Petal x Blosm: Las Amazonas Prints Available @ Art Angeles Gallery!

So excited to announce that our very own Los Angeles based legendary Graffiti Artists Petal and Blosm have joined forced with Art Angeles Gallery and will be presenting to the public their iconic Las Amazonas Fine Art prints for sale. This is a very rare and limited edition of the prints that were showcased at the L. A Art Show 2015 as well as part of the panel discussion of Las Amazonas which was held on Saturday August 9, 2014 at the ESMoA museum. The subject matter of this print is depicting how the contribution of Graffiti women in this male dominant world is larger than life just as their contribution in the arts. Therefore it is a symbolic image representing this exquisite Los Angeles Graffiti Art Movement.

You do not want to miss out on owning such a historical fine art print; especially if you consider yourself a graffiti art lover. This is as real as it gets.


Small 12*18- ($100)$50
Medium 18*24- ($200)$100
Large 24*36- ($300)$150
X large 36*48- ($400)$200

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Nominate an amazing Woman for our 2016 Women’s Herstory Month!

So here it is again ladies and gentlemen…March 2016 is our Women’s Herstory Month and you all have the opportunity to nominate an artist, photographer, performer or community organizer that you feel has made an impact in our communities and deserves recognition…last year we had an amazing group of spotlights and the outcome was amazingly appreciated.
To nominate an amazing Creative Woman, email me at SMILES@MSTOBON.COM

message me with information, websites, articles about the Women you want to nominate! She will be featured on my website which is viewed worldwide (great exposure and recognition for these ladies)
We have a few ladies that were nominated last year that will be featured on this 2016! Stay Tuned and lets give our Women the love and support they deserve.
Much Love & Respects
Monica Smiles Tobon-


This weekend in Los Angeles; Sur le Mur LA’16

This weekend in Los Angeles SUR le MUR presents an amazing group of artists and photographers joining in a silent auction which will be supporting A Sense of Home for the Foster Youth of Los Angeles nonprofit. What a great way to support our city and those that are trying to transition from the youth foster systems on becoming self sufficient and independent young adults.

This is a Free event and you can join this great cause throughout the weekend! And you know I will be there to support and document another life changing event. I love my city; see you all there.

Sur le Mur L.A. Art Show and Benefit

Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building G1, Santa Monica, 90404.

February 19th – February 21stOpening: February 19th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

surlemur flyer

Sur le Mur L.A. is pleased to présent, Where Street Meets Chic, an eclectic and dynamic group show celebrating LA’s unique fine artists, street artists, and photographers. Sur le Mur (on the wall) utilizes “ART” to raise awareness and support various charities helping children and youth of Southern California. We have partnered up with A Sense of Home to create a spectacular three day event. We are delighted to announce an incredible lineup of gifted artists and group of creatives, in multiple genres, who are giving back to the community by using their paint brushes, cameras, charcoal, and spray cans. There will be a piece of art to resonate with everyone who enters the gallery and some controversial pieces as well. A comprehensive ensemble of artists on exhibit, who are all geniuses in their own right. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Nick Ut and his colleague, Raul Roa, who call themselves the “Lunartics” will be presenting their spectacular lunar images, for the first time, using a unique technique developed over the past 3 years. This is the first opportunity to purchase Mr. Ut’s outstanding work following fifty years of photojournalism. BAFTA LA’s artist in residence, Lincoln Townley, whose artworks are collected all over the world, is generously donating portraits of Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. Fellow London based artist, Banksy, who continues to leave his mark on the streets of L.A. is on display as well. LACMA artist, Elwood T. Risk, Mear One, WRDSMTH, I’m Huge, and Plastic Jesus, known as the “LA Banksy” are bringing their street art and murals indoors. Jerry Garcia’s wife, Manasha Garcia, has graciously donated 3 rare pieces for auction. Other noted artists exhibiting their work include; Michael Gomez-Burton who has exhibited his work at the Pentagon, Geoff Melville, Padhia Avocado, and a SOHO Design House luxury art rug by the artists Cyrcle. Fine artists; Ruth Grace Jervis, Wendy McCauley, Wanda Decca, Rafael, and Gianna Vargas. Photographers who give you a view through their lens include; Kristian Schmidt, Per Bernal, and Glenn David. A must see for art enthusiasts and collectors. RSVP:

