just take a few moments and take in the name he uses;  it is a bold statement which quickly lets you know what his Art represents as well as his persona. He is an extremely talented artist who is bringing not only vivid graphics and comics to enjoy but also a large dose of knowledge, consciousness and history all wrapped up in one. I am really looking forward on meeting him and digging more into his mind about the characters he has chosen for this new installments called “Dreamers” which consists of political figures and heroes. What a political yet artistic way to portray our fallen heroes.  You can learn more about his latest installment series of “Dreamers; Malcom XMen” on the press release images below.

Mr. Blackbrain along with Haven Studios & Galleries will be a part of the L.A. Live Show in our beautiful city of Angels this Friday, June 12, 2015. Come thru and support his art! See you all there.

You can find out more about his works as well as purchasing original limited prints exclusively at Haven Studios which is located at 1640 North Spring St. Suite D. Los Angeles, California 90012.213- 536-5102.

Just Click on the link below to be directed to their Official Website:

Instagram @havenstudiola

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon





MONICA SMILES TOBON MR. BLACKBRAINBLACK BRAIN is a pop-noir artist disrupting beauty and thought. He whips ink like Dexter does blood. His gifted, art psyche develops stories that bring color to the mundane, dialogue to the mute and personality to the dull. His work is a voice for the transitional generation.

Dominican born Ariel Vergez, the mind of BlackBrain, was raised in Miami, Florida. Inspired by the heroes of his youth including Dali & DaVinci he pursued art at a young age. BLACK BRAIN’s apprenticeship commenced at the Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida and matured at The Cleveland Institute of Art. His in-demand talents have globally guided him to award-winning design firms including Hasbro, Takara, Eleven, and Karten Design where he was recognized with the CES Innovation award, IDA Residential Sustainable Design award and named the 2009 IDA product designer of the year. Since then, BLACK BRAIN has joined forces with philanthropic groups and other artists/designers/dreamers to pursue his first love – art – most recently working with helping end the world’s water crisis. BLACK BRAIN also is co-owner of Vergez, Inc., an artscentric, high-concept environments design collective alongside his artist/designer wife.


PRYER, ALOY & HUERO-The Seventh Letter @ Palm Springs Tattoo Convention

You love Tattoos, Art and Graffiti? You can find it all under one roof for an entire weekend at the Palm Springs Hard Rock Hotel for their Annual Palm Trees & Tattoos Convention which will be held next month July 10-12, 2015!

World Famous The Seventh Letter will be presenting Live Mural Painting throughout the entire weekend convention featuring PRYER, ALOY AND HUERO MSK, THE SEVENTH LETTER. Very talented and skilled Graffiti Art Legends which will be representing for the West Coast Califas Graffiti Art Styles!

You know I will always support my family in all they do and cannot wait to see them do what they do best.

Love you guys, I know you are going to Murder Walls at the Palm Trees & Tattoos 2015 Palm Spring Convention at the Hard Rock Hotel!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon



You can get more information of this  all weekend dope event at the link below:

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Wendy Random Chavez: Issue 1–Summer 2015

Wendy Random Chavez is a talented Los Angeles based photographer and dear friend of mine. I always support any of her projects and visions; very intelligent and creative young professional with an amazing career ahead of her.

You will find Wendy Random Chavez walking thru the streets of Los Angeles capturing the true essence of our beautiful city as well as the bitter-sweet reality lying under the skyline.

I cannot wait for her to reveal to the public her latest project and work of art in photography!

So stay tuned for this Summer 2015!

You can follow her on Instagram @wendyrandom



Legends Never Die @ Mi Vida NELA Art Walk June 13, 2015

Keeping our Cultura alive and our Legends Immortal. Once again at the famous NELA Art Walk this Saturday, June 13, 2015. Mi Vida’s Boutique “Legends Never Die” show will be paying homage to various legends so you do not want to miss how the West Coast pays their respects to those that have earned it. Mi Vida will have special live performances and music by Unic of the Funkfreaks.

Mi Vida is located at 5159 York Blvd. Highland Park, California 90042

As always, you will find us there supporting our Primas from Mi Vida so stop by and show your respects to Legends as well as giving love to Mi Vida on this new journey of representing our Chicano/a Cultura like always!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

legends never die

“Joshie” by Aloy SKA “Blooming With Autism” @ Collective Ink Gallery

Joshie by Aloy


Collective Ink Gallery presented “Blooming with Autism” Live Art Auction over this past weekend May 29, 2015-May 31, 2015. In conjunction with Winning Cause: Art for Autism.

Very proud of the contribution for a great cause from our brother Aloy SKA, MSK, 7th Letter; as he executed an art piece entitled “Joshie” dedicated to our awesome grandson; Pryer ‘s family. We love you for that Aloy! Not only do we appreciate the love you have for your family but also we respect your contribution to the Arts community by providing awareness of Autism in the most creative but yet heart warming way. The brushwork in its dynamics represents the energy and fires our lil Joshie also possesses. One of the main reasons I love his interpretation on this art piece.

Family First.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon



Blooming with autism