Sur le Mur L.A., Where Street Meets Chic, Exhibit— February 19-21st at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station consists of over 15 L.A. artists all collaborating for a great and worthy cause. Silent auction on selected pieces with a 100% of proceeds going to A Sense of Home as well as a percentage of all art sales during the 3 day affair. Grateful for her opportunity to combine artists and non-profit organizations, Megan Phillips has volunteered her time and talents with various non-profits, including organizations for at risk children and hospitalized children. A portion of all sales from the Sur le Mur art exhibit will be donated to A Sense of Home. Megan Phillips is a Los Angeles-based therapist. She runs Sur le Mur, an LA Art Curation, Consultation, and Management House bringing artists and charities together for very worthy causes. Ms. Phillips volunteers with various hospitals, implementing Art Therapy, for Children and other local non-profit organizations. A Sense of Home® (ASOH) is a LA-based, nonprofit organization designed to transform the lives of under-served, at-risk foster youth who “age out” of the foster care system. ASOH brings together volunteers to serve as a family would when a child sets up their first home. By gathering donated furniture the volunteers create a sense of home for foster youth in their first permanent living space giving them dignity, self-worth & pride. ASOH intervenes when youth would be otherwise-unassisted in transitioning to independent life and aged-out youth typically fall off the radar and move towards homelessness, incarceration, joblessness, mental health or substance abuse problems. In the process, the ASOH community acts as extended family to the transitioing youth, providing practical and emotional support, and, when possible, professional connections they might not otherwise have.


Today! Chinese New Year Festival 2016!

Lets kick off the Chinese New Year of the Monkey with family and friends at our very own Chinatown Los Angeles. See you all there for the Dragon Parade which starts at 1:00pm.

Please read below some valuable information about this event so it can be as pleasant and safe for everyone!

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon


Saturday, February 13, 2016
117th Golden Dragon Parade:
1pm-3pm ONLY (commencing at Hill and Ord Streets and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez). Grand Marshals are TBA For Parade information, contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (213) 617-0396.

Chinese New Year Festival
Central Plaza Stage (New Chinatown)

943-951 N. Broadway

FREE to the public. The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station.

The following streets will be closed starting from 11:00am to 4:00pm
* Hill Street from Bernard Street to Temple Street
* Ord, Alpine, College, & Bernard Streets from North Broadway to North Hill Street
* North Broadway from Bernard Street to Cesar Chavez Avenue
* Cesar Chavez Avenue from North Broadway to Main Street

– Arts & Craft Workshop(Monkey Headband & Lantern)
– Calligraphy Workshop by Nori Shirasu
– Calligraphy by George Guojin Cui
– Candy Sculpture by Shinobu Ichiyanagi
– Dough Sculptor by Chris Lee
– Fruit & Vegetable Carving by THAIS, Inc.
– Roaming Magician by Minh Tran (6pm-8pm)
– Story-telling by Barbara Wong (4:15pm & 5:15pm)

Capuchin Monkey & Trainer (5PM-8PM)

Central Plaza Main Stage Performance
12pm Traditional Southern Style Dragon and Lion Dance by East Wind Foundation For Youth
12:30pm Chinese Acrobatics (Mongolian Contortion, Foot Juggling, Rolla Bolla, Juggling)
1pm-3pm DARK (Parade)
3pm Connie Lim
4pm Martial Arts by Shaolin Yanxu Gongfa School
4:30pm Chinese Acrobatics (Face Changing, Mongolian Contortion, Teapot Juggling, Foot Juggling, Rolla Bolla, Juggling)
5:15pm Performance by Larrisa Lam and Only Won
6pm Traditional Southern Style Dragon and Lion Dance by East Wind Foundation For Youth
6:15pm Martial Arts by Shaolin Yanxu Gongfa School
6:45pm Chinese Acrobatics (Face Changing, Mongolian Contortion, Teapot Juggling, Foot Juggling, Rolla Bolla, Juggling)
7:30pm Monkey King and Metal Fan Princess (Opera Scene) with support from California Institute for Chinese Performing Arts

Craft Beer Garden
Stone IPA
Stone Pale Ale
Smog City Little BoPils
Smog HopTonic IPA
Ommegang Witte
Ommegang RareVOS

Culinary Stage
Hosts: Eddie Lin & Felix Fang
4:00 Cocktails (Grand Star)
4:30 Delyn Chow (Daw Yee Myanmar Cafe) Sticky Rice Cake and Rice Balls
5:30 Royce Burke (Chimney Coffee House) Moo Ping Tacos and Vegetarian Pistachio Ramen
6:30 Cocktails (General Lee)
7:00 Make Dumplings with David Wang (Lao Tao) and Eating Competition (8 contestants)

LA Gourmet Food Truck
Crepe N Around
Fluff Ice (on Hill Street)
India Jones
Kogi Truck
Okamoto Kitchen
The Lobos Truck
Tokyo Doggy Style
Vchos Truck
Yalla Truck

LA Weekly Live Music Stage
curated by Kevin Bronson of
12 PM Nightair
12:50pm Jubilo Drive
2:30 PM Molly Moore & Brandyn Burnette
3:30 PM The Slightlys
4:30 PM James Allen Spirit
5:30 PM Veronica Bianqui
6:30 PM Kid Bloom
7:30 PM Valley Queen

“New Chinatown” Photo Booth
Original Vintage Cutouts Circa 1940





Buckshot Gallery presents Seen; “Old New York” Exhibit!

Buckshot Gallery will present yet another historical night for all of us Graffiti Art lovers this February 20, 2016 from 7:00pm-11:00pm which is located at 3129 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA. 90405. All the way from the Bronx, New York, the legend himself SEEN One! You cannot miss this opportunity to be present to Graffiti history at its finest hour. See you all there and don’t forget to show me some love and take a photo with us.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon


Buckshot Gallery is pleased to announce a major solo exhibition of legendary American graffiti artist SEEN, showcasing previously undisclosed abstract works on canvas as well as his iconic free-hand graffiti works.

“OLD NEW YORK” documents a highly prolific period in Paris, during which SEEN has created abstracts that “came from the heart” utilizing various techniques as well as unexpected materials such as metal frames from Parisian roof tops, engaging his audience and re-contextualizing the viewer’s present observation.

His latest exhibition also features numerous recent graffiti works in line with his original style. These shifting views created throughout his career reveal a body of work that lends itself to both reflection on the inner self and discovery of the outside world. Immerse yourselves in the mesmerizing universe of this remarkable artist whose imagination lures us into an extraordinary world of vibrant colors and angular shapes.

SEEN was born in 1961 in The Bronx, New York as Richard Mirando. As one of the world’s most acclaimed talents from the Street Art movement, SEEN is rightly referred to as the ‘Godfather of Graffiti’ and his enduring importance to the art of the present is attested to by the countless exhibitions in leading international galleries and museums.

In the early 1980s SEEN moved from the streets to the studio to produce original works on canvas. When the genre of Street Art, which began as a form of subversive public communication, started to become legitimate, SEEN was at the forefront.

Today, SEEN’s works can be found in museums, galleries and prestigious private collections all over the world, influencing and producing alongside the next generation of inventive street artists. In 2013 he also broke numerous auction records, placing his art at the foremost position of today’s Street Art.

For further information please contact the gallery at 310.310.8471 or, or visit